Muni Diaries Podcast
The Muni Diaries Podcast features stories told at Muni Diaries Live, as well as stories recorded in-studio for our spinoff project, San Francisco Diaries. To subscribe, find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or use this RSS link.
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Ep. 125: Meet the Muni operator who went viral
We knew Muni operator (and Muni Haiku Battle alum) MC “Mack” Allen from the Twitters as a transit fan and poet, but his love for the city and its transit system went above and beyond when he decided to become a Muni operator during the pandemic.
He jumped through many hoops to become a Muni operator, but MC had no idea what was yet to come. Listen to his story:
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Ep 124: Two riders enter, one rider leave: it’s the Muni Haiku Battle!
In this episode we bring you the Muni Haiku Battle between comedian Wonder Dave and champion Mc Allen. Three lucky audience members were chosen randomly to vote for the winner, but the crowd behind them didn’t shy away from trying to influence their votes.
Listen to the battle here (and find out who will return to the Muni Diaries Live stage on April 7 to defend his title):
Ep 123: Returning to the stage with Meaghan Mitchell
We’ve been cooking up something for you, and it’s time to let the cat out of the bag! Muni Diaries Live is back after two years of pandemic-induced hiatus, and we can’t wait to see you!
You’ll be seeing some great storytellers, including Meaghan Mitchell, who last joined us on stage in 2019 to share a story about how her father, a Muni operator, helped her on a difficult day at school.
Listen to her story:
Ep. 122: Finding the silver lining in teach on Zoom
Educator Kelly Gregor Hartlaub had been a librarian for some time until the pandemic hit, and she was suddenly called to become a teacher on Zoom for distance learning. Her first task as a Zoom teacher? Sex education.
And that wasn’t even the hardest part.
Listen to her story:
Ep. 121: How the beloved Boat Tram became a real boi
You’ve seen the open top F-Market street car, but how did this iconic tram become a social media sensation? Designer and transit advocate Chris Arvin shares how the life of Boat Boi started on Twitter. This episode is a blast from the past from the stage of Muni Diaries Live! Listen to their story:
Ep. 120: Aruna dreams of kimchi
Aruna Lee is the founder of San Francisco-based Volcano Kimchi, whose organic kimchi and sauces are made in her “Fermentation Lab” in the Dogpatch.
In this episode, Aruna shares the story of how she eventually came back to food, building her small business in a tough town with her childhood memories as inspiration.
Listen to her story:
Ep. 119: A print magazine of our very own: Meet the San Franciscan
Proving that San Francisco is still a place that celebrates grassroots efforts, locals Erica Messner and Amanda Legge have launched a new magazine about our city, The San Franciscan.
Listen to their story:
Ep. 118: Opening night at the Rickshaw Stop
We talk to Dan Strachota, the talent buyer and managing partner at Rickshaw Stop to hear about their first indoor show. Dan shares the behind-the-scenes details of their first show (featuring local bands Zola and Zelma Stone), and all the unexpected things that happen after 16 months in hibernation.
Listen to the interview:
Ep. 117: Combating amnesia: a conversation with Shaping SF’s Chris Carlsson
What can history teach us about this pivotal moment as we drop most COVID-related restrictions in San Francisco? We chat with Chris Carlsson, the director of Shaping San Francisco about his perspective.
Chris is a writer, San Francisco historian, tour guide, and writer. He recently published his new book, “Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories.”
Ep. 116: When true love leaves you in stitches
Storyteller Kathleen Auterio moved to San Francisco from Massachusetts to do new things. It was the year 2000, and everything seemed to be on track: she had an apartment, a roommate, and a job at SF Weekly managing the adult ads in the back of the paper—a job that accepted her as a proud metalhead. After meeting a new guy at the paper, though, they would soon come face to face with a relationship trust exercise involving a field hospital surgery.
Listen to Kathleen’s story:
Ep. 115: Facing my Moonies childhood in San Francisco
Storyteller Teddy Hose grew up in the Unification Church of the United States, whose followers are more commonly known as the Moonies after founder Sun Myun Moon. Teddy shares his story of returning to San Francisco as an adult to start his life as an artist. San Francisco was, ultimately, the best place for him to examine his family’s past and the imprint it has left on him today.
Ep. 114: Your 2020 commute as summarized by Muni Diaries readers
Here at Muni Diaries HQ, we usually end the year with a fun and lighthearted “Top Most WTF Moments of the Year” type of countdown. But in 2020…where do we even start? So here are some highly memorable moments from your commuter tales, in this Dumpster fire of a year.
Ep. 113: “Hearts in San Francisco” to inaugurate newest member
If you think San Francisco needs to gripe less and do more, look no further than artists Kurt Schwartzmann and Deirdre Weinberg. They’ve partnered on the newest of the Hearts of San Francisco—which have benefited the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation since 2004.
Ep. 107: Painting the pandemic void, one storefront at a time
Lisa Vortman, the Co-Founder, Director of Photography, Media and Storytelling of Paint the Void, shares the story of the first mural she photographed for the project. The nonprofit has matches mural artists with over 84 shuttered storefronts.
Ep. 106: Why the SFMTA head says riding Muni is “the right thing to do”
Jeffrey Tumlin, the Director of Transportation at the SFMTA, joined us to provide his take on the upcoming Muni service expansion, and some personal insight into the more human side of our municipal transit system.