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

Belt Sings Eidelweiss

Belt Sings Eidelweiss

Cheech Marin in-depth on Chicano art, Lou Adler, and more

Cheech Marin in-depth on Chicano art, Lou Adler, Cheech&Chong, space aliens, and more

Sir Lattimore Brown - Unluckiest soul singer, possibly unluckiest man

Sir Lattimore Brown - Unluckiest soul singer, possibly unluckiest man

A tour of Cheech Marin's Chicano art collection

Cheech Marin, half of stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong, gives Off-Ramp host John Rabe an exclusive tour of his Chicano art collection.

Getty starts cooking class - how NOT to make pancakes

Getty starts cooking class - how NOT to make pancakes

Lisa See on her books "Shanghai Girls" & "Dreams of Joy"

Lisa See chronicles the Chinese-American immigrant experience in "Shanghai Girls" and "Dreams of Joy"

Investing in rail - with coins on the tracks

Here's what happens to a penny and a quarter when you put them on the Gold Line tracks.

Peter Mac as Judy Garland - a 3D tribute

Peter Mac has been performing tributes to Judy Garland for 11 years. His new show in West Hollywood brings all of Judy to the stage, not just the addictions.

Off-Ramp welcomes Year of Dragon with bang!

Even if you never celebrate Lunar New Year, you should follow its traditions: forgive grudges, pay debts, clean the house & light firecrackers?

Miss Chinatown 2011: KPCC listener

A beauty and talent queen who listens to KPCC and spreads the word about the station.

Animation genius Miyazaki gets film fest

Have you ever traveled with a giant, sweaty, daikon? Or ridden a cat bus? You can see that and more this Thursday at a local film festival.

Totoro! 14-film Studio Ghibli film festival

Ever ridden an elevator with a giant, sweaty, daikon? New festival celebrates Studio Ghibli, maker of "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro."

Gil Scott-Heron responds to Gingrich moon plan

Gil Scott-Heron responds to Gingrich moon plan

What is "First Generation?"

Which immigrants are "first generation" and which are "second generation?" Did Rabe get it wrong?

Ted Soqui's post-Riots project

Ted Soqui's side-by-side photos document the aftermath of the LA Riots.