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

Memo to Greuel: Make that $999,990 in equipment missing.

You probably reacted as I did when you heard that the city of LA can’t account for a million dollars in equipment.

UCSD’s better response to the Compton Cookout scandal: Engagement

I’ve been fairly critical of the UCSD students who put on the racist “Compton Cookout” party, and of UCSD’s tone-deafness in the aftermath, so it’s good to see – in an LA Times article by Larry Gordon — that the school is forging bonds with the city its students besmirched.

John Rabe Blog Places Quiz – Part Two

Here’s the next installment of my quiz. Where is this place?

Rabe announces revamped John Rabe Blog Quiz. Try your luck with Part One.

Since Charles Phoenix won the last John Rabe Blog Places Quiz in about five seconds flat, I’ve decided to make it a little harder, and will add entries the next couple days.

Horses in the street as Cypress Park kicks off Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrations got started this morning in Cypress Park with a couple of caballeros trotting down Cypress Avenue…

Crewest Gallery opens show; lets artist Gusmano Cesaretti smush his own work.

Crewest, a gallery on Winston Street (just off Main) in downtown Los Angeles, just opened a powerful exhibit of Gusmano Cesaretti’s work, and on opening night, the artist himself severely abused the prints on the wall.

How the Devils Hole Pupfish felt the big quake – very cool video from USGS

Remember the YouTube video of the swimming pool in Cerritos sloshing during the 6.9 quake on April 4, and remember how long that quake seemed to last to us here in Southern California?

Can they be serious? UC San Diego touting its 'happiest' status

Maybe you missed it, but UC San Diego has been named among the “happiest colleges” in the country.

Confessions from the KPCC Coffee Klatsch

(Credit: Josh Berman)

David Cay Johnston, who uncovered Chief Gates’ spy operation, podcasts on the ancient beginnings of the economy

(Photo: Bags of coins are emptied into a tub that sorts out bad or foreign coins". Photograph dated: Oct. 15, 1989. Credit: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/LAPL/Herald-Exminer collection.)

Tom Hanks supports KPCC with special Off-Ramp interview with John Rabe

All of our board members beat the KPCC drum as loudly as they can, and have been instrumental in our success over the last ten years as we’ve become a centering institution in Southern California.

More on the late Daryl Gates – reporter says Gates’ spy group kept local officials and LA Times from going after him.

Friends and admirers of the late LAPD chief Daryl Gates may think I’m piling on by adding more negatives to the chief’s history, but it’s not journalism’s job to be respectful. It’s our job to fill in the picture when it matters.

Bill Rabe, Special Olympian, performs magic with his dad, Karl Rabe, and – no surprise to Uncle John Rabe – steals the show.

The movie embedded below is one of the funniest, heartwarming, and entertaining movies I’ve seen in years. It happens to feature my brother Karl and his son, Bill, an intellectually disabled 20-year-old with limited speech.

Bad news for King Sunny Ade fans in Los Angeles – North American Tour canceled.

I had hoped to see King Sunny Ade at The Echoplex May 7, but it isn’t going to happen.

Contest: Identify the historic site and win fame.

My husband Julian and I were somewhere semi-famous in Southern California the other day and took some pictures.