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

RIP Betty Garrett and Kenneth Mars

Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams were the headliners in Neptune's Daughter, and their rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a knockout. But for my money, Betty Garrett -- who died Saturday morning at the age of 91 -- outperforms them in a parody version with Red Skelton.

Forrest Ackerman Book Signing Saturday

There's a book signing 5pm Saturday for The Life of Forry, by Deborah Painter, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90028.

Too Soon? Mubarak Satire

First of all, what strikes you about deposed Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, who is 82???

What were they thinking?!?! KABC's "Voluptua" pulled after seven-week run in 1950s.

Whose legs these are, I think I know.

When Imaginary Pumas Attack!

This just in:

More Rudy Martinez - Jose Huizar Fallout

In the rapidly escalating battle between 14th District LA City Councilman Jose Huizar and challenger Rudy Martinez ... Michael Trujillo, the self-annointed Hand of God/Hand of Satan, has received his second spanking in just a few days.

Blue Line

This crossed the wires earlier today:

"Dear Michael Trujillo, Thanks. Sincerely, Rudy Martinez. PS: Say hi to Jose for me."

No sooner had we posted my conversation with the LA Downtown News's Jon Regardie about the rapidly escalating contest between LA City Council incumbent Jose Huizar and challenger Rudy Martinez -- in which Jon said it was about to go nuclear -- than .

Singers Benefit with Mac Davis

Off-Ramp star Mac Davis is putting on a benefit concert in Sherman Oaks on Monday, February 28, for The Society of Singers ...

Home Photos of Snow In Dallas

From my sister Clare Deboever, from the patio window of her home in Dallas. Like me, Clare grew up in Michigan and lives in the South to avoid this kind of thing.

EatLA and Off-Ramp Make You Happy with Happy Hour Suggestions

One of the highlights of this week's Off-Ramp is another installment in the Eat-LA/Off-Ramp Collaboration.

Wayne White Stage Show Spreads Gospel of Art

I expected Wayne White's one-man stage show to include a little banjo picking, some name dropping (Art Spielgelman, Peter Gabriel, Shining Time Station, Pee-Wee Herman, Todd Oldham), and his fun/evocative word paintings.

Off-Ramp Finally Notices Smigly, "The Charlie Brown for Adults"

Before you check out Allen Mezquida's animated Smigly shorts, some warnings:

Murietta's No Guts Red Light Camera Plan

Something about the proposal to donate Murietta's red-light camera fines to charity bugs me.

Stenroos and the LA police union ... I'm just saying...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union, routinely sends out emails deploring the “rush to judgment” when there’s an incident involving a police officer.