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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
At 7pm Pacific, Off-Ramp starts live Tweeting Project Runway at KPCCofframp! If you're in church, heart surgery, or an important business dinner, this is the ideal way to not miss a single moment of the drama.
(The photo above, by Ted Soqui, was taken in the gymnasium dormitory of California State Prison at Lancaster for Los Angeles Magazine, which has posted a slideshow with many more of Soqui's striking photos.
The famous mysterious Arroyo Parrots cycle through Cypress Park every few months. They love the berries on the tree in front of my house. Here's one of them.
I have accepted the Organizing Committee's kind invitation to be an Ambassador in the Duarte Route 66 Parade and Classic Car Show, which starts this Saturday at 10am.
(Check out John's weekly show Off-Ramp!)
How big is the fire, really? How fast is it spreading? KPCC's John Rabe talks with KNX-1070AM airborne traffic reporter Jeff Baugh about his unique perspective on the Station Fire.
Nicholas Meyer, who may have saved the franchise by scripting and directing "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan," has published his memoir, "The View from the Bridge.” He tells KPCC’s John Rabe how he got involved with “The Wrath of Khan.” Inside: their entire unedited interview, and Meyer's bookstore appearances Wednesday and Thursday.
"Located in unincorporated Los Angeles County, it is not subject to the city's historic preservation guidelines. State and National monument status is dependent on the whim of the property owner. And so she sits, caked in plaster, under the blazing east side sun, waiting for something to happen."
The L.A. Basin is blanketed by a choking haze of smoke today because of the Morris Fire, and public health issued an air quality alert. This photo was taken along North Broadway, a few blocks from Chinatown, which usually presents a clear vista of the downtown skyline. Inside: tips on keeping healthy despite the smoke.
In the late 1970s, actor and writer Taylor Negron, who died Saturday, took a class from the First Lady of Comedy. Negron shares a side of Lucy that few people ever saw.
The dean of Los Angeles photographers, Julius Shulman, died Wednesday night at the age of 98. Shulman was best known for his iconic shots of mid-century modern houses.
One of the world’s foremost architectural photographers, Julius Shulman of Los Angeles, died Wednesday night. He was 98 years old.
Julius Shulman, probably Los Angeles' most famous photographer, died Wednesday night at the age of 98. He was most famous for his photos of Modernist architecture, but he photographed all kinds of buildings, and was know for his human approach - he wanted people in his shots. KPCC's John Rabe went to his 95th birthday celebration and filed this report.
"Here's a song, originally written by a Black composer in honor of a Mexican bullfighter, covered by a Chicano band steeped in Black R&B and jazz, then sampled by the first major Chicano rap artist."
John checks out an exhibit of glorious Kodachrome photos of LA billboards from the 1950s and 1960s, assembled by LA's preeminent photojournalist Gary Leonard. The photos (and billboards) are like time capsules of another era.