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 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
John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.
Cruelty? Sexcapades? Drunken toga parties? The Getty Villa's new exhibit shows off a rare statue of Tiberius, portrayed as (mostly) victim of Roman tittle-tattle.
How KPCC decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of "The War of the Worlds."
"There's a drug dealer in my daughter's school. He's not selling pot, crack or meth; he's selling ... hamburgers."
"War of the Welles" tells the backstory of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, "The War of the Worlds," which aired October 30, 1938.
David Sedaris is coming to Pasadena November 15th, and he's asked Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody to share the stage with him and tell a goats story.
John Rabe talks to the screenwriter of the slavery film, which is out this weekend.
Pepe Aguilar's 24th album — he's already sold 12-million records — debuted at #1 on iTunes and is a tribute to his father Antonio Aguilar's great rival, Vicente Fernández. This is his first public radio interview.
It was one the most joyous long weekends in LA history. Shuttle Endeavour crawled from LAX to the California Science Center, as millions of us cheered. We mark the 1 year anniversary, and look at the center's plans for Endeavour.
Two men who know something about guilt and redemption, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Rabbi Marv Gross of Union Station Homeless Services, talk about giving to KPCC.
Cliff's Books in Pasadena closed Thursday, and Off-Ramp host John Rabe visited the beloved bookseller for one last haul.
Most everyone who sees Disney Hall thinks of Frank Gehry, its architect. But without a highly trained crew of iron workers, it'd still be a dream.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with marine biologist Milton Love about a cheap, simple solution for barotrauma, which affects rockfish caught by sport anglers.
The actor, who played the villain in the iconic horror movie classic, explodes many other myths and lies about the movie. And, yes, the chain saw was real.
The first time we heard the typewriter bird we thought it was our whacky neighbor, a restaurateur, working on his own Kitchen Confidential. But it was a bird that worked diligently right outside our window.