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: Welcoming student and prospective programmer Dylan Beck to KDRT

Third year chemical engineering student Dylan Beck joins us on "Meraki Radio: Perspectives" this week.  He discusses his community college experience, their roles in providing real-life vocational experiences, and hopes for his future KDRT public affairs show  " The Oasis of Education".  We also discuss his studies in engineering and material science.

Meraki  [may-rah-kee] (adjective) 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 airs on Tuesdays 12:30 - 1 PM and friday mornings 8 - 8:30 AM. 

Perspectives: Joan Frank and Her Recent Book, The Outlook for Earthlings

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, we are joined by local author and UC Davis alumna, Joan Frank. Calling in from Santa Rosa, we talk about her largely Sacramento-based novel, The Outlook for Earthlings. You can find out more about Joan at her website, as well as contact her:

You can see our previous interview with Joan Frank on her book Try to Get Lost here:

Perspectives: Excerpts from Zach Auburn's My Complicated Relationship with Food

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alison and Deema unpack Zach Auburn's zine, My Complicated Relationship with Food - Reviews of Some of the Things We Put in Our Mouths Volume Four. We start with sandwiches, though we ebb into plants and potatoes as well. Zach Auburn is hilarious. Tune in for more!

Perspectives, Mar 16, 2021: Adriana Salmon, RDN on Treating COVID-19 Patients the Past Year

Adriana is a critical care dietitian at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. She enjoys nutrition support and providing care to the most critical patients in the NICU and trauma services. While a Texan girl, Adriana bleeds blue and white as she completed her Bachelor’s, dietetic internship and Master’s degree at Penn State. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two toddlers and husband as well as teaching Bodypump.

Join us for some detailed information on prone feeding in COVID-19 patients as well as some of Adriana's cultural side - Italy and Venezuela are discussed.

Table of Contents: Seeds - Food is Alive! & Tech Talk

Deema and Alison B launch a new series called Table of Contents starting with the topic of seeds. From there, after introducing The Wind Up Girl, we pivot towards talking about technology and human behavior.

Words Cited

The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

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.

Meraki Radio Perspectives: Beans and Rice, but Mostly Beans

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alison opens up the show with Mary Oliver's poem "Beans" as well as a few lines from John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat. Many cultures through out the world include beans as a staple food. The conversation ensues about beans-- Deema even surprising herself, describing recipes from Egypt and beyond. 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!

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