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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"D is for Dog," a dark combo of stage acting, video, and puppetry that will leave you shaken and thinking about the nature and the future of man ... and his best friend.
An undated watercress sandwich from the LA Public Library online photo collection:
Is it just me?
Here's Jerry Sullivan in Santee Alley, back in the days when he was publishing and editing the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen, a scrappy community newspaper that lasted ten years, but succumbed to the Great Recession.
(Carnac the Magnificent. Image: NBC)
Brooke Gladstone and Ira Glass have joined celebrities, chefs, and others in the campaign to coerce the Pulitzer board to award one of the coveted journalism prizes to The Onion, the satirical website that once reported the merger of NASA and NASCAR .
(Rubenstein, Ford, and Cliburn, 1976. Credit: Van Cliburn Foundation.)