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
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.
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:
I approached "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," the new documentary about the convicted killer and fabled music producer by Vikram Jayanti, with trepidation. If the jury was wrong and Spector did not kill Lana Clarkson at his castle in Alhambra .
Photographer Vince Gonzales' new show at the Pickford Center focuses on film projectors and captures -- somehow -- the spirits of the generations of filmmakers who used the equipment.
America -- including these celebrants in Los Angeles -- erupted in joy and relief on August 14, 1945.
I see in LA Observed today that Jay Leno is still at it, faking segments that make the general public look stupid.
I've just posted a 40-minute interview with entertainment industry legend Lou Adler as a special Off-Ramp podcast. Like Jack and Lou, for this one, I sat on the sidelines, and let Alex Ben Block, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, conduct the interview.
Just the other day I was telling my friends Zack and Rob that if you've never been the Hollywood Bowl, the upcoming Earth, Wind & Fire concerts -- September 3 & 4, with fireworks! -- would be the ones to see.
I'm 44, not 4, but I'd love a big pasta bowl with a picture of a tiger on the bottom that I got to see when I finished my meal. I also loved the little sake cups my dad brought back from Occupied Japan with a geisha who appeared on the bottom when the sake was poured in.
When I started Off-Ramp four years ago, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted it to be, but I knew what I didn't want on the show. I didn't want snark. I didn't want NPR-style featurization* of Los Angeles.
(Photo by Julian Bermudez. All others by John Rabe.)
In last week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, I offered Kevin McCollister's, East of West LA, a slim new volume of LA photographs as a prize for the best listener photo of LA. (McCollister has many more photos on his blog.
Brian May wraps 40-year project by publishing first complete book of TR Williams's c. 1850 photos of an English village ... they're in stuning 3D.
In a blog entry and a feature piece this weekend, the Los Angeles Times finally noticed local printmaker and sculptor David Weidman, calling him "the most famous unknown artist."