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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

Good News! Missing real estate broker Ed Rosenthal found alive!

What a relief. LA Observed brings together a couple reports that say Ed Rosenthal was found in Joshua Tree and airlifted out. He's not out of the woods, but was talking to his rescuers.

RIP Mario Leonetti, founded local volunteer opera company

A few weeks ago, Off-Ramp told you about the Casa Italiana Opera Company, an all-volunteer group that puts on operas a few times a year at the cultural center next to St Peter's Italian Church, just north of LA's Chinatown.

Off-Ramp Future: Thrifty Ice Cream Visit

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.

E-Scammers are now parodying themselves!

This just arrived in my in box:

RIP Murray Sayle, a reporter's reporter, 84

(Sayle in Nepal, 1971. Credit: John Cleare/Mountain Camera Picture Library)

THE Kevin McCarthy, by Barry Cutler

(Barry Cutler, by John Rabe.)

The Gerbils of Eaton Canyon

(Family on a walk in Eaton Canyon. Image: Carolyn Kozo Cole.)

Wombleton: A New Old Record Store in Highland Park, from 1/3 of My Barbarian

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).

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week: Chinese Classical Music

Every week, KPCC Engineer Peter Stenshoel brings in an album for his workers to look at. Here's this week's selection.

Clifton's Cafeteria Under New Management

I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton's Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been "sold."

Angelinos: Parking Meter Rules Have Changed

Maybe you were paying attention in May, when the city changed its parking meter enforcement policy, but I missed it.

Sacred Fools Sound Wise Talking About Theatre

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.

Rabe announces winner of Dessert Book Contest

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.

Goodbye, Columbus Day. Hello #ColumboDay!

To celebrate #ColumboDay, here's John Rabe's conversation with William Link, co-creator of the GOOD lieutenant, "Columbo."

Dear AmEx, what am I, chopped liver?

There's Johnny Walker Red, Black, and Blue.