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

Don't make a "Pho pas" at LA's best Vietnamese restaurant

I always forget just how good the coffee they serve in Vietnamese restaurants is (cà phê sua nóng).

Acres of Books possible future laid out in new report -- time for you to weigh in

The Long Beach Gazette’s Harry Saltzgaver outlines the draft EIR for a project called The Art Exchange, which would replace the late lamented Acres of Books in Long Beach, one of the best book stores in the galaxy*.

Steve Julian puts on his restaurant reviewer hat for new/old Villa Sombrero in Highland Park

(Manuel Salazar, who reopened Villa Sombrero. Credit: Steve Julian)

Turn this year's Christmas tree into NEXT year's Christmas tree

LA County just sent out its guidelines for dealing with O Trashenbaum. On Mackinac Island they use old Christmas trees to mark the ice bridge between the Island and Saint Ignace, the closest town on the mainland.

Charles Phoenix holiday slide show brings down house, figuratively.

I swear this photo was in focus when I took it. My camera must have been thrown off by Charles Phoenix’s suit.

New York Times blows it on Henry Winkler’s kids book – Hank Zipzer is not “underachieving,” he’s dyslexic.

Except for one thing, Sarah Lyall wrote a strong NYT article about the British theatre’s pantomime tradition.

Snow-shoveling tips – or, another reason to not use mass e-mail programs

Here’s an e-mail I got today that tickles me. Not because 99% of Off-Ramp listeners won’t be shoveling a single flake of snow this year, but because of schadenfreude. Having spent about 30 years shoveling snow (in Sault Ste Marie, East Lansing, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia), I take pleasure in being reminded that I don’t have to do it anymore.

“jellies” -- a new Off-Ramp movie from 89.3-KPCC’s John Rabe

I got an iPhone recently and have been testing its video capabilities for my weekly show, Off-Ramp. Here's the result of a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach Saturday, where I was entranced by the jellyfish.

The Tar Pit – Mark Peel, Audrey Saunders, et alia, aim for 1940s supper club feel in new LaBrea bar/restaurant

Mark Peel had a twinkle in his eye when he said, “you want to see the wine cellar?” It was a couple hours into the press preview of his new venture, The Tar Pit, at 609 N. LaBrea. Wine cellars in nice new restaurants are usually classy, with custom-built racks filled with tasty wines you and I will never get to taste.

"A Christmas Carol Redux"

You might think “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ fable of redemption, is just a part the holiday. But in fact, it pretty much started the whole thing. This weekend, KPCC’s Off-Ramp program, hosted by John Rabe, takes an in-depth look at the Dickens’ classic on “A Christmas Carol Redux.”

Werner Herzog downtown for LA premiere of his new movie, "My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?"

The reviews for “My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?,” the new Werner Herzog picture, haven’t been too hot.

New Christmas Torture Method Exposed

This morning, I found this at the “Swap Meet,” where KPCC and Marketplace employees leave stuff that others might want.

Atop City Hall -- The Lindbergh Beacon or Eye of Sauron?

We got a nice mention by Lucinda Michele in her Metblog on Los Angeles.

Off-Ramp Exclusive -- Mateo Stoneman Sings Prison Song

Mateo Stoneman has been an Off-Ramp favorite since his first appearance in 2008.

New "Sherlock Holmes" movie exciting, reasonably Canonical

I am something of a Sherlock Holmes geek. Not as deeply involved as some, but I’m probably in the top percentile of all US citizens. I come by it honestly and by pedigree, my father, WT Rabe, having been a very active Sherlockian from at least the 1940s to his death in 1992.