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

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.

St Pat’s Eats for the Cheap – Try The Buggy Whip

Friday night, Julian and I were in the mood for a supper club, and we’re frankly not in love with the Gypsy violinist who plays at Columbo’s on Friday evenings, so we headed south, toward LAX.

More wind energy in the Mojave, plus cool video shows how they erect those turbines.

(Photo by Herman Trabish. Note the real rainbow, which Terra-Gen probably hopes is not just symbolic.)

Note from Alex Ben Block: The Wish Tree and The Weinstein’s

Alex Ben Block – senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter – sent me an e-mail this weekend …

Cute Dog Photo Alert, or why Rabe doesn’t lose sleep with Daylight Saving Time.

Cara the dog (below) likes to get up at 6am … or 6:30 … or 5:30. Usually, it’s sometime between 6 and 6:30.

Angels Flight to re-open early Monday morning. KPCC will be there.

I just received this e-mail:

Alcala’s Photos

This is one of the pre-1979 photos from the collection found in convicted killed Rodney Alcala’s storage locker. Police say they fear some of the people in them become his victims.

Grover and Rabe go off on people who fraudulently use handicap parking placards.

A couple years ago, I walked down Second Street with Ralph Vartabedian of the LA Times, who is currently kicking butt on the Toyota story. We counted how many cars at meters had handicapped placards.

Mid-Wilshirists abandon televisions, too, but more comfortably.

Doubtless you’ve been following my documentation of the abandoned tv’s of LA in my Vast Wasteland Project.

Teen v. Boeing – Robin Estrin getting traction in efforts to get Rocketdyne site cleaned up.

I am writing this letter to urge you to clean up the nuclear contamination that was left after the Rocketdyne meltdown that occurred in 1959.

Off-Ramp hands out final Oscar … for “Best Meat Product Rendition of a Movie Character”

Our Oscar-watching party was more fun than yours, and not just because of the cocktail wieners I brought, or David Othenin-Girard’s impeccable wine picks. But because his girlfriend Vember Stuart-Lilley’s mom e-mailed her a series of pictures that sent milk through all our noses … and we weren’t even drinking milk.

Off-Ramp releases first Special Podcast and inaugurates live music at the Mohn Broadcast Center

Donovan has a concert at the El Rey Theatre Friday, March 19th, and he came to KPCC’s new Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena to record an interview and sing some of his hits.