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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
John Rabe talks with Mimi Pond about her new graphic novel, which paints a vivid picture of the 1970s and a crazy diner that changed her life.
UC Riverside spider expert Rick Vetter says reports of the black widow's demise in Southern California are overblown, but invasive brown widows do seem to be hurting black widow populations.
A new documentary called "Jodorowsky's Dune" shows how an unmade film version of "Dune" might have made "Alien" possible.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we talk with a man who's been selling used Mustangs from the same address since 1969. Prices have gone up since then.
Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon reveals Easter eggs from classic animated films that you never knew were there.
"Racing is much more terrifying, so it makes baseball less intimidating. When you've gone sideways or crashed into a wall at 120-mph, it's not a big deal if somebody scores a run."
When will the historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles run again? Regulators want two big — and expensive — changes.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with curator Bennett Simpson about "Mike Kelley," the new exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
If you think a terror attack can keep a marathoner from running in Boston, you don't know long-distance runners.
KPCC's Ben Bergman drew Home Opener duty (curse him!) and talks with Off-Ramp host John Rabe about Puig, Tommy's trattoria, Vin Scully, and his Ben's Dodger Dog limit.
The L.A. City Archivist opens his files to show us how the city dealt with the unregulated movie industry's location shoots a hundred years ago.
MoLAA in Long Beach is the only West Coast museum to exhibit the recently unsealed photo archive of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
LA Weekly writer Hillel Aron extends a helping hand for the poor out-of-town journalist assigned to profile Mayor Eric Garcetti.
John Rabe talks with the cast of "The Impression Guys," a YouTube series that also includes two female impressionists who say their ranks are growing.
Steve Soboroff adds yet another typewriter to his collection: one used by E.M. Forster, the British author who wrote "A Passage to India" and more.