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45 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
027: Mara Kubrin: How a Speech Language Pathologist Helps Children Communicate and Elderly Heal
This week I talk to Mara Kubrin, a Speech Language Pathologist based in San Francisco. She is currently working at a rehabilitation center with elderly people, helping them recover speech and language skills as well as teaching them how to swallow. Mara has done so much work with people and knows a ton about different types of therapy including ABA therapy for kids with autism who she worked with before she went to school for her masters in speech language pathology. We also take a moment to discuss Mara's concerns with repealing the Affordable Care Act. Finally we’ll talk about an app that Mara worked on with Smile Train, to help children around the world born with cleft palates learn to speak properly.
51 minutes | Jan 31, 2017
026: Marica Petrey: How a Director Engages a Unique Team of Artists to Create Experimental Theater
This week I talk to Marica Petrey who is a writer, actor, and director as well as Founder and one of the Artistic Directors of Radix Troupe which is an experimental theater troupe based out of Berkeley, California. She is a freelance journalist and videographer with California Magazine. She is cellist and member of Mad Noise, a bluesy funk, soul, punk band that has traveled to Africa through the State Department’s American Music Abroad Program. She is a dancer and a singer and just recently started another band called Girl Swallows Nightingale. We first talk about Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy and how Radix Troupe creates projects together. Then we talk about the sound and art direction of Zoey and the Wind Up Boy. Finally we’ll talk about how Marica got into performing arts and an opportunity she recently had to shadow acclaimed director, Amma Asante.
63 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
025: Maximilian Uriarte: How the Creator of Terminal Lance Brings the Marine Experience to Life
This week I talk to Maximilian Uriarte, Veteran Marine and Creator of the widely popular webcomic, Terminal Lance. He did two tours of duty in Iraq and during his second tour took on the role of Marine Corps Artist and Photographer, giving him the opportunity to fly all over and document the Marine Experience in Iraq. Last year he released his first graphic novel, the White Donkey which was on the New York Times Bestseller list and received rave reviews for its honest depiction of the life and struggles of a Veteran Marine.
53 minutes | Jan 10, 2017
024: Albrey Brown: How a Bay Area Developer Fights for Minority Representation & Diversity in Tech
This week I talk to Albrey Brown, who is a programmer and community leader here in the Bay Area. He is currently working as an Enrollment and Diversity specialist at Hack Reactor which is a coding bootcamp based out of San Francisco. Albrey was a student at Hack Reactor and was brought on to the team after he graduated. After noticing the lack of diversity in the Hack Reactor family, he pitched an idea to the founders and founded his own branch of the school called Telegraph Academy that focuses on finding students from underreprestend minorities. Albrey was also recently invited to speak at the White House at the first ever Demo Day about his experience and his belief that industries, especially tech, need to be more diverse. We'll also touch on his newest project, Progressive Patriotism.
58 minutes | Jan 4, 2017
023: Blimes Brixton: How A Rapper Is Taking Control of Her Music and Breaking Down Stereotypes.
This week, I talk with Blimes Brixton, rapper, singer, and songwriter born and raised in San Francisco and currently living in Los Angeles. Blimes took her career in a new direction this year, changing her name to Blimes Brixton and is bringing the world new rad music. She also Started a new label called Peach House Records which is home to works from Gavlyn, Olivia Braga, and Lou Koo. The label is a collaborative project for female artists and they’ve been steadily releasing singles this last year. We talk about Blimes new direction and her experience running her label thus far. We also get into her music videos and creative process. Finally, we discuss Blimes Brixton's image and how she’s fighting to break the stereotypes.
40 minutes | Dec 13, 2016
022: Karen Chiang: A Peace Corps Volunteer Experience & A Business Model that Transformed a Village
This week I talk to Karen Chiang, a former Peace Corps volunteer who was stationed for over two years in a small town in Senegal. Karen was a economics and international business major at UCLA and used her skills to help the community implement a business model that made their plastic waste into something profitable and sustainable. She talks about the culture, the people, and her overall experience as a Peace Corps volunteer.
46 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
021: Meredith Rawls:An Astronomer Takes Us to the Universe w/ Groundbreaking Telescopes & Starquakes
This week I talk to astronomer, Meredith Rawls about her work with a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile set to be finished in 2020 and while take the highest resolution video of the sky so far over the course of a decade. Meredith's team is working on software to process in real time the many terabytes of data being collected a day as well as scan for things of interest in the sky. We'll also talk about her work with red giants and how she uses starquakes to understand the mass and make-up of a star. Finally, we get into teaching and diversity in astronomy and Meredith will tell us if she thinks there's aliens!
44 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
020: Ellen Huffman: Swing Dancing, Lindy Hop, & the Someday Sweethearts
This week I talk to Ellen Huffman, a Lindy Hop dancer based in San Francisco. Every year she organizes a Lindy Hop and Jazz Workshop called Fog City Stomp where she invited experts, live bands, and DJs to come teach, perform, and judge competitions. She's danced for many troupes and currently runs the Someday Sweethearts. We'll get into the history of swing, some influential members of the community, and fashion!
55 minutes | Nov 8, 2016
019: Chad Leto: Cinematography from Film to San Francisco MiniSeries to Star Wars Parodies
This week I talk to my friend Chad Leto, He’s a cinematographer working for G-Ram films and has worked on documentaries, music videos, and commercials. He’s also been the cinematographer with so many projects including an award winning feature film called Parallax. Chad also filmed a hilarious and totally wacky web series called “Don’t call it Frisco” about a Boston transplant who moves to San Francisco and has to adjust to the liberal and totally crazy culture of the city. Chad will also tell the crazy disastrous story of his trip to Burning Man this year.
50 minutes | Nov 1, 2016
018: Charlie Furman: Organizing and Activism in the Digital Age
This week I talk to Charlie Furman, an Activist and Digital Organizer who creates campaigns focused on creative internet organizing to spread movements quickly and meaningfully over many channels. Charlie was a campaign manager for Fight for the Future and faught hard for Net Neutrality and against the Trans Pacific Partnership and was also a digital organizer for 350.org, People’s Climate movement, and Demand Progress. He’s so active and has so many insights into how we take issues we feel strongly about and turn our thoughts into actions. Finally we talk about his latest project GOPcausedTrump.org, a timeline of how we ended up with Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Candidate.
68 minutes | Oct 28, 2016
017: Nick Parker and Bubbles: Deep in the After Hours of San Francisco
Bonus Episode! I talk with Nick Parker and Bubbles, a Bay Area celebrity, about the party scene in San Francisco. Nick talks about how to get into after hour parties and Bubbles takes us through San Francisco nightlife from the 90s to now. Also, listen for Nick and Bubbles track from their new band, The Sensible Whats!
42 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
016: Jada & Sawyer: How Two Students Are Exploring Art & Activism in High School
This week I talk to Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell about life at their unique public charter high school. They are both passionate about art and activism and are involved in many programs in their community. Sawyer is a theater major and self-taught cosmetologist who loves making people feel beautiful in their own skin. Jada loves drawing and photography and enjoys capturing the beauty in things that other may have forgotten. Both are also working on documentaries which will be out soon!
47 minutes | Oct 18, 2016
015: Eliza Lutz: Matron Records: How a Musician is Cultivating the DIY Scene in New Mexico
This week I talk to Eliza Lutz who recently started her own record label in Santa Fe, New Mexico called Matron Records. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player who has been preforming and touring since high school. Her business savvy and finance prowess have allowed her to be a mentor to many bands and she's incredibly passionate about helping bands understand money so that that can fund their art. We talk about her two bands, Future Scars and GRYGRDNS and discuss how GRYGRDNS has changed her idea of what it means to be feminine in the music industry.
67 minutes | Oct 11, 2016
014: Kelsey Atherton: Demystifying Drones, the Morality of Automation, and the Future of Warfare
This week I talk to Kelsey Atherton a staff writer at Popular Science Magazine. He primarily covers unmanned vehicles and defense technology. First we look at drones and different development projects being worked on as well as current and potential legislation surrounding drones. Then we move into automated technology and discuss moral dilemmas that come with programming machines to think for themselves using an example by MIT called the Moral Machine. Finally, we get into defense technology and some old weapons that are relevant today as well as future technologies. Kelsey also weighs in on some ethical questions of warfare.
62 minutes | Oct 5, 2016
013: Eamon Armstrong: Building Communities with Fest300, Psychelic First-Aid, & Personal Growth
This week I talk to Eamon Armstrong, Creative Director at Fest300. Fest300 is an online festival resource that brings together festival communities all over the world. Eamon is a master of building community through social media and travels all around the world meeting people at these diverse festivals, building the global festival community. We talk about so many fun things including the nature of a festival, psychedelic first-aid, and personal growth. Photo by Colin Shoff McDonald
57 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
012: Gabi Holzwarth: The Violin Girl of Silicon Valley Talks Perfect Pitch and Recovery
This week I talk to Gabi Holzwarth, referred to by many as the Violin Girl of Silicon Valley. She is a very talented violinist, she has perfect pitch, and has performed at many events around the Bay Area and the world. She quit her job in sales and started playing the violin in the street full time. It was there that many tech executives discovered her and she began playing at private parties and events. Finally, Gabi discusses her ongoing struggle with eating disorders and has some advice for people entering into recovery.
40 minutes | Sep 22, 2016
011: Ida Naughton: Part 2: Discovering the Channel Islands through the Fascinating World of Ants
Part 2: This week I talk to Ida Naughton, a PhD student at UC, San Diego who is studying the diverse ant populations on the Channel Islands. Ida is stationed on the Santa Cruz Island and is staying on the land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Listen to the episode to learn about the questions she's asking while doing field research, the process of grant writing, and lots more ant facts mixed in between.
47 minutes | Sep 20, 2016
011: Ida Naughton: Part 1: Discovering the Channel Islands through the Fascinating World of Ants
This week I talk to Ida Naughton, a PhD student at UC, San Diego who is studying the diverse ant populations on the Channel Islands. Ida is stationed on the Santa Cruz Island and is staying on the land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Listen to the episode to learn about the amazing colony structures, wacky behaviors, and the overall complexity of one the world's most industrious creatures.
61 minutes | Sep 13, 2016
010: Hip Hop for Change: Why a GrassRoots Organization Fights to Get Hip Hop in Schools
This week I talk to Khafre and JP of Hip Hop For Change. Khafre is the founder and executive director and JP is the events coordinator. We discuss the inherent problems of corporate media promoting a singular narrative of hip hop and the reason why diversifying hip hop is important for kids in inner city communities. Hip Hop For Change teaches classes about the rich history of hip hop in Oakland schools as well as art classes that help kids deal with PTSD and trauma that they are suffering due to inner city violence. They also serve as a collective for artists. They have teamed up with local MCs, DJs, dancers, and graffiti artists and offer free and low cost studio recording services for artists in the Bay Area.
43 minutes | Sep 6, 2016
009: Johnny5: How TURFInc Heals Trauma and Teaches Marketable Skills in Oakland
This week I talk to Johnny5, the founder and director of TURFInc, a company in Oakland that teaches kids turfing. Turfing is a style of street dance that came out of hyphy in the 90s. TURFInc gives them opportunities to make money and helps them stay off the street by learning marketable skills. Johnny5 has worked with tons of big name artists, he's been featured and finds talent for Yak Films, the premiere dance film company in the world and he's an all around awesome guy with lots of stories about Oakland.
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