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: Brian Keenan, ND on Seasonal Living

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, we're joined once again by Brian Keenan, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) who happens to be Alison B's brother. He lays out the concept of seasonal living, starting with fall where we are now, and ending with late summer, a fifth season that comes from Chinese philosophy. Tune in to learn more.

Pass the Mic: Emily Lo - City of Davis Fire Captain

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Pass the Mic, Emily Lo joins us. Emily is the City of Davis Fire Captain and shares her experience as a female firefighter since the 1990s. Emily touches on her career, the responsibilities of the chief and captains, as well as the current fires in California and her final hopeful thoughts on how things have changed throughout her career.

Pass the Mic: Maya Burns from Mexico City

On this episode of Pass the Mic, Maya Burns returns to Meraki Radio from Mexico City. She brings a fresh perspective and talks much about her music, the changing of performance art during COVID-19 and boosting your immune system v. killing the virus around you. Maya provides some musical suggestions and talks a bit about her album, El Solo Mundo - Only One World.

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Perspectives: Aidan Ramey on his Davis flag, an epic bike trip & fundraiser, plus working for NASA

On this episode of Meraki Radio, Aidan Ramey returns to discuss the Davis city flag project he was working on, which has been slowed due to COVID-19. He then tells us stories about his bike trip from CA to CO and the goodness of humans is reaffirmed. His bike trip was also a fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a timely endeavor. Aidan closes us out talking about NASA and his work on satellites, including the first UC Davis satellite! Some final words on what he's learned this year about homelesness and simply being human.

Perspectives: Renee Hemsley, Hope's Anchor, Caregiving & Community during COVID-19

On this episode of Meraki Radio: Perspectives, Renee Hemsley joins Alison B to introduce herself and her organization, Hope's Anchor. Through her explanation of Hope's Anchor and its beginnings, Renee shares personal details about her caregiving experience and how it inspired her to help within the Yolo County community. Renee discusses caregiver fatigue and stigma around being a resource family. Renee turns to COVID-19 and its impacts on resource families as well, including current needs. Tune in to learn more about opportunites to get involved. Here's a link to the Hope's Anchor website:

Pass the Mic: Dillan Horton on the Race Relations in Davis, the Davis Police Commission, Davis City Council & Housing Affordability

In this episode of Pass the Mic Deema and Alison B are joined by Dillan Horton, who is currently running for Davis City Counsil. Dillan has also been on the Davis Police Commission, a new group developed to address police bias starting in 2017. Dillan provides detailed information on the police commission, the workings of the city council as well as housing affordability in Davis. Tune in to learn more!

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.

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