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

Leonard Maltin on Off-Ramp this week; Rabe needs questions from YOU

(Gary Leonard/LAPL)

Did John Lennon predict his own death?

John Lennon was killed December 8, 1980. September 6, 1964, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Lennon foreshadowed his death. This report by KPCC's John Rabe features exclusive sound from a news conference held between concerts and recorded by WT Rabe, John's father.

Johnny, not John, Rabe

For the record, this is not me, John Rabe, host of KPCC's Off-Ramp.

Montebellan Brian Thuok hatches sure-fire Doritos "Crash the Superbowl" contest winner

It's going to be hard to watch the Super Bowl game this year because at every commercial break, I'll be waiting to see if my friend Brian Thuok and his team win Doritos' Crash the Superbowl ad championship.

State says "don't eat wild mushrooms." Chef Mark Peel says, "Eat lobster mushrooms instead."

The state's public health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, today issued his annual warning against eating wild mushrooms, which will be sprouting up now because of the rain.

E-mail scammers sin, hit Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

Have the scammers no shame?

Street artists sue, saying AEG destroyed their art

AEG, which owns the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live, is being sued in federal court for allegedly destroying artwork by three California artists, Mear One, Chor Boogie, and Shark Toof. They did their high-end street art in a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton for an LA Art Show event, allegedly with the understanding that it was on-loan, and would be returned.

South Coast Plaza apparently dreaming of a white Christmas

The South Coast Plaza "Holiday 2011" ad magazine just arrived with the morning paper, and guess what? All of the adult models in the magazine are white. What's the matter, South Coast Plaza, couldn't you get any of your store employees to model for you? Is the implication that people who shop at South Coast Plaza are scared by images of adults of color? I can hardly believe that.

South Pasadena school district to kids: No Fun!

'Girl number twenty,' said the gentleman, smiling in the calm strength of knowledge.

Bikes for Marine and Navy kids

Here's a non-controverial statement: Kids need bikes.

A glass made of milk?

When travelling abroad in the Continental style,It's my belief one must attempt to be discreetAnd subsequently bear in mind your transient positionAllows you a perspective that's unique.

Occupy LA - the scene at City Hall on Monday and Tuesday

Sam Slovick, a trans-platform journalist, guides Off-Ramp host John Rabe through Occupy LA's encampment at LA City Hall on Monday and Tuesday, November 7 and 8, 2011.

Upper Peninsula trivia

We get mail.

Cancel Penn State's football season?

Joe Paterno has been sacked. He knew of the allegations and didn't go to the police, and admits as much. Penn State President Graham Spanier said, "the buck stops here," and WAS FIRED BY THE SCHOOL'S TRUSTEES (CORRECTED FROM "resigned").

Veterans Day in Cypress Park

We don't have a lot of things that are consistently neat and tidy in my neighborhood, Cypress Park, but the Veterans Memorial, built and maintained by volunteers, is one of them. Saturday it'll be the scene once again of the annual observance of Veterans Day, and for once, the sounds of gunshots will be welcome.