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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.
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Tickets still available for “Los Angeles: Portrait of a City” Taschen book party/LA Conservancy benefit
This photo, taken in 1940, shows an insanely detailed model of downtown Los Angeles, a WPA project that was displayed at the Museum of Natural History. The photo is one of hundreds in a new Taschen book called “Los Angeles: Portrait of a City,” which local historian Chris Nichols calls “without a doubt the most comprehensive visual history of L.
Yesterday, we played one of one of my favorite LA History games. Feed a random word into the LA Public Library photo archive website.
It’s time again to play one of my favorite LA History games. Feed a random word into the LA Public Library photo archive website. It’s like door-knocking – you never know what you’ll come up with and it’s a great way to get an unfiltered breadth of local history.
I think some people are getting ripped off when they hire a service to solicit business through them via e-mail blasts. Take this e-mail I received Friday, reproduced verbatim below.
If there's a label on it, does that make it art? And who is Suzanne Ferreira and why is she dumping her art on my sidewalk? Leave your comments below.
When the news came the other day that Peter Gourevitch was leaving the esteemed Paris Review, we thought nothing of it. Now, with Lou Dobbs' surprise exit from CNN , it all seems as clear as a George Plimpton essay.
A few years ago, some folks remade what had been a nasty little triangle at Cypress and Pepper in Cypress Park, my neighborhood, into a beautiful little park dedicated to MIA’s. The flag – US and MIA – are kept flying and of course are at half-staff right now after the shootings at Fort Hood.
Some people at Sunday’s birthday party – who have lived in Los Angeles all their lives – had never been to the Rock Inn, let alone Lake Hughes. So I feel better that it’s only taken me about ten years to find it.
This weekend, Off-Ramp joins many others in marking the one year anniversary of the devastating Sayre fire, which decimated the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar.
Attention Off-Ramp's Semi-Pro Mendicants!
Author RH Greene (above, in tuxedo) graciously warmly inscribed two paperback copies of "Incarnadine, the True Memoirs of Dracula" for our crassly promotional purposes.
I got an email this weekend from occasional Off-Ramp contributor Donna Barnes-Roberts. She writes:
Some of my photos from the news conference at which Charlie Beck was introduced as the Mayor's pick to head the LAPD, succeeding Wm. Bratton.
Big thanks to Jerry Sullivan of LA Garment & Citizen for tipping us to a new play at Shakespeare Festival/LA, 1238 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026. It’s called "Bleeding Through," and it’s an About…Productions production that digs into the history of Angelino Heights.
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