The Eastern Shore Round-up

I’ve put up several more episodes of the podcast since I last noted it here on the blog. I’m fortunate that fun, fascinating people continue to be willing to sit down and talk with me. Here’s the run-down.

TES #15: Berkeley-based writer Leah Reich on finding your voice as a writer, figuring out how to make a living with words, and riding out the bad feelings.

TES #16: Laura (who asked that I withhold her last name) on activism and not-activism, politics and movements, and fighting for a life worth living.

TES #17: Richard Raya on how he went from dropping out of high school with dreams of becoming a hitch-hiking poet to leading policy advocacy organizations and running for Oakland City Council.

TES #18: Charlie Hallowell, chef & founder of Oakland restaurants Pizzaiolo, The Boot & Shoe Service, and Penrose, on food as a profession, a way into politics and philosophy, and a service to the body and soul.

TES #19: In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I had a Very Special Episode of the show. It wasn’t Very Special because we all learned an important lesson about tolerance by the end, but because it was non-canonical. I talked with my friend and planning school classmate Thomas Rogers. I let him in the studio even though he’s not an East Bay person. We talked about his goal of walking every street in San Francisco, the photos he takes when he’s doing that, and a lot of planning-related things. He also spent a while effectively interviewing me before I wised up to his schemes. It was fun. You should listen.

Thus ends 2014 for The Eastern Shore.

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The Eastern Shore, Coming to Your Ears May 12

Prepare your ears. I’m starting an Internet radio show/podcast.

On Monday, May 12, I’ll be launching “The Eastern Shore” on BFF.fm, an online radio station based in San Francisco. The topic of the show will be, broadly speaking, what’s happening in Oakland and the East Bay. I’ll have guests on to talk about current events, big issues facing the area and how people are tackling them, and cool stuff that’s going on (according to my definition of “cool stuff”) in and around Oakland.

We’ll talk for a while; I’ll play some music; we’ll talk some more. And so on. 1 Before you know it, two hours will have passed, and you won’t remember where you are, or who you are, or what you’re doing holding that tractor headlight assembly.

The show will stream live at BFF.fm from 2:00 to 4:00 (Pacific) every Monday afternoon. It’ll be available for download immediately thereafter. You know, like a podcast. But if you listen live, I’ll like you more.

Next week, I’ll have more to share about the specific topic & guests for the first show. For now, mark it on your calendars: Mondays from 2:00 to 4:00, starting May 12. Listen to me learn how to do radio … in real time! It promises to be, at a bare minimum, an aural curiosity.


  1. If you heard my guest appearance a few weeks ago on Burrito Justice Radio, then you’ll recognize the format. It’ll be a lot like that.