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
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.
We get letters ...
Julian, George, and I attended the International Surrealist Film Festival Sunday night.
Elizabeth and Mark Power-Robison, longtime KPCC supporters and FOO’s – Friends of Off-Ramp – came by the open house we threw Sunday to christen the Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum.
Blogespondent Jerry Sullivan, editor and publisher of the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, writes:
Save the Date! April 3d at the Rose Bowl. The Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament – emcee’d by KPCC’s John Rabe.
Historic Event: April 3, Seven Pasadena Higher-Ed Schools to Compete at Rose Bowl from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.KPCC's John Rabe will be master of ceremonies at a fun event on Saturday, April 3d, at the Rose Bowl that brings the diverse higher education institutions of Pasadena together for the first time.
Glenn Camhi, KPCC listener and supporter, is a winner in our hearts, even though he didn’t win Los Angeles Magazine’s Get LA short film contest.
Winter of their Discontent: Tragedy Ensues in Soo, Michigan After Bad Weather Delays Annual Snowman Burning.
As a veteran Snowman Burner myself, I understand how disappointed the people of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (my hometown) were when they had to postpone the 40th annual Snowman Burning today.
Here's a note from one of my Blogespondents, Herman Trabish, of New Energy News, which covers developments in "new energy," like wind and solar.