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

It’s not absurd! KPCC’s Kitty Felde wins Drama Critics Circle award by a “nose” for "Gogol Project"

Sustained applause, please, for KPCC Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde for winning the Drama Critics Circle award for best writing (adaptation) for her work on "Gogol Project," with Rogue Artists Ensemble and Bootleg Theater.

“Vast Wasteland” Guggenheim Juggernaut picks up speed with twofer on Isabel Street

For the uninitiated, I’ve been shooting abandoned tv’s in my neighborhood. I’m not sure why they struck me as picturesque, but they did. They’re kind of sad and emblematic ... and I’m also ticked off that people litter so freely and with such impugnity in my ‘hood.

Rabe on LAPD parking garage at night, Moby, Tex Avery, Surrealist Film Fest, and editing.

Julian, George, and I attended the International Surrealist Film Festival Sunday night.

Cute baby warning: newest Off-Ramp listener receives special blessing from Carl Kasell.

Elizabeth and Mark Power-Robison, longtime KPCC supporters and FOO’s – Friends of Off-Ramp – came by the open house we threw Sunday to christen the Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum.

Sushi Restaurants - New Economic Barometer

Blogespondent Jerry Sullivan, editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, writes:

Save the Date! April 3d at the Rose Bowl. The Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament – emcee’d by KPCC’s John Rabe.

Historic Event: April 3, Seven Pasadena Higher-Ed Schools to Compete at Rose Bowl from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.KPCC's John Rabe will be master of ceremonies at a fun event on Saturday, April 3d, at the Rose Bowl that brings the diverse higher education institutions of Pasadena together for the first time.

Glenn Camhi gets LA in new 3-minute film.

Glenn Camhi, KPCC listener and supporter, is a winner in our hearts, even though he didn’t win Los Angeles Magazine’s Get LA short film contest.

Winter of their Discontent: Tragedy Ensues in Soo, Michigan After Bad Weather Delays Annual Snowman Burning.

As a veteran Snowman Burner myself, I understand how disappointed the people of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (my hometown) were when they had to postpone the 40th annual Snowman Burning today.

Big Oil v AB 32 - A Note from Herman Trabish

Here's a note from one of my Blogespondents, Herman Trabish, of New Energy News, which covers developments in "new energy," like wind and solar.

Come support Surrealist Film at the Downtown Independent Sunday night … and not incidentally watch Rabe’s film, “The Vigil.”

Paul Yates, founder of Surrealist Film Fest, discovers surrealist art in Silverlake from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.KPCC's John Rabe interviews surrealist Paul Yates about the International Surrealist Film Festival, Sunday, March 21st, at Downtown Independent Theatre, at 8pm.

Viva Villegas and Azucuena Maldonado’s Latina Golfers Association

I got an e-mail from one of my correspondents, Jerry Sullivan. Jerry is editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, a community newspaper that serves Downtown LA and surrounding areas, and he’s seen above in one of his favorite downtown haunts, demonstrating the Turkish tea caddy.

Triathletes now have diagnosis - Trizophrenia -from “Frazz’s” Jef Mallett, inveterate biker, runner, & swimmer.

Just in time for the LA Marathon, comic strip artist Jeff Mallett joins Off-Ramp to talk about his other love, besides his wife, his dog, and art: participating in triathlons. He explains it all -- including the goofy grin and his "TriCave" in his new book, "Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete.

The Original Governator – Jesse Ventura comes to KPCC

I’d like to say I recognized the twinkle in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s eye when I interviewed him at Jesse Ventura’s gubernatorial inauguration back in the 1990s, but I’m sure the event planted a seed.