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The 38

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I’m Nikolas Harter, and The 38 is my podcast. I tell true stories in sound: my own misadventures, fact-finding missions, and audio portraits. The 38 also happens to be the bus which runs by my house.

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I’m Nikolas Harter, and The 38 is my podcast. I tell true stories in sound: my own misadventures, fact-finding missions, and audio portraits. The 38 also happens to be the bus which runs by my house.

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5 star

By Paris-Adan - Jun 01 2020
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Solid journalism

Should be more widely known

By Pfish22 - May 27 2020
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Brilliant slice of life podcast. Phenomenal storytelling, editing and overall production value.

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24 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
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5 star

By Paris-Adan - Jun 01 2020
Read more
Solid journalism

Should be more widely known

By Pfish22 - May 27 2020
Read more
Brilliant slice of life podcast. Phenomenal storytelling, editing and overall production value.
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The 38

Latest release on Jun 26, 2020

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Rank #1: Psychedelic Integration

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From a music festival to a therapists couch, journey with me as I discover the real dangers (and benefits) of mind-altering substances, and meet the professionals helping users process their psychedelic experiences. I speak with the executive director of E.R.I.E. (Entheogenic Research Integration Education), the founder of psychedelictimes.com, a psychotherapist helping set up a Ketamine Clinic, and another offering Psychedelic Integration Services, mixed with stories from the festival grounds.

Music:

Phalanges - G Jones and Bleep Bloop

Reach Out - Nphonix (Om Unit Remix)

WitchHunty - Bruxa

Hallucinations 2 - YUNG $AM V

Day n Days - Moresounds

Nov 24 2017

57mins

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Rank #2: Moldavia

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This is a non-narrated episode, with no formal introduction or outro. Please rate/review!

Moldavia says she has "nine bloods in her." A black bigot who believes in radical multi-culturalism, supports Drumpf, and runs a 'foundation' which works to inspire Americans to learn more languages and cultures, Moldavia herself can say something in over 3,000 languages.

I unpack my encounter with her, which I am calling "the most frustrating interview I've ever conducted" with a friend of mine, Stephen Williams. Stephen tells me a little bit about his experience growing up in the USA as an African American and raising two mixed-race sons. We discuss how to help people 

Check out Moldavia's foundation, SAPAWLAC's Youtube page here

Feb 03 2019

53mins

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Rank #3: College Dropout Part 1

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One out of every two students who attend Community College drop out. Only 1 in 5 will get their degree in four years. Why?

I’m Nikolas Harter, and in this three part series produced out of the KCSF studios at the City College of San Francisco, I interview students and administrators, and break down statistics to come to some surprising conclusions about our flawed system of higher education.

If you don’t know what career you want to pursue, is going straight to college after high school really the best option? How is acquiring an education connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? These days, is our system of higher education even capable of raising the financial well-being of its students, or does it perpetuate society’s inequities? 

In Part 1, I approach this question of why 47% of students drop out of school by breaking down the data. Did you know “work responsibilities” is the number one reason students report for dropping out of school? It’s ironic, because “financial struggle” is the number one reason students go to college in the first place! We’ll meet a couple CCSF community members, and put some faces to the data.

Music by Sam Vanderlist and Cory Foss

Apr 21 2019

13mins

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Rank #4: College Dropout Part 2

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In Part 2, I explore the personal reasons for why a student might drop out with “F-Everything” Paul Lopez. Paul dropped out of school when he was 18. Back then, he didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he left school and moved up to the bay with his sister to get a full time job. Now he’s back, returning to school at C.C.S.F. at 22 years old. I told him about the high drop out rate at Community Colleges, and he told me he feels like a number. 

We’ll also meet the students from S.M.A.C. (students making a change), a student group on campus advocating for the rights of the school’s minority populations (and everyone else’s too). 80% of C.C. students in California are placed into remedial classes, and S.M.A.C. is not happy about it. It’s not just personal, or existential reasons for why so many students are dropping out. The system itself discourages students by preventing them from taking college level courses until they repeat High School Math and English. No wonder it takes most students (four out of five) more than four years to graduate. 

Thankfully, the C.C.S.F. administration has been made aware of the problem (thank you S.M.A.C.), and is implementing new systems, such as Guided Pathways, to channel students through college in a more efficient manner.

Music by Sam Vanderlist

Apr 21 2019

27mins

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Rank #5: The First Move

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Is it harder for young people to find a committed partner? Is the next generation transforming courtship gender roles, or entrenching them in the online space? I hit the streets, go to university, torture my girlfriend, and investigate polyamory to check on the state of modern dating.

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I Turn My Camera On (John McEntire Remix) by Spoon

Water No Get Enemy by Fela Kuti

Mar 05 2018

56mins

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Rank #6: Oxytocin

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This week I examine the notion that online social interactions could be chemically as fulfilling as in-person interactions. It's been found that oxytocin (the "cuddle chemical") is released after social media use, but can that be believed? I battle with the internet and confer with Dr. Love to decipher the conflicting studies. 

Nov 10 2017

15mins

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Rank #7: Think You Know How to Talk?

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I interview folks on the street about small talk, what it's good for, its pitfalls, and whether or not it's necessary. Topics range from common ice breakers to microaggressions as I seek advice from the bonafide conversation coach, Beacon Driscoll. 

Musical Credits: ALL CAPS by G Jones and Bleep Bloop, Superstition by Stevie Wonder, Here Comes the Judge by Peter Tosh. A very special thanks to all the crosswalk signals, street performers, and cable cars who also appear in this episode. 

Oct 13 2017

51mins

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Rank #8: Joaquin

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I follow the eccentric Joaquin around for a day while he shows me the ins and outs of trash collection, and shares some messages from the galaxy.  

Sep 28 2017

16mins

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Rank #9: 420 at Hippie Hill

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I don't know if you heard--Marijuana just got legalized in California--it's a pretty big deal, and it's cause for celebration for the legions of stoners who live in the state. Or is it?

One of the biggest celebrations of this magical plant takes place every year on 4/20 just down the road from my house, at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park. 

On this episode I spend the day at Hippie Hill, interviewing stoners, and investigating how the festival has changed since it started being regulated by the city last year. This microcosm of the cannabis community offers insights as to how legalization will effect the larger cannabis culture. 

May 21 2018

55mins

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Rank #10: New Episodes Starting 12/9 (Teaser)

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Teaser for a new season of The 38 starting 12/9. 

Nov 26 2018

1min

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