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
A note from Scott Johnston …
If you want to hang out with friends and have a drink and a bite some evening, and have a few people join you and have a few people leave, maybe you don’t want to go to Spago or The Sizzler.
Here’s a surrealist's joke: “How many pancakes does it take to build a dog house? Fish don't eat ice cream.” And THAT’S why I won the Fish Trophy at the International Surrealist Film Festival.
Passover, the observance of the Jews’ escape from Egypt, starts tonite. Most Jews observe it in their homes, but three or four dozen will be gathering, instead, under a tent in the Mojave. They call it the Joshua Tree Passover Village, and the idea, for these Jews, is to get back to their historic and religious roots. (Audio: KPCC’s John Rabe talked with two of the organizers: Michael Chusid has been doing it for six years and Marc Weigensberg was there at the start, 15 years ago.)
By now you’ve heard the news that Ricky Martin is gay.
This one was down an alley near my house.
Off Ramp Exclusive: Naoko Takada teaches John Rabe to play the marimba. From 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.With help from Naoko Takada, John Rabe learns to play a song on the marimba. Takada will be performing with the West LA Symphony at UCLA's Royce Hall, Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.
The Hammer Museum is exhibiting Carl Jung’s “Red Book” from April 11th through June 6. It’s said to be the “most influential unpublishedwork in the history of psychology by many contemporary scholars.
You may ask, "John, why is this photo of a wall part of the Vast Wasteland Project?"
This is not an ordinary tent in the desert.
Certified Master Gardener Lorna Corpus Sullivan, who took this picture, writes:
“Vast Wasteland” Motherlode as Rabe finds abandoned projection television set. What’s next – a drive-in movie theatre?
My Vast Wasteland Project took a huge step forward with this discovery on the twisty streets of Lower Mount Washington:
Famed tenor Ian Bostridge comes to UCLA Live to sing “The Hurdy-Gurdy Man” … But not THAT “Hurdy-Gurdy Man.”
(Photo: Simon Fowler)
Sustained applause, please, for KPCC Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde for winning the Drama Critics Circle award for best writing (adaptation) for her work on "Gogol Project," with Rogue Artists Ensemble and Bootleg Theater.
For the uninitiated, I’ve been shooting abandoned tv’s in my neighborhood. I’m not sure why they struck me as picturesque, but they did. They’re kind of sad and emblematic ... and I’m also ticked off that people litter so freely and with such impugnity in my ‘hood.