Every week, The California Report Magazine takes you on a road trip for the ears: to visit the places and meet the people who make California unique. The in-depth storytelling podcast from the California Report.
Ghostly Protectors, Sacred Mountains: In California, These Legends Run Deep
This week, we’ve got a couple of storytelling treats for you: two legends and how they’ve left their mark on our state.
In the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, there’s a massive blue mural painted in shades of blue, depicting figures of women among waves and cascading water. In the foreground, a woman stands to the side, a giant tear falling from her eye. “La Llorona’s Sacred Waters” was painted by Bay Area artist Juana Alicia back in 2004. But there are differing versions of her story – both in Mexico and here in California.
And what do we do when we're presented with something we can't explain? Do we just chalk it up to the supernatural...or superstition? In this story that first aired in 2018, we explore the mystery of a bizarre 60-foot deep hole that once appeared on Mt. Shasta, and why a guy who works at an old school video store might have some answers.
Our Favorite Stories from California Foodways
We’re sharing some stories about the unexpected ways food plays a role in our lives, and in the history of California. These are some of our favorite stories from the award-winning series California Foodways, which has aired on The California Report Magazine since 2014. Reporter Lisa Morehouse has been reporting food stories from every one of the state's 58 counties.
Demolition Derby Sends Sparks (and Sparkles) Flying, and Kindling a New Romance During COVID
The crash ‘em, smash ‘em motorsport of demolition derby had its heyday in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. These days, derbies are featured at county fairs and racetracks. But once a year, Irwindale Speedway in Los Angeles County hosts an annual all-women derby. Plus, during the pandemic many people tried to figure out new ways to connect to break through the isolation. KQED’s Silicon Valley reporter, Adhiti Bandlamudi, actually started dating someone new during lockdown... and found true love. Finally, head to a museum in San Francisco's Chinatown that's preserving the neighborhood's glamourous history from the 1930's to 60s.
Mixed-Race Californians: "You Have to Find Your Own Way to Define Yourself"
Identity is always complicated, and for multiracial folks who straddle many identities, it can be isolating. It can also be invigorating and rich to belong to multiple communities and celebrate that complexity. The latest census shows it's demographic to pay attention to: 2020 data reflect a 276% increase in people who identify as multiracial compared to 2010.
Sasha Khokha is joined by special guest host Marisa Lagos as they delve into the mixed race experience, grounded in their own backgrounds. They'll talk with pioneering artist Kip Fulbeck, whose hapa project allowed mixed-race folks to answer the question "What Are You?" in their own voices and hear a conversation between two listeners who share a similar Black/Filipina background, but straddle different generations.
Stories for the Spooky Season: Ghost Hunters, Haunted Lighthouses and Flowers for the Dead
"There is Anger. He Should Be Alive." An Investigation Into Deadly COVID Outbreaks at Foster Farms
Last year, California’s Foster Farms became the site of one of the nation’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks at a meat or poultry plant. The California Report’s Central Valley reporter, Alex Hall, spent a year and a half talking to spouses and family members of workers who spent decades at the company’s chicken-processing plants. She found that hundreds of Foster Farms workers tested positive for the virus in 2020. 16 people died and at least 20 others were hospitalized.
Hall’s investigation shows that as plants stayed open to maintain the food supply, and workers got sick from COVID-19, or even died, Foster Farms didn’t always give a complete picture of the problem to health officials, state regulators and their own employees. We meet two families who lost loved ones who worked at Foster Farms, and are grieving, struggling financially, and trying to make sense of what happened.
Mixed race episode was spot on
I’m a new listener and thoroughly enjoyed the discussion with Kip Fulbeck on mixed race identity. Being mixed race myself, I identified with the discussion of the hosts and guests. I look forward to the next episodes teased and hope one of them includes a spotlight on UCSB’s class mentioned in this episode. I took the class in the 90s and it was phenomenal. Great podcast and I enjoyed the content and pace from the hosts in this 11/5/21 episode.
Must Listen for CA Peeps
I find this show so charming. A variety of great stories that take you all over the (CA) map!
Unique & comprehensive perspective
I enjoy learning and questioning what I think is true. This podcast does that for me.
I am new to this podcast content and the more I listen the more I am a bigger fan.
Thank you to the entire production staff.