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

Rabe v Nick Stern on Instagram and Hipstamatic photos

Nick Stern may be a great photographer, but today he wins the Old Man on the Front Porch Award for his column on Instagram and Hipstamatic images.

3 miracles = new home soon for Jazz Bakery

Culver City is giving the land, Annenberg is giving $2m, and Frank Gehry is giving a commitment to design the new home of The Jazz Bakery.

Schoolhouse Rock's "Verb" Rocks

Rabe makes the case for Schoolhouse Rock's "Verb" as the best cartoon in the history of the universe.

Tim Robbins and The Actors Gang bring back "1984"

Off-Ramp's John Rabe talks with Tim Robbins about "1984," and the famous liberal's fatigue with political divisiveness. "I'm tired of fighting; I want to find common ground."

Slaughter photos highlighted at caterer's tasting room

Hot caterer HeirloomLA opens new tasting room - The Salon - featuring Autumn de Wilde's pig slaughter photos on the wall.

Zine promises handicap parking placard abuse crackdown

Rabe says banishment is the only fit punishment for people who hog parking spaces by fraudulently using handicap parking placards.

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?