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The Happy Hour is a podcast about happy news and solutions journalism. Hosts Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos want to bring some palate-cleansing stories to your day, and perhaps a cocktail recipe. News episodes every other Saturday at 5pm.

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The Happy Hour is a podcast about happy news and solutions journalism. Hosts Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos want to bring some palate-cleansing stories to your day, and perhaps a cocktail recipe. News episodes every other Saturday at 5pm.

    18: ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIE URCHINS

    18: ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIE URCHINS

    We can hardly believe it, season 3! Your favorite palate-cleansing newscast is back, so pour yourself your favorite beverage and join us for some happy news you may have missed.This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn talk with Harika Maddala, photo intern for Bay City News and our social media and graphics manager. Also, some updates on an mRNA vaccine for HIV, a big increase in food stamp benefits and some ~undead~ sea urchins threatening California’s shores. 


    And of course, a new cocktail recipe. This week we honor Harika and all our August Leos with a fresh, sweet and refreshing drink made to share with friends. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for running our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


    Additional music used from Free Music Archive.


    Guest: Harika Maddala, photo intern for Bay City News and social media manager for The Happy Hour


    Reference Material and Background Info:
    Moderna’s Experimental mRNA HIV Vaccine Human Trial Starts This Week


    It’s Too Soon to Admit Climate Defeat


    The Bay: Our Fire Conversation Needs to Change


    How You Can Support the Afghan Community, in the Bay Area and Beyond


    How to show proof of vaccination in San Francisco and anywhere in California


    Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record


    Children of immigrants at the heart of effort to reach Oakland's unvaccinated communities


    Trapping Millions of 'Zombie' Urchins Could Restore California's Once Mighty Kelp Forests


    Biden Administration Prompts Largest Permanent Increase in Food Stamps

    • 35 min
    17: SECURE THE GOATS

    17: SECURE THE GOATS

    It’s Saturday! Pour yourself your favorite beverage and join us for some happy news you may have missed.This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn talk with SF State’s Golden Gate Xpress Editor-in-Chief Chris Ramirez about running a virtual newsroom in a pandemic and building community from across the state. Also, some updates on the California state budget, San Francisco butterflies, and how one Santa Cruz community is getting creative with their fire prevention tactics. 


    For the class of 2021, this week’s craft cocktail is more than well deserved. It’s fruity, fresh, sweet and salty —  just the thing to celebrate this new chapter of your lives. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for running our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


     


    Additional music used from Free Music Archive.


     


    Guest: Chris Ramirez, Editor-in-Chief of the Golden Gate Xpress


     


    THE FIRST 100: Tracking and breaking down key dates, decisions and events occuring in the first 100 days of the Biden administration


    Reference Material and Background Info:
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area


    Lies on social media inflame Israeli-Palestinian conflict


    Gov. Newsom rolls out record $12 billion plan to fight homelessness


    Pfizer’s vaccine is now available to kids as young as 12. Here’s what you need to know


    Santa Cruz neighborhood group launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to reduce fire fuels


    Locally extinct butterflies are fluttering again in San Francisco's Presidio


    from unincorporated territory [lukao] by Craig Santos Perez

    • 31 min
    16: SUN BREWED AND SPICY

    16: SUN BREWED AND SPICY

    Happy May Day! In the fight for workers’ rights, rest is revolutionary. So take this Saturday as a day to rest with some happy news you may have missed. This week, hosts Malakai and shaylyn have updates on vaccine rollout, free museum days and a very special little robot on Mars. Plus, an interview with Xpress Magazine Photo Editor and El Tecolote reporter Emily Curiel on a food vendor in the Sunset serving up authentic Mexican and Chicanx foods and flavors.


    And our cocktail of the week is a first for us at the Happy Hour; it’s bright and bubbly — without the booze. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for help with our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


     


    Additional music used from Free Music Archive.


     


    Guest: Emily Curiel, Photo Editor for Xpress Magazine


     


    SF State student demands a seat at the table for Mexican, Chicano culture


     


    Reference Material and Background Info:
    Half of eligible Californians at least partially vaccinated, state says


    Over one-third of Alameda County adults have been fully vaccinated


    New CDC guidelines lift outdoor masking for fully-vaccinated adults


    Bay Area museum free admission days


    Who will be Oakland’s Poet Laureate? The city is accepting nominations


    How many Tyrannosaurus Rexes ever lived on Earth? Here’s a new clue.


    A helicopter takes flight on Mars


    San Francisco finally has its own font. And the inspiration was truly historic

    • 38 min
    15: MICRO FISH ON MACRO

    15: MICRO FISH ON MACRO

    This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn have some fresh, solutions-driven news stories to help process the sensory overload we experience on the daily. Join them for updates on work permits for agricultural workers and how supporting sonic environments can help keep folks grounded in stressful situations. Plus that all important question...will we still be able to take drinks to go after the pandemic?


    As always, there’s a new craft cocktail recipe — this one can be just for you, or you and your (small) group of (fully vaccinated) friends (from the same social bubble)! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


     


    Guests: Simona Asinovski and Guy Douglas from Sound Meditation Presents


    Reference Material and Background Info:
    Nearly Half a Million California Farmworkers Could Gain Legal Status Under New Bill


     


    Oakland Public Library will reopen for in-person book browsing, computer use


     


    Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows '100% Efficacy' In Adolescents


    Here's the story behind the amazing Moscone Center vaccine playlist


     


    Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows '100% Efficacy' In Adolescen


     


    UN prods U.S. over military buildup, human rights violations in Guam


     


    The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters are Ready for Glamour Shots 


     


    After the pandemic ends, will the Bay Area get to keep to-go cocktails?

    • 29 min
    14: GO FORTH AND BE BRILLIANT

    14: GO FORTH AND BE BRILLIANT

    Happy spring to all! This episode hosts Malakai and shaylyn highlight organizations who help assist and create positive change for AAPI communities. We want everyone to know what they can do to help #StopAAPIHate, whether that’s volunteering or donating or if you need resources yourself. This week our hosts are here to share some happy stories you may have missed and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week, including vaccine updates, Fairyland re-opening and something cool about cow burps. 


     


    And a craft cocktail that’s the perfect fresh and verdant way to celebrate spring! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


     


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


    Additional music used: from Free Music Archive.


    Express Magazine Issue 2
    Reference Material and Background Info:
    AAPI Resources:


    Asian Mental Health Collective 


    SF Asian Women’s Shelter


    DeQH LGBTQ+ Helpline for South Asians


     


    Volunteer:


    Asian Pacific Environmental Network


    Compassion in Oakland


    Compassion in San Gabriel Valley


     


    Donate:


    Red Canary Song


    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund


    Seeding Change


     


    Moderna starts testing vaccine on children ages 6 to 11


    Desks can be 3 feet apart in classrooms to safely reopen schools, CDC says


    COVID deaths drop by 40% in last 14 days


    Fairyland reopens its doors in time for spring


    https://fairyland.org/


    Seaweed-laced feed reduces methane in cow burps by 82%. Potential impact on greenhouse emissions


    The Properties of Perpetual Light


     

    • 35 min
    13: TINY SOLUTIONS

    13: TINY SOLUTIONS

    Happy Women’s History Month! We at The Happy Hour want to honor women — All Women — and the contributions they’ve made to this world as we look toward our future. This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some happy stories you may have missed and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week, including re-openings of businesses in the Bay, vaccinations for farm workers and the release of a new podcast from El Tecolote, the historic bilingual newspaper in SF’s Mission District.


     


    And a craft cocktail that’s fun to say and even more fun to drink! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.


     


    Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.


    Additional music used: from Free Music Archive.


     


    MJ's story:


    'A Beacon of Light': Unhoused Youth Move Into Oakland's New Tiny House Village


    https://www.kqed.org/news/11861840/a-beacon-of-light-unhoused-youth-move-into-oaklands-new-tiny-house-village

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

B.Daves ,

Young media mavens author positive, hopeful, and inclusive podcast on media, news, and culture

A great news and culture recap focused on the positive. We all need to stay informed about the negatives going on in the world, but this podcast is an easy way to take a break from that when you need to, and get a young, smart, positive, and inclusive viewpoint. They are just getting started. Love it so far, can’t wait to see where the show goes.

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