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

Tour Hughes Aircraft Campus with LA Conservancy

Here's a great opportunity: On March 20, tour the former HQ of Hughes Aircraft, where they built planes, helicopters, and the “Spruce Goose,” the largest plane ever to fly.

Graham Moore's Elementary Debut Novel, "The Sherlockian"

I've just posted a long (30-minute) interview with Graham Moore, the author of The Sherlockian. Moore is a Columbia grad who read the story of a murdered (?) Sherlockian a few years ago, and after waiting a couple years for someone else to novelize the story, decided to write it himself.

It's a Cold Pizza Breakfast, or Lidsville and HR Pufnstuf are on KCET weekend mornings

Drat! I thought I was the first person, besides Al Jerome ...

Monrovia is a No "Rent" District

Funny, Team Off-Ramp was just talking on the way to lunch yesterday about how awful the musical Rent is, and now Monrovia High School's principal has agreed with us and nixed a student performance.

LA Observed's Parking Garage Solution

In an LA Observed blog entry, pegged to an LA Business Journal article, about the city of LA's plans to phase out parking garages to save money ..

Paul Mazursky Makes Movies About Real People

Next Thursday (January 13), make plans to see Harry and Tonto at LACMA, and stick around for the Q&A afterwards with director Paul Mazursky and Off-Ramp contributor (and filmmaker) RH Greene.

Kevin Von Feldt Update: "Bob Cratchit" Responds

After my most recent posting on producer Kevin Von Feldt, Von Feldt himself responded in a blog comment, excerpted here:

Is Kevin Von Feldt At It Again?

Yet another Kevin Von Feldt production of "A Christmas Carol" is under a cloud. Von Feldt, producer of the widely-panned and technically troubled Kodak Theatre production of a couple years back, is in trouble for allegedly not paying musicians at a production in suburban Minneapolis.

Mantle, Carolla, Rushdie, & Howser do Xmas

Where else will you find Larry Mantle, Salman Rushdie, Huell Howser, Kathleen Turner, and Sylvia Poggioli working together but in rendering Clement Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" for your ears? It's our non-denominational holiday card to you!

All-Star "Night Before Christmas"

For the last couple weeks, I've been gathering voices for the Off-Ramp NBC Project, as in The Night Before Christmas, the iconic poem probably by Clement Moore. (Yes, I know it's properly A Visit From St Nicholas, but that doesn't yield a clever anagram.

Judy Chicago's radical new book treats Frida Kahlo not as cult figure but as artist

Think about it. How often have you seen a serious assessment of Frida Kahlo that doesn't view everything in terms of her biography, especially her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera (below, in forehead) and her near-fatal accident?

Actual Fall Colors in SoCal - Why

I'm from Michigan, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed by fall colors, but driving up the 110 this morning, at parkway speed, I noticed actual autumn colors on many of the trees. The writers at LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website noticed, too, and did a little digging.

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: James Tyler, RIP

14th Century Avant-Garde

New Downtown Women's Center - twice the space and more help for homeless women

A few years ago, I interviewed clients of the Downtown Women's Center around Christmastime. The DWC is the only center in downtown LA that caters exclusively to women, which seems odd to me because it's the fastest growing portion of homeless people.

Gylne Tider Celebrity "Let it Be" Video -- Like a slow motion train wreck, but nobody's hurt?

UPDATE: I'm sorry (?) to announce the "Let It Be" celebrity singalong video has been removed from YouTube. -- John Rabe