John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

Contact John Rabe

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

CA Science Center's Shuttle Endeavour home named for explorer

Samuel Oschin crossed the Alps, planted a flag at the North Pole and, in death, names the buildings that will shelter Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.

California's April home sales show slight improvement

The median price of a house in SoCal saw an increase of almost 4 percent over April of last year — the first time that’s happened in 16 months.

Silverlake Wine alums open Everson Royce wine store in Pasadena

My Two Sons - Silverlake Wine alums open Everson Royce wine store in Pasadena, named for their two sons. Lots of wine, no chairs.

Steve Soboroff's typewriter time machines

What was missing from the Unabomber's typewriter? And what did Steve Soboroff find in the typewriters owned by Joe DiMaggio and Ernest Hemingway?

Laura Hillman - a Schindler Jew tells her story

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Laura Hillman, saved by luck and by Oskar Schindler, told her story at the Bowers Museum.

Richard Chamberlain on The Heiress, a weird audience, and sideburns

Richard Chamberlain plays Dr. Sloper in "The Heiress," and for the play grew a large set of sideburns which, he's surprised to hear, makes him hip with the kids. "Cool," he says.

The Merv Griffin Show - thousands of hours of history - now on DVD

Dick Cavett and David Peck join Off-Ramp host John Rabe to talk about the Merv Griffin Show archive, including thousands of hours of historical footage of the world's biggest names.

R.H. Greene - Los Angeles Year Zero

Writer, documentarian, and filmmaker R.H. Greene reaches into his archive for a memory of the riots written twenty years ago.

Wait Wait's Peter Sagal: Guess who I met during the LA Riots?

"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's" Peter Sagal: Two cars roared up, screeched to a halt. All eight doors flew open, and out came uniformed police officers, each of them with a hand on their guns. The nearest officer looked familiar.

Memory of riots imprinted on a 6-year-old girl

KPCC producer Bianca Ramirez says a lot of people ask why she still lives near Florence and Normandie, the spot where the riots broke out. "It's home," she says.

Historian Joe Domanick: The LAPD's culpability in the LA Riots

Historian and journalist Joe Domanick lays primary blame for the L.A. Riots on the LAPD's tradition of hostility against blacks and Latinos, and Chief Gates' arrogance and dereliction of duty.

Riots20: Stories from the LA Riots

We've collected memories from the 1992 L.A. Riots, which started April 29, 1992, with the acquittals of the LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King.

Post Mortem on Pacific Standard Time

The body is still warm - there are still a couple exhibits ongoing - but Pacific Standard Time wrapped up at the end of March, so Off-Ramp host John Rabe chats with the Getty's Deborah Marrow about whether it worked.

Grilled Cheese Invitational judge Claudia Peschiutta loves cheese

Gooey and greasy is good: Grilled Cheese Invitational judge Claudia Peschiutta loves cheese, gives hints how to win her vote.

LA City Council hijinks

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