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

Rabe v. Culture Protectors

Don't let this happen to you!

More free tv’s for a free LA.

I still don’t know what to make of the junked tv’s. (See previous blog entry.)

Rabe movie: LA River becomes a torrent Saturday morning

We headed out after the big rain Saturday morning, stopping at Egret Park off Riverside Drive. The river was really a river, and in an angry mood.

Blogger Bloom’s Basque Bistro Boggles

Wow! Just check out the dining room of La Villa Basque Restaurant in Vernon, highlighted by Ellen Bloom in her blog, LA Is My Beat.

The LA Times’ new section – a drug or a fabric?

The LA Times recently introduced a new section. See, the Wall Street Journal is buying time on the Times’ presses, and that’s pushed back the usual deadline for Times reporters. The new section -- LATEXTRA -- is supposed to help with that problem.

Rabe’s photo essay from Venice Beach – no weirdos, I promise.

My sister in law Patty (right, below) came to LA last weekend with her friend Sherri (left, below) and, since they’re from Michigan where the average temp right now is -273 F, they wanted to hit Venice Beach…

A Vast Wasteland of Televisions and Rabe’s Question

I took this photo this morning. This is only the latest trashed tv in my neighborhood. For the last couple weeks, I’ve come across easily a couple dozen big tube tv’s in the trash or – usually – on the verge.

Actor and Off-Ramp commentator Barry Cutler handicaps Oscar noms

Barry Cutler, who has graced Off-Ramp with his comments about George Carlin, “A Christmas Carol” flimflammerist Kevin von Feldt, and impersonating Abraham Lincoln for schoolkids, annually handicaps the Oscar nominations for his friends.

Perfect parody of a TV news report

In the public radio world, many of us have dreamed of/produced parodies of the quintessential NPR piece that starts with footsteps crunching through gravel or through a field. Next comes the intro of the farmer or environmentalist or widowed mother of four, followed by a pithy cut from him or her .

'Carousel' opens at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, stripped down and focused on character

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” is onstage at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse through February 7. The show opened on Broadway in 1945 and is considered a cornerstone of American musical theatre. This version is being put on by the Reprise theatre company, known for its minimalist approach. "Carousel" director Michael Michetti told KPCC’s John Rabe how that helped focus this production.

Three ways the iPhone is a time machine to the past

The KPCC News team was recently assigned iPhones and I guardedly switched over from my trusty Blackberry. It makes sense because the iPhones can not only take pretty good pictures and video, but can also be used as a backup recorder with pretty high fidelity.

Doo Dah Parade releases details for Queen tryouts

The Doo Dahdery is ramping up. The folks who run the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade have released more details on – essentially – how you can be the next Queen of the Doo Dah.

KPCC Spouse and his "Calvin and Hobbes" documentary, “Dear Mr. Watterson”

The Kickstarter Blog has a nice interview with Joel Schroeder, husband of KPCC’s Lynne Schroeder, who shepherds many of our donors. Joel is working on a documentary project about "Calvin and Hobbes," Bill Watterson's late great comic strip.

Providence Restaurant’s Michael Cimarusti gives Off-Ramp a personal travelogue of his chef’s fellowship to Japan

When Michael Cimarusti, the chef-owner of the 2-Michelin star Providence restaurant talked with us about his favorite Thanksgiving recipes and memories, he said he’d be out of the country for the holiday because he was going on a fellowship to Japan, to learn about their cuisine.

Mt. Baldy commentator says, “Leave me my snow.” His wife says, “Take a picture; it’ll last longer.”

A couple years ago, KPCC board operator and Off-Ramp commentator Dale Hoppert filed a wonderful commentary about the way lowland Angelinos treat snow on the mountain. (They try to take it home with them.