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23 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 116: When true love leaves you in stitches
Storyteller Kathleen Auterio moved to San Francisco from Massachusetts to do new things, just like in the BeeGees song. It was 2000, and everything seemed to be on track: she had an apartment, a roommate, and a job at SFWeekly doing the adult ads in the back of the paper -- a job that accepted her as a full metalhead. When she meets a new guy at the paper, they would soon come face to face with a relationship trust exercise that most people can't imagine. Kathleen is also a Muni Diaries Live alum: you can hear her story about an eventful Muni ride on episode 81 of our podcast. We are always looking for people to share their stories about what makes San Francisco uniquely ours. If you have a story to share, pitch your idea to us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts to help people find more stories about the city by the Bay.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 115: Facing my Moonies childhood in San Francisco
Storyteller Teddy Hose grew up in the Unification Church of the United States, whose followers are more commonly known as the Moonies after founder Sun Myun Moon. His father came to San Francisco as an artist in the 1960s, living in the famed artist commune in the Goodman Building on Geary and Van Ness. In this episode, Teddy shares his story of returning to San Francisco as an adult to start his life as an artist. San Francisco was, ultimately, the best place for him to examine his family’s past and the imprint it has left on him today. We are bringing you stories about the people, places, and things that keep San Francisco ticking. Everyone has a story—submit yours by emailing us at email@example.com, or by tagging us @munidiaries on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 114: Your 2020 commute, as seen by Muni Diaries readers
Here at Muni Diaries HQ, we usually end the year with a fun and lighthearted “Top Most WTF Moments of the Year” type of countdown. But in 2020…where do we even start? As shelter-in-place became a more permanent fixture of our lives, documenting life in San Francisco, especially via commute tales, took on a different meaning. We saw the uphill battle faced by so many small businesses and venues (like our beloved Rickshaw Stop), and the struggles of essential workers, particularly Muni operators and first responders—many of whom relied on Muni to get around. We’re grateful that we could help share those stories. So here are some highly memorable moments from your commuter tales, in this Dumpster fire of a year. As always, Muni Diaries is made entirely of stories by San Franciscans like yourselves. Our inbox is always open for your tales: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thumbnail photo by @jack.kerouac.alley on Instagram.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 113: "Hearts in San Francisco" to inaugurate newest member
Artist and Muni Diaries Live alum Kurt Schwartzmann is paying artistic tribute to other facets of San Francisco life with artist Deirdre Weinberg, who has created public art for more than two decades. The duo first collaborated on beautifying the outdoor dining space for the iconic Buena Vista cafe this summer, and now they've partnered on the newest of the Hearts of San Francisco—which have benefited the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation since 2004. In this week's podcast episode, we chat with the artists about how they became stewards of a beloved San Francisco tradition. Know someone who's giving back to San Francisco in a meaningful way? We want to know! Pitch a story to us at email@example.com.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 112: Artist Paul Madonna on finding the "Spirits of San Francisco"
Artist Paul Madonna just created a new book called Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City, written with Gary Kamiya. The book features vignettes of the history and topography of 16 different locations in the city. Madonna's drawings of San Francisco range from a well-known views spanning over the Embarcadero, to more obscure corners of the city like Calhoun Tower in North Beach on Montgomery and Union. As he draws en plein air—from real life rather than photographs—Madonna had to find just the right time of day to depict his subject. Sometimes, he and Kamiya even found themselves in places they weren't really supposed to be for the good of their project. Go to MuniDiaries.com to see photos from Spirits of San Francisco. Got a story idea for us? Our inbox is always open: firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 111: Election Special: 2020's transit ballot measures that every rider should know
We invite San Francisco Examiner transit reporter Carly Graf to talk about this year's ballot measures that can change the landscape of public transportation as we know it today. Though the pandemic has severely reduced ridership and budget, public transit was already in trouble with the proliferation of Lyft and Uber. We chat about Prop 22, Prop B, why you should get to know the BART board of directors, and more. What do you think of their take on the transit-related props on the ballot? We want to hear from you: email us at email@example.com. And if you haven’t done your early voting, now is the time!
12 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 110: Reporter shares BART busker afterstory
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan was reporting on the anti-panhandling ordinance last year when she met rapper Tone Oliver, whose story became symbolic of how this ordinance can impact artists like him. You can follow her reporting at the San Francisco Chronicle website or on Twitter @rachelswan. Don't forget to subscribe to the Muni Diaries podcast to keep up with more first-person stories about life in San Francisco. And if you have your own story to contribute, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 109: Bailing out a rookie Muni driver
You know when a way-too-crowded bus followed by a nearly empty bus right behind it, and you’d wonder, why doesn’t anyone get on the empty bus? In this episode, Muni operator Ricardo sheds some light on why this happens, and how he tried to bail out a rookie Muni driver in this predicament. This story was read by Steve Pepple of VibeMap, who's also a Muni Diaries Live alum. We are always looking for stories about life in San Francisco, on or off the bus. What’s the best thing that happened to you here? Did something or someone in SF change you? We want to hear all about it. Anyone can submit a story to this collective online journal: just email us at email@example.com.
8 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 108: Playing Muni driver, if only for a few minutes
In today's episode, rider Tara got to do something that most bus passengers never get to do. This story is read by Muni Diaries reader Amanda Staight.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 107: Painting the pandemic void, one storefront at a time
A couple of San Franciscans created a project that truly made lemonade out of all the lemons that 2020 has thrown at us. Paint the Void matches mural artists with shuttered storefronts, and since April, the nonprofit has matched artists who beautified over 84 shops and restaurants, making walking around in San Francisco a joy again. In today's podcast episode, we invite Lisa Vortman, the Co-Founder, Director of Photography, Media and Storytelling of Paint the Void, to share the story of the first mural she photographed for the project. Go to MuniDiaries.com to see photos of the mural she talks about in the story.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 106: SFMTA head Jeffrey Tumlin explains why taking Muni is the "right thing to do"
Muni, like many other public transit agencies around the country, is facing a financial "death spiral" in the face of the pandemic. In today's podcast episode, we talk with Jeffrey Tumlin, the Director of Transportation of the SFMTA who started in his role right at the end of last year after the underground meltdown.
12 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 105: Can you solve the mystery of the Dancing Leg Neon sign?
Where do neon signs of yesteryear go to retire? In this episode, we invite two neon historians to tell us about their neon "white whale." Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan are the creators of San Francisco Neon, an organization of historians, educators, and advocates for the beautiful neon signs you see all over our city. They are also the authors of the book, San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons. SF Neon now has evening virtual presentations about the history behind beautiful neon signs in the Tenderloin and Chinatown. There’s an online version of their festival called Neon Speaks which is in September. You can find out more at SFNeon.org.
6 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep. 104: I miss Muni.
Muni Diaries reader Amanda Staight shares why she misses the bus, and after this many months of sheltering in place, we bet you feel the same. Amanda is a lover of neighborhoods, communities and casual conversations. She collects and tells stories as a passion and occupation. Her favorite seat on the bus is next to the rear door, up the little steps in the back. If you have your own Muni tale or sentiment to share, or a pandemic tale of San Francisco living, we want to hear from you! Email us your pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 103: Finding a connection on Muni
Today's episode features a story submitted by Muni rider Wil, who seized a moment of connection on Muni. This story is read by Muni Diaries reader Dayne Watai. In the last few weeks we have all been re-examining social justice in our communities and our place in it - we've had some healthy debate on our social media about whether Muni should be used to transport police and protestors, and the role of public transit in race and class. Follow us @munidiaries on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to chime in. We'll continue these conversations while also bringing you stories of everyday San Franciscans, as we always do. If you have a story to share, our inbox is open for your pitch. Email us at muni.diaries.sf@Gmail.com.
7 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 102: San Francisco Diaries: How one Bernal business survived the ups and downs of SF
Today’s story is from Eden Stein, the owner of Secession Art and Design, an art gallery and boutique in Bernal Heights. Eden has seen the ups and downs of San Francisco in over a decade of keeping her store afloat. In this episode, Eden tells a story about one evening a few year ago when a man walked in, intending to rob the store. Eden says that she is transitioning from in-store to online sales these days. In the past, 80% of her sales came from people shopping at the store in person, and it's been a major change to transition to an online-only business. You can find Secession at SecessionSF.com.
15 minutes | a year ago
Ep 101: San Francisco Diaries: Discovering the Secret Alley
The set of an obscure sci-fi film became the catalyst of building a new space in the Mission. Storyteller Noel Von Joo shares how he and a couple of friends started to build a quirky, inventive space for artists to gather in the Mission. Hidden in a nondescript building, the Secret Alley is a pirate ship, old diner, and indoor garden all at once. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live in 2019. We are continuing to bring you stories about our city, submitted by readers like you. Please share this podcast with your friends and rate us on Apple Podcasts.
16 minutes | a year ago
Ep 100: Sing it together! A new anthem for Muni riders
We are celebrating 12 years of sharing your commute stories with our 100th episode. Most of us haven't been on a bus lately, and after this pandemic, we'd be so looking forward to getting back to our commute routine. Meanwhile we will continue to bring you stories from everyday San Franciscans. Nothing says "we're in it together" more than commuters banding together. Today's episode features Jefferson Bergey: he is a professional musician based in Oakland, and a regular performer in San Francisco's Bawdy Storytelling. He's performed at Punchline SF for SF Sketchfest; his music is featured regularly on the Bawdy Storytelling Podcast and on Kevin Allison's wildly popular RISK! podcast. Jefferson joined us at Muni Diaries Live in November 2019 after writing a new song just for us. You can follow and support Jefferson @jeffersonbergey on Instagram, and find him on Spotify. Keep the stories and SF spirit up by submitting your stories to email@example.com, and it would mean the world to us if you subscribe and share this podcast with your friends!
6 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 99: My "little hat" on multicultural Muni
We like to say that Muni is San Francisco's living room, and you never know where a conversation with a fellow bus rider will lead. In today's episode, rider Timo shares a story about the time when someone on the bus asked him why he was wearing his yarmulke. Muni Diaries is made of stories by everyday San Franciscans, and in these times, your stories are more important than ever! We will continue to publish stories from our archive and hope this takes some stress off of your day while sheltering in place. Photo by @jjinsf on Twitter.
6 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 98: When the entire bus stood up for you
In these times when most of your fellow bus riders are looking at their phone and have headphones on, reader Teresa submitted a story of how a group of women banded together when they saw another woman in a bad situation. Muni Diaries is made of your stories. If you have a tale to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 97: San Francisco Diaries: Walking San Francisco's 49 Miles Scenic Drive
Kristine Poggioli and coauthor Carolyn Eidson became the first people known to have walked San Francisco’s historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive over the course of a year. You know the route, or at least you've probably seen the light blue signs with seagulls on them all over town. They’ve published a book about their experience called Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive. In this episode, you’ll find out all about their journey and what they discovered along the way.
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