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

'Carousel' opens at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, stripped down and focused on character

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” is onstage at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse through February 7. The show opened on Broadway in 1945 and is considered a cornerstone of American musical theatre. This version is being put on by the Reprise theatre company, known for its minimalist approach. "Carousel" director Michael Michetti told KPCC’s John Rabe how that helped focus this production.

Three ways the iPhone is a time machine to the past

The KPCC News team was recently assigned iPhones and I guardedly switched over from my trusty Blackberry. It makes sense because the iPhones can not only take pretty good pictures and video, but can also be used as a backup recorder with pretty high fidelity.

Doo Dah Parade releases details for Queen tryouts

The Doo Dahdery is ramping up. The folks who run the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade have released more details on – essentially – how you can be the next Queen of the Doo Dah.

KPCC Spouse and his "Calvin and Hobbes" documentary, “Dear Mr. Watterson”

The Kickstarter Blog has a nice interview with Joel Schroeder, husband of KPCC’s Lynne Schroeder, who shepherds many of our donors. Joel is working on a documentary project about "Calvin and Hobbes," Bill Watterson's late great comic strip.

Providence Restaurant’s Michael Cimarusti gives Off-Ramp a personal travelogue of his chef’s fellowship to Japan

When Michael Cimarusti, the chef-owner of the 2-Michelin star Providence restaurant talked with us about his favorite Thanksgiving recipes and memories, he said he’d be out of the country for the holiday because he was going on a fellowship to Japan, to learn about their cuisine.

Mt. Baldy commentator says, “Leave me my snow.” His wife says, “Take a picture; it’ll last longer.”

A couple years ago, KPCC board operator and Off-Ramp commentator Dale Hoppert filed a wonderful commentary about the way lowland Angelinos treat snow on the mountain. (They try to take it home with them.

Animators stage online auction to benefit comatose son of fellow animator

Animators from around Los Angeles and around the world have banded together to help pay the medical bills of one of their own.

LA Art Show opens at LA Convention Center

The 2010 LA Art Show opened Wednesday night. (KPCC is a media sponsor.)

Thursday update: More Rabe rain photos from the Arroyo-River confluence

With another downpour on the way, I stopped off at about 8 this morning at the LA River accessway off San Fernando Road to take a few more photos. The LA River doesn’t seem much higher than it was Monday.

Views of LA’s flooded history, courtesy LA Public Library photo archive

A Martian could take one look at our infrastructure and know Los Angeles has historically had big flooding problems. “Hmm, they paved over the river. It must flood here. But I wonder why they have so many flat roofs?”

Rabe spots USNS Mercy in drydock in San Francisco. It’s a big boat.

We were driving to breakfast in San Francisco Sunday when I spotted a huge red cross on a huge ship.

Rain Update: Tuesday Scenes from the Arroyo and LA River

A nice break today (at blogtime) from the rain, and a chance to update the arroyo and river photos without getting my shoes wet.

Andersen’s pea soup hits spot on long, bleak drive.

You’ve done the drive down the 5 from San Francisco. The only thing worse is when it rains.

Rain swells the LA River and Arroyo Seco – photos and movie from John Rabe

This was the scene at about 1pm this afternoon where the Arroyo Seco joins the LA River.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich: Don’t wait. Start prepping for the storm now.

The rains are coming, and the Supervisor says you should get to work now – if you haven’t already – if your home is in the path of possible mudslides. Here’s the release: