John Rabe

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

Hidden History of LA: Is decent rent, parking reason enough to live in a murder house?

Few stories are as weird as the case of a married woman who kept her lover in the attic for decades. It didn't end well. We'll knock on the door of one of LA's most notorious murder houses.

Demonstrator on getting out of the echo chamber, into dialogue

John Rabe talks with social media influencer Richard Nevels at a demonstration outside LAPD headquarters.

Like loquats? Thank the Mexican orchard workers who saved them

If loquats had gone big, would they have changed the name of Orange County to Loquat County?

St. Thomas More's bone, half a tooth come to Los Angeles

If you saw "Wolf Hall," you might be surprised to learn Sir Thomas More is coming to L.A. Well, at least a piece of one of his bones and half a tooth, at the cathedral Friday and Saturday.

Off-Ramp's Song of the Week: Chicago's 'Mongonucleosis'

I've been searchin (so long) for a semi-obscure Chicago instrumental. It's an Inspiration.

Marlon Brando's former gardener gets big break at The Hammer

Kenzi Shiokava has been carving wood and making assemblages in relative obscurity. Now, at 78, the Japanese-Brazilian-American has a whole room at the Hammer Museum's Made in LA biennial.

Fireworks and Fido: 4th of July tips for protecting your dog

An expert from the Pasadena Humane Society gives tips on keeping your dog safe and relatively sane during fireworks season.

Remembering Jim Hangley, owner of Mustangs Only in Culver City

Jim Hangley died in May at the age of 84. His life partner says, "He always worked with Fords, and when the Mustang came out, the lightbulb went on and that was it."

The real science behind 'Finding Dory' and 'Finding Nemo'

John Rabe talks with Off-Ramp commentator Milton Love, a marine biologist at UCSB, about the accuracy in Pixar's animated movies — and why Dory might have brain parasites.

Jesse Thorn: Keillor's departure could clear space for other radio voices

"For me as a teenager, when I turned on the radio and heard 'This American Life,' what I thought was, 'Oh my gosh, this is something that includes me.' When 'A Prairie Home Companion' was on the radio, I did not feel welcomed by it."

The Garrison Keillor exit interview: 'Prairie Home' was a good Companion

Our exit interview with Garrison Keillor, who is leaving "A Prairie Home Companion" after 42 years, with a show of duets at the Hollywood Bowl on July 1.

Protect your pet from the Southern California heat wave

We've got tips from the Pasadena Humane Society on keeping your dog and cat happy during the heat wave. If you already think it's hot, try wearing a fur coat.

Director Nicholas Meyer's first movie? Bet you can't guess

Nicholas Meyer, who made "The Wrath of Khan" and "Time After Time," shares his very first movie with KPCC's Off-Ramp.

Pasadena homeless champion retires after 21 years at Union Station

After seeing his agency through 21 years of continuous growth, Marv Gross says it's time to do something else. He also reveals how Union Station got its name, despite being miles from the downtown L.A. train station of the same name.

Hollywood Fringe: Tony Danza's prison pen-pal was Tupac Shakur

Leather and lace. Strawberries and pepper. Here's another surprising pairing: actor Tony Danza and rapper Tupac Shakur.