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 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

Barry McGovern finally brings one-man Beckett show to LA

For 30 years, actor Barry McGovern has been performing "I'll Go On," a distillation of three Samuel Beckett novels, as a one-man show around the world. He's now brought it to LA for the first time.

Where's Bruce? Giant martial arts hero disappears from Highland Park restaurant

What happened to the 8-foot Bruce Lee that used to grace a Japanese restaurant in Highland Park?

Northridge Quake at 20: 'The epicenter's in my backyard'

Joe Sauer has reason to remember the Northridge Earthquake of Jan. 17, 1994: The epicenter was literally close to home.

PHOTOS: LA County Sheriffs through the years

Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.

Want a date? Learn to make classic cocktails!

John Rabe takes the Crawford Family Forum on the road and learns lessons about the classic cocktail trend (it came late to LA) and how to make a really good Martini.

Disney Hall organ spectacular a lesson for the arts: Engage!

... In which Rabe claims that a simple organ performance at Disney Hall turned into money for the arts and a future for classical music.

Dee Dee's Dive replaces The Bucket, Eagle Rock's venerable greasy burger joint

The Bucket, the burger joint that graced, or greased, Eagle Rock since 1935, was shuttered this year, but rises again as Dee Dee's Dive.

50 years later, Culver City honors first female marathoner

Merry Lepper, now 71, accepts a commendation from Culver City for breaking distance running's glass ceiling in 1963.

50 years later: Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam collapse

On December 14, 1963 the dam in front of the Baldwin Hills reservoir broke. Rhea Coskey lost her home in the flood, and for the first time in 50 years, she's ready to talk about it.

King Taco: Critic Jonathan Gold on what it means to LA

With the passing of founder Raul Martinez Sr. this week, the Pulitzer-winning critic tells Off-Ramp's John Rabe why King Taco is important to LA.

Who flocks Christmas trees anymore? These festive guys

Sure, the snow is fake, but it looks fabulous. And Christmas tree flocking is something of an art. One 20-year veteran of the business shows us how it's done.

TV stars tell holiday stories at 'Once Upon a Christmas'

"I would run my sticky fingers across images that seemed to be beamed from some magical, alternative universe where people gave dinner parties and owned patio furniture."

U.K. choreographer Matthew Bourne updates 'Sleeping Beauty' with ... vampires?

The London choreographer known for making ballet accessible and exciting opens his rule-breaking version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Thursday in L.A.

'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Q&A: What myth does he wish was true?

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with half of the Mythbusters, Adam Savage, about fire drills, science education and injecting hot pepper under his skin.

Sorry, twerk and bitcoin, selfie is Oxford's Word of the Year

The people who bring us the Oxford English Dictionary say the Australian-coined word "selfie" increased in use 17,000 times over the last year.