John Rabe

Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs

Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?

A short master class on music writing from a New Yorker critic

Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker, deftly explains technical terms so that the novice can see how music works. Listen to the interview along with music clips.

LA Art Show passes critic's 'Marilyn' test

Local art critic, gallerist and curator Mat Gleason says this year's L.A. Art Show at the convention center is better focused — and has weeded out a lot of the crap.

Assemblyman Gatto proposes Parking Bill of Rights

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" would curtail valets, "bounty hunter," and fine-hungry municipalities.

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.