Muni Diaries

Muni Diaries
Your place to hear stories of public transportation in San Francisco

Ep. 94: Making my own crime scene on Muni, as told by Maureen Bogues
Dec 3 • 10 min
This storyteller lived to tell the tale of why you should keep your eyes up and your phones down
Ep. 93: Exploratorium After Dark: Journey to Big Lots
Nov 20 • 15 min
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan rides Muni with her dad, who’s a fan of the discount wonderland
Ep. 92: San Francisco Diaries: Tradeswoman Molly Martin searches for a friend from the “Rosa Luxemburg” Collective
Oct 28 • 14 min
This long-time activist and Bernal Heights resident takes us back to 1973
Ep. 91: San Francisco Diaries: DJ Steve Fabus recounts Sylvester’s farewell
Oct 21 • 17 min
He provided the soundtrack to San Francisco’s tumultuous 70’s and 80’s scene.
Ep. 90: Live from Clarion Alley
Oct 2 • 17 min
While working at the famed Nob Hill Theater, Jesse James runs into an unexpected friend
Ep. 89: San Francisco Diaries: Mission Comics and Art’s Leef Smith on gardening the AIDS Memorial Grove
Sep 28 • 11 min
Hear the history of the AIDS Memorial Grove from the perspective of the city gardener’s family
Ep. 88: How a high school student found herself…on Muni
Aug 22 • 6 min
Perspective from an SF native on this cross-town bus, the 23-Monterey
Ep. 87: San Francisco Diaries: Justina Wu on the consequence of assumptions
Aug 7 • 10 min
Drama at the supermarket checkout line made this San Franciscan reexamine some of her preconceived notions
Ep. 86: San Francisco Diaries: Who gets to define this city? Listeners sound off.
Jul 24 • 16 min
Ep. 85 got our listeners talking about a hot topic: Who or what is ruining our city, and what do we do about it?
Ep. 85: San Francisco Diaries: A “Millennial expert” on who gets to define San Francisco
Jul 9 • 10 min
Breaking your heart or losing its soul, has our city always been defined by how and when you arrived?
Ep. 84: Celebrating Pride: artist Kurt Schwartzmann on how Muni provided refuge
Jun 24 • 9 min
Muni often was the only safe place for this artist when he was homeless and living on the street.
Ep. 83: Ady Lady on how her Muni ride went “from piss to bliss”
Jun 12 • 15 min
An ode to our longest-running love hate relationship
Ep 82: San Francisco Diaries: The residents of “Camp Folsom” share their own tales of the city
Jun 3 • 20 min
A group of 90’s kids found their chosen family in the house on Folsom street
Ep. 81: Kathleen Auterio breaks the rules in a Muni holdup
May 14 • 14 min
Anything can happen on the bus, including running into your neighbor in a holdup
Ep. 80: SF Chronicle artist George McCalman documents life on the bus
Apr 30 • 14 min
Muni riders are often the subject of this artist’s Observed column
Ep. 79: Comedian Sureni Weerasekera talk about one hot topic on BART
Apr 16 • 12 min
There’s woke, and then there’s fake woke.
Ep. 78: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan’s surprising reunion at the Castro Safeway
Apr 1 • 11 min
It’s a modern day Tales of the City when our storyteller finds a long lost friend
Ep. 77: Two SF Chronicle reporters on how they fell in love with San Francisco again
Mar 28 • 21 min
It took riding Muni all day long for reporters Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight see the SF they knew so well
Ep. 76: The Elbo Room’s Matt Shapiro finds Satan’s leather jacket
Mar 19 • 13 min
How far are you willing to go to return Satan’s coat?
Ep. 75: Gwen Carmen on saying good by to Aretha Franklin
Mar 3 • 15 min
The most memorable BART ride from Aretha Franklin’s last show at the Oakland Coliseum
Ep. 74: Meaghan Mitchell on finding a life lesson from a Muni driver
Feb 20 • 13 min
This native San Franciscan decided to skip school one day, only to run into a familiar face on the bus.
Ep. 73: Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books
Feb 7 • 15 min
How a young book lover came to own one of the most beloved bookstores in SF
Ep. 72: Nuala Sawyer on the worst year in San Francisco
Jan 29 • 13 min
Just when she thought her year couldn’t get worse, a chance encounter on Muni changed her perspective
Ep. 71: Irene McCalphin on taking up space on public transit
Jan 10 • 10 min
How do you address the issue of personal space on Muni?
Ep. 70: Baruch Porras-Hernandez on giving San Francisco a second chance
Nov 13, 2018 • 19 min
Storyteller Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, performer, host, storyteller, and regular KQED community events host based in San Francisco. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and regularly organizes poetry shows in the Bay Area. In…
Ep. 69: Borderlands Bookstore’s secret voodo basement
Oct 29, 2018 • 13 min
Owner Alan Beatts tells us what he found that sent construction workers running
Ep. 68: San Francisco Diaries: How’s Rollover Easy crew made Herb Caen come alive on Market Street
Oct 16, 2018 • 21 min
It all started with a simple quote, then the idea took flight.
Ep. 67: Muni Haiku Battle: Alexandria Love vs. Jessica Cohen
Oct 3, 2018 • 12 min
It’s a Muni-themed poetry throw down!
Ep 66: San Francisco Diaries: Louis Evans and the most unexpected day in a underground parking lot
Sep 20, 2018 • 20 min
What happens when there’s an active shooter situation unfolding above you
Ep. 65: How Thea Selby makes sure there’s always ‘Love in the Lower Haight’
Aug 28, 2018 • 15 min
There’s making street art…and then there’s making street art happen.
Ep. 64: Judson True on interviewing Joan Didion after 9/11
Aug 15, 2018 • 11 min
When City Arts and Lectures calls you to be the backup interviewer, you clear your calendar.
Ep. 63: Molly Martin explores international relations on the 14-Mission
Aug 1, 2018 • 12 min
The cultural cocktail of this bus line is a flavorful one, indeed
Ep. 62: Gwen Carmen pursues citizen justice on Muni
Jul 17, 2018 • 15 min
This San Francisco teacher wasn’t about to let bad behavior go unnoticed on the bus
Ep. 61: Jeremy Fish’s seriously San Francisco story about a Silly Pink Bunny
Jun 25, 2018 • 19 min
When San Francisco decides to rally around something, by god, it does it 100-percent.
Ep. 60: Nato Green on being raised on Pride in San Francisco
Jun 11, 2018 • 17 min
Nato Green is an organizer, writer, and comedian in the Bay Area. The East Bay Express sums him up as, “a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on…
Ep. 59: Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight: 2 reporters, 1 transit system, 60 Muni lines…in 1 day
May 30, 2018 • 16 min
The who, what, why, and how behind the ultimate transit experiment: #TotalMuni2018
Ep. 58: Reporter Vivian Ho on the ONE thing you shouldn’t do on BART
May 14, 2018 • 12 min
Of all the important news fit to print, this Chronicle reporter never thought this was the one she’d write
Ep. 57: Senait Hailemariam on being 21 on Muni
May 1, 2018 • 12 min
Muni rides were the perfect time to talk to her mom about the woes of your 20’s
Ep. 56: SF Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez on keeping one eye open on Muni
Apr 17, 2018 • 14 min
What it’s like to ride the bus during peak election season…when you’re one of the candidates
Ep 55: San Francisco Diaries: The Polk Street Pizza Lady
Apr 9, 2018 • 17 min
Andrea Carla Michaels shares how she “moved up the starch chain” and became the “Pizza Lady of Polk Street”
Ep. 54: Comedian Dominique Gelin on the best pickup lines on public transit
Apr 3, 2018 • 17 min
Even when you’ve given every sign to warn off pickup artists, some of them still persist.
Ep. 53 San Francisco Diaries: Bob Collins on the transformation of a super tiny SF apartment
Mar 20, 2018 • 17 min
Putting a new meaning to “breakfast in bed”
Ep. 52: Alexandria Love’s not-quite love story with a bonus transit twist
Mar 7, 2018 • 11 min
The bar can be so, so low when we’re in our 20s, amirite?
Ep. 51: San Francisco Diaries: Anna Pulley on taking a date to a fertility party
Feb 20, 2018 • 13 min
Haven’t you always wondered what a fertility party’s like?
Ep. 50: San Francisco Diaries: Vivian Ho and her pigeon housemates
Feb 5, 2018 • 17 min
Finding yourself as an adult in San Francisco isn’t easy
Ep. 49: Steve Pepple advocates for the BMW experience in San Francisco
Jan 22, 2018 • 18 min
BART, Muni, and Walking, that is
Ep. 48: Comedian Tirumari Jothi finds his way on Muni
Jan 8, 2018 • 19 min
Sometimes a conversation with a stranger really pays off
Ep. 47: Broke-Ass Stuart learns his SF ABC’s
Dec 20, 2017 • 10 min
Living in a house with rich Burning Man history became Stuart’s SF primer
Ep. 46: The Shard, The Tissue, an Affair: from writer Andrew Lam
Dec 12, 2017 • 20 min
Even San Francisco may not be enough for this love affair
Ep. 45: Meet Irene Tu, Muni celebrity
Nov 28, 2017 • 12 min
Chasing fame isn’t as easy as it looks when Muni is your ride
Ep. 44: Sexual folklorist Dixie De La Tour on the magic of the telepersonals
Nov 14, 2017 • 14 min
You never know who you’re gonna meet on Muni
Ep 43. Baruch Porras-Hernandez on taking a friend on her first Muni ride
Nov 1, 2017 • 22 min
What can go wrong on Muni, when you promise nothing will
Ep. 42 Comedian Ronn Vigh on practicing zen on Muni
Oct 24, 2017 • 11 min
Angry bus riders, getting lost at the Forest Hill station…happens to the best of us.
Ep. 41: San Francisco Diaries: Designer Steve Pepple finds a secret door
Oct 10, 2017 • 8 min
A door at a diner turned out to be a portal that lead to a mysterious place
Ep. 40: Na’amen Gobert Tilahun on the magic of the late night metro ride
Oct 3, 2017 • 16 min
Like Tales of the City, some things never change.
Ep. 39: San Francisco Diaries: writer Hiya Swanhuyser on the secret past of the Montgomery Block
Sep 19, 2017 • 11 min
There’s a secret past to the place where the Transamerica building now stood.
Ep 38: Sal Castaneda’s ‘Bad-Ass’ Muni Moment
Sep 12, 2017 • 7 min
Long-time KTVU traffic reporter is no stranger to Muni
Ep. 37: Kirk Read practices radical empathy on the 14-Mission
Aug 29, 2017 • 14 min
Living, breathing proof that, even for an off-the-clock sex worker, the most interesting part of your day can happen on Muni
Ep 36: San Francisco Diaries: my first job at the Nob Hill Theater
Aug 14, 2017 • 12 min
Behind the scenes at adult theater from storyteller Jesse James’s
Ep 35: Jesse James and the litter bug on Muni
Aug 1, 2017 • 15 min
The day started out innocently enough, but Muni had other plans.
Ep 34: The humans behind Muni’s official Twitter account
Jul 18, 2017 • 32 min
When you tweet “where is my bus?” to Muni, there are actual humans whose job is to help you out
Ep. 33: H.P. Mendoza on cinema, Muni, and SF life
Jul 5, 2017 • 13 min
Plus a bonus song by Mesquite and Mustard about Charlie the Muni rider
Ep. 32: the ultimate Pride party at a Muni stop, from Jerry Lee Abram
Jun 19, 2017 • 9 min
Never believe a rumor that got started at Pride, and always find the best Muni stop
Ep 31: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and her dad, on Muni weirdos
Jun 13, 2017 • 16 min
Nothing fazes dad on his way to Big Lots
Ep 30: Writer Annalee Newitz on Muni vs. obnoxious driver
Jun 6, 2017 • 12 min
When Muni was on the side of righteousness when a driver got in its way
Ep 29: Glynn Washington confronts a Muni mugging
May 31, 2017 • 10 min
Snap Judgment host and storyteller recounts a scary situation
Ep 28: From writer Mat Honan: What does the Forest Hill station smell like?
May 22, 2017 • 10 min
What’s really wafting through the air when you take a deep breath on Muni
Ep 27: Bay to Breakers on Muni — from Elbo Room sound man Gabe Armstrong
May 16, 2017 • 11 min
Riding Muni can really change your idea of what you should and shouldn’t be afraid of in life
Ep 26: J. W. Friedman witnesses an unlikely hero on Muni
May 9, 2017 • 14 min
Learning the rules of Muni isn’t easy without the help of a Muni superhero
Ep. 25: BART operator Kelly Beardsley on intercom drama
May 1, 2017 • 15 min
Shenanigans over the intercom on one eventful BART ride.
Ep 24: Yayne Abeba on growing up on Muni
Apr 25, 2017 • 11 min
Growing up in San Francisco means sometimes Muni is your babysitter as well as being your ride
Ep. 23: Cynthia and Jeremy Pollock on how to set a street bird free
Apr 10, 2017 • 15 min
These two self-described San Francisco political nerds became Twitter-famous on Muni
Ep 22: Jesse James and the rules of Muni
Apr 4, 2017 • 15 min
Number one rule of Muni…don’t look ‘em in the eyes
Ep 21: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on behind the scenes story of being a transit reporter
Mar 28, 2017 • 11 min
And how mundane City Hall meetings can mean life and death
Ep 20: Driver Doug on the zen of being a Muni operator
Mar 21, 2017 • 15 min
And what drivers really think of riders
Ep 19: Isaac Fitzgerald’s college antics on the Metro
Mar 14, 2017 • 13 min
All the angst of college played out in a few train rides
Ep. 18: Gina Gold and one unforgettable night on BART
Mar 7, 2017 • 13 min
Two coworkers from the Market Street Cinema…what could go wrong?
Ep 17: H.P. Mendoza’s Ode to Bay Area Public Transit
Feb 28, 2017 • 8 min
Filmmaker’s song pays tribute to Muni and BART
Ep 16: Courtney Riddle daydreams of becoming a Muni driver
Feb 21, 2017 • 11 min
The owner of the Grand News Stand has another aspiration. But there’s just one problem.
Ep 15: Ariel Dovas on getting his first kiss…on Muni
Feb 13, 2017 • 10 min
Muni was the scene of all the jitters and nerves of a teenager’s first kiss
Ep 14. Comedian Caitlin Gill on making out on public transit
Feb 7, 2017 • 10 min
Do you know what kind of couples make out on Muni?
Ep 13: Peter Hartlaub Remembers the ‘Muni Booze Cruise’
Jan 30, 2017 • 17 min
Journalist Peter Hartlaub takes us on a magical bus ride that, sadly, doesn’t exist anymore: The Muni Booze Cruise.
Ep 12: Justina Wu and the street stray that captured the entire bus
Jan 24, 2017 • 13 min
How one driver took charge when an unexpected rider gets onboard
Ep 11: Aussie transplant Sarah Hunt becomes an SF local
Jan 17, 2017 • 16 min
Recent Aussie transplant, cartoonist, and writer Sarah Hunt tells the story of what it’s like to arrive in a strange, new land that mirrored the one she grew up watching in movies and TV. It has to be a good thing for those of us who’ve been here…
Ep 10: Cara Tramontano meets SF’s most enthusiastic Muni driver
Jan 10, 2017 • 8 min
A model Muni rider meets an operator who has a surprising reason to drive the bus
Ep 9 Klee Wiggins Owes Her Life to Muni
Jan 3, 2017 • 13 min
SF native and comedian Klee Wiggins wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Muni. This is the story of how that all came about, as well as several bus-related stories of her youth.
Ep 8: Kristee Ono on finding her own Muni community
Dec 27, 2016 • 9 min
A DUI forced this comedian to learn how to take Muni, and hilarity ensues
Ep 7: Tarin Towers and her tale of riding Muni during the first dot-com wave
Dec 20, 2016 • 12 min
The casual smile, nod, and wave at a Muni cutie isn’t always the end of the story.
Ep 6 Beth Spotswood Learns to Ride Muni
Dec 13, 2016 • 8 min
Back when she was relatively new to riding the bus, SF writer Beth Spotswood’s commute home took her from novice to pro just like *that*.
Ep 5: BART operator Kelly Beardsley’s story on scatology
Dec 6, 2016 • 12 min
How to deal with poo when you’re an unflappable BART driver
Ep 4: Wonder Dave on Muni Texting Etiquette
Nov 29, 2016 • 14 min
Multitasking your Muni ride with your long-distance boyfriend isn’t easy
Ep 3: Jesse James’ First Ever Muni Ride
Nov 22, 2016 • 15 min
A Muni Diaries Live regular talks about his oldest Muni story
Ep 2: Mandy Hu, the Most Efficient BART Rider
Nov 15, 2016 • 13 min
How the most efficient BART rider learned to let go of some of her transit habits
Ep. 1: Chris O. and His Record Collection
Oct 30, 2016 • 13 min
ChrisO is a musician and hair stylist at Honeycomb Salon in Noe Valley who has an impressive record collection. He regaled the Muni Diaries Live crowd at Elbo Room in April 2016 with a story of running into someone he knew from a past…