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
No surprise, but Mark Peel - owner of Campanile and The Tar Pit - has closed his restaurant The Point in Culver City, which opened in 2010 with a story on Off-Ramp.
Last year, Michael Cimarusti, the famed chef and owner of Providence LA, told us about a life-changing trip ... a chef's tour of Japan. As we told you on Off-Ramp, he left Japan brimming with new ideas, a new appreciation for Japan's cuisine and culture, and a bunch of new friends.
Remember your first new car?
Faithful readers will remember last year's magic show featuring John Rabe's brother Karl Rabe and Karl's son Bill performing predigious prestidigitation. They're back!
This morning, the Downtown Breakfast Club - a group of people who own, run, and encourage business in downtown LA - handed out its annual prizes for the best and worst downtown.
My friend Judi Laing has started a promising new series at her Booze News blog: "A Woman Walks Into a Bar..."
Typically, when I ran into him this morning outside his gallery - Take My Picture Gary Leonard - Gary was off to cover something. A groundbreaking. Who covers groundbreakings, and ribbon cuttings, and topping-off ceremonies (below) anymore? Gary does.
There's a special free event going on Friday evening that I'm a part of, and I hope you'll join me. It's the Collegiate Field Tournament, a friendly competition for Pasadena's outstanding and diverse centers of higher learning.
Peter Birmingham isn't trying to win friends, at least , not friends who don't know wine. In Judi Laing's spicey boozenews blog, the wine director and sommelier for the restaurant Hatfield's doesn't mince words.
Two Saturdays ago, Off-Ramp talked with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane about his gig at Club Nokia, singing his new album Music is Better than Words.
A couple news items caught my eye yesterday:
Simon Cowell, the man TV audiences loved to hate on "American Idol," launches his new show, "The X Factor," this fall. Actually, it's not so new - it's wildly successful in countries around the world, but is just now coming to America. Auditions for the U.S. version are Sunday in Los Angeles. Cowell told Off-Ramp host John Rabe how the new show will be better than the old one.
Off-Ramp contributor Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, may be many things - including author of the blockbuster The Legend of Bruce Lee.