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

Guitar God Albert Lee headlines Malibu Guitar Fest

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee talks with Bruce Forman, host of the podcast GuitarWank, about flatpicking, skiffle, and Jimi Hendrix.

6 scenes from a laid-back Dodgers home opener

The taste of a Dodger Dog, fans in the nosebleeds, the Dodgers on TV, singing the National Anthem, and a little Dodger Dixieland.

Vin Scully Avenue is now an official street

Dodger Stadium used to be at 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Now it's 1000 Vin Scully Ave. in honor of the legendary announcer, who came with the team to Los Angeles.

Israel, Ellis show at Gagosian 'cynical, lazy,' critic says

"I wish Bret Easton Ellis had just done this as a stand-up comedy act. The one-liners might have worked; maybe they're rejects from Saturday Night Live's series The Californians. The whole thing just reeks of laziness and cliche."

WonderCon, Comic-Con's 'little brother,' comes to LA for the first time

Mike Roe gives us the "Roedown" on all you need to know about WonderCon, March 25-27 — and how some think it's an audition for L.A. to woo San Diego Comic-Con.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, literally the biggest art gallery opening in years

"Huge" gets tossed around a lot today. But the word fits on several levels for the new hybrid gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, which opens to the public this weekend.

Cruising in Joe DiMaggio's last car, for sale on Craigslist

"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" Who knows. But we know what he drove: a 1991 Mercedes you can buy for your daily driver.

Digging into why transgender teen Larry King was murdered

Ken Corbett talks about his new book, "A Murder Over a Girl," that examines the murder of transgender Oxnard teen King from the point of view of a clinical psychologist.

State discounted tests showing contamination at Simi Valley development

A Simi Valley site being developed by KB Homes would eventually feature 450 homes that start around $700,000, surrounded by nature ... and, according to several tests, elevated levels of contamination.

A Martinez might have been Charlie Tuna's youngest joke writer

Take Two's A Martinez remembers when he was 11, and had his joke read by his favorite morning host, Charlie Tuna, who died last month at the age of 71.

Help kids science podcast 'Brains On!' hit its Kickstarter goal

On the Brains On! podcast, kids (and adults) learn about and get engaged with the world around them. Help Brains On! grow by contributing to its $48,000 Kickstarter campaign.

John Williams, savior of classical film scores, conducts at the Bowl all Labor Day weekend

Steven Spielberg urged "Star Wars" director George Lucas to hire John Williams for the score, and thousands of studio musicians were employed for decades more, one critic says.

White ‘Straight Oughta Compton’ writers talk #OscarsSoWhite

Co-writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff talk about putting recent history on the big screen, #OscarsSoWhite and how to write about police brutality.

Why 'Trumbo' is actually a thriller: Writer John McNamara on Hollywood

Writer John McNamara talks the Hollywood blacklist, the Oscars and more. "The nice thing about Musso and Frank is the waiters who are rude to you were rude to F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Get lunch and an Oscars preview at Musso & Frank

Join John Rabe, Team Off-Ramp and the KPCC In Person team as we tape our Oscar preview special in a back booth at Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.