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
Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.
We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."
Kristen Bell and John Rabe star in a new "Veronica Mars" parody video, and Bell reveals the shocking truth behind the movie's cameos.
Robert Hilburn, the only music writer at the Folsom Prison concert, tells an audience at the Crawford Family Forum the real Johnny Cash story.
John Rabe talks with the "Veronica Mars" star about making the movie version of her hit show, seven years later, and the scourge of paparazzi who target celebs' kids.
KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez crashes a rehearsal by El Haru Kuroi, an East L.A. band with musical roots in Mexico, South America, and Africa.
This week the Hammer Museum announced the 35 artists who will be in Made in LA for 2014. Reporter Jori Finkel joins us to talk about the biennial event.
Preservationists and environmentalists want the city to turn a bridge into a park — much like NYC's High Line — after its replacement is built. The Mayor says no.
Media attention helps Rufus's current owners see that he could be the star of their new Chinese restaurant; friends of Damon's disappointed.
The real question is why were people so intrigued, beyond the free coffee and a souvenir Dumb Starbucks cup?
Lynn Garrett of HiddenLA gives us an update on efforts to move Rufus, the ancient pacu, from the old Bahooka to Damon's.
An exclusive, un-aired interview with the late Sid Caesar, the man who invented sketch comedy for television.
Where to go for dinner with your lover that doesn't make you part of the Valentine's Industry.
KPCC's John Rabe and Only a Game's Doug Tribou wonder if the Stan Kroenke's purchase of land in Inglewood means the NFL is really returning to LA.
A new documentary shows us how auto racing is intimately tied to L.A.'s history, and how your daily commute might be taking you down the straightaway or a Dead Man's Curve of a long-defunct racetrack.