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

Banish your pet language peeves - Deadline Dec 15

Every year, Lake Superior State University in Soo, Michigan banishes words and phrases from the English language.

Duelling Celebrity "Night Before Christmas" readings

31 voiceover professionals -- as Voices for Children -- have recorded Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. There'll also be a live performance Christmas Eve.

Why does Milton Love love fish?

Which is the ugliest fish of all? Which is the cutest? Why would kids have freaked out if marine biologist Milton Love had written the screenplay for Finding Nemo? These and many more questions are answered in Off-Ramp host John Rabe's in-depth interview with Love, who is also an Off-Ramp commentator. Love has just published "Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast."

Off-Ramp Facebook trains to Santa Barbara

In case you missed it yesterday, I took the train to Santa Barbara to interview marine biologist Milton Love about his new book, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast.

John Rabe on the street at Occupy LA raid

Off-Ramp host John Rabe reporting from Tuesday night's LAPD raid on the Occupy LA encampment on the lawn of City Hall.

Occupy LA Raid from inside the park - Frank Stoltze on a tents situation

Off-Ramp host John Rabe was kept out of the encampment after the LAPD raid started, but KPCC's Frank Stoltze was part of the media pool allowed to witness the arrests firsthand. John and Frank met across the street from City Hall Friday morning to recount what Frank saw.

Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide, 1969-????

The face on the cover of "Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide" is a little older but the 43-year-old book series still retains its comfortable heft, in terms of weight and respectability.

Off-Ramp Maltin Haiku winner

In this week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, which goes out to thousands of Off-Ramp fans, we offered a copy of the 2012 edition of Leonard Maltin's movie guide for the best haiku about a movie.

Wind Alternative: New Punchy Players cartoon with Judy and Liza

Judy Garland and daughter Liza Minnelli go shopping and run into Ann Miller in this new Punchy Players animated.

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?