John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
Off-Ramp contributor and actor Christopher Murray (Parks & Rec, Zoey 101, Just Cause) was telling me about an autograph show he attended with his dad, Don Murray, the Oscar-nominated star of films from Bus Stop (w/Marilyn Monroe) to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and TV shows like Knott's Landing.
Greek Drama Kings at the Getty VillaBy Marc Haefele
KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel's weekly feature continues with Blues At Newport, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963.
KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez writes on his KCET blog:
33 minutes before midnight Sunday, Colin Marshall, host of public radio's The Marketplace of Ideas, wrote some very nice words about Off-Ramp in his Podthoughts blog on Maximum Fun.
Betty White joked on SNL, "Facebook? In my day, we had phone book."
I cut musicians, performing live, a lot of slack. But James Galway committed two cardinal sins tonite, and a lot of minor ones I'll leave to the likes of Alex Ross, Mark Swed, Jim Sveda, and the ghost of Alan Rich to address fully.
Mateo Stoneman, the white mariachi with the voice of an angel, performs for free Friday (8-27) at noon at Grand Performances (300-350 S. Grand Avenue 90071) downtown, and I'll be introducing him.
If you can, make time tonight to see a rising star and Friend of Off-Ramp at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.
Who is this man with Peter Falk and why is he dressed like Columbo? He's William Link, who, with the late Richard Levinson, created Columbo ... not to mention Murder, She Wrote, Mannix, and many other television staples.
Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon has a tribute in this morning's paper to Japanese animator Satoshi Kon, killed by cancer at just 46.
No matter how many warnings are issued every year, a few babies and many more dogs die from the heat, locked inside parked cars. Just how hot can it get inside your parked car?
Every week, KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel displays a different album in his cubicle. Here's this week's selection. -- John
Faithful readers will know that I read the comics in the newspaper every day. Imagine my horror this morning when I saw that one of my favorites, La Cucaracha, was missing.
The Return of Little SyriaBy Marc HaefeleIn all the discussions and arguments brought regarding the proposed P51 Islamic Community Center's proximity to the city of the World Trade Center in downtown New York, I'm astonished to see that one important historical fact hasn't turned up.