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

John Rabe tells Idaho about the earthquake on brother James Rabe’s morning show.

My brother James is the morning jock at 99.9-The Buzz in Twin Falls, Idaho, and he called me up this morning to interview me about the 7.2 Guadalupe Victoria quake. If I sound sleepy, sue me.

New York Times misses mark on probable Vishniac photo fictions

I’d love to know what Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, and James Frey – not to mention late lamented and embattled photographers Robert Capa and Joe Rosenthal -- think about the New York Times’ kid-glove treatment of Roman Vishniac this weekend.

Rabe's Neighbor Oscar's Damned Green Thumb

You’ll remember a few weeks ago I blogged about my neighbor Oscar’s garden. Oscar is a skilled gardener who feeds his family with the food he raises in the vacant lot across from his house.

A “reggae cave” in Echo Park holds one of world’s biggest reggae collections

Jerry Sullivan sent me a heads up on a piece he’s running in his paper, The LA Garment and Citizen, about Roger Steffens and his love of reggae.

Collegiate Competition at Rose Bowl this weekend - with Rabe as MC

There's still space for you at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

“There’s Something About Larry” -- John Rabe interviews Larry Mantle for Airtalk’s 25 Birthday.

Larry Mantle is seemingly unflappable. I say “seemingly” because in our q+a last night at the Crawford Family Forum here at the Mohn Broadcast Center he admitted to feeling flappable on the inside when an earthquake rocked the studio a couple years ago.

Off-Ramp listener Felicia Friesema shares her vintage cookbook haul.

Inspired after reading my entry on the Gourmet Cookbook, FOO (Friend of Off-Ramp) Felicia Friesema sent this in …

Female Pols “Too Busy to Cheat” – Really?

We’ve posted an item from NPR about why male politicians seem to have affairs at a much higher rate than female politicians.

Eat-Los Angeles on Gastropubs – New Off-Ramp regular food feature.

If you want to hang out with friends and have a drink and a bite some evening, and have a few people join you and have a few people leave, maybe you don’t want to go to Spago or The Sizzler.

Rabe Film Wins Surreal Punchline Award – The Fish Trophy

Here’s a surrealist's joke: “How many pancakes does it take to build a dog house? Fish don't eat ice cream.” And THAT’S why I won the Fish Trophy at the International Surrealist Film Festival.

Jewish group spends Passover in the Mojave

Passover, the observance of the Jews’ escape from Egypt, starts tonite. Most Jews observe it in their homes, but three or four dozen will be gathering, instead, under a tent in the Mojave. They call it the Joshua Tree Passover Village, and the idea, for these Jews, is to get back to their historic and religious roots. (Audio: KPCC’s John Rabe talked with two of the organizers: Michael Chusid has been doing it for six years and Marc Weigensberg was there at the start, 15 years ago.)

An Open Letter to Ricky Martin

By now you’ve heard the news that Ricky Martin is gay.

First alley television in Vast Wasteland Project

This one was down an alley near my house.