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Short stories, biographies, and interviews by Oakland based journalist Christopher Beale and his friends, reflecting real-life and fantasy through storytelling.

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    • Documentary
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Short stories, biographies, and interviews by Oakland based journalist Christopher Beale and his friends, reflecting real-life and fantasy through storytelling.

    Glass Fire: Napa 'Refugees' Wait For Answers

    Glass Fire: Napa 'Refugees' Wait For Answers


    The Glass Fire - which as of writing this has burned more than 60,000 acres near California’s wine country - is displacing entire communities. Whole families forced out of their homes with no idea when they’ll be able to return - or if they’ll have a home to return to. This is the story of one such family waiting for answers.
    Napa Valley Register
    Cal Fire
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    Theme Park Pulse: The Game

    • 12 min
    Big Fish Stories

    Big Fish Stories

    From Lake Berryessa in California to Big Fish Lake in Minnesota - two big fish stories, 3 acts, 30 minutes.
    Click here for a written transcript of the episode.
    Act 1 - The First Attempt  
    An educational but completely empty-handed fishing trip to Lake Berryessa.
    "I think I'd like to lose a finger." - Tom
    Act 2 - Grandpa Hal   
    Mark recounts the final fishing trip he shared with his beloved grandfather.

    "80 Fish!" - Mark
    Act 3 - Best Day Ever
    A bolt of electricity! Tom and I finally catch a kokanee!
    "My legs are a little wobbly." - Chris
    Connect with Christopher on Twitter at @RealChrisJBeale, and support his work on Patreon with a monthly gift.
    It's like that popular NPR quiz show...except, for theme park fans! Check out Theme Park Pulse: The Game - every other week.

    • 30 min
    Oakland Takes Back The Narrative

    Oakland Takes Back The Narrative

    After two nights of demonstrations against police brutality that ended in riots and looting - Oakland protesters took to the streets Sunday to take back the narrative, Black Lives Matter.
    Special thanks to Youth Radio Media and their volunteers, to my neighbor for the up-close video of the looting, and to the demonstrators on Sunday for allowing me access and making me feel welcome.
    NBC Bay Area
    My neighbor on Twitter.
    David DeBolt on Twitter.
    Washington Post

    • 20 min
    Activity Found | a COVID-19 story

    Activity Found | a COVID-19 story

    The story of a San Francisco man recovering from a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    "My heart starts beating so fast Wednesday night. Really, Really, Really fast. I get this numbness all over my body. My legs are falling numb. I have a hard time getting up. And I'm like, Oh my God. This is it. I’m gonna die." - Armando Zambrana
    To get tested for COVID-19, click here.
    To support my work on Patreon, click here.
    Johns Hopkins University
    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    UC Davis


    • 20 min
    Zone Defense & Drive-By Kisses

    Zone Defense & Drive-By Kisses

    The Zayner family’s house is one of those spaces where people are always coming and going on the weekends. Come as you are...B.Y.O.B and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. With a pool in the backyard for epic summer’s out under the sun, this place is my little slice of paradise outside the city. It’s ground-zero for family hangs.
    COVID-19 has moved this large family indoors for school and work - how are Bridget and Zach handling the pandemic-induced stress? How about the kids?
    To support our work on Patreon for as little as $1 a month, click here.
    The song at the end of the episode is "We're Gonna Be Okay" by Cody Francis. Available on Spotify.

    • 18 min
    Short Story: A Violent Shove

    Short Story: A Violent Shove

    This morning was so unusual I had to share it with you. I witnessed a crime here in Oakland and it shook me.
    "I just witnessed my first crime in Oakland, like right in front of me, I saw it. I tried to help." - Christopher J. Beale
    Have you ever witnessed a crime? Share it with me at (213) 935-0513. If you have helpful information about the crime featured in this story, call Oakland Police at (510) 777-3333.
    Support my work for as little as $1 a month on Patreon.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

fuufuflcu ,

Keeping dreaming and wishing...

I had the pleasure of meeting Bret recently on a Disney Cruise. I so wanted to sit down and talk with him, but I’m always respectful and stand back to give people space. This podcast allowed me to feel like I got that chance. Thank you. And the end of Part 3 totally wrecked me, gave me goosebumps, and made me cry. I too am that kid and so is my son. It’s a big part of why I love Disney so much.

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I am very impressed!

Very well done and so emotional. I absolutely loved this.

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Really enjoying the podcast

Really well done!

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