John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
Plug your ears! The Year of the Dragon starts in Chinatown with 500,000 firecrackers to scare off the spirits of the old year.
L.A. director Andrew Ahn might be the first filmmaker to use a movie to come out to his parents. His film played at Sundance this past weekend.
From Pann's to LAX, Chinese-American architects played a role. Pacific Standard Time at the Chinese American Museum celebrates Choy, Fong, Wong, and Leong.
Andrew Ahn couldn't bring himself to say "I'm gay" to his parents, so the first gen Korean-American tried to do it in a short movie.
No buxom babes or flying infants, but Rabe stands behind his friend's Crash the Super Bowl 2012 ad entry.
Conceptual art is as much, or more, about the process of experiencing (making, looking at, thinking about, documenting) art as the art object itself. And SoCal, not weighed down by the strictures and structures of the art establishment, was a hotbed of conceptual art. It's the focus of the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Standard Time entry, State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with artist Al Ruppersberg, a surprise guest, and OCMA's co-curator, Karen Moss. (The exhibit closes January 22d, so go see it now!)
Out of 65-million participants in World War 1, there's one left, a 110-year old British woman who was a waitress in the Women's RAF. That means almost nobody's s left to relate firsthand the war that waged from 1914 to 1918, killed millions of soldiers, redrew the map of Europe, and contributed to the start of World War 2. A traveling exhibit might be the next best thing, and is on its way to Southern California. It's a specially outfitted 18-wheeler that's in the midst of a national tour, which locally starts at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana on January 21st before hitting 8 other cities, including Palm Springs, Long Beach, Riverside, and Pasadena. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with Daralee Barbera, event organizer.
Off-Ramp offers this handy reference as the race for US President heats up. Feel free to print it up and refer to it during stump speeches, debates, media reports, Sunday morning talk shows, etc.
Margaret O'Brien -- "Journey for Margaret," "Meet Me in St Louis," "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes" -- was one of the biggest stars of her time. But Hollywood didn't believe that a delightful, spunky, preternaturally talented child actor could make it as an adult. But O'Brien, who turns 75 on January 15, is still as smart, fun, and youthful (she wears diamonds in her nose piercing!) as she ever was. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with her at the annual holiday banquet of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, one of O'Brien's favorite causes.
Will Ryan, leader of the Cactus County Cowboys, calls their brand of music "Cowboy Skiffle." They entertained Mickey Rooney, Margaret O'Brien, Rose Marie, and the rest of the crowd at the Southern California Motion Picture Council's annual holiday banquet, but Off-Ramp host John Rabe got a special preview as they were warming up. In this iteration, Ryan -- the voice of Tigger for 16 years -- is joined by Westy Westenhofer, John "Presto" Reynolds, "Chaparall Katie" Cavera, "Buckaroo Benny" Brydern, and "Cactus Chloe" Feoranzo.
At Merry Karnowsky Gallery's Vivian Maier exhibit, Off-Ramp host John Rabe ran into photographic revolutionary Chris Butler. He took Rabe's photo on an old-fashioned point-and-shoot and won't process the film for MONTHS.
Vivian Maier was a nanny for most of her life in Chicago, but now after John Maloof stumbled across her negatives at auction, she's one of the world's biggest art stories.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California Republican lawmaker and outspoken gun rights advocate has been cited for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a Sacramento-bound flight. TSA spokesman Nico Melendez says Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks had a Colt .
Team Off-Ramp -- John, Kevin (above), Raghu, James, Sam, and Jerry -- wishes you a happy, safe, and - fingers crossed - prosperous 2012!
From 1914 to 1916, Ernest Shackleton and his crew had one of the most unbelievable adventures in history. They set out to cross Antarctica, but got stuck in the ice for two years, and were rescued only after one of the most remarkable open-boat journeys in history. What's so unbelievable and remarkable? Every one of the crew survived, by dint of Shackleton's leadership qualities. "Walking Out of History," from Off-Ramp host John Rabe, tells their story with readings, interviews with two of today's leading explorers, and the actual voices of the crewmembers.