John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has been named "best local public affairs show" by two national journalism associations.

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, for which he garnered many awards – including several Golden Mikes.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in high school in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.

Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.

He lives with his husband and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington, north of downtown LA.


Stories by John Rabe

Invasive brown widow spiders pushing out black widows

UC Riverside spider expert Rick Vetter says reports of the black widow's demise in Southern California are overblown, but invasive brown widows do seem to be hurting black widow populations.

What if a Chilean surrealist filmmaker had directed 'Dune?'

A new documentary called "Jodorowsky's Dune" shows how an unmade film version of "Dune" might have made "Alien" possible.

Ford Mustang turns 50: Used Mustang salesman reflects on the iconic car's history

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we talk with a man who's been selling used Mustangs from the same address since 1969. Prices have gone up since then.

5 classic Easter eggs from your favorite animated movies

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon reveals Easter eggs from classic animated films that you never knew were there.

Angels pitcher CJ Wilson's shocking confession

"Racing is much more terrifying, so it makes baseball less intimidating. When you've gone sideways or crashed into a wall at 120-mph, it's not a big deal if somebody scores a run."

Angels Flight railway in limbo in downtown LA

When will the historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles run again? Regulators want two big — and expensive — changes.

Mike Kelley - a (too short) life in full at MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with curator Bennett Simpson about "Mike Kelley," the new exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Boston Marathon bombing: Studio City runner returns to race

If you think a terror attack can keep a marathoner from running in Boston, you don't know long-distance runners.

The late Yasiel Puig, and other tales from the Dodgers Home Opener

KPCC's Ben Bergman drew Home Opener duty (curse him!) and talks with Off-Ramp host John Rabe about Puig, Tommy's trattoria, Vin Scully, and his Ben's Dodger Dog limit.

How Hollywood productions disrupted the city 100 years ago

The L.A. City Archivist opens his files to show us how the city dealt with the unregulated movie industry's location shoots a hundred years ago.

Frida Kahlo photo archive now at Museum of Latin American Art

MoLAA in Long Beach is the only West Coast museum to exhibit the recently unsealed photo archive of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Help for out-of-town journos: How to write a Garcetti puff piece

LA Weekly writer Hillel Aron extends a helping hand for the poor out-of-town journalist assigned to profile Mayor Eric Garcetti.

New YouTube series 'The Impression Guys' includes a rare breed: female impressionists

John Rabe talks with the cast of "The Impression Guys," a YouTube series that also includes two female impressionists who say their ranks are growing.

Steve Soboroff snags EM Forster typewriter for $11,401

Steve Soboroff adds yet another typewriter to his collection: one used by E.M. Forster, the British author who wrote "A Passage to India" and more.

A story with bounce: Disney artist catches baby falling from window

When Konrad Lightner saw a baby dangerously close to a third-story window, he just happened to have a mattress with him. You can guess what happened next.