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 interviews Athol Fugard for Off-Ramp

The US premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Train Driver, is this Friday (for previews), with an official opening Saturday the 16th at The Fountain Theatre.

Rabe interviewed on The Marketplace of Ideas

It wasn't quite as scary as climbing a 20-foot ladder to work on the roof of my house last weekend, but it was still hair-raising.

Famous Person You've Never Heard Of: Russell Morash

If you're a fan of This Old House, The French Chef with Julia Child, and Victory Garden, you'll want to listen to my interview with Russell Morash.

OCMA's Biennial Opens Oct 24!

The first time I went to the Orange County Museum of Art's CA Biennial, I thought it was so good, they should hold it every year. We interviewed a dozen of the artists and ran them for months on Off-Ramp.

Bad Advice - New JR Blog Feature

Today I'm beginning a new occasional feature of the John Rabe Blog in which I kibitz the work of established, respected advice columnists. Today, The Ethicist, Randy Cohen's regular feature in the New York Times Magazine.

POW, Los Angeles! Comic-Con Stays Put in San Diego

Comic-Con draws 130,000 people to San Diego every year, bringing in something like $163 million, so you could understand why LA wanted the convention to move here.

Good News! Missing real estate broker Ed Rosenthal found alive!

What a relief. LA Observed brings together a couple reports that say Ed Rosenthal was found in Joshua Tree and airlifted out. He's not out of the woods, but was talking to his rescuers.

RIP Mario Leonetti, founded local volunteer opera company

A few weeks ago, Off-Ramp told you about the Casa Italiana Opera Company, an all-volunteer group that puts on operas a few times a year at the cultural center next to St Peter's Italian Church, just north of LA's Chinatown.

Off-Ramp Future: Thrifty Ice Cream Visit

Here I am in 1924, enjoying a delicious scoop of ice cream. Tomorrow, I'll be heading to El Monte to visit the Thrifty ice cream plant in El Monte, inspired by Nancy Luna's delicious OC Register article about the company.

E-Scammers are now parodying themselves!

This just arrived in my in box:

RIP Murray Sayle, a reporter's reporter, 84

(Sayle in Nepal, 1971. Credit: John Cleare/Mountain Camera Picture Library)

THE Kevin McCarthy, by Barry Cutler

(Barry Cutler, by John Rabe.)

The Gerbils of Eaton Canyon

(Family on a walk in Eaton Canyon. Image: Carolyn Kozo Cole.)

Wombleton: A New Old Record Store in Highland Park, from 1/3 of My Barbarian

I just got a note from my friend Jade Gordon that she and Ian Marshall have opened a new record store in Highland Park. Jade is a member of the performance troupe My Barbarian and an actor (Sugartown).

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: Chinese Classical Music

Every week, KPCC Engineer Peter Stenshoel brings in an album for his workers to look at. Here's this week's selection.