Some Noise

It's a show about stories and the foolish pursuit of life, clarity and context. Stories that confront, challenge and question our preconceived notions of Uncle Sam’s culture, tradition and identity. And stories that focus on the purpose of common folk—be it those who spend their Fridays in a wrestling ring or those that attend Sunday service, and ask why?

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A show about stories and the foolish pursuit of life, clarity and context. More at: @thisissomenoise
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2019-10-04 14:02
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2019-10-02 15:10
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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 Po...

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 relativ...

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 communi...
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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 a...
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Ep. 021 — A State of Mind

Quote:  “The devil is always in the details, right?” —Mark Baird   About: If the State of Jefferson ever formed, it’s unlikely Anthony Bourdain would ever travel there for its pizza or burritos. Mark Baird, the “unofficial” leader of the State of Jeffe...

Ep. 020 — A State of Mind (I of II)

“Mr. Statham, would you consider giving San Francisco to Hawaii?” —Former Calif. Assemblyman Bill Morrow (Oceanside-R) About: If President Kennedy’s moon-shot set the tone that no challenge was too difficult, Donald Trump’s presidential victory reminds...

Ep. 019 — Technology People

“Thank you Mr. Machine...or Ms. Machine?” —John Zerzan About: What does one make of our future—like the one 50 years from now? The answer, or rather a possible answer, has a lot to do with choice and technology. Whether we survive or go extinct is, how...

Ep. 018 — What Is It All About (III of III)

"I am not the 'Boont' God." —Rod DeWitt About: With wave after wave of socioeconomic changes crashing into the Anderson Valley, a quiet and historically agrarian area, the lifestyle that gave rise to Boontling is quickly fading away. The fate and the f...

Ep. 017 — What Is It All About (Part II of III)

“They’re living too fast.” —Wes ‘Deacon’ Smoot About: It used to be that you could grow apples, herd sheep, or fell timber and make a decent living in the Anderson Valley. But not even the few stop signs in this remote valley could slow down the incomi...

Ep. 016 — What Is It All About

  “And I think it saved the day, because we didn't have any money.” —Captain Rainbow     About: No place has tested the currents of change more than the Anderson Valley, a Gaza Strip-sized setting hidden in the hills of Northern California. Home to the...

Ep. 015 — We Out Here

Quote: “I think intelligence in the universe is very rare.” —Dr. James Rice, NASA, Mars Exploration Rover Geology Team Leader   About: 2017, let’s start anew! Let’s just pack up, say our goodbyes and march (drive, fly or sail) to greener pastures. But ...

Ep. 014 — The Trump Minority

“Any true Americans over here?” -Michael, a man from Boston with a sign   About: Amidst all the chaos that has been the 2016 presidential election, there is a special group of Americans fighting against the mainstream current—the Trump minority, like a...

Ep. 013 — Keeping the Faith [Part II of II]

"And then they came for me." -Sabri Benkahla When it comes to the conversation of Islam in America, it can sometimes feel like having a debate where both parties talk over one another, dive into the shallow end of the topic and leave thinking they’ve p...

Ep. 012 — Keeping the Faith [Part I of II]

“Brother, you don’t eat pork do you?” -Man with wine About:  New York. St. Cloud. Orlando. San Bernardino. Chattanooga. Garland. Boston. Fort Hood. Brussels. Paris. Nice. Kabul. Baghdad. Quetta. Lahore. Istanbul. It’s difficult to remember what life wa...

Ep. 011 — When the Tides Change [Part II]

"You just go again tomorrow." -Stuart Vorpahl Stuart Vorpahl is a lifelong commercial fisherman who took pride in providing the fresh produce of the sea. Stuart liked his job. He liked it so much that when regulation and politics threatened it, he igno...

Ep. 010 — When the Tides Change [Part I]

"Timeout. If you see a hole, you mend it. You don’t go say I’ll go back and fix it. It don’t work." --Stuart Vorpahl The story of Stuart Vorpahl involves fishing, the Hamptons and the King of England. Amidst a town where Hollywood's A-list comes to sum...

Ep. 009 — It Ain't Easy

"It's just status." -Buddy About: In pockets of America, like those in Oakland and throughout the East Bay of Northern California, the status quo of driving a vehicle is proudly rejected. Take a look at some of the rides out here and you’ll immediately...

Ep. 008 — It Goes Both Ways

“Thy will be done. Thy will be done. I don’t know. Please, I don’t know.” -Jessica Ripper Jessica Ripper is a white American with blonde hair, blue eyes and a home in Northern California. Yet, to many in Pakistan, she’s an Islamic-gospel musician who p...

Ep. 007 — This Is Real

"“People want to see good overcome evil, even though that’s not always the way it plays out, that’s what they’re coming out to see.” --Shane Hanson   Who should you be and what should you do? Escape all the worries of life with a quick trip to Hoodslam...

Ep. 006 — Pardon Me, Pardon Me

“It ain’t that I don’t care, it’s that I don’t really care.”-Bishop Glen A. StaplesAbout:We live in a strange time, at least that’s what the story of the praise break reminds us. It’s the tale of an ecstatic dance rooted deep in race, religion and Amer...

Ep. 005 — What We Can Do?

“To really answer the question, what is a question, is a very good question.”-Dr. Zeray Alemseged What we can do?That question confronts, inquires, investigates and challenges. And it, by no means, is simple to define.For this episode of Some Noise, we...

PROLOGUE — Ep. 004 — The Story of Me, Part IV

“I mean I don't see a halo on you, even though I see a couple of horns. See that little angel and that little devil on the side? Yeah. You're you.”-Serafin Jose SaavedraThis story, the Story of Me, probably won’t have a proper ending, like the kind tha...

PROLOGUE — Ep. 003 — The Story of Me, Part III

“That’s just part of your mask—we all have a mask...”-Josh Quittner About:Your work experience ultimately comes down to one thing—how you sell yourself. Which, is a lie (or like a half-truth). Achievements and accomplishments are important, but what ab...

PROLOGUE — Ep. 002 — The Story of Me, Part II

Quote: “I felt like there was a dark piece of you that was under there.”-Rachel CroweAbout:For Part II of this four-part podcast prologue, we return to the school years. It’s a life experience most people can relate to—good or bad—in large part because...

PROLOGUE — Ep. 001 — The Story of Me, Part I

About:Who do you think you are? It’s not an easy question to answer. It shouldn’t be. But I’ve tried to get the bottom of it by starting at the top.To introduce this podcast project—Some Noise—the foolish pursuit of life, clarity and context—I’ve decid...