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 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
I’m almost 43. I’ve been drinking since I was 18 or 21. (I can’t remember what the limit was in Michigan when I turned of age.) I’ve been around bars since Dad took me to the Detroit Press Club when I was in Kindergarten.
In this week’s Off-Ramp newsletter, we offered four brand new Eat LA guides to food and drink in Los Angeles. (On this week’s show, I interview the editor, and she gave us some books to give away.
The 33rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade – the significantly more light-hearted relative of the Rose Parade -- is on May 1, and the Doo Dah organizers are looking for a new Queen.
How did they know? CIA releases new soup recipe book -- “The New Book of Soups” -- just in time for Rabe’s cold.
All babies’ middle names should be Vector. Enough said. Several doses of generic Alka Seltzer Plus® (effervescent) and Gypsy Cold Care® tea later, I still need the best remedy of all, preferably poured directly into my nostrils: soup.
It happens all the time. You and your friend/lover go out to eat, and the drama ensues.
Magical movie, “The Secret of Kells,” to screen at Egyptian Theatre with intro by Off-Ramp contributor Charles Solomon
It was a bummer that the movie “The Secret of Kells” only showed for a week last month. (Its Oscar-qualifying run.) But take heart. You have another chance.
So I’m driving into work and I see this sign on the MTA bus in front of me.
By now, you’ve probably seen that TMZ, the celebrity gotcha site, got gotcha’d itself with a JFK photo that turned out to not be a JFK photo, especially since it was taken several years after Kennedy was assassinated.
I always forget just how good the coffee they serve in Vietnamese restaurants is (cà phê sua nóng).
The Long Beach Gazette’s Harry Saltzgaver outlines the draft EIR for a project called The Art Exchange, which would replace the late lamented Acres of Books in Long Beach, one of the best book stores in the galaxy*.
(Manuel Salazar, who reopened Villa Sombrero. Credit: Steve Julian)
LA County just sent out its guidelines for dealing with O Trashenbaum. On Mackinac Island they use old Christmas trees to mark the ice bridge between the Island and Saint Ignace, the closest town on the mainland.
I swear this photo was in focus when I took it. My camera must have been thrown off by Charles Phoenix’s suit.
New York Times blows it on Henry Winkler’s kids book – Hank Zipzer is not “underachieving,” he’s dyslexic.
Except for one thing, Sarah Lyall wrote a strong NYT article about the British theatre’s pantomime tradition.
Here’s an e-mail I got today that tickles me. Not because 99% of Off-Ramp listeners won’t be shoveling a single flake of snow this year, but because of schadenfreude. Having spent about 30 years shoveling snow (in Sault Ste Marie, East Lansing, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia), I take pleasure in being reminded that I don’t have to do it anymore.