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 twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ 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 art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

Virtual Vintage Tour of Wilshire Blvd

Saturday at 2pm, the Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library are putting on what looks to be a very cool, low-key event called The Wilshire Slides, 1978–79. It's at the Taper Auditorium at the Central Library, and is presented by Annie Laskey, Shannon Simonds, and Eric Lynxwiler.

Huell Howser's retiring: A remembrance

His shows told the stories of thousands of Californians and helped millions more learn about California's history. He's reportedly retiring, but he's left his mark on the state.

Vintage Store Find - Pics Need Identification

I found these at a vintage store (sorry, you'll have to discover it yourself) this weekend for two bucks apiece. Does anyone out there know where this was taken, who the participants might be, and what their masks and stilts, etc.

D is for Dog, Dark, and Daring

"D is for Dog," a dark combo of stage acting, video, and puppetry that will leave you shaken and thinking about the nature and the future of man ... and his best friend.

Tea Party Scandal

An undated watercress sandwich from the LA Public Library online photo collection:

Radcliffe v. Downey

Is it just me?

Jerry Sullivan lands on feet, and then some: just named editor of OCBJ.

Here's Jerry Sullivan in Santee Alley, back in the days when he was publishing and editing the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen, a scrappy community newspaper that lasted ten years, but succumbed to the Great Recession.

Carnac Returns with first Whitey Bulger joke

(Carnac the Magnificent. Image: NBC)

The Onion enlists public radio personalities in Pulitzer bid; Ira Glass channels Andrew Dice Clay

Brooke Gladstone and Ira Glass have joined celebrities, chefs, and others in the campaign to coerce the Pulitzer board to award one of the coveted journalism prizes to The Onion, the satirical website that once reported the merger of NASA and NASCAR .

And dig the hair! Van Cliburn returns to Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow for first time.

(Rubenstein, Ford, and Cliburn, 1976. Credit: Van Cliburn Foundation.)

Google Ads Add to Bizarre-ness of Schwarzenegger Scandal

Hello! magazine is out with an exclusive interview with Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper, the mother of his love/lust child.

Westside Rap from Whole Foods

He's no Ryan Higa. That's all I'll say.

Whither Wahoo?

Looking for Art Blvd the other day, I once again ran across one of the most intriguing place names in LA: Wahoo, which lies northwest of Sun Valley, near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street.

Red Light Camera Controversy

The LA Police Commission just voted to stop the city's Red Light Camera program. The police say the 32 cameras deter idiots (my word) from running red lights; the Commission says it's not proven.

Wiener Controversy: Papaya King Serves Up Fresh Hot Dogs and Tired Cliche

Can you read the billboard? It's an ad for Papaya King, the new hot dog stand that's just arrived from New York, and it says, "Leaving Stains on Casting Couches All Over LA." Another says, “We’re 100 percent natural.