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
Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote MacArthur Park, has never sung the song in LA's MacArthur Park. This gross oversight will be remedied June 15.
Turns out, that wonderful spontaneous Off-Ramp fundraising moment between John and Dylan was scripted and pre-recorded.
"Artifex" was a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and sometimes profane discussion on Chicano art at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, led by Cheech Marin, with Susana Smith Bautista, and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr..
It was the 1960s, and Kaufman's job for Litton was to determine the effect of a nuclear blast on equipment. Of course this means he well knew its effect on humans, so it's no wonder he built a shelter in the backyard of his home.
The Chicano icon now spends seven months of the year at his atelier near the Rhone, and admits that at New Year's he prefers champagne and oysters to menudo and beer.
John Rabe talks with Jenny Price, writer, activist and historian about Our Malibu Beaches--an upcoming app that puts the spotlight on LA's hidden public beaches.
The French take heat for many things – the guillotine, dog poop on the sidewalk, Serge Gainsbourg, Napoleon Dynamite -- but don't complain about their driving.
Can't write? Use the LA Public Library online photo archive to jog your brain. Or, sear an image into your brain.
The AP Television-Radio Association gave KPCC six Mark Twain Awards, including two for Off-Ramp. The credit, of course, goes to the listeners who fund the station. Without you, to coin a phrase, we're nothing.
"I, too, fondly remember it and other iconic structures that lined Whittier Boulevard, and I agree that the structure is worthy of historic designation."
"The most important thing to me are the people that love this music, and I want to keep them entertained; I want to keep them happy."
Toni Yancey ran UCLA's Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Not the Center to Study ... Not the Center to Talk it to Death and Do Nothing ... the Center to Eliminate. Here's hoping she made a dent.
Billy Ray Cyrus he took the songwriting advice he got years ago, pares everything down to its essence, and leaves out the preaching. He says, This is what happened to me, make of it what you will.
Help us interview country star Billy Ray Cyrus (father of you-know-who) about his life, music, and memoir "Hillbilly Heart."
Education, water, and the runway were big issues for residents of Westchester in the latest installment of Frank Stoltze's #DearMayor cafe chats.