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

“Queen’s” Brian May saves 3-D photos of tiny English village from obscurity in new book: “A Village Lost and Found.”

On the left, that’s Brian May, the Renaissance man who was busy taking 3-D photos when he was making it huge with Queen. Between him and me, Elena Vidal, his co-author on ”A Village Lost and Found”, a huge, lovingly compiled book about a set of stereo photo cards issued 150 years ago.

Grate Conflation, or Dylan Brody Won't Retweet From Palin's "refudiate"

In the great tradition of doublespeakers John Charles McCabe and former President Franklin Marshall, Dylan Brody sent in this defense of Sarah Palin's mis-Tweet. We invite responses in the comment section below.

When jet-setting reporter Charlie Le Duff became a stay-at-home-dad

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie LeDuff gave up his jet-set life to become a stay-at-home dad. "I find myself staring into the rearview mirror of my career."

New kudos for Stenshoel's cassette album. (Cassettes were magic devices that made old people happy.)

KPCC engineer Peter Stenshoel sent me an e-mail the other day:

Animator Pres Romanillos fighting leukemia; animators raising money with outstanding art auction

The name Pres Romanillos is not a household name … unless you’re in the Lasseter, Musker, Disney, Back, Canemaker, or Bird households. Pres is an animator who most recently worked on "The Princess and the Frog" at Disney and "Shrek 4" at DreamWorks.

Why mass e-mails don’t work, or The Mystery of the Black Giraffe

From time to time, I’ve railed against the inefficiency of mass marketing e-mails. This one takes the cake:

Animation expert Charles Solomon literally wrote the book on Toy Story 3 - it's in bookstores today.

“The Art of Toy Story 3” hits bookstores today, with text written by Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon.

Queena Kim ankles KPCC's Off-Ramp; SF to benefit.

It’s with a mix of sadness (for us) and happiness (for her) that I let you know that Queena Kim is leaving Off-Ramp and KPCC. Since Off-Ramp started in 2006, she’s been its producer/reporter, and has been integral to its success (a cume of 106,700 in the March Arbitron®).

New Off-Ramp Video – The Modern Candle that Kills the Mood

I just realized this movie reflects my growing age-related crankiness. Feel free to write an Andy Rooney parody script in the comments section.

Avatar, Schmavatar! Come to an indie 3-D film festival Saturday

Mainstream blockbuster movies in 3-D are commonplace now, but just a few years ago, they were hard-to-find curiosities. But they’re old hat to the members of the L.A. 3-D Club. Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, the club is hosting its 7th international independent 3-D film festival, with a selection of about 20 long and short features.

Triple-threat Joel Grey on Off-Ramp this weekend.

Monday, the Geffen Playhouse is hosting a staged reading of “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s wrenching play about the AIDS crisis. This performance is a 25th anniversary benefit performance for a clinic at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.

George Jessel’s "Lena Horne at the Stork Club story," via Milton Berle, via Hank Rosenfeld

Lena Horne’s death Sunday, at 92, triggered this letter to the John Rabe Blog from Hank Rosenfeld. For the kids, George Jessel was a famous actor and producer known as “America’s Toastmaster General.

Violin Master Class here at KPCC!

This is very cool. When we started thinking about all the things we could do in our new Crawford Family Forum, I imagined interviews, forums, town hall meetings, debates, movies, and maybe even a variety show, but I never envisioned the event that’s coming this week.

New Off-Ramp movie of “Fanatic” artist, Edward Walton Wilcox

To accompany my Off-Ramp interview with medieval revivalist painter and sculptor Edward Walton Wilcox, I made a little movie of some of his new works.

Rabe and husband attend LBMA gala at new Nordstrom in Cerritos, do not buy $800 shoes.

Nordstrom held a big bash last night as a benefit for the Long Beach Museum of Art.