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

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week

My colleague Peter Stenshoel intrigues me on a regular basis. Every week, there's a different old album on his desk. Here's this week's pick:

Rabe talks with Vikram Jayanti, filmmaker: "The Agony & The Ecstasy of Phil Spector"

I approached "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," the new documentary about the convicted killer and fabled music producer by Vikram Jayanti, with trepidation. If the jury was wrong and Spector did not kill Lana Clarkson at his castle in Alhambra .

Photographer Vince Gonzales gives new life to vintage film equipment

Photographer Vince Gonzales' new show at the Pickford Center focuses on film projectors and captures -- somehow -- the spirits of the generations of filmmakers who used the equipment.

Off-Ramp special on 65th Anniversary of VJ Day

America -- including these celebrants in Los Angeles -- erupted in joy and relief on August 14, 1945.

Rabe carps about Leno's dumb people shtick

I see in LA Observed today that Jay Leno is still at it, faking segments that make the general public look stupid.

Entertainment Legend Lou Adler Q&A with Alex Ben Block on Off-Ramp

I've just posted a 40-minute interview with entertainment industry legend Lou Adler as a special Off-Ramp podcast. Like Jack and Lou, for this one, I sat on the sidelines, and let Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, conduct the interview.

Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White visits KPCC

Just the other day I was telling my friends Zack and Rob that if you've never been the Hollywood Bowl, the upcoming Earth, Wind & Fire concerts -- September 3 & 4, with fireworks! -- would be the ones to see.

Old Town's coffee scene gets smarter, with new Intelligentsia in Pasadena

I'm 44, not 4, but I'd love a big pasta bowl with a picture of a tiger on the bottom that I got to see when I finished my meal. I also loved the little sake cups my dad brought back from Occupied Japan with a geisha who appeared on the bottom when the sake was poured in.

Rabe talks with Slake writers and editors about the "slow lit" mag's philosophy

When I started Off-Ramp four years ago, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted it to be, but I knew what I didn't want on the show. I didn't want snark. I didn't want NPR-style featurization* of Los Angeles.

Good Eats at Big Boy nee Johnie's Broiler

(Photo by Julian Bermudez. All others by John Rabe.)

LA Photo Contest Winner - Baby Wins Book

In last week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, I offered Kevin McCollister's, East of West LA, a slim new volume of LA photographs as a prize for the best listener photo of LA. (McCollister has many more photos on his blog.

Queen's Brian May has a 3D photo obsession and a new book

Brian May wraps 40-year project by publishing first complete book of TR Williams's c. 1850 photos of an English village ... they're in stuning 3D.

LA Times Finally "Discovers" Local Artist David Weidman

In a blog entry and a feature piece this weekend, the Los Angeles Times finally noticed local printmaker and sculptor David Weidman, calling him "the most famous unknown artist."

Palindrome to be renamed by KPCC listeners.

So many dynamos.