John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
Think about it. How often have you seen a serious assessment of Frida Kahlo that doesn't view everything in terms of her biography, especially her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera (below, in forehead) and her near-fatal accident?
I'm from Michigan, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed by fall colors, but driving up the 110 this morning, at parkway speed, I noticed actual autumn colors on many of the trees. The writers at LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website noticed, too, and did a little digging.
14th Century Avant-Garde
A few years ago, I interviewed clients of the Downtown Women's Center around Christmastime. The DWC is the only center in downtown LA that caters exclusively to women, which seems odd to me because it's the fastest growing portion of homeless people.
UPDATE: I'm sorry (?) to announce the "Let It Be" celebrity singalong video has been removed from YouTube. -- John Rabe
Off-Ramp quick tour past Pasadena's Rose Bowl floats from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.
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The American Cinematheque (at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater) will salute Glen Keane, one of the modern masters of animation, to celebrate his 35-year association with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday December 11th.
If you ate at Jerry's Deli in Westwood recently, you'll want to check out this warning from the LA County public health department.
My friend Seth Menachem is many things. Husband, father, actor, and now matchmaker.
Friends of Off-Ramp, Jaime del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, will be cooking delights from their restaurant, La Casita Mexicana, at the Taste of Mexico fundraiser Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.
Frank Romero, the groundbreaking Chicano artist, is selling his studio and gallery in Frogtown. The 29th annual Christmas Sale will be the last in the building, which has been an oasis in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood between Riverside Drive and the LA River.
The LA Downtown News reports the police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown. According to the paper, the "coal in your stocking" will be a $190 ticket.
This Old House, the 30+ year old PBS home renovation show, is working on a home in Silverlake. They're keeping the exact location a secret, but allowed me and my microphone a few days ago.
Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon writes us about a cool animation event coming to Burbank NEXT weekend.