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

Westside Rap from Whole Foods

He's no Ryan Higa. That's all I'll say.

Whither Wahoo?

Looking for Art Blvd the other day, I once again ran across one of the most intriguing place names in LA: Wahoo, which lies northwest of Sun Valley, near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street.

Red Light Camera Controversy

The LA Police Commission just voted to stop the city's Red Light Camera program. The police say the 32 cameras deter idiots (my word) from running red lights; the Commission says it's not proven.

Wiener Controversy: Papaya King Serves Up Fresh Hot Dogs and Tired Cliche

Can you read the billboard? It's an ad for Papaya King, the new hot dog stand that's just arrived from New York, and it says, "Leaving Stains on Casting Couches All Over LA." Another says, “We’re 100 percent natural.

While Restoring, Clifton's Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

I had a small heart attack this morning when I arrived at Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles for breakfast.

When Oskar Schindler Came to LA

When the Nazis invaded Poland, Oskar Schindler saved 1,200 Jews by claiming them as workers "essential to the war effort."

Youngest Schindler Jew - Part of Off-Ramp's Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend on Off-Ramp, it's a special program dedicated to people who have lived through war ... civilians and military. We're starting with a remarkable conversation with a remarkable man, 81-year old Leon Leyson of Fullerton, who was the youngest Schindler Jew.

Separated @ Birth ... or Getty (finally) Celebrates Parliament Funkadelic

It's called the Mothership, and it is going into the Smithsonian.

Annoying Pitch of the Day

I just got a pitch to do a story about the Gobie H2O.

Steve Julian Makes It Easy

As a journalist and host, it's my job to generalize from the specific, and often to generalize from the personally specific, so: Every time I go to a local theatre production, I say to myself, "Self, that was good! I need to do this more often.

Rabe Meets Match: Spends Day with Huell Howser

(Huell Howser being interviewed by Off-Ramp guest host Rowan Atkinson. Image: Cameron Mitchell.)

Correction of the Day

Off-Ramp contributor Marc Haefele sends this along:

In memoriam: Mary Claire Rita Wiley Sullivan, Jerry's mom

Off-Ramp contributor Jerry Sullivan, managing editor of the Orange County Business Journal, remembers his mother, who passed away May 6, in Orange.

What causes hearing loss in 1 of 5 US teens?

A recent health study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 1 out of 5 U.S. teens have observable hearing loss, a 30 percent increase over the last 15 years. More than a third of these cases are caused by over-exposure to excessive sound levels, like loud music or lawnmowers. Dr. John House of the House Research Institute explains how these hearing issues are caused.

Words With Friends and Its Awful Tie Rule

There are a few things that bug me about Words With Friends, the popular Scrabble®-esque app: The ads, if you're using the free version. The sounds - bloop bloop bloop -- if you don't have the sense to turn them off.