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

Flutist James Galway puts the derriere in "Londonderry Air" at Hollywood Bowl

I cut musicians, performing live, a lot of slack. But James Galway committed two cardinal sins tonite, and a lot of minor ones I'll leave to the likes of Alex Ross, Mark Swed, Jim Sveda, and the ghost of Alan Rich to address fully.

Free Peformance: Off-Ramp discovery Mateo Stoneman

Mateo Stoneman, the white mariachi with the voice of an angel, performs for free Friday (8-27) at noon at Grand Performances (300-350 S. Grand Avenue 90071) downtown, and I'll be introducing him.

Alex Ben Block's pop star daughter, Hayley Taylor, and her new album

If you can, make time tonight to see a rising star and Friend of Off-Ramp at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

Off-Ramp interview with Columbo co-creator, William Link

Who is this man with Peter Falk and why is he dressed like Columbo? He's William Link, who, with the late Richard Levinson, created Columbo ... not to mention Murder, She Wrote, Mannix, and many other television staples.

Charles Solomon: RIP Animator Satoshi Kon, 46

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon has a tribute in this morning's paper to Japanese animator Satoshi Kon, killed by cancer at just 46.

Finding out how hot it can get inside a parked car

No matter how many warnings are issued every year, a few babies and many more dogs die from the heat, locked inside parked cars. Just how hot can it get inside your parked car?

Peter Stenshoel’s Album of the Week

Every week, KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel displays a different album in his cubicle. Here's this week's selection. -- John

Tragedy for Comics Artist - Times doesn't print "Cathy" retirement response

Faithful readers will know that I read the comics in the newspaper every day. Imagine my horror this morning when I saw that one of my favorites, La Cucaracha, was missing.

Marc Haefele on forgotten Arab history of Ground Zero

The Return of Little SyriaBy Marc HaefeleIn all the discussions and arguments brought regarding the proposed P51 Islamic Community Center's proximity to the city of the World Trade Center in downtown New York, I'm astonished to see that one important historical fact hasn't turned up.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Sunday

In the Comments section, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

"Family Circus" Crosses the Line with Pit Hair Plot

*Usually, Family Circus, the 970-year old newspaper comic panel, is just inane.

Tour an unexpected treasure: Downtown LA's San Antonio Winery

Steve Riboli tours Rabe through his family's San Antonio Winery, which has made it more than 90 years through wars, Prohibition, recessions and a Depression, not to mention the Great California Wine Revolution.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Saturday

Simple. In the "Comments" segment below, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

Gary Leonard Joins LA Observed

I'm a little late to this, but it's great to see the feature Take My Picture Gary Leonard is now at LA Observed.