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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
Inspired after reading my entry on the Gourmet Cookbook, FOO (Friend of Off-Ramp) Felicia Friesema sent this in …
We’ve posted an item from NPR about why male politicians seem to have affairs at a much higher rate than female politicians.
A note from Scott Johnston …
If you want to hang out with friends and have a drink and a bite some evening, and have a few people join you and have a few people leave, maybe you don’t want to go to Spago or The Sizzler.
Here’s a surrealist's joke: “How many pancakes does it take to build a dog house? Fish don't eat ice cream.” And THAT’S why I won the Fish Trophy at the International Surrealist Film Festival.
Passover, the observance of the Jews’ escape from Egypt, starts tonite. Most Jews observe it in their homes, but three or four dozen will be gathering, instead, under a tent in the Mojave. They call it the Joshua Tree Passover Village, and the idea, for these Jews, is to get back to their historic and religious roots. (Audio: KPCC’s John Rabe talked with two of the organizers: Michael Chusid has been doing it for six years and Marc Weigensberg was there at the start, 15 years ago.)
By now you’ve heard the news that Ricky Martin is gay.
This one was down an alley near my house.
Off Ramp Exclusive: Naoko Takada teaches John Rabe to play the marimba. From 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.With help from Naoko Takada, John Rabe learns to play a song on the marimba. Takada will be performing with the West LA Symphony at UCLA's Royce Hall, Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.
The Hammer Museum is exhibiting Carl Jung’s “Red Book” from April 11th through June 6. It’s said to be the “most influential unpublishedwork in the history of psychology by many contemporary scholars.
You may ask, "John, why is this photo of a wall part of the Vast Wasteland Project?"
This is not an ordinary tent in the desert.
“Vast Wasteland” Motherlode as Rabe finds abandoned projection television set. What’s next – a drive-in movie theatre?
My Vast Wasteland Project took a huge step forward with this discovery on the twisty streets of Lower Mount Washington:
Certified Master Gardener Lorna Corpus Sullivan, who took this picture, writes: