Storied: San Francisco

Storied: San Francisco

Storied: San Francisco is an ongoing documentary about people and life in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Featuring audio and photography of some of the folks who make the city so special, the podcast delves into San Francisco’s history, what’s going on here now, and guesses as to where we’re headed. We invite you to get to know your neighbors, and, with us, try to put into words what makes this place unique.... Show More

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October 15, 2020 30 min

In this episode, Dale picks up where he left off in Part 1, with his college years in Santa Clara. After he graduated, he moved to LA where he worked in shipping. He had a few other jobs, mostly in data systems.

Dale was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, and his then-girlfriend/now wife was taking care of her father, who was ill, while also going to SF State. So, in 2010, Dale moved back to the Bay Area to help her out, and the couple...

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October 13, 2020 31 min

Dale Johnson is the descendent of Black cowboys.

In this podcast, Dale traces the history of his family, from New York state and a Black settlement in Texas called High Prairie to the Bay Area. His parents met at a park in the East Bay and Dale was born seven years later.

He grew up in "deep" East Oakland. He touches on some of the changes that he remembers, with industrial jobs being off-shored and drugs coming into previo...

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October 8, 2020 17 min

In this podcast, Ricky Rat picks up where he left off in Part 1, with his return to San Francisco after college. He talks about a few jobs he had leading up to the pandemic, when he started taking his cartoon art back to the streets. Ricky ends this podcast by sharing his hopes for the future of San Francisco.

Special shoutout to Uncle Damien for connecting us with Ricky.

We recorded this podcast at Fly Bar on Divisadero in Septemb...

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October 6, 2020 18 min

There's a battle going on in the world of San Francisco street art.

In this episode, we get to know street artist Ricky Rat. Ricky's grandparents come from many different heritages. His parents moved to San Francisco, separately, in the '80s and met at a Halloween party in the Mission. Ricky spent some time with his dad (also a comic artist) in the Mission in the 1990s (fun fact—his dad took him to see Josiah Luis Alder...

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In this podcast, Michelle and Alex pick up where they left off in Part 1, discussing how the sale of 111 Minna that left them as co-owners went down. The original owner, Ei Ming, left Michelle in charge, and there was a lot of stuff she had to figure out how to do. A few years down the road, she brought Alex in to help, and soon enough, the two ended up buying the place from Ei Ming.

111 Minna Gallery is still closed to the public ...

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Ready your SF bingo card: Michelle Delaney is a punk rock mom who runs an art gallery in The City.

In this podcast, we get to know Michelle and 111 Minna co-owner Alex Kivelstadt. The two talk about their lives leading up to the moment they purchased the art bar/cafe from its previous owner.

Check back Thursday for Part 2, when we'll hear the story of Michelle and Alex taking over 111 Minna, and what they've been doing with...

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You got to know Marke Bieschke earlier this season (Part 1/Part 2). In this special episode, we catch up with him to hear what's gone on with 48 Hills and The Stud since the pandemic began. We also discuss Marke's book, Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States, which was published over the summer. Find the book at your local indy bookstore.

If you want to support local, independe...

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This one is a little different from what we normally do, and what we've been doing during September. We haven't met Pop's Bar owners Tom or Spike, nor do we know bartender Charlie yet. But a mutual friend connected us and we couldn't pass up the chance to hear some history of the Mission drinking hole and also their experiences during the pandemic.

Spike (who also owns Madrone Art Bar) and Tom detail the history of ...

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September 25, 2020 27 min

Catch up with Adam Bergeron, whom you met earlier this year (Part 1/Part 2). Adam fills us in on how the Balboa Theater has responded to the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders.

The Balboa Theater is open for "social distance popcorn pop-ups" every Friday and Saturday from 4–8 p.m. and Sundays from 2–6 p.m. Please visit their website for other ways to support them during the pandemic.

We recorded this special episode at th...

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September 24, 2020 31 min

Steph Miller got her first dog in New Orleans.

In this podcast, Steph picks up where she left off in Part 1. She returned home from New Orleans with her dog, Ruby, who joined two other dogs at Steph's parents' house. You could say that the pack ... got into some trouble. But luck related to Steph's adopting Ruby eventually led her to a career training and working with dogs.

She got a job at Mission Pet Hospital, and a v...

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September 22, 2020 26 min

Steph Miller used to have dreams of playing professional baseball.

Her parents met out east, where they're from. But their families weren't so keen on their respective different backgrounds, so the young couple came to the West Coast. Steph's dad got a job in a San Francisco law firm while her mom taught French.

Steph talks about her childhood, and she and Jeff start to realize how much they have in common. She goes on ...

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September 21, 2020 19 min

Catch up with Babylon Burning's Mike Lynch in this special episode.

Mike talks about adjusting his business in the face of a major downturn, with many of his usual clients pulling back on T-shirt orders. While he normally keeps his screenprinting shop open, literally, to the public, his doors have been mostly closed during the pandemic. And 63 Bluxome Gallery, which is part of Babylon Burning, has been closed as well.

While the...

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September 18, 2020 11 min

Catch up with Dino Medardo Rosso, whom we featured in Season 2, Episode 19 (Part 1/Part 2).

After losing a lot of his business when restaurants shut down in March, and then getting laid off from his teaching job, Dino made a critical change. Learn more in this podcast.

In addition to hiring Dino for language services, you can donate to his GoFundMe to help fund his new business/adventure.

We recorded this special episode over Zoom ...

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Del Seymour's arrival in San Francisco was one wild ride.

In this podcast, Del describes his literal first hours in The City. He touches on nearly two decades of drug addiction and sets the scene at a park in the Tenderloin where he was inspired to sober up a little more than a decade ago.

Around that time, he started Tenderloin Walking Tours, inspired in part by Del's time driving cabs in San Francisco. During the COVID-19...

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Del Seymour got interested in politics early in his life, in the 1960s in Chicago.

In this podcast, Del walks us through the early years of his life. He attended a Catholic school in Chicago and went to seminary to be a priest. But that didn't last long, and he soon joined the military as a medic.

After that, he moved to Los Angeles to get away from the snow and cold weather. Within his first year, he became a firefighter/param...

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September 14, 2020 17 min

We first met and got to know Liz Beeson in 2019. At the time, she was raising money for a Caring Cowgirl minivan to cart around her therapy mini dwarf horse and mini donkey. (Please go back and listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of her podcast with us.)

Fast-forward to earlier this month, when we caught up with Liz to hear what's been going on in her and the minis's lives.

Among other stories in this special podcast, Liz talks abo...

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September 11, 2020 15 min

Catch up with Season 2, Episode 41 storyteller (Part 1 and Part 2), Muttville founder and CEO Sherri Franklin. Sherri talks about everything her non-profit senior dog rescue has gone through during quarantine as well as some exciting plans for the near future.

We're excited to announce that tickets are now available for the Muttville Gala! This year's theme: Mutts on the Moon. Get your tickets today for this virtual event!

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September 10, 2020 27 min

In this podcast, Yuka picks up where she left off in Part 1, with her and her husband Kris's arrival in San Francisco. She worked a number of bartending jobs in The City before the couple decided to open their own place in 2012.

She talks about lessons she learned at those bartending gigs. Those, along with observations she had made of how her parents ran in their business back in Japan, informed how she has worked hard to do t...

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September 8, 2020 23 min

Yuka Ioroi's family name dates back to the 700s.

She grew up in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan with Mt. Fuji nearby. Her parents ran a business, and Yuka sees some of their ways of operating reflected in her own running of Cassava.

She moved to Los Angeles when she was 15. In the podcast, she describes some culture shock she experienced as well as a diversity she didn't see at home. After college, she worked an office job but...

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You got to know Gordon Szeto in S1E42. Michelle and Jeff checked in with Gordon and Glass Key co-owner Matt Osborne for this special episode to see how they're handling all the changes that COVID-19 and the subsequent shelter-in-place have brought.

Glass Key Photo is open Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. You can browse their cameras for sale here.

We recorded this special podcast at Glass Key in August 2020.

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