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

Janis Joplin finally gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Legendary music executive Clive Davis said the late Janis Joplin rewrote "the rules for what was possible and what was permissible."

'12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner John Ridley

John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.

Getty Villa exhibit invites visitors to rediscover Roman Emperor Tiberius

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 got the rights to 'The War of the Worlds'

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."

Young entrepreneur starts 'No Burger Left Behind' program at SoCal school

"There's a drug dealer in my daughter's school. He's not selling pot, crack or meth; he's selling ... hamburgers."

New 'War of the Worlds' doc peeks behind the scenes of the 1938 classic

"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 to share spotlight with Off-Ramp's Dylan Brody

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.

Video: '12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley

John Rabe talks to the screenwriter of the slavery film, which is out this weekend.

Mexican Ranchera singer and pop superstar Pepe Aguilar gets his due at The Grammy Museum

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.

PHOTOS: Shuttle Endeavour - One year ago, LA was one big party

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.

Father Boyle and Rabbi Gross fundraise for KPCC

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.

RIP Cliff's Books, musty, messy, melancholy, marvelous

Cliff's Books in Pasadena closed Thursday, and Off-Ramp host John Rabe visited the beloved bookseller for one last haul.

Gil Garcetti celebrates Disney Hall's 10th birthday

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.

What fish barotrauma is, why it's bad, and how to stop it.

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.

Gunnar Hansen on playing Leatherface in 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'

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.