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

Halloween Tips from LA County Public Health

News release received today:

AVOID WILD MUSHROOMS, CDPH WARNS

News release sent today:

John Rabe’s Long Weekend in West Texas

I spent the weekend in the border area between the Hill Country and West Texas, at a ranch in a little town called Segovia, and in San Antonio … Mostly eating, looking at the pecan trees and a nearby river, and hanging out with family.

LA Public Library Photo Game

It’s time to play our favorite game. It’s called, “Go to the LA Public Library Photo Archive and type in a random word.

RIP, Soupy Sales

My dad, Bill Rabe, knew Soupy Sales, who died Thursday, from their days in Detroit together. I was too young to remember much of him on TV, so my strongest memory is from a family trip to New York.

Did ZZ Top Give Cheap Sunglasses to Macedonian Prime Minister?

Our friend Bob Merlis just sent an e-mail with an irresistible subject line.

Real E-mails From Pledge Central

The Fall Member Drive is almost over. Have we heard from you yet?

KCSN Cuts Classical Music Announcing Staff

KCSN eliminated its classical music announcing staff at the end of last month -- in the words of one blogger, going “JACK-FM for the post-geriatric set” -- and pretty much, nobody in the media’s noticed.

Blame paper as well as GOP officials for Jewish stereotype op-ed

Sunday in the Orangeburg, S.C., Times and Democrat newspaper, two local Republican Party officials wrote an op-ed in which they said, “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves.

Bass Motives? Jazz bass player practices in PCC parking lot.

Chris Rolontz was studying Anthropology (that’s a jazz joke) Monday afternoon when John Rabe, on his way to the studio to raise money during the Fall Fund Drive, ran into him. Not literally.

Rabe interviews R.H. Greene, author of "Incarnadine," new Dracula memoir. Full audio posted.

I’ve just posted a long interview with R.H. Greene, who has just written a wonderful, engrossing memoir of an easily villainized literary figure. It’s “Incarnadine: the True Memoirs of Count Dracula,” and I couldn’t put it down.

New Movie From Off-Ramp's John Rabe

"Reach a certain moment in your life and you discover that your days are spent as much with the dead as ... with the living." -- Paul Auster

Old Myth and Cliches Live On In LA Weekly Story on Escalante Killing

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Do Not Read This If You Hate Big Scary Hairy Spiders

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Perspective on Southern California Rainstorm

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