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
Film crews and their Rent-a-Cops using public streets and buildings should understand that other members of the public, including amateur photographers, still have a 1st Amendment right to shoot in public places too! You want privacy? Shoot in a studio or a lot. The streets belong to everyone.
How much did Endeavour cost?
It's just Off-Ramp's own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying, "Boo!"
The National Park Service says hikers found a dead mountain lion in Point Magu State park, and a park service biologist confirmed it was Puma-25, a one-year old female.
Connie Tucker has ready to enter hospice after chemo failed. Then she entered a clinical trial. Now, she has a new lease on life.
KPCC's Frank Stoltze is talking with voters about the issues that motivate them in the voting booth, and tells Off-Ramp host John Rabe about what he learned at Philippe's French Dip when he spent the morning there.
Really, the title says it all. And Milton, a marine biologist at UC Santa Barbara, tells us more in our interview.
"I always say it's like data entry for my brain. I remember everything about the experience when I sketch it. I don’t get the same feeling from a camera. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a lousy photographer."
Can you quote a speech from President Van Buren, name the Polk Doctrine, or think of a scandal or success from the Fillmore, Pierce, Hayes, or Arthur administrations? These men are Roosevelt's and Reagan's compared to President Franklin Marshall.
The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.
We're doing a live, 2-hour special Off-Ramp this weekend, following the Shuttle Endeavour as it parades through South LA. If you're along the route and want to help, call-in between noon and 2pm Saturday. Since the show is live, the podcast will be sent out sometime Saturday. Please don't freak out!
The LA Times Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne writes, "In parading Endeavour along our boulevards, LA is in some striking ways reenacting one of the oldest public celebrations in Western urban history, the Roman triumph."
It'd look pretty stupid if Endeavour made it all the way from LAX, and through South LA only to get stuck on the lawn at the California Science Center. The answer: DURA-BASE mats, made by Newpark Mats.
What Rabe and Gorin look like, more or less.
If you remember the pitfalls of phone booths, make sure to listen to Frank's chat with Rabe. And then come out and tell Frank what issues motivate you right into the voting booth.