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

“The Face Bra” news release -- is it for real?

Every day, I delete hundreds of e-mails pitching interviews with experts, wonks, authors, politicians (County Supervisor Mike Antonovich doesn’t get it that when you send out ten e-mails a day, journalists will not look at any of them, but if you send out one a week, we may actually read them), and charlatans.

If You're Going to Speculate about Tiger Woods, Chinese TV says "Go Big or Stay Home."

Thanks to my colleague Rob Schmitz, KQED’s LA bureau chief for passing along this video.

Big Changes for the LA DWP Festival of Lights

Don’t expect to drive through the LA DWP Festival of Lights for a few more weeks. The DWP is stressing greenity this year, with a bike night preview and two weeks where NO vehicles will be allowed.

To: Media. Re: Tiger. "Stop It. It’s not news. Not yet. Maybe never."

Are you as disturbed as I am about the feeding frenzy over Tiger Woods’ car accident this weekend? The LA Times and the NY Times are both engaging in it, when they should leave it to the National Enquirer and TMZ.

El Secreto del Gringo Mariachi, Mateo Stoneman

Remember Mateo Stoneman, the white mariachi with the voice of an angel, who made his Off-Ramp debut back in March 2008?

Charles Phoenix and America’s Leftovers

Off-Ramp contributor Charles Phoenix is a treasure.

Reasons to be Cheerful, from Michael Sigman

My friend Michael Sigman honored us by asking for “best of Off-Ramp” nominations for his series of “Reasons to be Cheerful” on his Huffington Post Blog.

Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor”

I love this story. Here’s a television adaptation of Truman Capote’s "The Thanksgiving Visitor," starring Geraldine Page as Sook and Michael Kearney as Buddy. Capote's voice always shocks me a little at first, then I get used to it.

Watch AND listen to Shackleton documentaries

This week on Off-Ramp, we’re broadcasting my NPR documentary, “Walking Out of History,” which uses the voices of the survivors of Shackleton’s “Endurance” expedition, mixed with readings from crew memoirs and diaries, and interviews with modern day explorers Ann Bancroft and Will Steger.

Off-Ramp Web Special: Foodies on Thanksgiving

The great chefs of Los Angeles tell us what's on their Thanksgiving menu this year, plus Pigtails & Sauerkraut, a Wiley Family tradition.

Big Scary Waves off the coast of France

As you can tell by this week's Off-Ramp, which tells the story of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition, I like big weather. In the right conditions, I even like being in it. But THIS I prefer to view second-hand:

Mary Poppins Opens at the Ahmanson

"Mary Poppins," the smash stage musical of the beloved musical film, opened at the Ahmanson this weekend, and Off-Ramp was there to talk with co-director and choreographer Matthew Bourne; song and dance man Gavin Lee, who plays "Bert;" and Carter Thomas, a Glendalian who is one of the "Michael Banks;" and we hear the original and new songwriters -- performing live and spontaneously at the after-party -- tell how they wrote "Jolly Holiday" and "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious." The audio is a special web-only edition, only lightly edited for your enjoyment. Come inside to see Dick Van Dyke -- the original Bert -- take a bow and enjoy his ovation.

Still looking for Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas? John Rabe asks the best chefs in LA.

I’ve begun an Off-Ramp web page featuring interviews with foodies like Providence owner/chef Michael Cimarusti and LA Times food editor Russ Parsons. They give us some great Thanksgiving food ideas, and reminisce about their best and worst Thanksgivings.

There's Something About Mary (Poppins)

Team KPCC had a great time at “Mary Poppins” at the Ahmanson Theatre Sunday night. It’s the national tour production of the classic film.

Rabe Movie: Geffen Contemporary Tour

Christopher Knight of the LA Times writes about the exhibits at MOCA on Grand and at the Geffen Contemporary.