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

Ahmad Jamal In LA Next Weekend! Go!

This man's piano playing will scramble your brains, add colors, lights, herbs and spices, and feed them back to you through your ears.

Great Day in Duarte

My husband Julian and I had a great time in Duarte today, where I served as Ambassador in the Duarte Route 66 Parade and Classic Car Show.

Backstory on Vang Pao

We're learning today that the government is dropping charges against Vang Pao, the Hmong hero who's been under house arrest in Orange County for a long time. Above, he's visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC in 2000.

The Washington R-Words

The LA Times' Bill Plaschke makes a strong case today that the NFL's Washington Redskins need to change their name because Redskin is in a league with the n-word for offensiveness.

Bragg's Schiller Thriller

I'm proud to say Dinner Party Download kicks butt this week, even if you only listen to the minute or so that British rocker Billy Bragg sings his version of the Ode To Joy. It's very moving.

Project Runway

At 7pm Pacific, Off-Ramp starts live Tweeting Project Runway at KPCCofframp! If you're in church, heart surgery, or an important business dinner, this is the ideal way to not miss a single moment of the drama.

Powderkeg in a Prison

(The photo above, by Ted Soqui, was taken in the gymnasium dormitory of California State Prison at Lancaster for Los Angeles Magazine, which has posted a slideshow with many more of Soqui's striking photos.

The Parrots of Cypress Park

The famous mysterious Arroyo Parrots cycle through Cypress Park every few months. They love the berries on the tree in front of my house. Here's one of them.

Did Duarte Parade Organizers Make Huge Mistake?

I have accepted the Organizing Committee's kind invitation to be an Ambassador in the Duarte Route 66 Parade and Classic Car Show, which starts this Saturday at 10am.

Coloring Outside the Lines is OK

(Check out John's weekly show Off-Ramp!)

Helicopter traffic reporter talks Station Fire view from 9,000 feet

How big is the fire, really? How fast is it spreading? KPCC's John Rabe talks with KNX-1070AM airborne traffic reporter Jeff Baugh about his unique perspective on the Station Fire.

Trekkies: Nick Meyer tells all

Nicholas Meyer, who may have saved the franchise by scripting and directing "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan," has published his memoir, "The View from the Bridge.” He tells KPCC’s John Rabe how he got involved with “The Wrath of Khan.” Inside: their entire unedited interview, and Meyer's bookstore appearances Wednesday and Thursday.

Can citizens save the last of a breed: the giant tamale building in East LA?

"Located in unincorporated Los Angeles County, it is not subject to the city's historic preservation guidelines. State and National monument status is dependent on the whim of the property owner. And so she sits, caked in plaster, under the blazing east side sun, waiting for something to happen."

Fire brings air quality alert

The L.A. Basin is blanketed by a choking haze of smoke today because of the Morris Fire, and public health issued an air quality alert. This photo was taken along North Broadway, a few blocks from Chinatown, which usually presents a clear vista of the downtown skyline. Inside: tips on keeping healthy despite the smoke.

LA photographer Julius Shulman dies

The dean of Los Angeles photographers, Julius Shulman, died Wednesday night at the age of 98. Shulman was best known for his iconic shots of mid-century modern houses.