Rank #1: Tell Me About Your Nickname
I'd like to produce an episode about nicknames! You can do that by either recording a voice memo and emailing it firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call me and leave a voicemail, at (971) 800-1389.
Tell me your formal name, where you're calling from, your nickname, and how you got that nickname. Bonus points for any other stories about your nickname that have stuck with you over the years.
Rank #2: Voicemails: What Filipino Food Means
Does this count as a bonus episode? This is a re-airing of a short episode I produced a while back for Racist Sandwich, a podcast about food, race, class, and gender.
I promise this show won't be just about food, but I'd to give you all an idea of what kinds of formats I'm interested in. Yes, you'll hear one-on-one interviews, but I'd also love to experiment with your stories and your voices. This is fairly short, but making this episode was special to me.
(Photo credit: Halil Marx07 / CC BY 3.0)
Rank #3: A Couple Of War Stories From My Grandparents
Fil-Am History Month is coming to a close, so I'm taking a few minutes to share some old clips of my grandparents, sharing stories from World War II.
Rank #4: From A Long Line Of City People (with Kristia Castrillo)
Kristia Castrillo teaches 10th and 11th grade English at Balboa High School in San Francisco. Earlier this year, she was named as an honoree for San Francisco's Teacher of the Year award.
Kristia was born in San Francisco, lived in the Philippines as a teenager, and then moved back to the States for college. She's now worked in the San Francisco Unified School District for 11 years. We talk about how she got into teaching, being a city person, and how gentrification affects her public school students.
Rank #5: How We Got Our Nicknames (with Aissa and Dennis Montecillo)
We hear some of your voicemails about how you got your nicknames. Then, Alan interviews his parents about theirs—and asks why he doesn't have one.