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

"A woman walks into a bar..." - New Blog Series

My friend Judi Laing has started a promising new series at her Booze News blog: "A Woman Walks Into a Bar..."

Start lining up now! Gary Leonard 60th birthday photo sale April 22d

Typically, when I ran into him this morning outside his gallery - Take My Picture Gary Leonard - Gary was off to cover something. A groundbreaking. Who covers groundbreakings, and ribbon cuttings, and topping-off ceremonies (below) anymore? Gary does.

Family Friendly Event Friday at PCC - Collegiate Field Tournament

There's a special free event going on Friday evening that I'm a part of, and I hope you'll join me. It's the Collegiate Field Tournament, a friendly competition for Pasadena's outstanding and diverse centers of higher learning.

NBC 4's Alycia Lane Shocked By Nudity


Hatfield's Sommelier Peter Birmingham Tells All

Peter Birmingham isn't trying to win friends, at least , not friends who don't know wine. In Judi Laing's spicey boozenews blog, the wine director and sommelier for the restaurant Hatfield's doesn't mince words.

Review: Seth Macfarlane Sings at Club Nokia

Two Saturdays ago, Off-Ramp talked with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane about his gig at Club Nokia, singing his new album Music is Better than Words.

Absolutely, a little power corrupts, too

A couple news items caught my eye yesterday:

Simon Cowell interview - Auditions in LA this weekend for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor'

Simon Cowell, the man TV audiences loved to hate on "American Idol," launches his new show, "The X Factor," this fall. Actually, it's not so new - it's wildly successful in countries around the world, but is just now coming to America. Auditions for the U.S. version are Sunday in Los Angeles. Cowell told Off-Ramp host John Rabe how the new show will be better than the old one.

Off-Ramp Commentator Alex Ben Block's Daughter Hayley Taylor Sings 1000% Better Than He Does

Off-Ramp contributor Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, may be many things - including author of the blockbuster The Legend of Bruce Lee.

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

If you live in Southern California, you’ve thought about it this week: “What’s happening in Japan could have happened to us.” Still, most people lack a basic emergency plan and emergency supplies.

R.H. Greene: Vampira Remembered


With passing of last US WW1 vet, we remember last California Doughboy

With the passing of Frank Buckles this Sunday, an era has ended. There are no more "doughboys" to bear witness to America's role in The War To End All Wars.

Lonely Wolverine Still in California

Three years after he was first spotted, and 89 years since the last of his kind was trapped here, the state's only wolverine is still stalking the Sierra Nevada. Off-Ramp Host John Rabe speaks with Bill Zielinski, a carnivore specialist with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, about the only known wolverine wandering California. CLICK THROUGH for a link to a real wolverine movie.

Snow Coming - Snapshot by Oscar-winner Emile Kuri

The talk of snow reminds me of this snapshot of a home in Los Feliz in 1948.

Short Short Story from Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

In his weekly KCET blog, KPCC's AdolfoGuzman-Lopez spins a short, tragic LA story.