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Storied: San Francisco is a collection of stories about life in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The goal is to further enrich the experience of living here by learning about the many and varied people who've come before us, and who continue to add to the feeling that this place is special. This place, San Francisco, is special, and these stories illustrate that. I hope that you'll be inspired to share your own stories. After all, we're all in this together.
 
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Sex Ed with DB is an intersectional, feminist, Bay-Area based podcast for folks who want to hear real stories from underrepresented voices as we try to revolutionize the way we talk about sex!
 
Ground Level Perspective highlights Bay Area culture in a positive light. With our finger on the pulse of the Bay…GLP is ready to discuss Bay Area situations, activities and talent with an OAKLAND feel.
 
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On April 21 at Dolores Park, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will celebrate its 40th anniversary, bringing its Hunky Jesus contest back where it originated many years ago. There to emcee the event, as always, will be Sister Roma (Sister There's No Place Like Rome). In this podcast, Sister Roma talks about finding out that her good friend wa ...…
 
As the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence get ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary in April (on Easter at Dolores Park, no less), we kick off our Sisters at 40 series with Sister Roma (technically, Sister There's No Place Like Rome). Hear the story of growing up an All-American, class president, preppy, Catholic-school-going young man who vis ...…
 
The thing about houseboats is ... they sometimes sink. In Part 1, Sarah told us how the houseboat she and her brother grew up on with their dad sunk in Mission Creek. In this podcast, Sarah tells the story of how the three of them built a new houseboat, the one Sarah lives in today with her daughter down near the ballpark. She goes to describe ...…
 
Sarah Davis grew up unlike most of us. After her parents split up when she was young, her dad eventually decided to live in a houseboat down on Mission Creek. He brought Sarah and her brother with him part-time. In this podcast, Sarah describes growing up on that houseboat (she still lives in a houseboat, albeit a different one, on the creek to ...…
 
Fernay McPherson grew up in the Fillmore of the '80s and '90s, learning to cook from and being inspired by her San Francisco family who had various Texas and Southern roots. In this podcast, Fernay, who owns and operates Millie Bell's Soul Movement in Emeryville, talks about her childhood and the community she misses (she still lives in the Fil ...…
 
Heather J​acks's introduction to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was serendipitous and took place over a couple of decades. In Part 1, we learned of Heather's time with the Christian fundamentalist church in Sacramento. It turns out the Sisters protested Easter service in the capital city during Heather's time there. Fast-forward to this de ...…
 
This April, Heather Jacks's art book about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who turn 40 this year, will hit the shelves. In this podcast, we get to know Heather before she got involved with the Sisters. You'll hear how she grew up on Indian land in Oregon, graduated high school at 16, moved to Australia, joined a fundamentalist Christian ch ...…
 
It's fair to say that Pete likes sports. In this podcast, he talks about the Warriors' move to San Francisco later this year. In Pete's mind, Oakland has been great for the team, and with their recent run of championships (three of the last four seasons), he fears that diehard fans are being priced out. In this podcast, Pete talks about the War ...…
 
Pete's parents met in San Francisco. He was born in Upper Haight, but his family moved to SoCal soon after that. Around 21, Pete migrated north to the area and started to drink here before eventually moving back to the city. In this podcast, Pete, who bartends these days at Zeitgeist and Emperor Norton's Boozeland, talks about SF now vs. how th ...…
 
​Sonia and David paid their San Francisco dues. The moved in with each other in the Dogpatch about a year into dating. Shortly after that, Sonia was diagnosed with cancer. Given their young relationship, she feared the worst. To her surprise, David proposed and rose to the task of helping with whatever his fiancée needed. In this second part of ...…
 
Sonia Mansfield is the creator and co-host of Dorking Out Podcast. She grew up in Concord, but worked so much in San Francisco after college that she eventually decided to move here. She met David through mutual friends in 2008. In this special Valentine's Day podcast, Sonia and David talk about growing up in the Bay Area. They describe their f ...…
 
Kevin Hunsanger was part-owner of Green Apple Books for more than 20 years. This January, he stepped away to pursue his latest dream—opening a San Francisco cultural history museum. In this podcast, Kevin shares his inspiration for starting a museum from the ground-up. He speaks to what it is about San Francisco he wants museum visitors to expe ...…
 
Green Apple Books is a San Francisco institution. Richard Savoy opened the store on Clement Street in 1967. In the early 1990s, Kevin Hunsanger moved to the city and got a job selling rare books there. A few years later, he found himself part of the shop's ownership group, a gig that would last more than 20 years. In this podcast, Kevin talks a ...…
 
Angela Tabora does a lot ... podcast host, fire dancer, film maker. She got her start making documentaries while still at SF State. Her first subject was the house she was living in at the time and its inhabitants. The house was the San Francisco Morehouse, a place for communal living, sensuality classes, and charity. In this episode, Ange talk ...…
 
Angela Tabora grew up in LA and moved to San Francisco to go to SF State not knowing a whole lot about the city. After moving around her first couple of years in college, including a stint at a party house in the Sunset, she needed a new place where she could focus on graduating. That's how she ended up finding the San Francisco Morehouse. In t ...…
 
As a lifelong San Franciscan, Ariel Vitale has a unique perspective on the changes the city has undergone in recent years. In this podcast, the actor compares the city of today with how it was back in the 1980s, 1990s, and even the early 2000s. If you missed Part 1, please go back and hear Ariel talk about growing up in the Tenderloin and going ...…
 
Ariel Vitale was born at Mt. Zion hospital in the 1980s. He was raised in Tenderloin and started going to SF ballet school at age 9. In this podcast, Ariel talks about growing up in San Francisco. His family was evicted when he was young, and he shares what it was like moving from home to home in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. Check ...…
 
Sloane Kanter loves the drag queen scene in San Francisco. In a city in the midst of rapid and drastic changes, she sees that community as holding out strongly. In this podcast, Sloane talks about her passion for photographing drag queens. She mentions some of favorite venues and queens, and she ends the episode on a high note. ?We recorded thi ...…
 
You might not know it, but somewhere in your house/apartment/flat/garage lives at least one or two posters from shows you certainly remember. They're there with other show posters, but what makes these distinctive is the artist who created them. In this podcast, Lil Tuffy shares how he got into the art of making show posters. He talks about the ...…
 
Prolific AF poster artist Lil Tuffy moved to San Francisco in the late-1990s, as the city was about to experience its first tech bust. He came mostly for the music, although the company he was working for in Pittsburgh decided to relocate here around the same time. In this episode, Tuffy shares his story of moving to the city and immediately im ...…
 
?Bhautik Joshi (S1E3) and David Brooks live in the same neighborhood. They're both artists, but their lives couldn't be more different. Go back and listen to Part 1 to discover the odd way that they met. In this episode, Bhautik and David talk about their neighborhood—Potrero Hill. For them, it's a microcosm of what's going on in the city as a ...…
 
Back in November, at Two Storied Nights, a funny thing happened. In this podcast, David Brooks and Bhautik Joshi (whom you might remember from S1E3) talk about that night, which brought them together in a really unusual way. You can see some of David's art at his website. Check back Thursday (our last new podcast of 2018!), when David and Bhaut ...…
 
In this podcast, K.R. shares what being a high school creative writing teacher means to her. She talks about the changes she’s seeing in San Francisco reflected in the students in her classes. Lastly, she describes how teaching kids to write gives them confidence that they can apply to any aspect of their lives. If you missed Part 1, when K.R. ...…
 
K.R. Morrison moved to San Francisco in 1997. In this podcast, she talks about the differences between people like her who came here in the late-'90s and those who've come over the past several years. She also describes what it was that drew her here and what's kept her calling San Francisco home for more than 20 years. Check back Thursday for ...…
 
In this episode, Maddy and I talk about various aspects of art, including Instagram "treasure hunts," putting on DIY art shows, and how artists are or are not surviving in today's economy. If you missed Part 1, please go back and listen. We recorded this podcast in Contra Costa County in November 2018. Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather…
 
Painter Madeleine Tonzi moved to the Bay Area from Santa Barbara in 2007 to go to art school. She quickly fell in love with the drum 'n' bass scene in San Francisco and parties that featured underground musicians. In this podcast, Maddy shares her story of moving here. For her, the underground party scene gave way to visual arts. She talks abou ...…
 
Joe Aguirre got started taking photos thanks to his mother's being a packrat and his grandmother's love of photo albums. In this podcast, Joe shares what he loves about photography and how that led to his involvement with the Burn My Eye Photo Collective. In the second half of the episode, he talks about his nostalgia for San Francisco and the ...…
 
Melinda Uno knows some bad-ass women. In 2015, they hatched a plan to ride motorcycles across Mexico, with Melinda joining in to document the adventure. This podcast is the story of that ride. Melinda reflects on some of the lessons she learned on that trip and how they relate to what's going on here in San Francisco. If you missed Part 1, plea ...…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Storied: San Francisco podcast. This season won't be too different from what you heard in Season 1. The changes are mostly cosmetic—new theme music, a new look for the website, that sort of thing. Michelle and I learned a lot the first year, and we hope to bring some fresh perspectives to this project. Our theme this seas ...…
 
It's been a minute. Michelle and Jeff take a break from their break to reflect on Season 1 and how Michelle got involved to begin with. We talk about getting ready for Season 2 and everything we're doing to set up our two-day event, Two Storied Nights, on Nov. 9 and 10. We're so happy to have brought you 49 different storytellers in Season 1, a ...…
 
As we learned in Part 1, Gary Weinstein moved to San Francisco in 1971 and started driving Muni buses right away. In this podcast, Gary shares some of the juicier stories from behind the wheel. He ends the episode talking about what prompted him to cover his body in tattoos. That's it for Season 1 of Storied: San Francisco. We hope you've enjoy ...…
 
Gary Weinstein grew up in Buffalo, New York. He chose not to go to nursing school and decided instead, in 1971, to move to San Francisco. After a couple of short-lived gigs, he got a job driving Muni buses. In this podcast, Gary talks about his time with Muni, from his adventures while training to his distaste for driving light-rail vehicles. C ...…
 
Bertha Fajardo has been with the Giants since 1997. In this podcast, she talks in more detail about the work she does with the Giants, which involves both current and former players, their families, and groups in the city and around the Bay Area. In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of Bertha's episode. We recorded this podcast at AT&T Park ...…
 
Bertha Fajardo grew up going to games at both Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum. Her dad and uncles got her started, but her love of the game survived her teenage years, and in 1997, she got a job with the Giants. In her role as manager of Community and Family Programs, Bertha oversees much of the charitable work that current and former ...…
 
?Mike Lynch paid his dues in San Francisco. His business, Babylon Burning, which he's owned since 1999 and which has been open since 1976, recently attained legacy status with the city. In this podcast, Mike talks about what it means to own a small business here. He shares his aim to support other local businesses, reflects on how the city has ...…
 
Mike Lynch grew up in Maine. In the 1980s, so many of his New England friends had moved to San Francisco that he decided to give it a try. More than 30 years later, he owns a business and a home and has a family. In this episode, Mike talks about the printing jobs he had, which eventually led him to the shop he owns today—Babylon Burning in SoM ...…
 
Pepper Alexandria is a belly dancer and dance instructor these days. She puts on a big show every year called Carnival of Stars. She moved to San Francisco in 1968, in the heyday of the hippie movement. In this podcast, Pepper talks about shows she went to, bands she knew, and venues they played at. She shares stories of underground comix and t ...…
 
Kevin DeMattia has bartended and barbacked at Big Heart City, the Black Cat, the Blind Tiger, and the Chi Chi Club. He eventually got introduced to Bender's in the Mission. From the first time he set foot in the bar, Kevin felt like he was home. He got a job there, and right as he felt he had hit his stride in San Francisco, Bender's burned dow ...…
 
It's 2004. September 11 wasn't even three years removed yet. But Kevin DeMattia had a thing for climbing large buildings and structures, and Sutro Tower was calling his name. ?In this podcast, Kevin, who co-owns Bender's Bar and Grill in the Mission and Emperor Norton's Boozeland in the Tenderloin, shares the story of conquering the 977-foot TV ...…
 
In this episode, San Francisco Giants Executive VP of Communications Staci Slaughter shares stories about opening the team's new stadium in China Basin—PacBell Park, as it was known back in 2000. She tells stories about Barry Bonds, playoff games, World Series wins, and parades down Market Street. She ends the podcast with some reflections on G ...…
 
?Staci Slaughter grew up going to Giants games at Candlestick Park. In the 1990s, she got a job in Mayor Frank Jordan's office, where she helped with the effort to keep the baseball team in San Francisco. After Jordan left office, Staci found a job in the Giants' front office, where she's been for 22 years now. Today, she's the Executive VP of ...…
 
Darryl Lim grew up in San Francisco and saw first-hand the devastation that AIDS wrought on the city's gay community. In this podcast, Part 2 of Darryl's story, he talks about what it was like to watch friends and loved ones die of the disease and suffer the stigma of having it. He talks about his own experience with AIDS and what it was like, ...…
 
?Darryl Lim was born in San Francisco and raised in North Beach. In this podcast, Darryl, who is a skin care professional these days, shares the great things about his childhood, including cafes, bookstores, clubs, and the schools he went to. He talks about going to Esalen when he was 12, and the influence that hippies had on him. Check back Th ...…
 
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