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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

Kevin Von Feldt Update: "Bob Cratchit" Responds

After my most recent posting on producer Kevin Von Feldt, Von Feldt himself responded in a blog comment, excerpted here:

Is Kevin Von Feldt At It Again?

Yet another Kevin Von Feldt production of "A Christmas Carol" is under a cloud. Von Feldt, producer of the widely-panned and technically troubled Kodak Theatre production of a couple years back, is in trouble for allegedly not paying musicians at a production in suburban Minneapolis.

Rachel Bloom joins Mantle, Carolla, Poggioli and more in our All Star Night Before Christmas

Where else will you find Rachel Bloom, Larry Mantle, Salman Rushdie, and Sylvia Poggioli rendering Clement Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" for your ears?

All-Star "Night Before Christmas"

For the last couple weeks, I've been gathering voices for the Off-Ramp NBC Project, as in The Night Before Christmas, the iconic poem probably by Clement Moore. (Yes, I know it's properly A Visit From St Nicholas, but that doesn't yield a clever anagram.

Judy Chicago's radical new book treats Frida Kahlo not as cult figure but as artist

Think about it. How often have you seen a serious assessment of Frida Kahlo that doesn't view everything in terms of her biography, especially her relationship with muralist Diego Rivera (below, in forehead) and her near-fatal accident?

Actual Fall Colors in SoCal - Why

I'm from Michigan, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed by fall colors, but driving up the 110 this morning, at parkway speed, I noticed actual autumn colors on many of the trees. The writers at LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website noticed, too, and did a little digging.

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: James Tyler, RIP

14th Century Avant-Garde

New Downtown Women's Center - twice the space and more help for homeless women

A few years ago, I interviewed clients of the Downtown Women's Center around Christmastime. The DWC is the only center in downtown LA that caters exclusively to women, which seems odd to me because it's the fastest growing portion of homeless people.

Gylne Tider Celebrity "Let it Be" Video -- Like a slow motion train wreck, but nobody's hurt?

UPDATE: I'm sorry (?) to announce the "Let It Be" celebrity singalong video has been removed from YouTube. -- John Rabe

Stupid Little Video of Rose Bowl Floats

Off-Ramp quick tour past Pasadena's Rose Bowl floats from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

Bizarre Claim in PR for Film about OCD

This release just came via e-mail:

Glen Keane, The Little Mermaid, and Charles Solomon

The American Cinematheque (at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater) will salute Glen Keane, one of the modern masters of animation, to celebrate his 35-year association with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday December 11th.

Did You Eat At Jerry's Deli in Westwood?

If you ate at Jerry's Deli in Westwood recently, you'll want to check out this warning from the LA County public health department.

Seth "Shadchen" Menachem Starts "My Single Peeps" Matchmaking Site

My friend Seth Menachem is many things. Husband, father, actor, and now matchmaker.

Taste of Mexico to Settle Great Bayless Debate

Friends of Off-Ramp, Jaime del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, will be cooking delights from their restaurant, La Casita Mexicana, at the Taste of Mexico fundraiser Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.