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

Legendary songwriter Hal David, almost 90, sings!

These two, Burt Bacharach and Hal David (R), wrote the soundtrack of your life. Songs that are singable yet sophisticated, poppy yet personal:

RH Greene, Dracula Memoirist, Pays Tribute to a Goth Icon with "Vampira and Me," an Off-Ramp Hallowe'en Special

This Halloween weekend on Off-Ramp, we're premiering a new documentary from Off-Ramp contributor, author, and filmmaker R.H. Greene, Vampira and Me.

Paula Deen and the Rose Parade

Paula Dean, the food host, has just been named Grand Marshal of the next Rose Parade.

Off-Ramp's OCMA Biennial Extravaganza

Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson and I went to the opening of the Orange County Museum of Art's 2010 California Biennial Saturday, and interviewed as many artists as possible ... like Luke Butler:

Pope Names Cardinals, Once Again Misses the Boat

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.

Haefele says hi-speed rail would unite the state

(Haefele at breakfast at Phillipe's. Credit: John Rabe.)

RIP Bob Kholos, Tom Bradley intimate and friend of Off-Ramp

(LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection.)

Janet Maclachlan Appreciation

Steve Ryfle has just posted a nice appreciation of actor Janet Maclachlan, of I Spy, Star Trek, and Sounder.

Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judges Needed

Saturday night we watched the restored Frankenstein ...

Documentarian Arthur Dong releases DVD set

You may not know that we categorize stuff on the web, and you can file this one under many different topics - history, immigration, LA Culuture, film, etc. - which I take as a sure sign it's a good one.

Who Was That Walking Man?

(Photo by KPCC's Alex Cohen, taken the day of the Marc Abrams Memorial Walk.)

Home Movie Day is coming. Are you ready?

Home Movie Day (October 16) is designed to get you to blow the dust off the cans or boxes of old home movies you have at home, and share them with other people. You can hear all about it on this week's Off-Ramp.

Rabe interviews Athol Fugard for Off-Ramp

The US premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Train Driver, is this Friday (for previews), with an official opening Saturday the 16th at The Fountain Theatre.

Rabe interviewed on The Marketplace of Ideas

It wasn't quite as scary as climbing a 20-foot ladder to work on the roof of my house last weekend, but it was still hair-raising.