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

What causes hearing loss in 1 of 5 US teens?

A recent health study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 1 out of 5 U.S. teens have observable hearing loss, a 30 percent increase over the last 15 years. More than a third of these cases are caused by over-exposure to excessive sound levels, like loud music or lawnmowers. Dr. John House of the House Research Institute explains how these hearing issues are caused.

Words With Friends and Its Awful Tie Rule

There are a few things that bug me about Words With Friends, the popular Scrabble®-esque app: The ads, if you're using the free version. The sounds - bloop bloop bloop -- if you don't have the sense to turn them off.

Wayne White, Off-Ramp Profilee, Opens New (Puppet) Show

Wayne White, known most recently for his word paintings, just opened a new show, Sand Mountain Tractor, at Western Project gallery in Culver City. There are tons of drawings, but for my money, the stars of the show are the puppets.

Newton Minow makes big splash with 'Vast Wasteland' speech - 50 years ago today

Fifty years ago today, the brash young chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow, gave what would become one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century. The official title of his address was “Television and the Public Interest,” but it became known as the Vast Wasteland speech.

Rabe's Vegetable Oil Conversion Causes Atherosclerosis

It's vaguely possible you've heard that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That's the moral of my detour into running a car on vegetable oil I scavenged from restaurants.

Craigslist watch offer blends roller derby, Scott Carpenter, good dad in tale rich with SoCal local history

Browsing Craigslist for an entirely different thing (not that!), I came across the following entry. I don't know if the story is true, but I don't care. In any case, it makes me want the watch.

Trump stumped?

"Oh, wait a second," Trump said. "Hawaii is a state?"

Smoked Bloaters? New menu project reveals old breakfast food.

(Image: New York Public Library)

B-Burro, S-Spellcheck

Is this the Burro of Street Services?

RIP Rich McKee - Open Government Champion

By all accounts, Rich McKee was a bulldog when it came to fighting for open government. He died Saturday at the age of 62, and Karen Ocamb has written a loving tribute.

Reminder: Gary Leonard 60th Birthday Sale Tonite

We gave you a head's up a couple weeks ago. Tonite's the big night - from 7-11!

Mark Peel's The Point Closes in Culver City

No surprise, but Mark Peel - owner of Campanile and The Tar Pit - has closed his restaurant The Point in Culver City, which opened in 2010 with a story on Off-Ramp.

Providence's Cimarusti Participates Japan Quake Benefit

Last year, Michael Cimarusti, the famed chef and owner of Providence LA, told us about a life-changing trip ... a chef's tour of Japan. As we told you on Off-Ramp, he left Japan brimming with new ideas, a new appreciation for Japan's cuisine and culture, and a bunch of new friends.

Driver Wrecks Car, Hurts KPCC Building!

Remember your first new car?