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

100k people have reserved tickets to see The Broad

L.A.'s newest art museum, The Broad, opens Sunday. For the first time, the public can see the blue-chip art collection of one of the city's biggest philanthropists in one place...for free.

Immigration, refugees, politics, and betrayal — it's Greek drama at the Getty Villa

"It is a bitter thing to be a woman," says Euripides' Medea. In a new adaptation at the Getty Villa, with the action moved to Boyle Heights and mixed with the woes of ambitious undocumented immigrants, it is still very bitter.

4 ways you can help the dwindling monarch butterfly

How to plant the right milkweed in your backyard to help bring back the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.

MOCA curator on artist Noah Davis: 'A little window is closed.'

Artist Noah Davis died Saturday, the same day MOCA opened a 'storefront' featuring the first work he showed at his The Underground Museum.

Police commission President Steve Soboroff on rollout of LAPD body cams

In-depth with Steve Soboroff, the head of the Police Commission, as the LAPD prepares to roll out body cams Monday.

Heino impersonator Marc Hickox highlights our SoCal Oktoberfest roundup

A sampling of Southern California's Oktoberfest celebrations includes the weirdest spectacle you will ever see, unless you already know about Heino. Also: there will be beer.

Good going, gadget geek: your drone nearly crashed a medivac helicopter

"Had the aircraft made contact with the drone, it could have been catastrophic." In other words, a drone operator could have caused the death of everyone on board the medivac helicopter.

Gay bars have been closing across SoCal, but not in downtown LA

Two new gays bars have opened recently in downtown Los Angeles, with a third on the way. What's happening?

Jerry Heller helped bring N.W.A 'Straight Outta Compton'

The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.

John Rabe interviews the actor who plays him in 'The End of the Tour'

I am grateful they picked an accomplished, good-looking actor to portray me in "The End of the Tour. But I do wish they had picked me to play me. I liked me for that part.

Happy Art Laboe Day! And happy 90th, Art!

Radio legend Art Laboe - the "Dick Clark for Latinos" - turns 90 on Friday. He's been playing music and talking on the radio in Southern California for 60 years.

That song you're wondering about ...

... it's "Forgotten Dreams," by the master of programmatic miniatures, Leroy Anderson.

Bunker Hill native says 'Get Angels Flight running again!'

A man who rode the original Angels Flight thousands of times tells us about life on Bunker Hill before "urban renewal."

Amazing cosplay photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Vern Evans shot some amazing shots at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Come see his distinctive cosplay photos, from smoking Jesus to a body-painted sword wielder.

In ‘The Medium is the Message,' Jeffrey Vallance channels dead artists

Vallance says the inspiration for the show came from a séance with Kahlo, DaVinci, Duchamp, Van Gogh and Pollock, some of whom are skeptical about artists and the art market.