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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

Martinez and Rabe finally accept that the NFL is returning to LA

A Martinez and John Rabe on the news that the NFL Rams are coming back to Los Angeles.

Gladys Knight breaks down 'Midnight Train,' intros new single 'Just a Little'

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.

Help KPCC's Steve Julian by ... eating a sandwich!

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.

What Vincent Price might have made of Islamophobia

"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

A few tips for Goyim at your in-laws' Hanukkah party

How to not panic if your Jewish friends invite you to their house for a Hanukkah party from KPCC's The Mashup Americans podcast.

Wondering what to do after Thanksgiving? We have 5 suggestions

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.

Thanksgiving, an Italian restaurateur, and JFK's death

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, son of NPR's Susan Stamberg, on Mamet, radio and relishing time with mom

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."

LA Times’ Russ Parsons on when he realized food writing wasn’t just recipes

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.

Oscar nod for Pixar's Indian-themed short, 'Sanjay's Super Team,' debut film for Sanjay Patel

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.

Rainn Wilson: 'I have always felt like a misfit'

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.

LA's Nuclear Secret update: Camp Coverup ... Brandeis Bardin won't release full results

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.

Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku gets first comprehensive bio

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 gave their blood to make wines in early Los Angeles

Native Americans, just freed from the tyranny of the Missions, were enslaved to work in Southern California's vineyards.

The scariest Off-Ramp ever — horror stories in the Forum

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.