John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
The first time I went to the Orange County Museum of Art's CA Biennial, I thought it was so good, they should hold it every year. We interviewed a dozen of the artists and ran them for months on Off-Ramp.
Today I'm beginning a new occasional feature of the John Rabe Blog in which I kibitz the work of established, respected advice columnists. Today, The Ethicist, Randy Cohen's regular feature in the New York Times Magazine.
Comic-Con draws 130,000 people to San Diego every year, bringing in something like $163 million, so you could understand why LA wanted the convention to move here.
What a relief. LA Observed brings together a couple reports that say Ed Rosenthal was found in Joshua Tree and airlifted out. He's not out of the woods, but was talking to his rescuers.
A few weeks ago, Off-Ramp told you about the Casa Italiana Opera Company, an all-volunteer group that puts on operas a few times a year at the cultural center next to St Peter's Italian Church, just north of LA's Chinatown.
Here I am in 1924, enjoying a delicious scoop of ice cream. Tomorrow, I'll be heading to El Monte to visit the Thrifty ice cream plant in El Monte, inspired by Nancy Luna's delicious OC Register article about the company.
This just arrived in my in box:
(Sayle in Nepal, 1971. Credit: John Cleare/Mountain Camera Picture Library)
(Barry Cutler, by John Rabe.)
(Family on a walk in Eaton Canyon. Image: Carolyn Kozo Cole.)
I just got a note from my friend Jade Gordon that she and Ian Marshall have opened a new record store in Highland Park. Jade is a member of the performance troupe My Barbarian and an actor (Sugartown).
Every week, KPCC Engineer Peter Stenshoel brings in an album for his workers to look at. Here's this week's selection.
I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton's Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been "sold."
Maybe you were paying attention in May, when the city changed its parking meter enforcement policy, but I missed it.
I just posted and released as an Off-Ramp podcast the long version of my interview with members of The Sacred Fools Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre collective in Hollywood that just opened its 14th season.