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Production & Promotions Director
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
John Rabe talks with LA Times columnist Chris Erskine about the rally planned Sunday, June 1, to urge the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable to solve the TV snafu.
John Rabe continues his candid interviews with Zoey Tur, the former hyper-macho helicopter pilot Bob Tur, now just weeks away from her final surgery and hoping to return to TV.
John Rabe goes to LA's Highland Park neighborhood to talk with Marc Maron about his memoir "Attempting Normal," which is just about to celebrate its 500th episode.
Jeffrey Kahane, the music director of the LA Chamber Orchestra, has been giving us a classical ABC. This time, he plays some exceptions to a musical myth.
Alex Orbison, son of the late pop icon Roy Orbison, on "Mystery Girl: Unraveled," a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the recording of Orbison's final album.
We take you to the unveiling of five "wearable tech" prototypes -- like a data vaporizer and high-tech fingernail appliques -- that could make Google Glass obsolete. Maybe.
Jeffrey Kahane says it's okay to applaud between movements of classical pieces if you're moved to. Which makes him a heretic, a rebel. Actually, it makes him a conservative.
Off-Ramp sketch artist Mike Sheehan finds First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are not sedate evenings: "At some point in the middle of this I saw a dinosaur walk by."
The first Pacific Standard Time was reportedly worth $280 million to the local economy; Mayor Garcetti hopes PST LA/LA will bring in even more.
... in which a listener chastises Rabe for not asking the difference between black widow and brown widow webs.
KPCC's John Rabe talks in-depth with food writer Ruth Reichl about her debut novel, "Delicious!," in which a food prodigy from Santa Barbara comes of age at the ideal food magazine.
John Rabe talks with LA Chamber Orchestra's Jeffrey Kahane about his decision to step down as LACO's musical director, and Thursday's solo concert: Bach's "Goldberg Variations."
Tony-winning actor L. Scott Caldwell reads from Ursula LeGuin's "The Wife's Story" to help us preview a new festival of one-act science fiction plays.
Captured Aural Phantasy to perform from a child-corrupting banned comic book at El Cid on Sunday, May 4 ... while you eat and drink.
John Rabe speaks with LA Record's Chris Ziegler about Mike Atta, the guitarist for the pioneering hardcore punk band The Middle Class, who died on Easter Sunday of cancer.