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

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.

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: