119 episodes

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 more than 4,000 transit riders. To submit your own story, or read more bus tales, visit MuniDiaries.com.

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    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

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 more than 4,000 transit riders. To submit your own story, or read more bus tales, visit MuniDiaries.com.

    Ep. 120: Aruna dreams of kimchi

    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 Dogpatch. Aruna grew up in a Buddhist monastery in Korea, where every meal included an assortment of kimchi.
    When she arrived in San Francisco in 2001, doing anything related to food was the furthest thing on her mind. In this episode, Aruna shares the journey of how she built her small business in San Francisco, using her childhood memories as inspiration. 
    You can find Volcano kimchi and sauces at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, Clement Street Farmer's Market, Good Eggs, Rainbow Grocery, and more.
    We are always looking for stories of people who make San Francisco the beautiful city it is today. If you have a story to share or someone to nominate, email us at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 119: A print magazine of our very own: Meet the San Franciscan

    Ep. 119: A print magazine of our very own: Meet the San Franciscan

    Proving that San Francisco is still a place that cheers on grassroots ideas, Erica Messner and Amanda Legge launched a new magazine about our city and called it, The San Franciscan. Launching a magazine (a print one, at that) is no small feat, especially in the pandemic. Erica and Amanda share the story of how they made their pipe dream into reality, despite a little hiccup along the way from their other favorite magazine. 
    Amanda and Erica have a new issue out, and the cover features our favorite mode of transportation! You can get a copy of it, featuring work from 30+ local artists and writers, at local favs spots like Green Apple Books, Dog Eared, and Alley Cat.
    We are always looking for stories from people who love and care about San Francisco. Nominate someone (or yourself) to be on our podcast by emailing us at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 118: Opening Night at Rickshaw Stop

    Ep. 118: Opening Night at Rickshaw Stop

    After shuttering for more than a year since the start of the pandemic, San Francisco venues finally opened their doors for the first time this summer. We talk to Rickshaw Stop managing partner Dan Strachota about their first indoor show and how things have changed for independent venues. Dan also gave us a behind-the-scenes peek at the unexpected things that happens when you haven't used your venue in 16 months.
    You can find Rickshaw Stop's event calendar at RickshawStop.com.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 117: Combating amnesia: a conversation with Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson

    Ep. 117: Combating amnesia: a conversation with Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson

    After 15 months of COVID-related restrictions, San Francisco is opening up this week. There's no time like the present to look at what our history can teach us about pivotal moments like this. On the podcast today, we chat with Chris Carlsson, the director of Shaping San Francisco and the co-director of FoundSF.org, a rich online archive of San Francisco History,
    Chris is a writer, San Francisco historian, tour guide, and wroyer. He recently published a new book called “Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories.”

    • 28 min
    Ep. 116: When true love leaves you in stitches

    Ep. 116: When true love leaves you in stitches

    Storyteller Kathleen Auterio moved to San Francisco from Massachusetts to do new things, just like in the BeeGees song. It was 2000, and everything seemed to be on track: she had an apartment, a roommate, and a job at SFWeekly doing the adult ads in the back of the paper -- a job that accepted her as a full metalhead. When she meets a new guy at the paper, they would soon come face to face with a relationship trust exercise that most people can't imagine.
    Kathleen is also a Muni Diaries Live alum: you can hear her story about an eventful Muni ride on episode 81 of our podcast. 
    We are always looking for people to share their stories about what makes San Francisco uniquely ours. If you have a story to share, pitch your idea to us by emailing us at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com. And don't forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts to help people find more stories about the city by the Bay.

    • 22 min
    Ep. 115: Facing my Moonies childhood in San Francisco

    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. His father came to San Francisco as an artist in the 1960s, living in the famed artist commune in the Goodman Building on Geary and Van Ness. 
    In this episode, 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.
    We are bringing you stories about the people, places, and things that keep San Francisco ticking. Everyone has a story—submit yours by emailing us at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com, or by tagging us @munidiaries on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Sfrose1974 ,

Love the diverse local stories!

Enjoyable mix of new and old stories about the greatest city. As all are ‘linked’ by public transportation, this is a wonderfully diverse podcast.

pilar rebar ,

organic.biz

such great stories! want more!

DianeyB ,

Great stories! Intro/host seems off though

I used to go to the live shows often when I lived in SF. I live abroad now and I’m so pleased to be able to get an SF fix. The tone of the host seems off though. It almost sounds stereotypically public radio-esque but this is storytelling. The host doesn’t need to have that whispering public radio thing. Either way, I’m so pleased to have found this podcast.

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