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

Street artists sue, saying AEG destroyed their art

AEG, which owns the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live, is being sued in federal court for allegedly destroying artwork by three California artists, Mear One, Chor Boogie, and Shark Toof. They did their high-end street art in a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton for an LA Art Show event, allegedly with the understanding that it was on-loan, and would be returned.

South Coast Plaza apparently dreaming of a white Christmas

The South Coast Plaza "Holiday 2011" ad magazine just arrived with the morning paper, and guess what? All of the adult models in the magazine are white. What's the matter, South Coast Plaza, couldn't you get any of your store employees to model for you? Is the implication that people who shop at South Coast Plaza are scared by images of adults of color? I can hardly believe that.

South Pasadena school district to kids: No Fun!

'Girl number twenty,' said the gentleman, smiling in the calm strength of knowledge.

Bikes for Marine and Navy kids

Here's a non-controverial statement: Kids need bikes.

A glass made of milk?

When travelling abroad in the Continental style,It's my belief one must attempt to be discreetAnd subsequently bear in mind your transient positionAllows you a perspective that's unique.

Occupy LA - the scene at City Hall on Monday and Tuesday

Sam Slovick, a trans-platform journalist, guides Off-Ramp host John Rabe through Occupy LA's encampment at LA City Hall on Monday and Tuesday, November 7 and 8, 2011.

Upper Peninsula trivia

We get mail.

Cancel Penn State's football season?

Joe Paterno has been sacked. He knew of the allegations and didn't go to the police, and admits as much. Penn State President Graham Spanier said, "the buck stops here," and WAS FIRED BY THE SCHOOL'S TRUSTEES (CORRECTED FROM "resigned").

Veterans Day in Cypress Park

We don't have a lot of things that are consistently neat and tidy in my neighborhood, Cypress Park, but the Veterans Memorial, built and maintained by volunteers, is one of them. Saturday it'll be the scene once again of the annual observance of Veterans Day, and for once, the sounds of gunshots will be welcome.

Jazz at the A Frame - great jazz in Betty Hoover's livingroom

Jazz at the A Frame, Betty Hoover's delightful home, might be LA's best jazz club. It's probably the best place to hear jazz ... not cell-phones, talkers, or clinking glasses and plates.

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.