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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ 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 art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

Wayne White Stage Show Spreads Gospel of Art

I expected Wayne White's one-man stage show to include a little banjo picking, some name dropping (Art Spielgelman, Peter Gabriel, Shining Time Station, Pee-Wee Herman, Todd Oldham), and his fun/evocative word paintings.

Off-Ramp Finally Notices Smigly, "The Charlie Brown for Adults"

Before you check out Allen Mezquida's animated Smigly shorts, some warnings:

Murietta's No Guts Red Light Camera Plan

Something about the proposal to donate Murietta's red-light camera fines to charity bugs me.

Stenroos and the LA police union ... I'm just saying...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union, routinely sends out emails deploring the “rush to judgment” when there’s an incident involving a police officer.

Newport Beach Bans Scavengers

This news out of Newport Beach ...

True Grit, the Short Novel

I know i'm a little late to this party, but I've just started digging into the book True Grit, on which the two movies ...

Wayne White brings one-man stage show to Los Angeles

Many years ago, Wayne White told a young comedian, "Hey, you should try my suit and bow tie tonite. It might get a reaction. And stop talking in that deep bass voice." The rest is history.

Critics Rave! Rabe's New Movie: Quest for Fire 2

See Quest for Fire 2, the movie the critics are writing about:

Mark Peel Details Groupon/The Point Story

You might remember that back in June Off-Ramp reported on restaurateur Mark Peel's unlikely new venture, a lunch counter called The Point in Culver City.

Tour Hughes Aircraft Campus with LA Conservancy

Here's a great opportunity: On March 20, tour the former HQ of Hughes Aircraft, where they built planes, helicopters, and the “Spruce Goose,” the largest plane ever to fly.

Graham Moore's Elementary Debut Novel, "The Sherlockian"

I've just posted a long (30-minute) interview with Graham Moore, the author of The Sherlockian. Moore is a Columbia grad who read the story of a murdered (?) Sherlockian a few years ago, and after waiting a couple years for someone else to novelize the story, decided to write it himself.

It's a Cold Pizza Breakfast, or Lidsville and HR Pufnstuf are on KCET weekend mornings

Drat! I thought I was the first person, besides Al Jerome ...

Monrovia is a No "Rent" District

Funny, Team Off-Ramp was just talking on the way to lunch yesterday about how awful the musical Rent is, and now Monrovia High School's principal has agreed with us and nixed a student performance.

LA Observed's Parking Garage Solution

In an LA Observed blog entry, pegged to an LA Business Journal article, about the city of LA's plans to phase out parking garages to save money ..

Paul Mazursky Makes Movies About Real People

Next Thursday (January 13), make plans to see Harry and Tonto at LACMA, and stick around for the Q&A afterwards with director Paul Mazursky and Off-Ramp contributor (and filmmaker) RH Greene.