Sinopse

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 over 4000 transit riders. Riding the bus with a black crow on your shoulder? Eating a pint of ice cream with the butt end of a lighter on the N-Judah? Exchanging the fine points of making a perfect lumpia with your bus drivers mom? These are just a few of the everyday delights/weirdnesses that actually happen on Muni. To submit your own story, read more bus tales, or submit one of your own, visit MuniDiaries.com.

Episódios

  • Ep 101: San Francisco Diaries: Discovering the Secret Alley

    Ep 101: San Francisco Diaries: Discovering the Secret Alley

    27/04/2020 Duração: 15min

    The set of an obscure sci-fi film became the catalyst of building a new space in the Mission. Storyteller Noel Von Joo shares how he and a couple of friends started to build a quirky, inventive space for artists to gather in the Mission. Hidden in a nondescript building, the Secret Alley is a pirate ship, old diner, and indoor garden all at once.  This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live in 2019. We are continuing to bring you stories about our city, submitted by readers like you. Please share this podcast with your friends and rate us on Apple Podcasts. 

  • Ep 100: Sing it together! A new anthem for Muni riders

    Ep 100: Sing it together! A new anthem for Muni riders

    16/04/2020 Duração: 15min

    We are celebrating 12 years of sharing your commute stories with our 100th episode. Most of us haven't been on a bus lately, and after this pandemic, we'd be so looking forward to getting back to our commute routine.  Meanwhile we will continue to bring you stories from everyday San Franciscans. Nothing says "we're in it together" more than commuters banding together. Today's episode features Jefferson Bergey: he is a professional musician based in Oakland, and a regular performer in San Francisco's Bawdy Storytelling. He's performed at Punchline SF for SF Sketchfest;  his music is featured regularly on the Bawdy Storytelling Podcast and on Kevin Allison's wildly popular RISK! podcast. Jefferson joined us at Muni Diaries Live in November 2019 after writing a new song just for us. You can follow and support Jefferson @jeffersonbergey on Instagram, and find him on Spotify.  Keep the stories and SF spirit up by submitting your stories to [email protected], and it would mean the world to us if you subscri

  • Ep. 99: My little hat on multicultural Muni

    Ep. 99: My "little hat" on multicultural Muni

    01/04/2020 Duração: 06min

    We like to say that Muni is San Francisco's living room, and you never know where a conversation with a fellow bus rider will lead. In today's episode, rider Timo shares a story about the time when someone on the bus asked him why he was wearing his yarmulke.  Muni Diaries is made of stories by everyday San Franciscans, and in these times, your stories are more important than ever! We will continue to publish stories from our archive and hope this takes some stress off of your day while sheltering in place. Photo by @jjinsf on Twitter.

  • Ep. 98: When the entire bus stood up for you

    Ep. 98: When the entire bus stood up for you

    21/03/2020 Duração: 06min

    In these times when most of your fellow bus riders are looking at their phone and have headphones on, reader Teresa submitted a story of how a group of women banded together when they saw another woman in a bad situation.  Muni Diaries is made of your stories. If you have a tale to share, email us at [email protected] 

  • Ep. 97: San Francisco Diaries: Walking San Franciscos 49 Miles Scenic Drive

    Ep. 97: San Francisco Diaries: Walking San Francisco's 49 Miles Scenic Drive

    27/02/2020 Duração: 18min

    Kristine Poggioli and coauthor Carolyn Eidson became the first people known to have walked San Francisco’s historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive over the course of a year. You know the route, or at least you've probably seen the light blue signs with seagulls on them all over town. They’ve published a book about their experience called Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive. In this episode, you’ll find out all about their journey and what they discovered along the way.

  • Ep. 96: New year, new way to practice kindness

    Ep. 96: New year, new way to practice kindness

    13/01/2020 Duração: 16min

    Storyteller Andrea Carla Michaels has worn many hats over the years, as a standup comic, writer for a game show, and briefly a writer for Designing Women. She now spends her time naming companies and constructing crossword puzzles for the New York Times. Two years ago she found her calling as "Pizza Lady" and you can find her daily in the alleys off lower Polk Street. We first aired this story in April 2018, and we feel like the new year is the right time to how to make a difference this year, no matter how big or small. Got a story about how to  make a difference in our city? Pitch us by email at [email protected]

  • Ep. 95: Of ladyspreading and leggings on BART with Annette Mullaney

    Ep. 95: Of 'ladyspreading' and leggings on BART with Annette Mullaney

    24/12/2019 Duração: 10min

    Storyteller Annette Mullaney is a standup comic based in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle named her one of six "comics to catch" in the Bay Area. She describes her comedy as self-deprecating, feminist, existentialist, smart, vulgar, and full of big words to prove she's been to grad school. In this episode, she shares a BART story that took a long time to see the light of day. But we're so glad she worked up the courage to share. If you have your own story to share on our podcast, send us a short pitch to [email protected] 

  • Ep. 94: Making my own crime scene on Muni, as told by Maureen Bogues

    Ep. 94: Making my own crime scene on Muni, as told by Maureen Bogues

    03/12/2019 Duração: 10min

    On her way home from a baby shower, storyteller Maureen Bogues encountered what most of us hope we wouldn't on Muni. Fueled by adrenaline, she chases after a mugger who took her phone. What would you do in this situation?   Maureen is a writer, editor, and occasional public speaker who has been featured at Beyond Borders Storytelling. This story was taped at Muni Diaries Live at Rickshaw Stop in November, 2019. Do you have your own Muni story to share? Pitch us your Muni and San Francisco stories by emailing us at [email protected]    

  • Ep. 93: Exploratorium After Dark: Journey to Big Lots

    Ep. 93: Exploratorium After Dark: Journey to Big Lots

    20/11/2019 Duração: 15min

    Storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayana is a stand-up comedian and winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award. She's also the subject of the documentary “NerdCool.” This story was recorded at Exploratorium After Dark in 2019.  If you have your own story to share on our podcast, pitch your stories at [email protected]

  • Ep. 92: San Francisco Diaries: Tradeswoman Molly Martin searches for a friend from the Rosa Luxemburg Collective

    Ep. 92: San Francisco Diaries: Tradeswoman Molly Martin searches for a friend from the "Rosa Luxemburg" Collective

    28/10/2019 Duração: 14min

    Today's story is from Molly Martin, a long-time activist and Bernal Heights resident. She was an organizer of Occupy Bernal, which saved many homes in the neighborhood from foreclosure. Molly is also a tradeswomen activist and is working on a book about the history of women construction workers in the Bay Area. Her story takes us back to 1973 San Francisco. Subscribe to the Muni Diaries podcast so you don't miss a minute of our new episodes! Muni Diaries Live is back on Nov. 2, 2019 at Rickshaw Stop. Go to MuniDiaries.com to get tickets.  If you have a San Francisco story to pitch, email us at [email protected]   

  • Ep. 91: San Francisco Diaries: DJ Steve Fabus recounts Sylvesters farewell

    Ep. 91: San Francisco Diaries: DJ Steve Fabus recounts Sylvester's farewell

    21/10/2019 Duração: 17min

    DJ Steve Fabus literally provided the soundtrack to one of the most tumultuous periods in San Francisco history. He has been a fixture in the underground music scene in San Francisco since he moved here in the '70s—he described it as a calling that brought him to the city. In today's episode, Steve shares the story of how he found himself at the turn table for the farewell party of disco legend Sylvester. You can hear stories like these live on stage at the next Muni Diaries Live show on Nov. 2, 2019, at Rickshaw Stop. Tickets are on sale at MuniDiaries.com. 

  • Ep. 90: Live from Clarion Alley

    Ep. 90: Live from Clarion Alley

    03/10/2019 Duração: 17min
  • Ep. 89: San Francisco Diaries: Mission Comics and Arts Leef Smith on gardening the AIDS Memorial Grove

    Ep. 89: San Francisco Diaries: Mission Comics and Art's Leef Smith on gardening the AIDS Memorial Grove

    28/09/2019 Duração: 11min
  • Ep. 88: How a high school student found herself...on Muni

    Ep. 88: How a high school student found herself...on Muni

    22/08/2019 Duração: 06min

    Muni is the through line in this week's podcast story from Simone Herko Felton, a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Simone has lived here all her life and takes the 23-Monterey to go to school daily. She explains what it's like to be a high school student in San Francisco taking this cross town bus, and why this particular line is symbolic of her multi-ethnic identity. Simone is the President of the literary magazine at Lowell High School called The Junkyard. If you have a story to share, we are all ears! Pitch your story to [email protected]

  • Ep. 87: San Francisco Diaries: Justina Wu on the consequence of assumptions

    Ep. 87: San Francisco Diaries: Justina Wu on the consequence of assumptions

    07/08/2019 Duração: 10min

    Do you often wish you said something to someone who was acting inconsiderate or rude, and you spend days thinking about what you should have said? In this episode, our storyteller didn't hold back and called out a rude fellow shopper at the checkout line, and the results would surprise you. Justina Wu is a writer, storyteller, and producer of Beyond Borders Storytelling, a series of travel-themed workshops and story jams.  Check out Beyond Borders online at beyondbordersstorytelling.org, and mark your calendars for the next show on August 14 at PianoFight in the Tenderloin.  

  • Ep. 86: San Francisco Diaries: Who gets to define this city? Listeners sound off.

    Ep. 86: San Francisco Diaries: Who gets to define this city? Listeners sound off.

    24/07/2019 Duração: 16min

    Our previous episode featured Smiley Poswolsky, a self-described Millennial workplace expert who quit his stuffy Washington, D.C. job to become a writer in San Francisco. His story about personal growth and change, with NOPA/Western Addition in a prominent guest-starring role, really got our listeners talking more broadly about the state of our city—a hot topic lately. For this episode, we invited Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight from The San Francisco Chronicle, and Bernalwood blog founder Todd Lappin, to give us their take on San Francisco's oft-discussed existential crisis, and to share their own experiences with this town we call home. Got something to say about Smiley's story or the state of our city? Email us your thoughts at [email protected], or tag us #sanfranciscodiaries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

  • Ep. 85: San Francisco Diaries: A Millennial expert on who gets to define San Francisco

    Ep. 85: San Francisco Diaries: A "Millennial expert" on who gets to define San Francisco

    09/07/2019 Duração: 10min

    Smiley Poswolsky quit his D.C. government job and left his suit-wearing days behind in order to become a writer in San Francisco. A few years in, he found himself realizing that some of the things he was excited about the city were also perhaps ruining the place he loves. But who has the right to define what this city is about? Poswolsky is an expert on millennials in the workplace, a topic that he speaks about professionally, and he is the author of the book, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough. The state of our city has been a hot topic lately. Got something to say about Smiley's story and the current state of our city? Email us your thoughts at [email protected], or tag us #munidiaries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

  • Ep. 84: Celebrating Pride: artist Kurt Schwartzmann on how Muni provided refuge

    Ep. 84: Celebrating Pride: artist Kurt Schwartzmann on how Muni provided refuge

    24/06/2019 Duração: 09min

    This weekend is Pride weekend, and we are highlighting stories from our LGBTQ community. Today’s story is from Kurt Schwartzmann. Kurt is an artist, printmaker, and photographer. In 2006, he lost all vision in his left eye due to complications of AIDS. In the first half of 2007 Kurt was homeless and living on the streets of San Francisco. Muni buses, running around the clock, often provided him the only safe place to sleep at night. He dedicated his first series of 64 drawings to Muni operators, depict his view of what's in front of the "yellow line." This story was told at Muni Diaries Live in April, 2019 at Rickshaw Stop. If you'd like to see more of Kurt's art, visit www.yellowlineart.com. And remember to subscribe and rate this podcast if you liked what you heard! If you have your own story of Pride to share, email us at [email protected]

  • Ep. 83: Ady Lady on how her Muni ride went from piss to bliss

    Ep. 83: Ady Lady on how her Muni ride went "from piss to bliss"

    12/06/2019 Duração: 15min

    Ady Lady is a writer, performer, and all around funny person who's been described as wildly funny by The San Francisco Examiner. She's written and performed two solo shows: Sara Jane Tried to Shoot the President and From Piss to Bliss. She says she actually started writing From Piss to Bliss in a desperate attempt to maintain a state of love while riding Muni.  This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live at Rickshaw Stop in April, 2019.  If you liked what you heard on the Muni Diaries podcast, don't forget to rate our podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends. Follow us @munidiaries on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay up to date on the latest entry in our collective online journal.

  • Ep 82: San Francisco Diaries: The residents of Camp Folsom share their own tales of the city

    Ep 82: San Francisco Diaries: The residents of "Camp Folsom" share their own tales of the city

    03/06/2019 Duração: 20min

    San Francisco has been a place where many young transplants found their own identity and voice. In today's episode, storyteller Colin Daly shares the tale of a house on Folsom Street where he and his group of friends found their own "chosen family" in the 1990s. The friends lovingly named the house "Camp Folsom," where a room in the Mission was only $300 and life lessons—about money, community, heartbreak, and learning to be a grownup—were included in the rent. We are celebrating the release of Tales of the City on Netflix with our own tales of the city. If you have your own tale, we want to hear all about it! Email us your story at [email protected] 

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