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

George Takei on how he took his internment camp musical, 'Allegiance,' to Broadway

After a New York run in 2015, the show is set for its Los Angeles premiere at the Japanese American Cultural Center.

What does Pati Jinich hope to bring to the table? Authenticity

"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.

Come, all ye thirsty: A holiday gin and tonic, LA style

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.

Flying ambulances, space robots and the ethics of artificial intelligence

AirTalk goes inside Caltech’s cutting-edge, new robotics center.

Visual, visceral accounts of the Chicano movement on display in LA

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.

KPCC unveils new weekend schedule with the accent on breaking news

Weekends used to be more laid back. No more! News breaks 24/7 now, so we've improved our weekend program schedule to keep you in the loop.

Rabe discovers Garcetti's interview kryptonite: Backgammon

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.

Why didn't Off-Ramp get these 2 historians together before?

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.

Your favorite Off-Ramp stories, and Off-Ramp producers’ favorite John Rabe stories

Los Angeles has many cultural institutions and one of them is KPCC’s Off-Ramp.

Original Off-Ramp producer Queena Kim on the show's origin

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."

Tom Petty's keyboardist plays us out the Off-Ramp way

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.

Russ Parsons brings Rabe a pie (not in the face)

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.

The New Yorker Radio Hour joins KPCC lineup

Said one critic: "The New Yorker Radio Hour is excellent,” and host David Remnick “swings masterfully between high and low culture."

Goodbye, Car Talk

This is the last weekend for Car Talk on KPCC. The landmark public radio show, in reruns since 2014, is ending production.

Interview in the mausoleum with relics expert Elizabeth Harper

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.