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 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

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:

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, former Taliban hostage who saw colleagues beheaded, to speak in Los Angeles April 23.

It was a story that shocked the world and an image that shook journalists.

No Pulitzer for CBS-2 KCAL-9, where web slideshow highlights NCAA cheerleaders’ “art and athleticism.”

I gotta hand it to CBS-2 and KCAL-9. On the day the Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service are announced, when the “new journalism” of the web is supposedly in its ascendancy, they’re highlighting a slideshow that’ll make Sara Lee consider selling Wasa Crispbread instead of cheesecake.

Alex Ben Block: Confessions of a Reborn and Unrepentant Journalist

Alex Ben Block, senior editor of the Hollywood Reporter, is on a tear. Here’s what he wrote in to the John Rabe Blog:

Trading Noise Pollution for Landfill Pollution, Frito Lay breaks sound barrier.

Remember when you were a kid and you used a clothespin to clip playing cards to your bike, so they’d make an unholy racket as you rode your Schwinn Continental?

John Rabe tells Idaho about the earthquake on brother James Rabe’s morning show.

My brother James is the morning jock at 99.9-The Buzz in Twin Falls, Idaho, and he called me up this morning to interview me about the 7.2 Guadalupe Victoria quake. If I sound sleepy, sue me.

New York Times misses mark on probable Vishniac photo fictions

I’d love to know what Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, and James Frey – not to mention late lamented and embattled photographers Robert Capa and Joe Rosenthal -- think about the New York Times’ kid-glove treatment of Roman Vishniac this weekend.

Rabe's Neighbor Oscar's Damned Green Thumb

You’ll remember a few weeks ago I blogged about my neighbor Oscar’s garden. Oscar is a skilled gardener who feeds his family with the food he raises in the vacant lot across from his house.

A “reggae cave” in Echo Park holds one of world’s biggest reggae collections

Jerry Sullivan sent me a heads up on a piece he’s running in his paper, The LA Garment and Citizen, about Roger Steffens and his love of reggae.

Collegiate Competition at Rose Bowl this weekend - with Rabe as MC

There's still space for you at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

“There’s Something About Larry” -- John Rabe interviews Larry Mantle for Airtalk’s 25 Birthday.

Larry Mantle is seemingly unflappable. I say “seemingly” because in our q+a last night at the Crawford Family Forum here at the Mohn Broadcast Center he admitted to feeling flappable on the inside when an earthquake rocked the studio a couple years ago.

Donnie Dungan, child star of “Son of Frankenstein” and “Bambi” … and a former drill instructor … coming to town next weekend.

The trail of an Off-Ramp segment is usually prosaic. Like this one:

Off-Ramp listener Felicia Friesema shares her vintage cookbook haul.

Inspired after reading my entry on the Gourmet Cookbook, FOO (Friend of Off-Ramp) Felicia Friesema sent this in …

Female Pols “Too Busy to Cheat” – Really?

We’ve posted an item from NPR about why male politicians seem to have affairs at a much higher rate than female politicians.