Meraki Radio

Meraki  [may-rah-kee] (adjective) This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put "something of yourself" into what you're doing, whatever it may be.

Meraki Radio tries to live up to the definition of this interesting word. Anyone who wants to get behind the mic and talk about meraki in their own life-- whether it be professional, historical, artistic, scientific, prolific or otherwise is encouraged to contact the show at



Replays Friday 8-8:30am
Live Tuesday 12:30-1pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Perspectives: Lindsay Hoar - Water is Life

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives we are joined by Lindsay Hoar, RDN. The topic of discussion is water -- opening with selections from Natalie Diaz's "The First Water is the Body" which can be found in her book Postcolonial Love Poem. Lindsay shares her expertise and insight and Deema chimes in with her thoughts as well.

Perspectives: Beans and Rice, but Mostly Beans

On this episode of Perspectives, Alison opens up the show with Mary Oliver's poem "Beans" as well as a few lines from John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat. The conversation ensues about beans-- Deema even surprising herself. Embrace the bean! Rice is discussed as well, though beans are certainly the star of the show. Enjoy and go eat some beans!


Words cited

"Beans" by Mary Oliver:

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck:


Perspectives: Story Time! with Alonna & Brian

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alison B digs into some writing archives from 2015 and reads a few stories that have not been read by anyone in the group prior to producing the show. What follows are the natural reactions and conversation from reading three one page stories using Merriam Webster's Word of the Day as a writing prompt. The three words and their related stories are emigrate, ombudsman & zillionaire.

Photo credit: Alonna Shaw

Perspectives: Alonna Shaw Returns to Talk Constraints & Space

Alonna Shaw is a California-based multidisciplinary artist, writer, and developmental editor with a diverse background in film, television, and fine art. She distills consumerism, feminism, and environmental issues into works of place and identity. On this episode of Perspectives, Alonna shares her thoughts on constraints and space, we also discuss a bit about the novel The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna.

Link to previous show about studying white (maybe):

Pass the Mic: Natalia E Cortez - Graduate Researcher in Nutritional Biology

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Pass the Mic, we are joined by Natalia E Cortez, who is studying nutritional biology at the doctoral level at UC Davis. Natalia walks us through her college education in her native Mexico and in graduate school in New York, as well as her career working in cancer biology, and her current work evaluating dietary impacts of the ketogenic diet on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Tune in for more!

Perspectives: London Calling - Jill & Charley Talk European Relocation & Writing The Great American Erotic Travel Novel

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, we are joined by faraway friends Jill & Charley who have recently relocated to London. They walk us through their COVID-19 entrenched travels from Austin to London, by way of Italy for a birthday, and other meanderings. Jill & Charley are both writers collaborating on the creation of The Great American Erotic Travel Novel. Tune in for more!

Perspectives: Michael Gangitano on Growing up in Chicago- Naked Gym Class in High School, Pooping in the Classroom

On this episode of Perspectives, Michael Gangitano returns to tell us of tales of his time growing up in Chicago. Enjoy these dynamic and hilarious 28 minutes.

Additional interviews with Michael:


Pass the Mic: Giovanni Batz - 2020-2021 President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies @ UC Davis

On this episode of Pass the Mic, we are joined by Dr Giovanni Batz who works in the area of Native American studies. Calling in from New Mexico, Dr Batz lays out his own background as a Guatemalan youth in LA, followed by a conversation about ongoing violence in Guatemala as well as climate change. Dr Batz explains his Master's thesis on Mayan youth in LA and provides ample language to help motivate open and honest conversation about these important issues. Below is Dr Batz's bio and a few links to his work.


Perspectives: Jennie Davis - Access to Affordable Nutritious Food, COVID-19 & Food Insecurity, Bouillon cube fortification

On this episode of Perspectives, Jennie Davis joins us to discuss access to affordable nutritious food, her work in international nutrition including a new study going on in Ghana. Bouillon fortification is discussed as well as other global nutrition info.

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