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 twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ 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 art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

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.

PST: Long Beach Museum of Art was pioneering home for video art

Pacific Standard Time is all about making sure the world knows that Southern California has a huge place in world art. Starting in the early 1970s, the Long Beach Museum of Art was the pioneer in video art. The museum bought what was then very expensive equipment, and staffed it with experts, so artists could come in, explore, and make what turned out to be landmark works. Off-Ramp host John Rabe went to the opening of Exchange and Evolution at LBMA, which presents much of the video art made at the museum.

Norman Corwin, an appreciation by Joel Bellman

Joel Bellman, former radio journalist and Golden Mike winner and currently County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's press deputy, sends this remembrance of his friend and mentor, Norman Corwin, who died Tuesday at 101.