A podcast talking about Salinas. The social issues, the community events, the great restaurants and bars and anything about life in the Salad Bowl.
SEA.LVL are the tracksuit-wearing bad boys of instrumental R&B and they are in the studio to tell us all about the band! We also have the magician behind the tracksuits, Ari from Hella Dandy Apparel, on the mic. This fun conversation takes us from the bands origins to why we have a bunch of bananas on the desk and the reason for the tracksuits. You can catch them playing shows around the area or follow them on Spotify to get their new music as it comes out.
Genevieve Armendariz is a lifelong Salinas resident who dreams about stars in more ways than one. She represents her home region as Miss Central Coast in the Miss California Organization. She is also the founder of the non-profit Women Are Limitless, which supports Monterey County girls and women pursuing careers in a male-dominated industry. She sits with us to discuss her journey in the Miss California pageant. We talk about housing insecurity, greek philosophy, beauty peagants, and so much more. You may want to have some tissues around when you listen to this episode because we get deep!!
Prancing Ponies Car Show
The Prancing Ponies Women's Car Show is one of the largest gatherings of women car owners and it happens in the middle of car week in Downtown Carmel. We set up our equipment in a corner of Devendorf Park and got some really great interviews. First off we talk to the guys from SEA.LVL who brought the party on stage with their instrumental R&B sounds. We also talked to the founder of the whole event, Chanterria McGilbra, who first got the idea to gather other women who owned Ferraris when a group of high school girls could not believe the one that she was driving was actually owned by her. Finally, we interview Miss Ferrari, whose 2013 Ferrari California won the best exotic award.
Caro Perez is a writer, performer, and all around great human being. She has turned a lifelong passion for storytelling and honed it into a unique style that will have you laughing at some of her harrowing life events. She sits down with us to tell us her story from crossing the border to working at a factory so she could buy her first camera and her escape into womanhood. There are not enough episodes to tell her complete story, but this is an excellent introduction to a great local writer and actor.
Guayule Rubber Project
During WWII, Japan controlled 90% of the world's rubber production, and the United States knew it needed to do something to protect itself in case the supply was cut off. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked the U.S., and the fear became a reality. With the country quickly using its reserves, the nation turned to an obscure desert plant called Guayule that had the potential to end our dependence on foreign rubber. Salinas was selected as the center of this massive undertaking, and overnight, millions of dollars and thousands of workers descended on the city. Then the war ended, and the project ended as quickly as it began. Plants and machines were destroyed, but the stories they made live on in the short but fascinating story of our city's history.
El Kallpa's story starts in Lima, Peru. Somehow he found himself in Monterey County playing music that tells his story and soothes the soul. In this talk, we learn how he ended up here and why music is such an important part of his life. He has an amazing story with stops everywhere, starting in Miami. His current projects are Sensory Tribe and BarKings, which you can find on Spotify or any music app you use. After listening to this one, you'll want to pull out your record player.
My favorite podcast
Please more history! Love the laid back format & informative content.
Me and my wife just moved to Soledad. I searched history of Salinas Valley and when the picture came up with Mr. huevos de lettuce, I was like “that one! I’m a fan.” The 200 years of history show was awesome! Can you let me know on the next episode what episodes on the back log are the most iconic. I don’t quite wanna relentlessly sift through your thicc back log but I wanna become a fan! Thanks!
I don’t know what we Salinas natives call ourselves
... but we keep it real. I appreciate your work, guys. —Salinas High ‘89