John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

John Rabe bio photo
Contact John Rabe

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

RIP Karl Benjamin, art trailblazer, "hard-edge" but happy

RIP Karl Benjamin, post-war art trailblazer: "I can think of no other artist whose paintings exude the joy and pleasure of being an artist with more intensity than Karl Benjamin."

20 years after Magic: a new face of AIDS

Twenty years ago, Magic Johnson announced publicly that he was HIV-positive. That was the year a young woman named Temper Goldie was born in Oceanside. Like Magic, Goldie is HIV-positive, but because of what Magic did, she can be open about it. KPCC’s John Rabe spoke with Goldie at Occupy LA.

David Dean Bottrell makes love, life, laughs

David Dean Bottrell, the screenwriter and actor, is back with another run of his one-man show "David Dean Bottrell Makes Love." The show is a collection of stories about Bottrell's life experiences with love.

Jim Meskimen's "Jimpressions" show returns to The Acting Center

If you loved hearing Jim Meskimen's impressions of everyone from George W. Bush to Droopy Dog on Off-Ramp in September, his one-man show is returning to The Acting Center, and I highly recommend it.

"Airborne" -- New R.H. Greene radio documentary about Orson Welles' radio career

Editor's note: Here are some thoughts on the new Off-Ramp documentary special Airborne: A Life in Radio with Orson Welles, from R.H. Greene, which debuts Saturday, October 29, at noon on Off-Ramp.

PST: Long Beach Museum of Art was pioneering home for video art

Pacific Standard Time is all about making sure the world knows that Southern California has a huge place in world art. Starting in the early 1970s, the Long Beach Museum of Art was the pioneer in video art. The museum bought what was then very expensive equipment, and staffed it with experts, so artists could come in, explore, and make what turned out to be landmark works. Off-Ramp host John Rabe went to the opening of Exchange and Evolution at LBMA, which presents much of the video art made at the museum.

Norman Corwin, an appreciation by Joel Bellman

Joel Bellman, former radio journalist and Golden Mike winner and currently County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's press deputy, sends this remembrance of his friend and mentor, Norman Corwin, who died Tuesday at 101.

Getty shows Valentine's big idea

It's a 12' x 8', almost 2-ton, polyester resin sculpture made by De Wain Valentine in the 1970s. It encapsulates what "Pacific Standard Time" is all about: it's a groundbreaking piece, made here, and is a bear to take care of.

Rabe on Bertelsmann rumor: "Calm down! I'm not going anywhere."

This headline in Variety ...

Massage tour of L.A.: "The Spa Less Traveled"

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Gail Herndon and Brenda Goldstein, who tried dozens of ethnic spas across L.A. for their new guidebook, "The Spa Less Traveled."

Fighting bullying with jiu-jitsu in East Pasadena

Off-Ramp host John Rabe visits Gracie Barra, a jiu-jitsu center in East Pasadena that teaches kids self-defense skills, but – more importantly – teaches them self-respect.

Grand opening for "Pacific Standard Time" at the Getty

This weekend marks the grand opening of the biggest and most ambitious art project Southern California - and maybe the world - has ever seen. For the next six months, 60 cultural institutions and 70 galleries are collaborating on "Pacific Standard Time," which documents art made in LA from 1945 to 1980. The Getty Foundation is footing much of the bill with ten-million dollars in grants, and on Tuesday the Getty hosted the press opening. Off-Ramp's John Rabe was there.

Off-Ramp scoops CBS with "Andy Rooney" retirement message

"Andy Rooney" has long been a staple of Off-Ramp. Here, he muses about his 320 years on CBS, and the people who've made a living imitating him.

Remembering Alan Deane, member of KPCC's extended family

Word came last week that Alan Deane, who attended nearly every event at our Crawford Family Forum, died in a bike accident. Deane called himself "homeless by choice," crafting what seemed – for him – to be a satisfying if unconventional life. Off-Ramp host talks with KPCC's Jon Cohn, Jenny Smith and Sharon McNary about their memories of Deane.

Oktoberfest fills Alpine Village, jung und alt

For the 44th year in a row, Oktoberfest is packing them in at Alpine Village, off the Torrance exit of the 110. It's beer, brats, and brass bands every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday under a huge tent.