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.
Poet and Writer Alan Kaufman, Part 1
Alan traces his story back to New York in the 1940s. His dad was a Jewish gangster, as Alan describes it, and his mom was a French Jewish Holocaust survivor.
Alan took a trip to Europe he took in 2014. His hosts in Zurich drove him to the mountains in Northern Italy where his mother and grandmother hid during World War II.
He fast-forwards to his parents' meeting and starting a family in the Bronx. When he was a teenager, he picked up a copy of On the Road, and the book inspired his move out west.
Business Owner Temi Adamolekun, Part 2
Temi talks about founding Pembroke, her PR firm here in The City. She goes on to describe how the company transitioned during the onset of shelter-in-place earlier this year.
Temi shares her experiences with racism and her awakening to racial and social justice. She ends the podcast talking about joining Represent Collaborative, for whom this podcast was produced. REP CO is a media hub for stories about under-represented folks, and we're honored to be part of that effort.
Business Owner Temi Adamolekun, Part 1
Temi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but raised mostly in London. She grew up with a good sense of where she was from despite her British upbringing.
After boarding school and university, she worked Condé Nast doing PR. As a side hustle of sorts, she started making handbags, and through that, met the man she'd eventually marry.
The young couple had a chance to move to San Francisco and seized on it, sight unseen. That was a dozen or so years ago, and today, they're raising a child here in The City.
Polo Player Dale Johnson, Part 2
After he graduated from college, Dale moved to LA and worked in shipping. He was living in Arizona and his then-girlfriend/now wife was taking care of her father in SF. In 2010, Dale moved back to help her out, and the couple has been living in Ingleside ever since.
His love of polo involves Argentina and boots. And if you wanna learn more about the sport, please listen in.
Dale ends his episode with Heels Down, Fists Up, a Bay Area equestrian protest group.
Polo Player Dale Johnson, Part 1
In this podcast, Dale traces the history of his family, from NY state and a Black settlement in Texas 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 East Oakland and touches on some of the changes he remembers, with industrial jobs off-shored and drugs coming into previously prosperous, Black neighborhoods, comparing that to some of what has been happening in the so-called Rust Belt of the US and the different responses to each situation.
Street Artist Ricky Rat, Part 2
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.