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

Family Circus Miracle Baby: PJ's First Words?

It's yet another refrigerator door moment for the world's least amazing newspaper comic strip.

Justice Department settles with city of Walnut over religous discrimination allegations

The city of Walnut has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of religious discrimination. The department filed the suit after the city’s planning commission rejected a conditional use permit for the Chung Tai Zen Center three years ago.

Lisa See's "Dreams of Joy" ... or "Joy Has Two Mommies"

Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls" ended with a cliffhanger, but now it's payback time in the historically rich See-quel, "Dreams of Joy," fills in Americans on Mao's disastrous Great Leap Forward.

Hideki Irabu, former Yankees pitcher, found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes. The county sheriff says he apparently killed himself. He was 42.

What'd They Say? New Work on Display at Getty

I get the Getty's emails and got all excited when I saw this one:

Lineup Set for KPCC/The Comedy Store free event, and there's still room for you.

UPDATE: We've firmed up the list of comics appearing at our taping at The Comedy Store this Saturday night, and there are still seats available. (See below for all details.)

Selfish or Illegal? Space blockers not much better than Bynum.

Like mini-Andrew Bynums, these people were all parked immorally Sunday afternoon on North Stanley Avenue in Hollywood. They're all parked in the middle of what should be two spaces.

HELD OVER! David Dean Bottrell Makes Love - Hilarious, profane, touching one-man show

Good news! David Dean Bottrell writes to say that his one-man show has been extended through August 3d. I'd like to say it was the Power of Off-Ramp, but it's really because of the strength of Bottrell's performance.

"Sugar Daddies" Pitch Sets Back Cause About 100 Years

Most of the pitches we get for possible radio segments are fine. They may not be right for Off-Ramp, but they're not actually insulting. This one crosses the line and makes me wonder if they weren't consciously waiting for Betty Ford, champion of the ERA, to die before putting it out there:

The Comedy Store/KPCC Free Event

You're invited to a taping of The Comedy Store, a new radio show recorded live at The Comedy Store, LA's oldest comedy club and the springboard for Jim Carrey, David Letterman, and many others.

Monster Movie Matinees at LACMA

There's a great schedule of classic monster movie matinees at LACMA for the next couple of months. Bring the kids! All the monster matinees are at 2pm.

A Slightly Stinky Jewel in Van Nuys

One of the delights of not being a SoCal native is running across stuff that most people already know about, like the 6.5 acre Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, interwoven with the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.

Virtual Vintage Tour of Wilshire Blvd

Saturday at 2pm, the Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library are putting on what looks to be a very cool, low-key event called The Wilshire Slides, 1978–79. It's at the Taper Auditorium at the Central Library, and is presented by Annie Laskey, Shannon Simonds, and Eric Lynxwiler.

Huell Howser's retiring: A remembrance

His shows told the stories of thousands of Californians and helped millions more learn about California's history. He's reportedly retiring, but he's left his mark on the state.

Vintage Store Find - Pics Need Identification

I found these at a vintage store (sorry, you'll have to discover it yourself) this weekend for two bucks apiece. Does anyone out there know where this was taken, who the participants might be, and what their masks and stilts, etc.