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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

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.

Hank Rosenfeld and John Rabe remember Ernie Harwell, Hall of Fame baseball announcer.

Ernie Harwell died Tuesday. He was 92 and had cancer and had prepared everybody – everybody being millions of baseball fans who listened to him on the radio in Detroit for forty years, and colleagues, like Vin Scully, who remembered his gentleness and professionalism.

Rabe does New Yorker magazine one better with Marmaduke caption contest.

Tired of the New Yorker Caption Contest rejecting your best ideas?

John Rabe Blog Places Quiz – Part Three

Here’s the next installment of my quiz. Where is this place? Hint: it's not the headquarters of 3-Day Vertical Blinds, Inc.

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.