With the backdrop of a world that seems increasingly divided, Zip Code Economies shares the stories of people navigating the unique economic situations in their communities. Hosted by Mary Daly and brought to you by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, these weekly stories highlight people who face issues we hear about every day, but like the rest of us, strive to make contributions, create opportunity, and move forward—together.
The Virtuous Cycle of Hope: Season 1.5, Chapter Five
As we wrap up Zip Code Economies 1.5, we want to know how young people are faring. So we reconnect with Nefiso and Najmo Abdi, twin sisters we met as high schoolers from San Diego’s tight-knit Somali community. Now in college and navigating the intersection of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests, they recognize you can’t put a timeline on change. Instead, they focus on what they can—learning from this time of turmoil and making sure their voices are heard.
Warrior of Light: Season 1.5, Chapter Four
We reconnect with Mr. Sanchez, the 10th grade English teacher at Firebaugh High School, who is the definition of an essential worker in the pandemic. Racial and economic inequities have always existed in Firebaugh, and recent events have only magnified this reality. As lack of internet access threatens to cut students off from his class, Mr. Sanchez fights to ensure continued access to education as an act of social justice.
The Essence of Kuleana: Season 1.5, Chapter Three
If the intergenerational transmission of hope is a journey, Lahela Williams is an ideal guide. A Native Hawaiian, she discusses the effects of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement in Honolulu, while drawing parallels with the fight to protect the sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. Through it all, we learn that from great chaos comes great change, and we have the “kuleana”—or responsibility—to maintain hope.
The Family You Choose: Season 1.5, Chapter Two
In our continued search for answers, we check in with Will Unga, a Pacific Islander raising his young kids in the predominately white, religious community of Salt Lake City. He walks us through his experiences, reminding us of our obligation to continually cultivate hope for the sake of both past and future generations.
Planting Tulips: Season 1.5, Chapter One
In the first episode of Zip Code Economies 1.5, we reconnect with someone who understands how to nurture hope in others, even during the most difficult times. Pastor Paul Bains is a tireless advocate in East Palo Alto, especially on issues of justice and equality. Like tulips, we learn that hope can be buried for a time, but returns with patience, love, and perseverance.
Under Pain Lives Hope: Zip Code Economies 1.5 Trailer
Why do you still hope? That's the question we found ourselves asking in the middle of 2020 as the pandemic spread and our country reckoned with social injustice. To answer it, SF Fed CEO Mary Daly returns to some of the most memorable voices from Season 1—the ambassadors of hope who inspire us with their resilience in the face of adversity. The result is Zip Code Economies 1.5—a project we never intended to make, but that we can now never forget. Please join us for this special bonus series.
Powerful. SF Federal Reserve President goes deep to understand people
The emotional power of this podcast is so deep and genuine.
Mary Daly, the SF Federal Reserve CEO, engages with folks in her district to understand how they wish to improve themselves, their children and their communities.
Mary is present, humble, curious and empathetic when gently engaging her interviewees. She connects as a human to to understand them, who they are and what they are attempting to accomplish.
I hope the Mary’s example of compassionate engagement serves as an example to powerful government and corporate leaders. Get out and listen to the needs your constituents and customers. What problems are they seeking to solve? What are their needs? What motivates them?
The music and audio production are excellent.
A True Treasure
Stumbled on this podcast by way of the hosts interview on Freakonomics and WOW. I would have never thought I’d be hearing Terri Gross level storytelling from the president of a Fed branch but my goodness this is such a beautiful work. It is at the same time intersectional, intellectual and inspirational. I would love to attend a live taping or even listening event for a yet to be released episode. Can’t wait for season 2
I love this podcast so much, please keep it up!!!!