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: 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:

Perspectives: Alonna Shaw - The Twilight Zone ebbs Poetic, Art during COVID-19

On the 4th Meraki Radio: Perspectives episode, Alonna Shaw joins Alison B and reads her recent creations adapted from the script of the first episode of The Twilight Zone. We discuss robots, language, poetry and art in the time of COVID-19. Alonna gives insight into her artistic process and encourages all to join in and find their niche, their meraki. See Alonna's post about the show here, with references:

Perspectives: Alison B & Brian - Story Time

During the third Episode of Meraki Radio- Perspectives, Brian joins Alison B for the segment where they read stories that have been submitted. The first, Love in the Time of COVID-19 brings us to Bali while Surgery in Trumpland gives us a view from the perspective of a patient in recovery from hip surgery while staying in rural Pennsylvania as COVID-19 unfolds.

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