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
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.
If you live in Southern California, you’ve thought about it this week: “What’s happening in Japan could have happened to us.” Still, most people lack a basic emergency plan and emergency supplies.
With the passing of Frank Buckles this Sunday, an era has ended. There are no more "doughboys" to bear witness to America's role in The War To End All Wars.
Three years after he was first spotted, and 89 years since the last of his kind was trapped here, the state's only wolverine is still stalking the Sierra Nevada. Off-Ramp Host John Rabe speaks with Bill Zielinski, a carnivore specialist with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, about the only known wolverine wandering California. CLICK THROUGH for a link to a real wolverine movie.
The talk of snow reminds me of this snapshot of a home in Los Feliz in 1948.
In his weekly KCET blog, KPCC's AdolfoGuzman-Lopez spins a short, tragic LA story.
No, not a booty call. A bootie call. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Every year, actor and Off-Ramp contributor Barry Cutler burdens his friends with his Oscar prognostications. This year is no different. Please comment below if you agree or disagree with his predictions.
On Valentine's Day, LA Observed's Kevin Roderick presented a small map mystery from the LA Public Library archives.
Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams were the headliners in Neptune's Daughter, and their rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a knockout. But for my money, Betty Garrett -- who died Saturday morning at the age of 91 -- outperforms them in a parody version with Red Skelton.