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

Bizarre Claim in PR for Film about OCD

This release just came via e-mail:

Glen Keane, The Little Mermaid, and Charles Solomon

The American Cinematheque (at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater) will salute Glen Keane, one of the modern masters of animation, to celebrate his 35-year association with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday December 11th.

Did You Eat At Jerry's Deli in Westwood?

If you ate at Jerry's Deli in Westwood recently, you'll want to check out this warning from the LA County public health department.

Seth "Shadchen" Menachem Starts "My Single Peeps" Matchmaking Site

My friend Seth Menachem is many things. Husband, father, actor, and now matchmaker.

Taste of Mexico to Settle Great Bayless Debate

Friends of Off-Ramp, Jaime del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, will be cooking delights from their restaurant, La Casita Mexicana, at the Taste of Mexico fundraiser Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Frank Romero Selling Frogtown Studio

Frank Romero, the groundbreaking Chicano artist, is selling his studio and gallery in Frogtown. The 29th annual Christmas Sale will be the last in the building, which has been an oasis in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood between Riverside Drive and the LA River.

LAPD Targets Jaywalkers

The LA Downtown News reports the police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown. According to the paper, the "coal in your stocking" will be a $190 ticket.

Rabe visits This Old House renovation in Silverlake

This Old House, the 30+ year old PBS home renovation show, is working on a home in Silverlake. They're keeping the exact location a secret, but allowed me and my microphone a few days ago.

Creative Talent Network eXpo brings in Moebius

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon writes us about a cool animation event coming to Burbank NEXT weekend.

I'm just saying

Another (undated, unexplained) gem from the LA Public Library online photo collection.

Infamous "Christmas Carol" Producer Kevin Von Feldt Maims "Mame" in Minnesota

It's really astounding how many people do business without checking references, or at least doing a Google search. A friend just forwarded a link to a story out of Burnsville, Minnesota, dated November 4:

Martin Mull's Off-Kilter Paintings on Off-Ramp

You know the dilittante artists ... people whose paintings sell only because they established themselves as celebrities in some other field first. (We won't name them here.)

Time Change and Dogs

(Eoghan the Irish terrier. Credit: John Rabe.)

Pacific Standard Time -- an unprecedented art collaboration -- is 11 months away

Last night I attended what you could call the kickoff to the buildup of a huge art event coming your way in October 2011. It’s called Pacific Standard Time, and it’s meant to document LA’s role in contemporary art by highlighting the most important artists working here from 1945-1980: furniture by Sam Maloof, painting by Frank Romero and Karl Benjamin, sculpture by Dora de Larios, photography by Oscar Castillo and Julius Shulman, assemblage by Betye Saar, the genius of Simon Rodia.

Name Changer: John Rabe Blog is now Off-Ramp

Hello, everybody.