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
Since Charles Phoenix won the last John Rabe Blog Places Quiz in about five seconds flat, I’ve decided to make it a little harder, and will add entries the next couple days.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations got started this morning in Cypress Park with a couple of caballeros trotting down Cypress Avenue…
Crewest, a gallery on Winston Street (just off Main) in downtown Los Angeles, just opened a powerful exhibit of Gusmano Cesaretti’s work, and on opening night, the artist himself severely abused the prints on the wall.
Remember the YouTube video of the swimming pool in Cerritos sloshing during the 6.9 quake on April 4, and remember how long that quake seemed to last to us here in Southern California?
Maybe you missed it, but UC San Diego has been named among the “happiest colleges” in the country.
(Credit: Josh Berman)
David Cay Johnston, who uncovered Chief Gates’ spy operation, podcasts on the ancient beginnings of the economy
(Photo: Bags of coins are emptied into a tub that sorts out bad or foreign coins". Photograph dated: Oct. 15, 1989. Credit: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/LAPL/Herald-Exminer collection.)
All of our board members beat the KPCC drum as loudly as they can, and have been instrumental in our success over the last ten years as we’ve become a centering institution in Southern California.
More on the late Daryl Gates – reporter says Gates’ spy group kept local officials and LA Times from going after him.
Friends and admirers of the late LAPD chief Daryl Gates may think I’m piling on by adding more negatives to the chief’s history, but it’s not journalism’s job to be respectful. It’s our job to fill in the picture when it matters.
Bill Rabe, Special Olympian, performs magic with his dad, Karl Rabe, and – no surprise to Uncle John Rabe – steals the show.
The movie embedded below is one of the funniest, heartwarming, and entertaining movies I’ve seen in years. It happens to feature my brother Karl and his son, Bill, an intellectually disabled 20-year-old with limited speech.
I had hoped to see King Sunny Ade at The Echoplex May 7, but it isn’t going to happen.
My husband Julian and I were somewhere semi-famous in Southern California the other day and took some pictures.
Off-Ramp correspondent Hank Rosenfeld sent us this missive from the Westside.
Jaimee Grubbs was arrested for driving on a suspended license and everybody’s all excited. We even reported it, although not as breathlessly as some other outlets.
I filed my taxes a couple weeks ago, and have already spent my refund.