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Najib Aminy

Host of Some Noise
Najib Aminy is the temporary production manager for Reveal. He is the host and producer of an independent podcast, "Some Noise," which is based out of Oakland, California, and was featured by Apple, The Guardian, and The Paris Review.


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Ep. 025 — F R I S C O (Part III of III)
Quote: “Nobody wants to destroy the image of San Francisco.” —James Baldwin About: Whereas Part One looks into the origin of San Francisco’s F-word, and Part Two looks at the buildup and fallout of urban renewal in neighborhoods like Bayview-Hunters Point, Part Three looks at a far more sinister force and questions just how liberal and progressive this city really is. Show Notes: [00:30] “The Layers of Heaven” by Jovica [01:00] Allston Night Owl by The Blue Dot Sessions [03:00]    Short bio of Lena Miller [04:00] “Rethinking San Francisco’s War on Drugs” (SF Weekly) [04:10] Some background on 94124 [04:15] Health data on Bayview-Hunters Point (San Francisco Department of Health) [05:25] Flashing Runner by The Blue Dot Sessions [06:30] Light reading on Dr. Raymond Tompkins (SF Bayview Newspaper) [10:30] Light reading on Bayview-Hunters Point’s 14-year life expectancy gap (SF Gate) [11:35] Related: A local push for more air monitoring in Bayview-Hunters Point (SF Examiner) [13:05] “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” by The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir [13:30] Short except from Take This Hammer, a film by James Baldwin [15:20] Short bio on Dr. Rachel Brahinsky [15:45] “Milkwood” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [16:20] Light reading on Bayview-Hunters Point history [17:30] “Order of Entrance” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [17:45] San Francisco’s 49-square mile myth (SF Gate) [17:50] Size of Bayview-Hunters Point [17:55] Map of San Francisco’s Public Utilities [18:05] Light reading on San Francisco’s Southeast Water Treatment Plant (San Francisco Chronicle) [18:45] “The Snowgarden” by The Blue Dot Sessions [19:20] Light reading on the: PG&E Power Plant (FoundSF) Its health impact (Grist) Its closure (SFGate) Its environmental impact (EPA / Greenaction) Its relation to the high asthma rates in the neighborhood (SFGate) The activists behind its closure (SFGate) Its demolition (ABC News) Video here [19:30] List of other sources of pollution in Bayview Hunters Point (Greenaction) [20:10] “Building the Sled” by The Blue Dot Sessions [20:20] Short bio on Marie Harrison (SF Gate) [21:45] Brief history on the Hunters Point shipyard (US Navy) [22:00] Light reading on America’s Great White Fleet (ThoughtCo) [22:05] Light reading on the history of the shipyard according to its current developers (FivePoint) [22:10] General reading on the Hunters Point shipyard [22:20] A much deeper dive on the history of the Hunters Point shipyard and surrounding community [22:35] President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares war on Japan [22:40] Light reading on the Navy’s acquisition of the shipyard  [22:45] Short video on the shipbuilding in the Bay Area during World War II And a mucher shorter video [23:15] A recap of worker life at at the Hunters Point Shipyard during World War II (FoundSF) [23:35] A deeper dive on the Hunters Point community following the drawdown after World War II [23:40] Footage from Operation Crossroads [24:05] The impact of studying the impact of nuclear weapons on naval warships (Stanford University) [24:10] Light reading on the USS Independence [24:35] Light reading on Operation Crossroads [25:05] Light reading on radiation cleanup at the shipyard US Navy’s Historical Radiological Assessment of the shipyard And a recent article on how radiological remnants are still being discovered (San Francisco Chronicle) [25:55] “Vik Sahder” by The Blue Dot Sessions [26:25] A photo of Building 815 (TelstarLogisitcs) Related work done by the US Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory First-hand accounts of working on and near the site (SF Gate) [28:10] Meet Ace Washington, who has been on the case [29:35] Light reading on the effects of post-war deindustrialization [29:40] Light reading/listening on the history of red-lining (NPR) [29:45] How home loans are still difficult to get for Blacks and Latinos (KQED) [29:50] Light reading on the segregation of San Francisco (FoundSF) [30:45] Willie Brown Inc. (San Francisco Chronicle) More reading on Willie Brown (The New York Times) And about his role as Mayor of San Francisco (The New York Times) And about him being a power broker (The New York Times) [31:20] Interview clip of Willie Brown on the 70s [31:50] That one time Willie Brown got pied in the face (KTVU) [32:20] Light summary on the Shipyard post-decommissioned days  [32:30] Then San Francisco Mayor, now Senator, Diane Feinstein’s attempt to bring a warship to San Francisco (FoundSF) [33:30] The Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan More reading on the development plan here and here And an analysis on redeveloping the area (UC Berkeley) Related: Why the 49ers left San Francisco (Slate) [34:30] Light reading on the Navy transfer of the shipyard (San Francisco Chronicle) [34:40] Fallout by Lisa Davis (SF Weekly) And a followup piece (SF Weekly) [35:00] Light reading on Tetra Tech [35:20] Light reading on Lennar An op-ed on Lennar A 2018 report of Lennar’s outreach to the Bayview-Hunters Point community  [35:35] Related reading on racial diversity on contract jobs around the shipyard (SF Bayview Newspaper) [35:40] Lennar’s plan for the Shipyard (San Francisco Business Times) The company’s approach to urban design [36:00] Lennar at the SF Shipyard [36:15] California emcee Cobe Obeah sharing his thoughts [36:40] “True Blue Sky” by The Blue Dot Sessions [37:00] Construction begins at the shipyard (San Francisco Business Times) And another story about the parcel transfer (San Francisco Chronicle) Scope of the original project (San Francisco Chronicle) [37:20] Light reading on Minister Christopher Muhammad A deeper dive here (SF Weekly) [38:00] Backstory behind the Nation of Islam school and the Shipyard construction sites (SFGate) And another read (SFGate) [38:30] Minister Christopher Muhammad’s public testimony back in 2007  [38:40] Related, not the same, but related findings [39:45] Community complaints of Lennar’s construction sites (San Francisco Chronicle) A federal response to those complaints (San Francisco Chronicle) [39:50] When Lennar was fined half a million dollars (SF Bay Guardian) Related protests that followed in following years (SF Public Press) An op-ed on Lennar by Marie Harrison (San Francisco Examiner) [40:20] Foreshadowing of what’s ahead (NBC Bay Area) [41:15] Don Wadsowrth’s full testimony Tetra Tech’s response to Wadsworth’s skepticism [41:50] More on the Tetra Tech whistelblowers  (San Francisco Chronicle) [42:15] More on Steve Castelman (SF Gate) and the Golden Gate Law Clinic and the work of his students [43:40] Short bio on Preston Hopson, the General Counsel of Tetra Tech [44:30] Light reading on Tetra Tech being kicked out of the Supervisor’s hearing (NBC Bay Area) [44:40] Light reading on Sam Singer… Here (San Jose Mercury News) And here (Oakland Magazine) [45:55] Light reading on the two Tetra Tech employees responsible for the falsification of soil records (KTVU) [45:50] The US Government’s lawsuit that was filed against Tetra Tech [45:50] Light reading on the $27 billion class-action suit filed against Tetra Tech [46:10] Light reading on state report that found no radiological health hazards in key parts of the shipyard (NBC Bay Area) And the criticism of that report (San Francisco Chronicle) More recent developments on the shipyard (San Francisco Chronicle) Related: FOLLOW CurbedSF’s Chris Roberts, NBC Bay Area’s Liz Wagner and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jason Fagone who have been aggressively covering, breaking news and fully reporting out this story and all of its developments [49:20] Marie Harrison’s obituary (Mission Local) [53:00] “Cicle Deserrat” by The Blue Dot Sessions [55:25] “Tumblehome” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [58:55] “A Rush of Clear Water” by The Blue Dot Sessions [60:00] “The Yards” by The Blue Dot Sessions [60:15] More at
Ep. 024 — F R I S C O (Part II of III)
Quote: “When I die, I’m dead.” —Eloise Westbrook About: Three horizontal stripes, red, black and green, add color to the streetlights and poles in and around the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. These Pan-African flags are a relatively new addition to the area. They were painted just about a year ago thanks to an initiative spearheaded by the neighborhood's local city supervisor, Malia Cohen. “This is about branding the Bayview neighborhood to honor and pay respect to the decades of contributions that African-Americans have made to the southeast neighborhood and to the city,” she said in a statement. But when compared to what’s going on in the neighborhood, these painted flags inadvertently serve as reminders of what this neighborhood once was and what it now isn’t. This used to be a place where you could be Black and thrive. You could find work and own a home. Now, not so much. In Part II of this story about the term Frisco, we try and find out what happened. Show Notes: [00:35] More on “Wild Wes” and Wild SF Tours [03:30] “Kid Kodi” by Blue Dot Sessions [06:10] For reference: Map of San Francisco and its neighborhoods (San Francisco Association of Realtors) [06:40] More on Dr. Raymond Tompkins (San Francisco Bay View Newspaper) [07:40] “Allston Night Owl” by Blue Dot Sessions [09:30] “Roundpine” by Blue Dot Sessions [12:00] Light reading on environmental conditions of Bayview-Hunters Point: Health Inequities in the Bay Area San Francisco Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 On the 14 year life expectancy gap (San Francisco Chronicle) Pollution Problems in Bayview-Hunters Point (Greenaction) [12:30] “The Yards” by Blue Dot Sessions [13:00] “Why I Love Living in Russian Hill” (The Bold Italic) [13:20] On the naming of Russian Hill (FoundSF) Related: the naming of other San Francisco neighborhoods (Mental Floss) [13:50] Light reading on old history of Bayview-Hunters Point Additional reading on the sale (Bernal History Project) [14:30] On the formation of Butchertown (FoundSF) [15:15] Further reading on history of Hunters Point Shipyard development and community (City of San Francisco) [15:30] Light reading on history of Chinese shrimping industry in San Francisco (FoundSF) [15:55] Light reading on Oscar James (Museum of African Diaspora) [16:40] “D-Day” by Nat King Cole [17:00] Light reading on San Francisco’s shipbuilding and war time history World War II Shipbuilding in the Bay Area (National Parks Service) “A Day’s Work” (FoundSF) [17:20] Newsreel footage [17:30] Light reading on the Great Migration: “Great Migration: The African-American Exodus North” (NPR) The African-American Migration Story (PBS) “Why African Americans Left the South in Droves” (Vox) The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migration (Smithsonian) “The 'Great Migration' Was About Racial Terror, Not Jobs” (City Lab) “The Second Great Migration: A Historical Overview” (University of Chicago Press) United States Census [18:20] Light reading on the War Manpower Commission [18:40] The war effort impact on Bayview-Hunters Point And on the population increases (San Francisco Chronicle) [19:00] Excerpt from The Highest Tradition (1946) [19:30] Light reading on treatment of African Americans in the war effort (PBS) Additional reading on A. Philip Randolph Light reading on Executive Order 8802 [21:50] Light reading on how the Japanese internment shaped San Francisco (The Culture Trip) [22:40] Light reading on the history of the Fillmore District (KQED) [23:00] Light reading on Jack’s Tavern (KQED) [23:20] Light reading on Marie Harrison (San Francisco Chronicle) [24:00] “Take Me Back Baby” by Jimmy Rushing [24:30] On San Francisco’s role as the “Harlem of the West” (NPR) Photos from back in the day. Note Bob Scobey’s ‘Don’t Call it Frisco’ jazz band in the gallery. (Timeline) [24:40] “Ghost of Yesterday” by Billie Holiday [25:00] Review of the  Failure and the Harlem Renaissance argument (The Georgia Review) [25:50] “Leave the TV On” by Blue Dot Sessions [28:40] Light reading on Juneteenth [30:00] Related: James Baldwin on Urban Renewal [30:45] The Dynamic American City [31:30] Related reading on Urban Renewal: “The Racist Roots Of “Urban Renewal” And How It Made Cities Less Equal” (Fast Company) “The Wastelands of Urban Renewal” (City Lab) Urban Renewal and Its Aftermath A Study in Contradictions: The Origins and Legacy of the Housing Act of 1949 Urban Revitalization in the United States: Policies and Practices [32:00] Audio of construction site ( [32:20] Light reading on the legacy of the  Housing Act of 1949: Legacy of the Housing Act of 1949: The Past, Present, and Future of Federal Housing and Urban Policy Additional reading on the birth of slum removal and urban renewal Timeline of public housing projects in the US [33:30] Light reading on the Housing Act of 1965 and 1968 A Rundown of Just How Badly the Fair Housing Act Has Failed (Washington Post) The Legacy of the 1968 Fair Housing Act Residential Segregation after the Fair Housing Act (American Bar Association) [33:45] Renewing Inequality Project (University of Richmond) [35:00] “Our Digital Compass” by Blue Dot Sessions [35:35] Inspired by this song [35:40] Two tales of urban renewal’s impact on San Francisco’s black population: How Urban Renewal Destroyed The Fillmore In Order to Save It (Hoodline) Racism — and politics — in SF Redevelopment history (48 Hills) [35:45] On the population metrics of San Francisco’s black population: The Loneliness of Being Black in San Francisco (The New York Times) San Francisco's Black population is less than 5 percent (KTVU) The Dream vs. Reality: On Being Black in San Francisco (The Bold Italic) [37:10] On black home ownership in San Francisco (City and County of San Francisco) [37:15] Related: On access to bank loans San Francisco State College protests (FoundSF) Job opportunities back in the day (FoundSF) [37:30] The killing of Matthew Peanut Johnson (San Francisco Chronicle) [37:50] Patrolman Alvin Johnson retelling what happened on the day Matthew “Peanut” Johnson was killed (Bay Area Television Archive) [40:15] 1964: Civil Rights Battles (The Atlantic) Additional reading here [40:35] Short excerpt of video from San Francisco’s 1966 riot [41:00] Light reading on the Human Be-In Festival All the Human Be-In Was Saying 50 Years Ago, Was Give Peace a Chance (The Nation) Full program of the Be-In Festival [43:00] “Passing Station 7” by Blue Dot Sessions [43:50] Light reading on the Big Five   Footage of the Big Five supporting S.F. State Student Strike in 1968 Public Hearing in Bayview Hunters Point with Robert Kennedy (KQED) [45:25] Light reading on The Big Five’s March on Washington—Redevelopment and the Politics of Place in Bayview-Hunters Point (UC Berkeley) [46:40] Andre Herm Lewis from Part I [48:30] “Hunters Point Health Problems Called an `Epidemic'” (San Francisco Chronicle) San Francisco Department of Health Recommendations (2006) [49:40] 'Appropriation At Its Worst': Supervisor Slams 'Bayview Is The New Mission' Ads (Hoodline) [51:40] Light reading on the toxic state of San Francisco’s Navy Shipyard (San Francisco Magazine) [55:05] More at [56:20] Podcast Recommendation: American Suburb (KQED)    
Ep. 023 — F R I S C O (Part I of III)
“The fans just want to know who the fuck the artist is.” —Andre "Herm" Lewis About: For a place that proudly heralds slogans like #BlackLivesMatter, the homes of San Francisco house very few Black people. What’s happened to the African-American community in San Francisco is a much more complex tale than just being pushed out by young and transient up-and-comers. Instead, it involves a deeply-rooted history spread across generations with a comet-sized impact that is still being felt today. And for the sake of this three-part story, it begins with the very polarizing San Francisco nickname: Frisco. In Part I, we explore why some view this term to be as offensive as the F-word and spend some time with those who simply don’t give a fuck. Show Notes: [02:15] “Valantis” by The Blue Dot Sessions [03:30] “Lights” by Journey Lyrics via Genius [04:30] “Frisco” by I.M.P. [05:50] “Lakeside Path” by The Blue Dot Sessions [05:45] “49 square miles surrounded by reality.” —Paul Kantner (San Francisco Magazine) [05:50] Light reading on the square mileage of San Francisco (SF Gate) [06:00] Light reading on the 1906 Earthquake Related: Story on the historic Market Street film (60 Minutes) [06:05] On San Francisco and Its Sourdough Bread (KQED) [06:10] San Francisco and World War II (SF Gate) [06:10] Archival footage of protests against the Vietnam War (KRON) [06:15] The Full House house (Atlas Obscura) ...was listed at $4.15 million in 2016 (NBC Bay Area) ...and bought by the show’s creator (The Hollywood Reporter) [06:15] The story behind Mrs. Doubtfire’s House (The Bold Italic) ...and how it was owned by a plastic surgeon (NBC Bay Area) ...and then sold for $4.15 million (The Hollywood Reporter) [06:20] Trailer for Vertigo And tracking where the movie was shot in the city (SF Curbed) [06:20] Trailer for The Rock, which has a 66 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes [06:25] Light reading on San Francisco’s musical history (SF Gate) [06:30] Light reading on Willie Mays And that time he was denied housing in San Francisco (San Francisco Chronicle) [06:30] Light reading on Barry Bonds [06:35] Light reading on: Joe Montana Terrell Owens Colin Kaepernick (GQ Magazine) [07:00] Light reading on: ...the Beatniks (San Francisco Chronicle) ...the Hippies (The Atlantic) ...the Hells Angels (Hunter S. Thompson) ...the early tech wave (WIRED) [07:10] Light reading on San Francisco’s different neighborhoods According to locals (SF Curbed) In infographics (SF Curbed) For transplants (The Bold Italic) [07:30] Shout out to @karlthefog [07:40] Unrelated San Francisco driving sequence depicting cars and hills from The Streets of San Francisco And one more from the movie Bullitt [07:45] Light reading on San Francisco and the Gay Rights movement (The New York Times) Related: More on Harvey Milk (San Francisco Magazine) [07:55] Light reading on past San Francisco Mayors like: Willie Brown (San Francisco Magazine) Dianne Feinstein (Mother Jones) Sort of related: Her challenger Kevin de León won the California Democratic Party’s official endorsement (Los Angeles Times) Gavin Newsom (The New Yorker) [08:00] Light reading on Nancy Pelosi (Rolling Stone) [08:45] More on Woody LaBounty And his Western Neighborhoods Project [08:55] “Shade Ways” by The Blue Dot Sessions [10:20] Some more background on the use and popularity of the term Frisco Via Mother Jones Via BuzzFeed And from old newspapers [10:30] When SF was called… The Paris of the West (SFist) And Baghdad By The Bay (San Francisco Chronicle) [10:40] Light readingon the Ohlone tribe (Mother Jones) Additional reading here (The Bold Italic) [10:40] Founding of San Francisco (SF Museum) [10:45] Light reading on the formation of Spanish colony and Missions in California [10:50] Light reading on Saint Francis of Assisi [11:10] Light reading on Washington Bartlett (SFist) [11:10] “Jog to the Water” by The Blue Dot Sessions [12:00] San Francisco’s official name change (SF Museum) [12:30] Light reading on Mexican migration to the States (National Parks Service) Related: Treatment of Non-Whites during the Gold Rush Light reading on the California Gold Rush [12:45] Light reading on Peter Tamony [13:00] On “frithsoken” [13:30] Light reading on Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton (KQED)  And tracking down the myth over his $25 fine on using the term “Frisco” Thanks John Lumea! [14:15] All the cool people who used the term Frisco (BuzzFeed) [14:20] “The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding Genius lyrics [14:40] Light reading on Herb Caen (San Francisco Chronicle) His book, Don’t Call it Frisco See point number 15 (BuzzFeed) His about-face years later (San Francisco Chronicle) [15:05] BuzzFeed’s push to call it Frisco And as covered by a local blog (SFist) [15:15] Again, a very thorough chronology of the term (Mother Jones) [15:30] More on Joe Eskenazi (@EskSF) [15:50] “Don’t Call It ‘Frisco’ If You’re Old and White” (SF Weekly) [16:45] Light reading on San Quinn [17:15] Charles Matthews aka Black C (@RBLPosse) [18:05] Quick background on the RBL Posse (Passion of the Weiss) [18:15] “Bammer” by RBL Posse Genius lyrics [18:30] Recommended Viewing: Hip-Hop Evolution [18:50] Marvin Gayes’ 1977 Live at the London Palladium Intro [19:30] On San Francisco and its connection to the gay rights movement And a history on the Castro District (KQED) [20:35] “Frisco” by I.M.P. Light reading on Cougnut Light reading on Ingleside a.k.a. Lakeview History on Ingleside A tour of Lakeview and some of the other San Francisco neighborhoods [22:10] “Nigga Groove” by Hugh EMC [23:25] “Alustrat” by The Blue Dot Sessions [23:45] The lyrical odes to places like the… The LBC Compton Southside The Bronx Marcy Projects Queensbridge 8 Mile The Fifth Ward The various zones over in the ATL [24:20] More reading on Andre Herm Lewis (Amoeba) [24:50] Too $hort on how he started out in his early days (Vlad TV) [25:00] “I Ain’t Trippin’” by Too $hort [26:50] Light reading on Kyle Matthews aka Mr. Cee (San Francisco Chronicle) [26:55] “Bounce to This” by RBL Posse [28:25] “Cicle Vascule” by The Blue Dot Sessions [28:30] Old news footage on gang violence (CBS) Old news footage on gang violence in Chicago (CBS) Related: Old news footage of San Francisco back in the day [29:00] Light reading on the 80s Crack Epidemic [29:10] Light reading on Gary Webb (Esquire) Dark Alliance Series (San Jose Mercury News) Reports from The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times Mea culpa from a Los Angeles Times reporter  (LA Weekly) A more recent take on the Webb investigation (The Intercept) [29:30] Former CIA Director John Deutch’s speech in the Watts District of Los Angeles (CSPAN) Report from the event (The New York Times) [30:30] Measuring Crack Cocaine and Its Impact (Harvard University) On the price of cocaine throughout the 80s (Business Insider) On the drug’s alternative (The World Bank) Background on the production side (Slate) [31:00] What taking crack is like according to one New Republic writer back in 1989 (The New Republic) Rough overview of crack On pricing and size Though sold at a cheaper street price, here is an argument that it roughly equates to the same price as powdered cocaine [31:20] Mapping the spread of crack (The New York Times) [31:30] Racial disparity in the ongoing opioid epidemic (NPR) And the coverage comparison between the aforementioned crisis and the 1980s crack epidemic (Pacific Standard Magazine) And on the treatment of African Americans during the crack epidemic [31:40] Original 1989 COPS intro The story of how the show got made (The Marshall Project) [32:00] For more on how the media covered the crack epidemic, read Cracked Coverage: Television News, The Anti-Cocaine Crusade, and the Reagan Legacy (Duke University) [32:00] Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” PSA A look at the former First Lady’s anti-drug campaign (VICE) [32:10] The death and drug overdose of Len Bias (ESPN) [32:40] “Cicle Vascule” by The Blue Dot Sessions [32:40] Light reading on the political climate around drugs following the death of Bias (The New York Times) 1986 United States Senate Hearing on the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 (CSPAN) Audio heard from former U.S. Senator Howell Heflin, a Democrat from Alabama The time Heflin voted against the nomination of present-day U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the same position back in 1986 (Vox) [33:30] Light reading on the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 [33:40] Break down of drug punishment, sentencing and incarceration rates from Cracks in the System (ACLU) [34:00] President Obama’s signing of the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act (CNN) [34:35] “Cicle Deseratt” by The Blue Dot Sessions [34:40] On the freakonomics of dealing crack (TED Talk) [35:00] “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” [35:20] On the militarization of local law enforcement during the War on Drugs (Mother Jones) Rap song on the Batter Ram That time Nancy Reagan was part of a drug raid (Counter Punch) [36:20] Trying to Survive in the Ghetto by Herm Lewis [37:20] “Intro” from the album above [37:50] On the vulnerability genre of recent rap stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Drake (Impose Magazine) [38:05] Steve Fox’s 20/20 report on hip hop from the late 70s (ABC) Recommended Viewing: Hip-Hop Evolution Recommended Viewing: Planet Rock The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation (VH1) [38:40] First verses of gangsta rap… Via Schooly D — “PSK, What Does It Mean?” Via Ice T — “6 'N The Mornin'” [39:00] “Fuck the Police” by N.W.A. [39:20] Bay Area artists include: Too $hort Mac Dre Dre Dog aka Andre Nickatina E-40 Souls of Mischief Tupac [39:35] Urban legend on the lack of Bloods and Crips in San Francisco (SF Weekly) [41:50] “Cicle Deseratt” by The Blue Dot Sessions [43:00] Light reading on Lonnie Green and Demons of the Mind [43:15] Sort of, but not really, but kind of related: Sucka Free City by Spike Lee [45:25] “Cicle Deseratt” by The Blue Dot Sessions [46:00] RBL Posse’s discography and rankings [46:30] On the death of Mr. Cee (San Francisco Chronicle) As retold by Black C (Passion of the Weiss) A deeper read from the local paper (San Francisco Chronicle) [47:05] A tribute to Hitman [47:30] The album cover in question [49:20] On the violence in Hunters Point (San Francisco Chronicle) Stunning photography by Alex Welsh [56:55] Podcast recommendation: Dissect [58:00] More at
Ep. 022 — Bougie Coffee
"They always leave when it gets hot in the cafe." —Man counter-protesting protestors   About: Since the turn of the millennium, the percentage of U.S.-based specialty coffee drinking folk, like those who have a cup everyday, has quadrupled. Travel to any major or minor city in the country, and you’ll see an offering of coffees that transcends the uniform Starbucks experience that’s on every block. But the image that reflects after you place a mirror in front of any craft coffee company or cafe is a bit more clear, albeit unsettling. Stare at it long enough and you’ll come across matters like gentrification, the rise of the millennial-inspired yuppie wave and the old act of global economics, power dynamics and capitalism all at play. This podcast episode explores the intricacies of coffee and attempts to answer two simple questions about one very complex drink. What makes specialty coffee special and who is it really for? Show Notes: [00:35] More on Tonya Kuhl [00:45] “Castor Wheel Pivot” by Blue Dot Sessions [01:35] “One Little Triumph” by Blue Dot Sessions [02:15] Light reading on other unconventional courses: The Politics of Beyonce The Physics of Star Trek The Art of Walking [02:45] ECM 01 Syllabus Additional reading here (San Francisco Chronicle) [03:20] “Pain” by HileMele [04:00] Light reading on percentage of global coffee that is considered specialty (The Coffee Guide) [04:10] Light reading on the growth of specialty coffee over the past several years (SCA) [05:15] Shout out to the original Cosmic Calendar [05:25] “Drum Solo” by Turku Nomads of the Silk Road [05:30] The first reference of the term coffee can be found here in the Canon of Medicine (The World of Caffeine) [05:40] More on the tale of coffee being passed down to the Prophet Muhammad (The Literary Digest) [05:45] More on Kaldi and his dancing goats [06:00] On the history of coffee: Light reading on coffee and Islam Light reading on coffee and trade On the mixing of cultures and coffee after the Crusades On coffee and the Enlightenment era On coffee and the American Revolution On coffee and the Great War [06:25] Recommended reading on coffee history: Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast [06:30] Light reading on coffee’s etymology [06:45] “Perky” by Al Hirt That tune was used in Maxwell’s advertising campaign back in the day [07:00] Light reading on the concept of coffee waves Listen to a lecture that breaks down each wave More light reading on the concept of coffee waves [07:30] A short snippet from Mississippi John Hurt’s “Coffee Blues” [07:45] A montage of sexist coffee commercials from the ‘60s [07:55] “Pxl Eventaut” by Blue Dot Sessions [09:50] More on William Ristenpart [11:20] “Pxl Cray” by Blue Dot Sessions [11:25] The new coffee flavor wheel (SCA) [12:00] More on Molly Spencer [13:40] More on Hanna Neuschwander (@hneuschwander) Her book, Left Coast Roast [14:30] An overview of coffee prices over the last 45 years Related reading on coffee’s volatility (Daily Coffee News) Related reading on the markets around coffee (Perfect Daily Grind) [15:40] More on the differences between Arabica and Robusta beans (Coffee Chemistry) Related reading on specialty robusta beans (Barista Magazine) [16:10] More on the different coffee processing methods (Sweet Maria’s) [16:25] “Pxl Htra” by Blue Dot Sessions [16:30] More on the coffee grading rubric (SCAA) [17:00] More on Alejandro Martinez and his farm Finca Argentina A deeper dive on Martinez’s workflow and operational costs [19:10] More on Brett Smith And on Counter Culture And its 2017 transparency report [21:30] “Platax” by Blue Dot Sessions [21:40] A graphic overview of the coffee supply chain [21:55] Related: Light reading on how to purchase coffee (Sweet Maria’s) [22:45] Related: Light reading on starting a roastery (Daily Coffee News) [23:00] Related: Light reading on what goes into roasting (Cafe Culture) [23:25] Related: Light reading on roast profiles [23:50] More on Kyle Glanville (@glanvillain) [24:20] Light reading on Espresso Vivace (Sprudge) [24:45] “Clay Pawn Shop” by Blue Dot Sessions [25:00] Light reading on the economics of running a coffee shop (Investopedia) Related: Deeper dive on coffee shop economics [25:40] SNL’s Michael Che on $18 coffee (NY Post) [25:50] Light reading on Gesha coffees (Daily Coffee News) [26:15] Related reading on the rise of the minimum wage (NPR) [26:20] More on Ritual’s $12 cup of coffee (Barista Magazine) [27:30] “Time Up” by Blue Dot Sessions [27:45] The story behind those blue and white greek coffee cups (Narratively) [28:20] More on Anand Sheth [28:50] “Vulcan Street” by Blue Dot Sessions [29:00] Detailed photos of the Sightglass on 20th Street (Knstrct) [30:00] “Vulcan Street-Dew Morning” by Blue Dot Sessions [32:00] More on Brian Jones (@brianwjones) of DCILY [34:40] “Pushback” by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping [35:15] Light reading on Frank Braconi   [36:30] “Warm Fingers” by Blue Dot Sessions [36:35] Light reading on what is the middle class (CNN) [36:50] More on Braconi’s 2004 study A deeper read on the study (The New Yorker) [37:20] "Burrow Burrow" by Blue Dot Sessions [37:50] Light reading on a follow-up study by both Braconi and Columbia University Prof. Lance Freeman (City Lab) [39:30] Bay Area salaries for computer engineers [40:20] Light reading on economic state of New York City in the 70s [41:30] Related: Light reading on Rev. Billy and his protest against Starbucks [41:50] More on the rate of gentrification (Governing Magazine) [43:20] Related: A Film About Coffee [45:00] More on Charles Babinski Related: He was also in the documentary Barista [47:30] Light reading on the Hasta Muerte Coffee (East Bay Express) Related: Protest at the coffee shop (KTVU) [48:05] “Noe Noe” by Blue Dot Sessions [48:30] Light reading on the coffee industry’s #MeToo movement (San Francisco Chronicle) [48:50] Light reading on SCA’s decision to host its World Coffee Championships in Dubai (Sprudge) [49:30] More on the impact of climate change and coffee (Barista Magazine) Related: Science with a solution to coffee’s climate change problem (The Chicago Tribune) [49:35] More on the percentage of coffee lands that will become unusable (NPR) A specific case study on Ethiopia’s coffee (Science Friday) Related: the increased spread of rust on coffee plants (The Guardian) Related: A visual overview of coffee’s environmental dilemma (BBC) [49:40] More on deforestation, climate change and coffee (Conservation International) [50:00] More on the sale of Stumptown (The New York Times) The sale of Peets (Los Angeles Times) The sale of Intelligentsia (Eater) The sale of Blue Bottle (San Francisco Chronicle) And the portfolio of the JAB Holding Company [50:50] More on Nick Cho (@nickcho) (San Francisco Magazine) [57:20] “Fake Empire” cover by Lotte Kestner [59:30] @thisissomenoise | @thisissomenoise [59:40] Recommended Podcasts To Listen to: Scene on Radio’s Seeing White Series KPCC’S Repeat Podcast Alexis Madrigal’s Container Series 79. 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