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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

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.

Who Was That Walking Man?

(Photo by KPCC's Alex Cohen, taken the day of the Marc Abrams Memorial Walk.)

Home Movie Day is coming. Are you ready?

Home Movie Day (October 16) is designed to get you to blow the dust off the cans or boxes of old home movies you have at home, and share them with other people. You can hear all about it on this week's Off-Ramp.

Rabe interviews Athol Fugard for Off-Ramp

The US premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Train Driver, is this Friday (for previews), with an official opening Saturday the 16th at The Fountain Theatre.

Rabe interviewed on The Marketplace of Ideas

It wasn't quite as scary as climbing a 20-foot ladder to work on the roof of my house last weekend, but it was still hair-raising.

Famous Person You've Never Heard Of: Russell Morash

If you're a fan of This Old House, The French Chef with Julia Child, and Victory Garden, you'll want to listen to my interview with Russell Morash.

OCMA's Biennial Opens Oct 24!

The first time I went to the Orange County Museum of Art's CA Biennial, I thought it was so good, they should hold it every year. We interviewed a dozen of the artists and ran them for months on Off-Ramp.

Bad Advice - New JR Blog Feature

Today I'm beginning a new occasional feature of the John Rabe Blog in which I kibitz the work of established, respected advice columnists. Today, The Ethicist, Randy Cohen's regular feature in the New York Times Magazine.

POW, Los Angeles! Comic-Con Stays Put in San Diego

Comic-Con draws 130,000 people to San Diego every year, bringing in something like $163 million, so you could understand why LA wanted the convention to move here.

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.