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
Housekeeping news: Off-Ramp blog entries are moving to Off-Ramp's main page.
Saturday in Sierra Madre, a gathering of experts of our magnificent mountains and their impact on our history, culture, and way of life.
Roll out the barrel — more than 30 years after it closed, the historic, barrel-shaped Idle Hour Cafe in North Hollywood is set to reopen in mid-February.
He was a bigot, but scholar Leslie Klinger says he turned that anger and angst into great horror fiction.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Susan Cloke, who marched from Selma to Montgomery as a young, white teenager.
Wil Wheaton is Orson Welles in a one-night-only performance of "War of the Worlds," alongside many other Star Trek alumni.
Where to watch the Golden Globes Sunday.
KPCC reporter and poet Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on the ground-breaking writer Michele Serros.
A few songs to brighten your day or help you feel depressed, and a chance to vote for your favorite rain or sun song.
The manager of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel tells "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe that Saturday, 12/13/14, will be their biggest day of the year.
Superman creator Jerry Siegel's daughter talks with John Rabe about the typewriter Siegel used to write Superman. It's now on display at the Paley Center.
Artist Don Bachardy: the Isherwood connection helped him become one of America's most sought-after portrait artist. New book has dozens of Hollywood faces.
Marc Haefele tells us about Geoff Palmer, who thinks the Italians settled LA, and who lost one of his mammoth Italianate apartment blocks in a fire Monday morning.
As California governor Jerry Brown gears up for his fourth term, artist Don Bachardy talks about the portrait he made for the governor 30 years ago.
It's no longer surprising to find good restaurants and craft cocktails in downtown LA, but you will be surprised to discover what Curtis Berak has been up to in his basement since 1976.