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.

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.

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.

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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

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