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San Francisco People
Conversations with San Francisco's Most Interesting Ordinary People
Category: Society & Culture
Location: San Francisco
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April 23, 2015 08:42 AM PDT

Eric Waisman is the founder of Jaunty, an organization that educates people on social intelligence and people skills. Eric's goal is to teach people to talk to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. He was born in San Francisco but grew up most of his life in Marin County. His parents are from Israel and he spent a lot of time there as a kid. His family in Israel was really open, loud, and comfortable with each other. As a result, Eric became very socially comfortable at a young age. In high school and college, he always had a curiosity about social intelligence and even started a life coaching business on the side. When he entered Corporate America as a financial planner, he got even more training on interacting with people and understanding why they behave in certain ways. He eventually connected all the dots and founded Jaunty in 2013. Eric also has a lot of expertise on the "science of attraction". On the show, he talks about why we're attracted to certain people and why they're attracted to us. Eric lives in North Beach. He shares his favorite spots there and throughout SF.

April 09, 2015 06:24 AM PDT

Ronnie Goodman is a homeless artist who received a lot of attention recently for running the San Francisco Half Marathon. His story has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Today Show, and he was trailed by ESPN film crews during the run. Ronnie has been through many challenges in his life. He was raised in the projects, dropped out of high school at 17, and was illiterate into his 20's. At one point, Ronnie became a drug addict which eventually led to him spending 8 years in prison. But when Ronnie hit rock bottom, he decided to turn his life around with the help of several rehabilitation programs in prison. After becoming a free man, he immediately entered the homeless community in San Francisco. Ronnie remained drug free and continued focusing on positive, daily choices in his life. He continued developing as an artist through Hospitality House and decided to run the second half of the San Francisco Marathon to celebrate his 54th birthday. By the time Ronnie crossed the finish line, his story had become a national media sensation. Ronnie's art career is also taking off. In June, his solo art show "Soul Journey" will open at the San Francisco Main Library.

March 26, 2015 07:28 AM PDT

Fayette Fox recently published her first novel, "The Deception Artist". The book is literary fiction about childhood and make-believe, truth, and lies. It's told through the eyes of an eight-year old girl named Ivy who has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. Ivy is telling the story of her ordinary family life in the Bay Area during the 1980's recession. But just like many other ordinary families, Ivy's family has some problems and things start to come a bit unraveled at home. The book was originally published in the UK by Myriad Editions in 2013 and was just published in North America by Roaring Forties Press. Fayette's debut novel has received great reviews and been short listed for several awards. Fayette has also lived in London where she commissioned guide books for Lonely Planet. She has traveled the world and shares some of her favorite stories on the show. Fayette recently moved to Oakland but lived in the Lower Haight before that. She shares her favorite spots in the hood and throughout San Francisco.

March 12, 2015 05:45 AM PDT

Jake Levitas is trying to make San Francisco a better place for everyone. He's an urban planner and specializes in a concept called urban prototyping. A few years ago, Jake gave a TedX talk on the subject called "The Revolution will be Prototyped". Jake helps organize urban prototyping festivals where citizens come together and attempt to fix a problem or improve an area within the City. They take their ideas all the way to a built prototype that gets displayed for the public to see, test, and provide feedback on. Jake is currently working on the Market Street Prototyping Festival. From April 9-11, 50 prototypes will be displayed for the public along Market Street from Van Ness to the Embarcadero. The goal is simple; make this section of Market Street a more interactive and positive experience for everyone who uses it. Jake lives in Berkeley. He shares his favorite spots there as well as throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

February 26, 2015 05:41 AM PST

Meghan Arnold is the author of a local blog, Brew to Bay. The blog originally started when Meghan moved from Milwaukee to San Francisco and she wanted to chronicle her transition. My favorite part of Brew to Bay is Meghan's alternative to New Year's resolutions. This year, she calls it the 35 by 36. It's the 35 goals she wants to accomplish before her 36th birthday. Each year, she publishes a new list on her birthday and then holds herself accountable throughout the year by posting routine updates. And these are not small goals! Last year, Meghan set a goal to run her first marathon and she did it. Her follow up post, "26.2 Thoughts on my First Marathon" is my favorite one on the site. Megan also has an interesting career which takes us into the world of typeface and font design. She also puts on an annual design conference called TYPO San Francisco. Meghan lives in the Upper Haight. She shares her favorite spots in the hood and throughout San Francisco.

February 12, 2015 05:22 AM PST

From patent law to Austin to Tinder, Bonnie Grant and I talk about it all on episode 10! As a patent attorney, Bonnie has worked on a variety of interesting cases including new zipper designs and a Nike versus Adidas battle. She has also successfully defended clients against notorious patent trolls. Bonnie is originally from Austin, Texas and moved to San Francisco two years ago. She compares those two cities and discusses some of the challenges she faced when moving here. Surprisingly, finding an apartment was not one of them. Finding a place to park and walk her dog were problems. However, Bonnie adjusted quickly and soon joined her fellow San Franciscans enjoying walks through our beautiful city and dating on Tinder. Yep, we talk Tinder on today's episode and Bonnie's story is perfect for the upcoming Valentine's Day weekend! Bonnie lives in Laurel Heights. She shares her favorite spots in the neighborhood and throughout San Francisco.

January 29, 2015 05:23 AM PST

Nathan Amy brought a gym to the beach. In fact, he can bring a gym anywhere in San Francisco. With his new fitness company Kokoda, Nathan uses a mobile fitness truck to bring a gym to you. The truck is loaded up with tons of fitness equipment. Nathan can pull in to any location, unload his equipment, and set up a fully functional gym in a matter of minutes. Most of the time, his gym is set up at East Beach right next to Crissy Field. He leads classes there six days per week. I recently joined Nathan at East Beach for his Functional Fitness class. Let me tell you, it did not feel like I was at the gym. On a crystal clear evening, I worked out as the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge and a light breeze blew in from the bay. The view was incredible and the workout was intense. I was still feeling it a few days later! Nathan's journey to starting up Kokoda is an interesting one. He grew up in the Australian Outback and joined the army at the age of 17. After leaving the army, he worked various jobs in the private security sector in Kabul, Afghanistan. At a United Nations barbecue, he met the love of his life and that led him to San Francisco. Nathan lives in the Marina and shares his favorite spots there and throughout San Francisco.

January 14, 2015 09:38 PM PST

Megan Mokri is reinventing the weeknight meal in the suburbs. In September 2014, Megan and her husband Lee launched 180Eats. 180Eats delivers simple, healthy meals "on demand" to homes in Marin County. In the short time since the company launched, they have delivered over 3,000 meals. One of those meals made it across the Golden Gate Bridge to my house. I dig into it "live" during the show as Megan explains the evolution of the meal from farm to my table.

Megan didn't come up with the idea for 180Eats by sitting on the couch and hoping a big idea would pop into her head. Rather, the idea was a culmination of Megan's many entrepreneurial pursuits over the years. And when she got the idea for 180Eats, she had already built up the skills to turn idea into reality. Megan shares her journey on today's show and provides a few tips to aspiring entrepreneurs. I'll give you a hint......"Don't ignore the bug".

Megan lives in Mill Valley. She talks about her favorite spots there, throughout Marin, and in San Francisco.

January 01, 2015 12:07 PM PST

In episode 7, Sommelier Pete Passaris put his skills to the test in a blind wine tasting. The rules were simple. I picked out 4 red wines and poured them for Pete. Pete knew nothing about these wines. They could be from anywhere in the world, any grape varietal, and cost anywhere from $2 to $200. Relying only on the sight, smell, and taste of the wine, Pete had to guess the bottle. He had to name the varietal, country & region, vintage, and price. How is this even possible? Pete says it’s like solving a puzzle. He takes us through a tasting grid and his thought process to fit all the pieces together. So how did Pete do? You’ll have to listen to find out but I was certainly impressed!

At the beginning of the show, Pete walks us through the process to becoming a certified Sommelier. He also talks about the small business he started, Wine with Pete that teaches people more about wine in a fun atmosphere.

December 17, 2014 08:01 PM PST

In this episode, I went down to City Hall and interviewed Supervisor Mark Farrell who represents District 2 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Farrell is a native San Franciscan and he absolutely loves this City! He talked about what it was like growing up here including his experience in the 1989 earthquake. I enjoyed hearing his story on why he decided to run for the Board of Supervisors in 2010. At the time, he was a relative unknown to SF political insiders but managed to pull off the big upset. He brings a wealth of experience from the private sector into City Hall through his work as an attorney, investment banker, and the venture capital firm that he co-founded. He shares his proudest accomplishments from his first term and what his top priorities are for San Francisco in his upcoming term. Supervisor Farrell lives in the Jordan Park neighborhood with his wife and three children. He shares his favorite places in District 2 and throughout San Francisco.

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