Another episode we love is The Bay’s “The Fight Against Policing in Vallejo.”
“I felt so unseen for a majority of my life,” says Yanni Brump. “Always having to fight for who I am, and show people who I am, and explain and educate.” Brump is a non-binary model, party thrower and public speaker spreading the message of “loving up on each other” throughout the Bay Area and online. Brump feels their purpose is to shine a light on as many people as possible, and after this year, we’ll take all the positivity we can get. If you need direction, want to feel good in your body or are on the self-love journey, hit play.
Another episode we love is The Bay’s “By the People: Young, Queer Candidates of Color are Changing the Bay Area Political Scene.”
While romantic love takes up a lot of people’s headspace, this episode is here to make room for the other love of your life: friends! Our friendships have changed in 2020, but hey, we’ve all adapted in the best ways we can, right? Truth Be Told turned to authors and besties Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman for some tips. They talked about their new book on friendship and answered questions about maintaining and nurturing important connections during the pandemic.
Another episode we love is The California Report Magazine’s “A High School Reunion for Iranian Americans, 40 Years After the Revolution.”
What does it mean to have a safe place to be yourself? To show emotion and receive support without judgement? Educator Ashanti Branch, a high school math teacher, realized it meant everything to his male students—and then he set out to create just that kind of space. In this episode of MindShift, learn about the Ever Forward Club, and why it’s essential to have a space where boys can be vulnerable, share their feelings and feel supported by other boys.
Another episode we love is Rightnowish’s “Getting Out of the Way for Your Creative Child.”
Artists have kept us going during the pandemic. Even as many events moved online, we saw time and again that art will always survive and thrive in our communities. One of our favorites from this year was a Zoom poetry fest featured in the Rightnowish podcast. Poet Tiffany Banks influences shy artists to share their hidden talents and evolve in their performance, and she invited Rightnowish host Pendarvis Harshaw to join in on the fun. Listen to this episode of Harshaw grabbing the mic for the first time in years and leave with some inspiration of your own.
Another episode we love is MindShift’s “How Fan Fiction Inspires Kids to Read and Write and Write and Write.”
The year of comfort food is upon us. There have been many foods in the spotlight during this pandemic, such as home-made bread, whipped coffee, fermentation and matcha. Many recipes were born out of necessity, with grocery shelves emptying quickly and our favorite restaurants adapting to stay open. This Bay Curious episode is a round-up of Bay Area-specific foods, including cocktails, ice cream, San Francisco sourdough and more. ¡Buen provecho!
Another episode we love is Rightnowish’s “The East Bay Poet Bringing Cheesecake to Your Door.”
The Bay’s “By the People” series, on how democracy shows up in the places around us, is magnificent. This episode takes us to the 1960s and ’70s in Oakland, when white men and big businesses had control over city hall. The political landscape today is different, and that’s mostly due to changes in how residents can vote. In true Oakland fashion, it began with activists on the streets. Get ready to teleport to the past and get fired up about the future.
Another episode we love is Bay Curious’ “Inside Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Life in San Francisco.”
First of all, kudos to you for being able to keep up with the news in this pandemic! And if you haven’t, this episode will catch you up on the latest. The Political Breakdown team has been on it all year long, and is still bringing us crucial COVID-19 news for the holiday season. Hear leading infectious disease expert Dr. Fauci break down the precautions states like California are taking, mixed messages about public health and the unique challenges the diverse state of California faces.
Another episode we love is Sold Out’s “Hotel Corona.”
Local artists creating original songs about their communities and getting paid to do it?! That is music to our ears. The California Report Magazine covered an amazing research and community engagement project led by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts called Sounds of California. The East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights was included, and the episode features genre-blending, storytelling gloriousness that’s better than any gift money can buy. To listen to the full Boyle Heights Playlist click here.
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