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 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

My brother, the commercial disc jockey, waxes his leg

Commercial disc jockeys do many things public radio hosts don't.

Charlie Chan - villain or hero?

I've just released a special podcast of my interview with a man who is forcing us to rethink this man:

Another voice from my past gone: NBC's Edwin Newman, 1919-2010

Edwin Newman was the underappreciated (they let his contact expire when he was only 65) NBC newsman who also a bulldog on language, which puts him on my side.

Booze News: small wineries angry over HR 5034

The Booze News website points to a good story out of the Santa Ynez Valley News on a US House bill opponents say is unfair to smaller wineries.

Father Nose Best

I just got an "interview advisory" with availabilities for "author and dating and relationship expert" Ian Kerner - the handsome man in the photo - who knows "what really turns women on.

Lou Adler brought Rocky Horror to US and the screen

I've just posted the portion of our career-retrospective interview with Lou Adler in which he details how he brought the "Rocky Horror Show," from the London stage to LA's Roxy Theatre (which he owns), to the big screen as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

RIP Kevin McCarthy 1914-2010 - indelible in Body Snatchers

Kevin McCarthy, a veteran of many genres of film and stage productions, and a founder of the Actors Studio, died Saturday in Cape Cod at 96. He was best known for his role in the 1956 version of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.

Jonathan Gold Defends Food Trucks

In an op-ed today in the LA Times, Jonathan Gold defends food trucks against plans in the LA City Council (LaBonge and Koretz) to severely restrict their activities.

New Off-Ramp contributor and celebrity chef Mark Peel's favorite fungus: the lobster mushroom

(Campanile Restaurant's campanile, the tower that caps the old Charlie Chaplin building, photographed by John Rabe using the Hipstamatic iPhone app.)

Dan Walters, SacBee's 50-year newspaper vet, explains paper, pencil, copy boys, early computers

I had a great chat with Dan Walters about the old days, the long version of which I just posted on the Off-Ramp page. You've heard Dan on KPCC a lot. He's the Sacramento Bee political columnist who has been in newspapers for fifty years, starting -- like many of us media professionals with years of experience that belie our true ages -- when he was only 16.

For Rosh Hashana, a lesson in blowing and hearing the shofar

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset Wednesday. On the day, Jews are commanded to accept God as king and to hear the shofar, a hollowed-out ram’s horn. Michael Chusid is an Angelino who has taught hundreds of people to blow the shofar; he taught KPCC's John Rabe how to blow it in KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum.

2006 Jerry Brown Parody Ads Still Work!

This week on Off-Ramp, we resurrect the parody ads we aired when Jerry Brown ran for state attorney general in 2006. Enjoy!

UPDATE: K2 Charges for Water

... more on new restaurant K2 (at 3916 W. Sunset) charging for filtered water ...

Silverlake Wine Immortalizes Bermudez-Rabe's ... and a vocabulary test

It is not my habit to publicize an Off-Ramp sponsor in such an unseemly fashion, but Silverlake Wine's co-owner George Cossette has achieved a first, I believe, in the wine blurb world by immortalizing my husband, Julian Bermudez, and me.

New restaurant K2 charges for water?

Am I late to the party? Is this old hat?