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

Mt Washington 710 Tunnel For Real?

(Check out John's weekly show Off-Ramp!)

Hide the cognac and put your daughters in the cellar! Napoléon is coming!

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Luis Van Rooten (1906-1973)

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Off-Ramp Bans "Curate" From English Language

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Richard III - sociopath or a casualty of war?

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Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl

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David Letterman’s Confession

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County: One Type of Swine Flu Vaccine Coming by End of Next Week

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What to Eat While Listening to Dudamel's 9th?

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USC Hit and Run

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RIP Henry Hopkins

I've just posted a long and fascinating unedited interview my colleague Adolfo Guzman Lopez did with Henry T. Hopkins. He was the director of SFMoma and the Hammer, and also owned the gallery that held the notorious War Babies exhibit years ago.

Dan Savage + John Rabe - Desk Jockeying

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Send Scary Stories Soon

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LA Times Squanders Another Chance

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Joys of Adulthood - Part 1

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