John Rabe KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

Crewest Gallery opens show; lets artist Gusmano Cesaretti smush his own work.

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.

How the Devils Hole Pupfish felt the big quake – very cool video from USGS

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?

Can they be serious? UC San Diego touting its 'happiest' status

Maybe you missed it, but UC San Diego has been named among the “happiest colleges” in the country.

Confessions from the KPCC Coffee Klatsch

(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.)

Tom Hanks supports KPCC with special Off-Ramp interview with John Rabe

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.

Bad news for King Sunny Ade fans in Los Angeles – North American Tour canceled.

I had hoped to see King Sunny Ade at The Echoplex May 7, but it isn’t going to happen.

Contest: Identify the historic site and win fame.

My husband Julian and I were somewhere semi-famous in Southern California the other day and took some pictures.

Hank Rosenfeld reports on Jules Feiffer and Carl Reiner event at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills

Off-Ramp correspondent Hank Rosenfeld sent us this missive from the Westside.

Tiger’s alleged mistress, Jaimee Grubbs, nabbed for driving on a suspended license. … So what?!

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.

Gloating

I filed my taxes a couple weeks ago, and have already spent my refund.

Mark Peel (Campanile, Tar Pit, The Point) takes Rabe up 72-foot Culver City art tower designed by Eric Owen Moss.

I went to Culver City to check out Mark Peel’s new restaurant, The Point, but noticed -- as I drove up -- a huge tower on the corner of Hayden and National.

“Big Man Japan,” bizarre update on Japanese monster movies, includes giant senile grandpa in underpants.

I haven’t read any reviews of this movie, or done any due diligence other than knowing that they do, in fact, show movies at the Downtown Independent, but the synopsis sold me: