18 episodes

Rightnowish digs into life in the Bay Area right now… ish. Journalist Pendarvis Harshaw takes us to galleries painted on the sides of liquor stores in West Oakland. We'll dance in warehouses in the Bayview, make smoothies with kids in South Berkeley, and listen to classical music in a 1984 Cutlass Supreme in Richmond. Every week, Pen talks to movers and shakers about how the Bay Area shapes what they create, and how they shape the place we call home.

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Rightnowish digs into life in the Bay Area right now… ish. Journalist Pendarvis Harshaw takes us to galleries painted on the sides of liquor stores in West Oakland. We'll dance in warehouses in the Bayview, make smoothies with kids in South Berkeley, and listen to classical music in a 1984 Cutlass Supreme in Richmond. Every week, Pen talks to movers and shakers about how the Bay Area shapes what they create, and how they shape the place we call home.

    Fredrika Newton + Huey P. = Revolutionary Love

    Fredrika Newton + Huey P. = Revolutionary Love

    How do you maintain a healthy relationship in the midst of combating oppression?

    • 11 min
    Hennessy Pound Cake, Long Commutes and Filmmaking

    Hennessy Pound Cake, Long Commutes and Filmmaking

    After her family was evicted, Danielle Thompson turned to filmmaking to document the changes in Oakland in the hopes that it might someday bring her back home.

    • 11 min
    The Jacka’s Manager Talks Life, Legacy and Friendship

    The Jacka’s Manager Talks Life, Legacy and Friendship

    Touring with The Jacka gave manager PK a front row seat to seeing how Bay Area culture is loved around the world.

    • 12 min
    Politicizing Sex Work with Connie Wun

    Politicizing Sex Work with Connie Wun

    As a former sex worker, Dr. Connie Wun talks about the importance of understanding the difference between sex work and exploitation.

    • 10 min
    Antique Naked Soul Turns Anxiety and Love Into Music

    Antique Naked Soul Turns Anxiety and Love Into Music

    With virtuoso beatboxing and soulful singing, the a capella group uses their vocal gifts to impart an empowering message.

    • 10 min
    Drew Banga’s Musical Notes on Fatherhood

    Drew Banga’s Musical Notes on Fatherhood

    Drew Banga is responsible for some of Kamaiyah and Rexx Life Raj's best-known songs, but his biggest job is fatherhood.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

Stylzswim ,

Great show

I love Pen’s style and have learned so much in such a short time from listening to these episodes. Highly recommend!

farmerviv ,

Love this show!

Each story is an amazing vignette into the lives in the east bay. Makes me feel all warm inside and just in love with my neighbors.

wunderchica ,

Compassion and curiosity

I love how the host Pendarvis Harshaw brings both compassion and curiosity to his reporting. Each of these stories comes from the heart and shines light on people doing creative and uplifting work for Oakland. Every time I listen I feel the love.

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