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Production & Promotions Director
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
"Pati's Mexican Kitchen" isn't the archetypal Mexican cooking show. The granddaughter of Eastern European Jewish refugees, Jinich was a policy analyst at a D.C. think tank.
Flavors from the LA's vibrant and diverse communities mix and mingle in a new take on an old cocktail from Greenbar Distillery in Downtown LA.
AirTalk goes inside Caltech’s cutting-edge, new robotics center.
A collection of 270 photos from a community newspaper archive shows how Chicano activist journalists fought to tell the community's own story, countering the mainstream media's portrayal.
A carelessly placed leather-bound game case turned out to be a boon for the veteran radio host, who finally found out how to stop the Mayor's fast-paced schedule.
Nichols and Phoenix - they never use each others' first names - have made careers celebrating creations that in their own day and age were seen as expendable. Now, we see them as touchstones of our history.
Los Angeles has many cultural institutions and one of them is KPCC’s Off-Ramp.
She recalls covering a ten-theremin orchestra, and working on a show where she did what she always wanted to do. "It was almost like having a free pass to the city."
Benmont Tench III based his song "Like the Sun" on a tour of Los Angeles given to him by a friend, which opened his eyes to the city's true beauty.
John and Russ Parsons hang out in John's car and talk about how food brings the city together, and what is humbling about being a culture or food journalist in LA.
Said one critic: "The New Yorker Radio Hour is excellent,” and host David Remnick “swings masterfully between high and low culture."
In an Altadena mausoleum, John Rabe and Elizabeth Harper, of the website All the Saints You Should Know, talk about accepting death as a way of living a better life. Harper and Atlas Obscura tour the cathedral July 1.
After 11 years of exploring the best city on Earth, John Rabe is retiring Off-Ramp to take an exciting new job at KPCC.
The original Muppets were aimed at adult audiences, so it's only natural for Henson's 'Puppet Up!" improv show to include a little blue material ... and we don't mean blue felt.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with 1933 Group's Bobby Green about giving the historic Formosa Cafe a new lease on life after it was shuttered this winter.