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

This show is a public affairs show broken up into different segments including brief chats about nutrition, science, art, poetry and other interesting finds that provide fodder to promote inquiry and curiosity. 


Replays Tuesday 5:30-6pm, Thursday 2-2:30pm
Live Tuesday 12:30-1pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Perspectives: Deema and Alison B- Local Observations, The Harvest Gypsies & Jeanne Paquin

On this episode of Perspectives, Deema and Alison B discuss local observations related to the changing environs, read a poem, discover Jeanne Paquin's work as a designer and consider The Harvest Gypsies by John Steinbeck. Summer Spark is also mentioned, which you can learn more about here:

Words Cited

"Amen" by R.S. Thomas

The Harvest Gyspies by John Steinbeck

Women in Art by Rachel Ignotofsky

Perspectives: Online Education - Opportunities & Benefits

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alison B and Kate M discuss online education and its potential opportunities and benefits. Given the constraints of COVID-19, online learning has become an immediate reality for many. While there is often the comparison to in-residence education, online education with its asynchronicity and the philosophy of student-centered learning are advantages to online learning that will help young people develop skills and critical thinking.

Pass the Mic: Dr. Cindy Pickett - Talking about Race with Kids, the DJUSD School Board Election

On this week's Pass the Mic, Cindy Pickett joins us with Deema Tamimi as co-host, joined by Kate M and Alison B. Her MLK speech titled “Teaching Our Kids to Talk about Race and the Dangers of Colorblind Ideology” opens up the conversation. Cindy's work professionally and within the community of Davis is discussed.  Her position on the DJUSD School Board is a hot topic of discussion. Cindy's bio can be found below. Thanks for tuning in!

For the last 15 years, Pickett was an associate professor of psychology at UC Davis and director of UC Davis’ Self and Social Identity Lab, which conducts research within the areas of social identity, intergroup relations, the self, social cognition, and social inclusion and belonging.

Pass the Mic: Anoosh Jorjorian - Writer, Organizer & Educator - on KDRT's Meraki Radio July 14, 2020

In this episode of Meraki Radio: Pass the Mic, Alison B and Deema Tamimi are joined by Anoosh Jorjorian. Over the interview, Anoosh discusses her community work, writing and perspective on promoting anti-racism. The article referenced in the interview can be found here: “Dear White Allies: Our Anger Isn’t Yours” by Anoosh Jorjorian

For more information about Anoosh or to contact her, here are some links:

Inclusive Futures Consulting:

Articles by Anoosh Jorjorian:

Medium profile:

The ApoYolo Project:

Twitter: @anooshinthesun; @Incl_Futures

IG: incl_futures

Perspectives: 4 Unique Voices on White Privilege

In this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Alison B is joined by Alonna Shaw, Brian K & Deema Tamimi and white privilege is discussed. Out of this show is born our newest series, Pass the Mic, where we are featuring people of color from the community.


A link to Alonna's blog about the show:

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.

Here are media links related to the conversation on Meraki Radio:

Social media handles:






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:


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