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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

Martin Mull's Off-Kilter Paintings on Off-Ramp

You know the dilittante artists ... people whose paintings sell only because they established themselves as celebrities in some other field first. (We won't name them here.)

Time Change and Dogs

(Eoghan the Irish terrier. Credit: John Rabe.)

Pacific Standard Time -- an unprecedented art collaboration -- is 11 months away

Last night I attended what you could call the kickoff to the buildup of a huge art event coming your way in October 2011. It’s called Pacific Standard Time, and it’s meant to document LA’s role in contemporary art by highlighting the most important artists working here from 1945-1980: furniture by Sam Maloof, painting by Frank Romero and Karl Benjamin, sculpture by Dora de Larios, photography by Oscar Castillo and Julius Shulman, assemblage by Betye Saar, the genius of Simon Rodia.

Name Changer: John Rabe Blog is now Off-Ramp

Hello, everybody.

Legendary songwriter Hal David, almost 90, sings!

These two, Burt Bacharach and Hal David (R), wrote the soundtrack of your life. Songs that are singable yet sophisticated, poppy yet personal:

RH Greene, Dracula Memoirist, Pays Tribute to a Goth Icon with "Vampira and Me," an Off-Ramp Hallowe'en Special

This Halloween weekend on Off-Ramp, we're premiering a new documentary from Off-Ramp contributor, author, and filmmaker R.H. Greene, Vampira and Me.

Paula Deen and the Rose Parade

Paula Dean, the food host, has just been named Grand Marshal of the next Rose Parade.

Off-Ramp's OCMA Biennial Extravaganza

Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson and I went to the opening of the Orange County Museum of Art's 2010 California Biennial Saturday, and interviewed as many artists as possible ... like Luke Butler:

Pope Names Cardinals, Once Again Misses the Boat

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.

Haefele says hi-speed rail would unite the state

(Haefele at breakfast at Phillipe's. Credit: John Rabe.)

RIP Bob Kholos, Tom Bradley intimate and friend of Off-Ramp

(LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection.)

Michael Sigman on "The Promise," the new Bruce "Springstein" documentary.

Michael Sigman writes:

Janet Maclachlan Appreciation

Steve Ryfle has just posted a nice appreciation of actor Janet Maclachlan, of I Spy, Star Trek, and Sounder.

Pumpkin Carving Contest - Judges Needed

Saturday night we watched the restored Frankenstein ...

Documentarian Arthur Dong releases DVD set

You may not know that we categorize stuff on the web, and you can file this one under many different topics - history, immigration, LA Culuture, film, etc. - which I take as a sure sign it's a good one.