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

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

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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.

LA Regional Food Bank as poverty barometer

The latest US Census numbers show more Americans are living under the poverty line than at any time in the last 52 years, when they started keeping track of the statistic. This was no surprise to Michael Flood, head of the LA Regional Food Bank, who met Off-Ramp host John Rabe in the warehouse of the Food Bank's South L.A. headquarters.

Angel City Jazz Festival

On Off-Ramp this week, we featured just one band -- Todd Sickafoose & Tiny resistors -- from the many appearing at the 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival. Check out the link for even more, and the venues they'll be playing at across LA through Oct. 2.

FIDM's "Fabulous" shows best of fashion museum

Aspiring painters go to the Louvre, student architects go to the Ennis House, and young fashion designers can go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising's museum in downtown Los Angeles, home to thousands of pieces of clothing, dating back centuries. FIDM curator Kevin Jones showed Off-Ramp's John Rabe the museum's newest exhibit, a ten-year retrospective. (Listen for the fashion fetish that became a collector's dream.)

Jim Meskimen, world's greatest impressionist

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Jim Meskimen, man of a thousand voices, including Robin Williams, Kirk Douglas, Charleton Heston, Woody Allen, and Droopy Dog.

"I live on the smell of daffodils." Brother Theodore lives again.

Every once in a while, I need a dose of the absurd logic of Brother Theodore.

Rabe's "LA Name Game"

Unlike any other city I've lived in -- Philly, Fort Myers, Minneapolis, East Lansing, The Soo -- Los Angeles place and street names take on a new life in my head. They become people's names to me.

Glendale's squatting coyotes safe for now

L.A. County now says the idea to euthanize coyotes that are squatting in a burned-out house in north Glendale was never anything but the last resort. Better to let them be scared off, it says, when the house finally gets demolished.

"Lucky Bamboo" mosquitoes - Asian tigers - return to SoCal, bite all day.

An Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) doing its thing. Image: James Gathany/CDC.