John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
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.
This just arrived in my in box:
(Sayle in Nepal, 1971. Credit: John Cleare/Mountain Camera Picture Library)
(Barry Cutler, by John Rabe.)
(Family on a walk in Eaton Canyon. Image: Carolyn Kozo Cole.)
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).
Every week, KPCC Engineer Peter Stenshoel brings in an album for his workers to look at. Here's this week's selection.
I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton's Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been "sold."
Maybe you were paying attention in May, when the city changed its parking meter enforcement policy, but I missed it.
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.
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.
To celebrate #ColumboDay, here's John Rabe's conversation with William Link, co-creator of the GOOD lieutenant, "Columbo."
There's Johnny Walker Red, Black, and Blue.
Commercial disc jockeys do many things public radio hosts don't.