Friday, March 22, 2013

Money Diaries

In the fall of 2012, I got to work with young adults at Game Theory Academy, a non-profit that teaches financial literacy to youth in Oakland.  They recorded their lives, and in collaboration I produced their radio diaries about their relationship with money.  KALW's Crosscurrents aired some of the results. 

Dillon: The Cost of a Breakup:

Josh: Unemployed and on Food Stamps

Keva: Living at Home While Finishing School

Caelin: Next Year Will Be Better

Zakiya: Confessions of a Shop-aholic

Jabari: When Money Comes at a Cost

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Salinas Hospital Trains Interpreters to Serve Immigrant Population

Aired on The California Report Magazine on February 8, 2013.

and on NPR's Latino USA on February 22, 2013.

In the Salinas Valley, small farm towns like Soledad and Greenfield dot highway 101. Most farmworkers here are from Mexico, and an increasing number are indigenous people from Oaxaca and other Mexican states. In fact, almost one quarter of all indigenous Mexicans in California live in this region. They speak languages like Mixteco, Zapoteco, and Triqui. If they speak Spanish at all it's as a second language. That can create complex language barriers in work, school, and healthcare.  In Salinas, one hospital is trying to serve them.

From Soldier to Activist

Aired on The California Report Magazine on December 28, 2012.

A lot of us are multitasking these days. But Emily Yates takes it to a new level. The 30-year-old U.C. Berkeley student is also a musician, a writer, a photographer and an activist. All of these parts of her identity developed out of the intense experiences she had after answering a fateful phone call when she was just 19.