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

Angelinos: Parking Meter Rules Have Changed

Maybe you were paying attention in May, when the city changed its parking meter enforcement policy, but I missed it.

Sacred Fools Sound Wise Talking About Theatre

I just posted and released as an Off-Ramp podcast the long version of my interview with members of The Sacred Fools Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre collective in Hollywood that just opened its 14th season.

Rabe announces winner of Dessert Book Contest

In the most recent weekly Off-Ramp Newsletter, which you should sign up for, I announced yet another photo contest, the winner to receive the book I'm digging into above, Los Angeles Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants, by Grace Bauer.

Goodbye, Columbus Day. Hello #ColumboDay!

To celebrate #ColumboDay, here's John Rabe's conversation with William Link, co-creator of the GOOD lieutenant, "Columbo."

Dear AmEx, what am I, chopped liver?

There's Johnny Walker Red, Black, and Blue.

Clifton's Sold!

Blogdowntown reports:

My brother, the commercial disc jockey, waxes his leg

Commercial disc jockeys do many things public radio hosts don't.

Charlie Chan - villain or hero?

I've just released a special podcast of my interview with a man who is forcing us to rethink this man:

Another voice from my past gone: NBC's Edwin Newman, 1919-2010

Edwin Newman was the underappreciated (they let his contact expire when he was only 65) NBC newsman who also a bulldog on language, which puts him on my side.

Booze News: small wineries angry over HR 5034

The Booze News website points to a good story out of the Santa Ynez Valley News on a US House bill opponents say is unfair to smaller wineries.

Father Nose Best

I just got an "interview advisory" with availabilities for "author and dating and relationship expert" Ian Kerner - the handsome man in the photo - who knows "what really turns women on.

Lou Adler brought Rocky Horror to US and the screen

I've just posted the portion of our career-retrospective interview with Lou Adler in which he details how he brought the "Rocky Horror Show," from the London stage to LA's Roxy Theatre (which he owns), to the big screen as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

RIP Kevin McCarthy 1914-2010 - indelible in Body Snatchers

Kevin McCarthy, a veteran of many genres of film and stage productions, and a founder of the Actors Studio, died Saturday in Cape Cod at 96. He was best known for his role in the 1956 version of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.

Jonathan Gold Defends Food Trucks

In an op-ed today in the LA Times, Jonathan Gold defends food trucks against plans in the LA City Council (LaBonge and Koretz) to severely restrict their activities.

New Off-Ramp contributor and celebrity chef Mark Peel's favorite fungus: the lobster mushroom

(Campanile Restaurant's campanile, the tower that caps the old Charlie Chaplin building, photographed by John Rabe using the Hipstamatic iPhone app.)