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

Charles Solomon: RIP Animator Satoshi Kon, 46

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.

Finding out how hot it can get inside a parked car

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?

Peter Stenshoel’s Album of the Week

Every week, KPCC board operator Peter Stenshoel displays a different album in his cubicle. Here's this week's selection. -- John

Tragedy for Comics Artist - Times doesn't print "Cathy" retirement response

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.

Marc Haefele on forgotten Arab history of Ground Zero

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.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Sunday

In the Comments section, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

"Family Circus" Crosses the Line with Pit Hair Plot

*Usually, Family Circus, the 970-year old newspaper comic panel, is just inane.

Tour an unexpected treasure: Downtown LA's San Antonio Winery

Steve Riboli tours Rabe through his family's San Antonio Winery, which has made it more than 90 years through wars, Prohibition, recessions and a Depression, not to mention the Great California Wine Revolution.

Off-Ramp Haiku Contest - Saturday

Simple. In the "Comments" segment below, write a haiku to accompany this photo.

Director Ken Russell in LA - Chamberlain to join for Q&A


Gary Leonard Joins LA Observed

I'm a little late to this, but it's great to see the feature Take My Picture Gary Leonard is now at LA Observed.

Calpers, Vernon, Bell ... Rabe's Waste and Corruption Lottery Proposal

This isn't your ordinary rant from a crotchety old man on his front porch.

For Sale: Dr Laura Show items

With the impending end of her radio show, Dr Laura is putting all the equipment she uses for the broadcast up for sale on e-Bay, including this baby:

Bon Appetit Spoils Rabe's Appetite in Top Ten Lists

Los Angeles needs more stylish fine-dining restaurants like Hatfield's--family-owned spots where the food (not the Hollywood crowd) is the top priority.

Peter Stenshoel's Album of the Week

My colleague Peter Stenshoel intrigues me on a regular basis. Every week, there's a different old album on his desk. Here's this week's pick: