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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
When Konrad Lightner saw a baby dangerously close to a third-story window, he just happened to have a mattress with him. You can guess what happened next.
Peer over backyard walls and fences and you can still sometimes see one of the main air pollution culprits: the backyard incinerator. And you can trace their demise through the city archives.
One thing stays the same about Mateo Stoneman through all the twists and turns of his story, from New Hampshire to prison to Olvera Street to Cuba — his musicianship.
The beloved TV host's desert hideway went to an anonymous buyer for cash after receiving multiple offers, according to a real estate agent handling the sale.
Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.
We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."
Kristen Bell and John Rabe star in a new "Veronica Mars" parody video, and Bell reveals the shocking truth behind the movie's cameos.
Robert Hilburn, the only music writer at the Folsom Prison concert, tells an audience at the Crawford Family Forum the real Johnny Cash story.
John Rabe talks with the "Veronica Mars" star about making the movie version of her hit show, seven years later, and the scourge of paparazzi who target celebs' kids.
KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez crashes a rehearsal by El Haru Kuroi, an East L.A. band with musical roots in Mexico, South America, and Africa.
This week the Hammer Museum announced the 35 artists who will be in Made in LA for 2014. Reporter Jori Finkel joins us to talk about the biennial event.
Preservationists and environmentalists want the city to turn a bridge into a park — much like NYC's High Line — after its replacement is built. The Mayor says no.
Media attention helps Rufus's current owners see that he could be the star of their new Chinese restaurant; friends of Damon's disappointed.
The real question is why were people so intrigued, beyond the free coffee and a souvenir Dumb Starbucks cup?
Lynn Garrett of HiddenLA gives us an update on efforts to move Rufus, the ancient pacu, from the old Bahooka to Damon's.