John Rabe

KPCC's 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

Remember Ray Bradbury; remember summer.

To remember Ray Bradbury is to remember summer. KPCC's John Rabe and Molly Peterson talk about one of their favorite books, Dandelion Wine, which catches magic in a bottle.

Merry Lepper, first American woman to run a marathon: 1963, Culver City

American women earned the right to vote decades before they were allowed to run in marathons. The first to do it was Merry Lepper, in 1963, in Culver City.

RIP Marcie Page

RIP Marcie Page

$100k Mohn Award raises ante for Hammer's 'Made In LA' exhibit

With the non-profit LAX ART, Saturday the Hammer Museum opens a delicious new exhibit highlighting dozens of new and emerging artists from LA.

The Other Side, LA's last gay piano bar, to close

Over 40 years, it was a refuge from homophobia, a last preserve for pro-am show tunes, and a neighborhood bar. Now, Silverlake's The Other Side, the last gay piano bar in LA, is closing.

Folk legend Doc Watson dead at 89

Folk legend Doc Watson dead at 89, a voice old as time

KPCC's Molly Peterson to recount the War of 1812, our teenage war

What do you know about The War of 1812? To mark its bicentennial, starting Friday, KPCC's Molly Peterson will compress the 3 years it happened into 3 months, and blogging about it.

Where's the outrage over Miami police shooting of Rudy Eugene?

Police shoot Rudy Eugene, homeless man who was eating another man's face. Is nobody asking questions about this officer involved shooting?

Getting Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center

Getting the Shuttle Endeavour from LAX to the California Science Center. You could drop the Big Rock, but not the Endeavour.

CA Science Center's Shuttle Endeavour home named for explorer

Samuel Oschin crossed the Alps, planted a flag at the North Pole and, in death, names the buildings that will shelter Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.

California's April home sales show slight improvement

The median price of a house in SoCal saw an increase of almost 4 percent over April of last year — the first time that’s happened in 16 months.

Silverlake Wine alums open Everson Royce wine store in Pasadena

My Two Sons - Silverlake Wine alums open Everson Royce wine store in Pasadena, named for their two sons. Lots of wine, no chairs.

Steve Soboroff's typewriter time machines

What was missing from the Unabomber's typewriter? And what did Steve Soboroff find in the typewriters owned by Joe DiMaggio and Ernest Hemingway?

Laura Hillman - a Schindler Jew tells her story

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Laura Hillman, saved by luck and by Oskar Schindler, told her story at the Bowers Museum.

Richard Chamberlain on The Heiress, a weird audience, and sideburns

Richard Chamberlain plays Dr. Sloper in "The Heiress," and for the play grew a large set of sideburns which, he's surprised to hear, makes him hip with the kids. "Cool," he says.