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The Muni Diaries podcast is where you'll hear true stories that happened on public transportation in San Francisco and the Bay Area, presented by the editors of MuniDiaries.com. Since our launch in 2008, we've gathered stories from more than 4,000 transit riders. To submit your own story, or read more bus tales, visit MuniDiaries.com.
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Come take a ride inside the mind of & the fun world that MeMeCherry lives in. We will chat with creative & thought-provoking people, about fun & interesting things! SOFE - A podcast discussing art, photography, drag queens, social activism, movies, games & dating. Basically life in the San Francisco area & beyond with MeMeCherry!
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Tech Bitch is a weekly podcast for women that focuses on life in the tech industry, professional development and the gentrification of San Francisco. You can learn more about the show at techbitchpodcast.com.
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Catching Up

Mike Lawson & Joe Betance

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Mike lives in San Francisco. Joe lives in Los Angeles. They've been friends for over a decade. And each week they call one another and just...catch up.
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Passport Podcast

Keith Breitbach

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The Passport Podcast explores the world through the travel adventures of our guests and host. We take a global and holistic approach to discovering our world and each episode ventures far and wide in search of inspirational, educational, entertaining, informative and quirky travel tales.
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Succeed Under Stress

Dr. Jonathan Horowitz | sfstress.com

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Work is SO stressful sometimes! How can we get control of it? Join Clinical Psychologist and stress expert Dr. Jonathan Horowitz as he delves into stress management with business leaders, scientists, experts, and other innovators who are trying to improve the way we work.
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Above the Fog

Grace Cathedral

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Above the Fog is a podcast about celebrating our shared humanity. Grace Cathedral - an Episcopal church and a place of spiritual practice, social justice and the arts - brings you people creating inclusive communities, manifesting resilience and building bridges. Hosted by award-winning audio journalist and San Francisco native Jen Chien, with new episodes every Sunday and Thursday through election day. Could you use a healing salve for your head and your heart in this moment? We've got you.
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East Bay Shortwave

East Bay Shortwave

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Live music podcast, East Bay Shortwave. East Bay Shortwave is a community-minded show that focuses on recording high-quality, live performances of San Francisco Bay Area’s musicians to listeners anywhere. Our recording studio in Oakland features an ever-growing collection of professional audio equipment, so that our listeners can enjoy awesome live music in podcast form. Each episode includes a handful of song performances and a brief interview with the musicians.
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Welcome to Sound and Machine, an initiative to broaden listeners musical horizons, and to nurture and promote underground music genres such as techno, tech house, minimal, chill tech, etc. Your podcast host is Zita Molnar, from Zettabyte [Records] based in San Francisco. To learn more about "Sound and Machine" visit: http://www.facebook.com/SoundandMachine
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Let them share.....That's the goal. Let the leading thinkers, writers, academics and artists talk about their work and the influence of California on that work. These podcasts bring out the myth and the ethos that is not only a leading administrative entity in the United States, but also the world. No commercials, just content. Keep listening.
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Struggling Academics

Struggling Academics

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Struggling Academics is a bi-monthly educational podcast for everyone interested in ideas, intellectual life and academic pursuits. At Struggling Academics, we deliberately venture into areas to which none of the hosts necessarily claim expertise. In each episode Dr. Andrasi (linguist), Dr. Clinnick (archaeologist), Dr. Pedersen (philosopher) & Dr. Vladescu (anthropologist/philologist) will discuss a particular topic with an uplifting and positive twist ranging from singular human experience ...
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PLAYPOD | T-Dance Bliss

PLAY POD | T-Dance Bliss

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Gear up for San Francisco’s most anticipated fetish tea dance - PLAY T-Dance - the official Up Your Alley closing party on July 26th, immediately following the street fair. This year’s party will be a sin-a-matic burlesque extravaganza featuring music by resident DJ Russ Rich, visuals by 3, and lighting and lasers by RAGErLAZER. Come flirt, frolic, and dance with us under the disco ball! A portion of tickets sales benefits Folsom Street Events beneficiaries. Learn more at playtdance.com. Buy ...
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Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a dance studio at one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world? Or wondered what was going through Giselle's mind as she lifted her leg to her ear? There is a lot more to the politics of dance than lithe women wearing pointe shoes being hoisted into the air by men in tights. Listen in for a weekly conversation on all aspects of the professional dance world as Barry Kerollis, freelance choreographer and popular blogger, candidly sha ...
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ALL GROWN UP: A tale of retail, relocation, revenge, re-invention, reckless behavior, really good clothes, indiscretion, infidelity, domestic violence, and one kidnapping. This is a memoir, told in a series of podcasts, by Kenneth D. King, podcasting from his studio near union Square in New York City. It's the story of a small-town boy who dreams of being a “grown-up”, and his journey to get there. Each week, you'll hear another installment of his story. All Grown Up Now is the story of a li ...
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Since 1988, Joshua Kosman has been the leading critical voice on classical music in the Bay Area, covering everything from blockbuster Yo-Yo Ma concerts and Opera at the Ballpark to week-long Wagner cycles and contemporary music that only a mother (or a true connoisseur) could love. In his decades holding major institutions accountable and champion…
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Do you ever find yourself reading or talking about the worldwide climate crisis – coral reef devastation, melting glaciers, catastrophic weather – and wondering “But what can I do?” For those of us who live in urban environments, climate change may sometimes feel like a concept far removed from our daily lives. And yet, the biodiversity and nature …
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Though it encompasses just a single square block, Union Square has loomed large in San Francisco. Today, it’s in flux. Over the past few years, the luxury retail destination and its surrounding blocks have lost a number of notable tenants, but none as big as Macy’s flagship San Francisco store, which announced its pending departure earlier this yea…
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2025 will be the inagural season of the Golden State WNBA team. We are SO excited to welcome this franchise, the players, and all the amazing WNBA energy to our city. On April 17th, the President of the new team, Jess Smith, will sit down with Danette Leighton, CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation, and Axios reporter, Megan Rose Dickey, to talk abo…
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This is the first part in a series showcasing short Muni stories we collected from attendees at the Night of Ideas at the San Francisco Public Library on March 2, 2024. In this episode we focus on everyday heroes on the bus: situations where a small gesture or act of kindness by a transit rider or operator turned a tense situation around, made some…
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Election season is in full effect! Join us for a special afternoon fireside chat with Congressman Dean Phillips as he discusses his decision to run for President in 2024. This will be an oppertunity to meet one of the many candidates running for office in 2024 and ask Congressman Phillips questions. Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds…
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Where most people see a desolate street, Katy Birnbaum sees a celebration and the regeneration of community waiting to happen. But it didn't start out that way. Katy grew up in a car-dependent suburb where the streets isolated her and her family. In this story from our November 2023 live show, Katy shares how moving to San Francisco transformed her…
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It's not every day you're swept off your feet by a handsome stranger on the subway. But when Baruch Porras-Hernandez rides Muni, anything can happen. We were thrilled to have Baruch back on the Muni Diaries Live stage in November with the story of a fleeting romance from his past, and the unexpected turn it takes. Baruch is a writer, performer, and…
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Happy New Year, Muni Diaries fam! We've got stories from our November live show, exciting in-person podcasting events, and more already queued up for you in 2024. Here's a sneak peek of what's on deck. A heartfelt thanks from all of us at Muni Diaries to everyone who shared your Muni stories with us in 2023, sent us your bus photos, tuned in to the…
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Tanea Lunsford Lynx, an artist and educator, joined us at Muni Diaries Live in April 2023 to perform her poem, I Used to Live Here, a piece evoking the magic of relatives living a mere Muni ride away, the otherworldly dimension between West Portal and Van Ness stations, and the soothing something about 24-hour Church Street Safeway light. She was o…
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Have you been to the Legion of Honor at night? We haven't. And we definitely won't be going after this story. Muni operator and Muni Haiku Battle champion Mc Allen reminds us of what can go bump (and wrong) on a late-night run. Originally shared at Muni Diaries Live in April 2023, it's the perfect accompaniment to the seasonal festivities. Mc will …
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MeMe comes to you once again from Fluid510, this time from the green room with the talented Bettyie Jane! Playing the LONG game with BJ | Fresh Prince of Bel Air LIVE | MeMe’s Drag Debut! | Drag Etiquette | Life of a Bio Queen | Bonnet Files w/ BJ | Go to Bed Wig - Fresh Prince | Kiki KaiKai Bill - Pop Culture Edition | BJ’s IG BJ’s Tik Tok…
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Jill Sutherlin didn't set out to become the caretaker of a beloved Mission barbershop, but life is funny that way. Her story takes us and The Refinery Grooming Club through the pandemic, the ups and downs of recovery, and the sacred spaces we cultivate for our communities. Jill performed this story at Muni Diaries Live in April 2023. Hear stories l…
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As San Francisco faces a state housing mandate, there are many unanswered questions about new state and local laws, how the city may change, and whether these changes will be enough to meet our housing needs. On Aug. 24, The San Francisco Standard hosts a conversation with State Sen. Scott Wiener and District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar on the impact…
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What lies beneath the streets of San Francisco? In some cases, the history of how those streets and infrastructure we know and love (or at least use and tolerate) came to be. San Francisco’s Forgotten Cemeteries: A Buried History, the newest book from local author Beth Winegarner, is out now. Beth stopped by the podcast to discuss the role the city…
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Wrestling entrance dreams | Counterpulse Residency [Custom Object] lip-sync//dance | VR from the Trans perspective | Children of Immigrant Techies | Digital 49ers | Drag as a real life avatar | Oaklash memory lane | Education Connection | Puppers Play | Drag Journey | Power to the people | Go to Bed Wig - Fashion Edition | Booked or T-Shirt - Perfo…
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We have another returning guest joining MeMe at Fluid 510, it’s the canonical comedy queen: Mama Celeste! The power of ownership BB’s | Dancing down memory lane | State of the union Bay Area Drag | RUN don’t walk to catch Fresh Prince of Bel Air LIVE @ Oasis | Is Mama the Andy Kaufman of drag…? | Mama’s DJ Adventures w/ the Beeps & the Boops | Club…
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Coming to you from the green room at Fluid 510, we are joined today by Drag Performer, Producer, Creator of Tragic Queendom & Co-Founder of Oaklash: Beatrix Lahaine! Secret Drinking Game | Drag Journey | Oaklash Retrospective | Booked or T-Shirt | Questions from Internetlandia | Werk or Brain Rot | Do we bring back KKP as a perm game? Beatrix’s IG …
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Coming to you from Fluid 510 we are joined by our FIRST KING today: Vera! First drag king on the pod | Early drag days | Rebel Kings of Oakland | Oaklash | Mysogyny in the Queer Community | Papa is a rolling stone! | Post panini state of the union | Possible Live Show...? | What is a Quing? | Kings on the Race | KKP Oaklash Edition | Word Assoc | V…
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Muni is San Francisco's deep end: immediate and immersive exposure to strangers, testing our tolerance for other people's music, aromas, food, volume, attitude, or public habits. Meymey Lee, a born-and-raised San Franciscan, was exposed to all of it since they were a baby. At Muni Diaries Live in April 2023, they shared how Muni not only spawned a …
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Coming to you from Fluid 510 in Oakland we are joined today by the crumble queen herself: Phoebe Cakes! We chat about her podcast IMCO | Being the mother of the House of Cakes | Why Drag | Post Pride Thoughts | Rollin w/ The Homos | Oaklash | Cake Hole | Questions from Internetlandia | Kiki Kai Kai Pill IMCO Guests Edition | Go to Bed Wig Greek Myt…
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Hai babies! Your favorite boricua auntie is back with a new season of the pod! We have returning guest: Nicki Jizz, winner of the Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition! We catch up on the growth of her show Reparations, the staple Oasis party Princess, Rolling w/ The Homos and her award winning package (yes that one i…
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Every day, SF Chronicle staff photographers are tasked with documenting San Francisco. Cameras in hand, they venture out to cover breaking news, illuminate the hidden corners of our metropolis and explore the people and issues that define our city in all its beauty, desperation and resilience. Over the past several years, Chronicle photojournalists…
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Storyteller Adrianna Tan is an enthusiastic bus rider who has ridden buses in more than 30 countries worldwide. But when she finally moves to San Francisco five years ago, she quickly finds out that in many ways, our Muni is not like all the rest. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live in April, 2023 at Rickshaw Stop. If you have your own Mun…
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We first got to know storyteller Kurt Schwartzmann when he shared the story of how Muni and Muni drivers gave him shelter while he was homeless. He went on to become a professional artist, with a series of paintings dedicated to Muni drivers. In this episode, he shares the story of searching for a long lost Muni operator. You can find Kurt's art at…
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Last time, we heard from Tanea Lunsford Lynx, one of the artists behind Muni Raised Me: a multimedia exhibition by San Francisco born-and-raised artists exploring what Muni means to the people who grow up riding it. An educator, Tanea brought their students to the show and we were lucky enough to experience some of their own original spoken-word ar…
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Tanea Lunsford Lynx is Chair of the Spoken Arts Department at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and one of the artists behind Muni Raised Me, a multimedia exhibition by San Francisco born-and-raised artists exploring a central question: What does Muni mean to the people who grow up riding it? Tanea brought their students to the Muni Raised Me exhibit t…
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In today's episode, public transit advocate, designer, and illustrator Chris Arvin shares the dramatic story of how Muni became the first public transit system in a major U.S. city. Complaining about the bus might be San Francisco's unofficial favorite pastime, but few know about the true origins of our transit system. You can find Chris at @chrisa…
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Sheila McElroy has spent her professional life studying, writing about, and talking about place: how our sense of it grounds us in history and provides context for how we see, move around, and make sense of the world. In this story, told at Muni Diaries Live in November 2022, Sheila digs into her own personal sense of place and the role it plays in…
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What would make you take off your headphones on the bus to talk to a stranger? In this episode, storyteller Alex Randall shares how he started talking to his fellow riders, and how these "Muni chats" changed the way he looks at our city. Alex takes the 38 Geary often and he likes all things San Francisco: history, sports, art, politics, and public …
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On December 6, 2022, SPUR and UC Davis law professor Chris Elmendorf stopped by our the Living Room for a conversation about San Francisco's notorious “Nordstrom’s parking lot” housing development and the implications for future housing policy around the state. In 2021, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal for a 495 unit buildin…
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How often do you ask yourself, "What would you do if this happened to you on Muni?" Storyteller Keli Dailey explores that very difficult question on stage at Muni Diaries Live, where she shared a tale about an unexpected turn of events on the bus. Keli is an award-winning journalist, performer and educator. ​She teaches media classes at the Univers…
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