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
KPCC's Rita Pardue remembers her early days, when she was cast as a singer in the original production of "Jubilee," now the last showgirl production in Vegas.
Catherine Opie's photos of Elizabeth Taylor's home show a real, warm person with a sense of humor, and Opie says the gig challenged her identity.
Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?
Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker, deftly explains technical terms so that the novice can see how music works. Listen to the interview along with music clips.
Local art critic, gallerist and curator Mat Gleason says this year's L.A. Art Show at the convention center is better focused — and has weeded out a lot of the crap.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" would curtail valets, "bounty hunter," and fine-hungry municipalities.
A Martinez and John Rabe on the news that the NFL Rams are coming back to Los Angeles.
Gladys Knight rings in 2016 at Disney Hall, but first she talks with John Rabe about her new and old music, signing with Motown and keeping that legendary voice in shape.
Frogtown sandwich shop Wax Paper, which names its sandwiches after public radio personalities, to donate proceeds from the Steve Julian for the Morning Edition host's medical costs.
"Here in America, racial and religious hated does exist, sustained by the political adventurers and plain crackpots who are willing to scrap the Democratic way of life to attain their own ends." -- Vincent Price, 1950
How to not panic if your Jewish friends invite you to their house for a Hanukkah party from KPCC's The Mashup Americans podcast.
Sure, you can go shopping, watch a game, or go ham on some leftover turkey. But ask any local: Los Angeles — world class city that it is — offers much, much more.
November, 1963. Piero Selvaggio, who would later open Valentino in Santa Monica, had just arrived in America. His first Thanksgiving was a mix of wonder at the American holiday and sadness at the death of JFK.
Josh Stamberg on being in a radio play: "It is hard to not make eye contact, because that's part of the beauty of collaboration as an actor, but it's also relieving and wonderful to just put the focus on the words."
As readers and listeners use the LA Times' Russ Parson's turkey recipe this Thanksgiving, he'll be enjoying his first day of "retirement." He took the buyout and shares 26 years of memories.