Weekly conversations with San Franciscans who are making this city a better place. Photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Poet Yeva Johnson, Part 2
In this podcast, Yeva continues the story of her life.
Just before her move to SF, she came out to help with 1989 earthquake recovery efforts. Yeva also discovered poetry and shares the story of how that happened.
We end this episode with Yeva's thoughts on SF today as well as what could be in store for The City's future. And then she reads one of her poems: "Incantation for Black Lives to Remain in Focus After the Outrage Fades."
Poet Yeva Johnson, Part 1
Yeva Johnson was born in Detroit by necessity.
Her family moved from Michigan to Washington, DC, when Yeva was young. As a student, Yeva liked to read. Her parents moved her to a new school and she had to adjust and make new friends.
Yeva has been playing the piano since she was 5 and the flute since she was in fourth grade. She kept playing flute throughout school and up to this day.
She went to Brown University and right away got into med school. In her third year, she spent time in Brazil.
Bishop Megan Rohrer, Part 2
Through popular culture and with age, Megan Rohrer knew they were queer around the time they went to college. Eventually, as the world and language evolved, "trans" became what they identify with.
They ended up at seminary in Berkeley and started working with hungry and homeless folks on Polk Street in SF.
Bishop Megan discusses the process of becoming a bishop in the Lutheran Church. And we end with Megan talking about the current state of things in San Francisco.
Bishop Megan Rohrer, Part 1
Bishop Megan traces their lineage back to Northern Europe. In the new country, they farmed the land.
Their parents met in Sioux Falls. Bishop Megan says that the town is more diverse than you might think. They explain the politics and economics of the place.
After high school, they moved to the college in town to work. Through that job, Bishop Megan got free tuition.
We end with Megan's experiences following the death of Matthew Shepard, something that led to their going to religious school.
Comedian Mike Evans, Jr., Part 2
Mike talks more about his early days of performing and being funny. His life took a detour when he teamed up with "Joe and Jimmie" on what ended up being "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."
The success of that movie inspired Mike to write his own stories. He talks about the evolution of his show Rent Check Series. A preview is up on Youtube now, and the rest of the series drops this fall.
We end this episode with Mike's thoughts and feelings about still being here.
Comedian Mike Evans, Jr., Part 1
The comedian talks about being raised by parents who were both born and raised in SF. Eventually, they had to move to Vallejo, but still commuted back for work in The City and brought their young son with them for school.
He talks about being young and going through a racial identity crisis around how he talks. But talking ended up being central to Mike's life.
Mike played various sports and kept up with baseball to impress a girl he was crushing on. We end talking about how he got started performing.
Loved the Podcast with Ed. He really gives an intimate look at such a sensitive and heartbreaking time in our nation. Thank you for having him on your show.
So much hypocrisy and phoniness
Some of the stories are really painful to listen to. Listening to gentrifiers talk about the ills of gentrification is infuriating. For example, Listening to upper middle class valley girls from Walnut Creek talk about how THEY are bringing diversity to San Francisco is the height of self importance, arrogance and pandering. Honestly, get over yourselves.
I have a art studio in Bayview, right on 3rd st. I don’t see any of these people down there helping out the community.
Interesting, real, engaging stories
Love these stories. I feel like I am listening to someone tell a nice yarn at my local bar. Great stuff.