25 episodes

First days can be exhilarating, terrifying — or a mix of both. They mark the beginning of life’s chapters and define who we ultimately become. My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home. Produced and hosted by Andrew Bracken.

My First Day KPBS Explore / Andrew Bracken

    • Society & Culture

First days can be exhilarating, terrifying — or a mix of both. They mark the beginning of life’s chapters and define who we ultimately become. My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home. Produced and hosted by Andrew Bracken.

    Season 3 Coming Soon

    Season 3 Coming Soon

    "My First Day" returns for season 3 starting early 2020.


    Join us as we explore stories of those who have come to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home.


    Whether traveling thousands of miles over oceans, or just a short drive across the desert, the moments we have starting a new life are not easily forgotten.

    • 1 min
    The Discovery

    The Discovery

    Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan makes a major scientific breakthrough, and finds another discovery later in life.

    • 19 min
    Transition Point

    Transition Point

    Ben Betz’s life as a Navy Seal is all-encompassing. Then, he leaves and begins his search for a new identity.

    • 18 min
    Poetic Illness

    Poetic Illness

    Poet Rae Armantrout sees changes in her body, leading her to a life-altering discovery.

    • 18 min
    New Land, New Sister

    New Land, New Sister

    Idzai and Thelma Mubawai adjust to life in the United States and re-connect with their homeland through a familiar pursuit.

    • 17 min
    Choosing Paul

    Choosing Paul

    Paul Ryu arrives in Kansas from South Korea at age nine and quickly discovers new talents and confidence. When he heads off to college, however, he is presented with new challenges.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

Jdavis65 ,

Inspirational

Just discovered this gem. I love it! Short and sweet and meaningful, inspirational and enthralling. I wish there were more like it.

cortadolife ,

Great stories

Great stories worth a listen.

EWLW ,

I can relate so much, I cried.

If you're a fan of 'Story Corps', you'll probably like 'My First Day'. I have listened to a handful of these episodes and even though I'm not from the same place as any of the people in the episodes so far, I also had a 'First Day' in San Dieg and can completely relate. Today I was listening to one and started crying, it hit such a nerve. Their stories are emotional, interesting, sad, joyous, engaging, human. Thanks, KPBS.

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