John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
Steve Ryfle has just posted a nice appreciation of actor Janet Maclachlan, of I Spy, Star Trek, and Sounder.
Saturday night we watched the restored Frankenstein ...
You may not know that we categorize stuff on the web, and you can file this one under many different topics - history, immigration, LA Culuture, film, etc. - which I take as a sure sign it's a good one.
(Photo by KPCC's Alex Cohen, taken the day of the Marc Abrams Memorial Walk.)
Home Movie Day (October 16) is designed to get you to blow the dust off the cans or boxes of old home movies you have at home, and share them with other people. You can hear all about it on this week's Off-Ramp.
The US premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Train Driver, is this Friday (for previews), with an official opening Saturday the 16th at The Fountain Theatre.
It wasn't quite as scary as climbing a 20-foot ladder to work on the roof of my house last weekend, but it was still hair-raising.
If you're a fan of This Old House, The French Chef with Julia Child, and Victory Garden, you'll want to listen to my interview with Russell Morash.
The first time I went to the Orange County Museum of Art's CA Biennial, I thought it was so good, they should hold it every year. We interviewed a dozen of the artists and ran them for months on Off-Ramp.
Today I'm beginning a new occasional feature of the John Rabe Blog in which I kibitz the work of established, respected advice columnists. Today, The Ethicist, Randy Cohen's regular feature in the New York Times Magazine.
Comic-Con draws 130,000 people to San Diego every year, bringing in something like $163 million, so you could understand why LA wanted the convention to move here.
What a relief. LA Observed brings together a couple reports that say Ed Rosenthal was found in Joshua Tree and airlifted out. He's not out of the woods, but was talking to his rescuers.
A few weeks ago, Off-Ramp told you about the Casa Italiana Opera Company, an all-volunteer group that puts on operas a few times a year at the cultural center next to St Peter's Italian Church, just north of LA's Chinatown.
Here I am in 1924, enjoying a delicious scoop of ice cream. Tomorrow, I'll be heading to El Monte to visit the Thrifty ice cream plant in El Monte, inspired by Nancy Luna's delicious OC Register article about the company.
This just arrived in my in box: