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



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Live Tuesday 12:30-1pm
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Pass the Mic: Dzokerayi Minya Mokome on Her Name, Raising Anti-Racist Kids, & Food

On our first episode of Meraki Radio - Pass the Mic, Alison B and Deema host Dzokerayi Minya Mokome, a local Davis activist, who not only organized the For our Fathers, Brothers and Sons March on Father's Day 2020, but also is the co-founder of Women in Leadership Davis (WiLD), creator of Zim Cuisine, and mother of three brown, busy beautiful kids. Tune in to learn more about Dzokerayi and her perspective on life in Davis and the BLM movement.

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Meraki Radio- Perspectives: Alonna Shaw Talks Tidal Language

On this episode of Meraki Radio- Perspectives, Alonna Shaw gives listeners a foray into her manuscript Tidal Language. She discusses her process for creating the manuscript and we hear her read a few select poems. Alison B interjects her perspective as they ride the waves of Tidal Language.

Alonna Shaw is a California-based multidisciplinary artist, writer, and content editor. Her diverse background in theater, film, television, and fine art meet on the page, often using collage techniques, to challenge everyday language. Her creative works reflect place and identity through the lenses of consumerism, feminine identity, and environmental issues. Robots fascinate her.

Words Cited:

From TIDAL LANGUAGE, published poems with links:

John Martone’s Otata, issue 40

Perspectives: Try to Get Lost with Joan Frank

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Joan Frank, UC Davis Alumna, joins Alison B to discuss her new book, Try to Get Lost. Try to Get Lost is a book of essays surrounding the truth about travel. Written with clarity and brutal honesty, Joan gives the reader a chance to relive some of her travels and perhaps even... get lost. Joan considers the fulcrum that place becomes in so many conversations and challenges the status quo when it comes to travel as a modern, human, privileged practice. You can learn more about Joan Frank here:


Perspectives: Alonna Shaw & Love Travels

In this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alonna Shaw joins Alison B for an exploration of Alison B's poetry experiment Love Travels. Alonna reads poems, Alison comments and reads a few as well. They mention a few authors and readings that are listed below.

Words Cites

Love Travels by Alison B

Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg

Perspectives: Alison B and Michael Gangitano

In this epsiode of Meraki Radio- Perspectives, Alison B is joined by Michael Gangitano where they postulate about Francis's thoughts these days, as well as their reactions to some poems. Michael shares his unique view of COVID-19 and the opportunities for unity and change.

Words Cited:

Letter from neighbor Diane (author unknown)

We Wear the Mask by Paul Dunbar:

Francis Resta's A Thousand Birds are Moving

Perspectives: Poetry Overload with Alonna Shaw

On this episode of Meraki Radio- Perspectives, Alonna Shaw returns and we fill the time with poetry and musings thereof. A bit of commentary on animals interspersed, as well as other meanderings.

Words Cited:

"Fool's Gold" by Tim Mathys:

"Part of Eve's Discussion" by Marie Howe:

"Red" by Mary Ruefle:

"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams:

Perspectives: Alison B & Kate on Hobbies during COVID-19

Co-host Kate returns to Meraki Radio to discuss hobbies during COVID-19. She talks about scrapbooking and other crafts she engages with and how they can be a great way to deviate from the current reality of things. Alison talks about the definition of hobbies and whether or not much of what Kate discusses is really art. What do you think? Let us know at

Perspectives: Al Filreis on ModPo, Collaborative Learning, Emily Dickinson & More

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perpsectives- Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania joins the show and gives us insight into the development of massive online open course (MOOC) ModPo. Alison B and Al discuss collaborative learning, the value of diversity, and more. Al recites Emily Dickinson from memory and we close the show with a robust chat about a shard of green glass that William Carlos Williams brings to light. If you want to join ModPo or learn more head to

Works Cited:

Gertrude Stein "A Substance in a Cushion":

Emily Dickinson's #556:

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