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

First alley television in Vast Wasteland Project

This one was down an alley near my house.

New Movie: Rabe learns marimba from world-class player and talker Naoko Takada.

Off Ramp Exclusive: Naoko Takada teaches John Rabe to play the marimba. From 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.With help from Naoko Takada, John Rabe learns to play a song on the marimba. Takada will be performing with the West LA Symphony at UCLA's Royce Hall, Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.

Carl Jung’s “Red Book” coming to Hammer Museum; Rabe’s “Other Red Book” remains in private hands.

The Hammer Museum is exhibiting Carl Jung’s “Red Book” from April 11th through June 6. It’s said to be the “most influential unpublishedwork in the history of psychology by many contemporary scholars.

Vast Wasteland Project: New strategy for hiding tv’s.

You may ask, "John, why is this photo of a wall part of the Vast Wasteland Project?"

Passover in the Mojave – group gets back to ancient roots.

This is not an ordinary tent in the desert.

"Gee, Your 'Hood Smells Terrific," or Echo Park's Brugmansia spp.

Certified Master Gardener Lorna Corpus Sullivan, who took this picture, writes:

“Vast Wasteland” Motherlode as Rabe finds abandoned projection television set. What’s next – a drive-in movie theatre?

My Vast Wasteland Project took a huge step forward with this discovery on the twisty streets of Lower Mount Washington:

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.