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

The Onion enlists public radio personalities in Pulitzer bid; Ira Glass channels Andrew Dice Clay

Brooke Gladstone and Ira Glass have joined celebrities, chefs, and others in the campaign to coerce the Pulitzer board to award one of the coveted journalism prizes to The Onion, the satirical website that once reported the merger of NASA and NASCAR .

And dig the hair! Van Cliburn returns to Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow for first time.

(Rubenstein, Ford, and Cliburn, 1976. Credit: Van Cliburn Foundation.)

Google Ads Add to Bizarre-ness of Schwarzenegger Scandal

Hello! magazine is out with an exclusive interview with Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper, the mother of his love/lust child.

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: