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
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.
Pixar animator Sanjay Patel's mild mannered father is the hero of a short showing how an Indian immigrant's son comes to respect his father and his father's religion.
We talk to Rainn Wilson, star of "The Office," about his new memoir, "The Bassoon King," including his terrible grandfather, his Baha'i faith, why he acts and more.
NBC4's Joel Grover says his investigative team has uncovered evidence of much more widespread contamination at a Jewish summer camp near the former Santa Susana Test Lab site than the owner of the camp has admitted to.
Duke Kahanamoku was a self-effacing, multi-sport athlete who became a household name. Despite his fame, his complete story has never been told until now.
Native Americans, just freed from the tyranny of the Missions, were enslaved to work in Southern California's vineyards.
Listen to three short horror stories that rank with Poe's best, and hear John Rabe and literary historian Les Klinger explore horror fiction live at the Crawford Family Forum.
There's an El Niño on the horizon, and with it a record breaking rainy season is also on the horizon. What's a drought-conscious Angeleno to do?
The DWP and the city are like a binary star system. They rotate around one another rather than working in sync.
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only troupe with permission to perform stories from notoriously sexy and gory EC Comics, and they're doing it at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
"And then, when you think it can't get worse, they bring out the contact lenses — and let me tell you, having a strange woman touching your eyeballs at 7 a.m. is less fun than it sounds."
I have a dream in which all the public radio stations in town collaborate to foil people who turn off a station that's fundraising and switch over to one that isn't.
George Takei stayed closeted into his 60s because he feared for his acting career. But what happened when he came out is one of the best second acts in American show business history.