The California Report Magazine

The California Report Magazine


Every week, The California Report Magazine takes you on a road trip for the ears: to visit the places and meet the people who make California unique. The in-depth storytelling podcast from the California Report.

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Think about all the things you love about radio and podcasts: the suspense, the characters, the drama and humor — Back Pocket Media takes all of those elements and puts them live on stage.  On today’s episode, Back Pocket Media co-founders McArdle Hankin and Ellison Libiran guest host the California Report Magazine and play three of their favorite stories from their last San Francisco event. The theme of that event was Taste of Then: stories about food and memory.  What I’d Cook for Love Most people who’ve had a job at a workplace, which is to say almost all of us, have at some point developed an office crush. You see the person day in and day out. You know you can’t make a move but you secretly want to. Secretly you wait for some sort of signal or opening. Well, for storyteller JP Frary, that opening…. Is Dungeness crab. The Fruitarian  People have always come together around shared taste in food, but in contemporary culture it’s just as likely to see communities – and even identities – formed around the foods we don't eat. Storyteller Don Reed takes a specialized diet to a new extreme.   When the Forest Goes Quiet This story was told to the audience over the phone… That’s because the storyteller is currently incarcerated in San Quentin. Kelton O’Connor starts his story in the yard of a different prison. It's the middle of the day and he’s walking up to a tall barbed wire fence — a fence that is the only thing separating him from the outside world.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Previous episodes

  • 479 - Tasty Tales of Conference Room Crab, a Cold Turkey Fruitarian, and Tiger Food 
    Fri, 24 May 2024
  • 478 - The Nüümü People Claim LA Stole Their Water, Now They're Fighting for Its Return 
    Fri, 17 May 2024
  • 477 - The First Indigenous-Named Marine Sanctuary; A Climber's Story; A New Home for a Beloved Diner 
    Fri, 10 May 2024
  • 476 - ‘I’m Gonna Miss It’: Saying Goodbye to San Francisco's Beloved Cabaret, AsiaSF 
    Fri, 03 May 2024
  • 475 - A Peek Behind the Scenes at the California Report Magazine 
    Wed, 01 May 2024
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