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 twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ 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 art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

LA City Council hijinks

An LA City councilman threatens to hit a citizen, another has delusions of grandeur.

Vintage CA license plates to make a comeback?

“Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn’t often do much for automobile enthusiasts.” Assemblyman Mike Gatto sponsors bill to let us have legal vintage plates to fit our vintage cars.

Nick Stern photo taken with actual film and actual camera

Rabe presents photos of Hipstamatic/Instagram critic Nick Stern taken with actual film and actual camera.

Country music legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88

With Bill Monroe and later Lester Flatt, the late Earl Scruggs changed the face of country music.

RIP Adrienne Rich, noted feminist poet, 82

Adrienne Rich, called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century," died Tuesday at the age of 82.

Tonite: FRESH Auction at MOCA

MOCA brings in 200 pieces of new/emerging art for FRESH auction.

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more

Off-Ramp retracts CyberFrequencies that focused on Daisey's Apple story

Off-Ramp retracts CyberFrequencies episode that focused on Daisey's Apple story

Pogues accordionist previews memoir, "Here Comes Everybody"

A half-hour with the man who was there in October, 1982, when the Pogues played their first gig. This episode is the director's cut!

The Pogues' James Fearnley on Shane MacGowan

When the Pogues met in a hotel room in 1991, they knew they had to fire unreliable frontman Shane MacGowan, but how would he take it? James Fearnley tells us.

RIP Firesign "Bozo" Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman's KPFK radio show gave birth to Firesign Theatre. He also produced political satire for KPCC called “True Confessions of the Real World.”

Peter Bergman, Firesign Theatre founder, dies at 72

Bergman produced a political satire series for KPCC called “True Confessions of the Real World,” which ran in 2002 and 2003.

Laurie Rubin, blind opera singer, answers listener questions

Laurie Rubin, blind opera singer, answers listener questions

Millard Sheets' mosaics get a LA Conservancy tour

He made Pomona walkable, and banks likable, and the conservancy is fighting to preserve his work.

Freelance photog Nick Stern v. Hipstamatic and Instagram news photos

Nick Stern: "Every time a news organization uses a Hipstamatic or Instagram-style picture in a news report, they are cheating us all."