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

Love Locks: Who needs Paris? We've got Atwater.

Paris has removed the 700,000 padlocks of love from the Pont Des Arts. So what!? we've got the Footbridge of Love over the L.A. River.

Sister Corita Kent, creator of LOVE stamp, world's biggest selling artist

John Rabe talks with April Dammann, biographer of the late Sister Corita Kent, printmaker and creator of the LOVE stamp.

Drought: Science reporter explores naked truth of Navy Showers and Space Baths

Find out how much water Sanden Totten saved by taking a Navy shower, and then hear his interview with an astronaut to find out how much water, it turns out, he wasted.

Patt Morrison remembers the 1986 LA Public Library fire

The torching of the DaVinci was the biggest unsolved arson downtown since the LA Public Library burned on April 29, 1986.

We rode with Angelyne in her hot pink Corvette, and now you can, too!

KPCC Auction: Ride with Angelyne, the billboard queen, then have dinner with her and host John Rabe at Harlowe, the flagship of Group 1933's "refined drinking locations."

Tour the homeless youth center that inspired Miley Cyrus

We tour My Friend's Place in Hollywood, which is trying to show youth ages 12 to 25 a way out of homelessness. One of its clients accepted Miley Cyrus's VMA award.

Stephanopoulos gets an F in Journalism 101 - even high school reporters know better

The faculty advisor for the Jaguar Times at South East High School in South Gate tells us what he teaches students about journalistic ethics.

RIP Chris Burden, beloved even by the 'victim' in 'TV Hi-Jack'

Phyllis Lutjeans never held it against Chris Burden that he held a knife against her on TV in 1972. Meanwhile, Burden's "Urban Light" at LACMA is our Happy Place.

Journalist Robert Moran on working with Asperger's

Meet ABC's Robert Moran, one of the few journalists who've "come out" about their austism.

Van Dyke Parks sings at the piano one last time

Van Dyke Parks talks with Off-Ramp about Song Cycle, Songs Cycled, Brian Wilson, and pretty much everything else.

Tiki Ti to reopen after "indefinitely" turns into two weeks

Tiki Ti to reopen tonight after scaring the board shorts off their fans with that "closed indefinitely" thing.

Temple Grandin on how 1950s values could help today's autistic youth

Famed autism activist Temple Grandin says that kids like her who were made to deliver newspapers and ride horses are better off for not being sheltered.

Louis Zamperini's son flies in an 'Unbroken' B-24 bomber

Luke Zamperini flies in the last airworthy B-24, the same kind of plane his dad flew in World War 2.

Don't tear out your lawn NOW, and other counterintuitive drought advice

It's Frank McDonough's job at the LA County Arboretum to field questions from residents, and he's getting 3-5 questions every day about the drought.His answers may surprise you.

Your chance to see a B-24 Liberator bomber like the one from 'Unbroken'

Next week, the same plane Louis Zamperini flew in World War II — as depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "Unbroken" — goes on display in Torrance.