The Happy Hour Newscast
18: ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIE URCHINS

18: ATTACK OF THE ZOMBIE URCHINS

August 21, 2021

We can hardly believe it, season 3! Your favorite palate-cleansing newscast is back, so pour yourself your favorite beverage and join us for some happy news you may have missed.This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn talk with Harika Maddala, photo intern for Bay City News and our social media and graphics manager. Also, some updates on an mRNA vaccine for HIV, a big increase in food stamp benefits and some ~undead~ sea urchins threatening California’s shores. 

And of course, a new cocktail recipe. This week we honor Harika and all our August Leos with a fresh, sweet and refreshing drink made to share with friends. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for running our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

Additional music used from Free Music Archive.

Guest: Harika Maddala, photo intern for Bay City News and social media manager for The Happy Hour

Reference Material and Background Info:

Moderna’s Experimental mRNA HIV Vaccine Human Trial Starts This Week

It’s Too Soon to Admit Climate Defeat

The Bay: Our Fire Conversation Needs to Change

How You Can Support the Afghan Community, in the Bay Area and Beyond

How to show proof of vaccination in San Francisco and anywhere in California

Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

Children of immigrants at the heart of effort to reach Oakland's unvaccinated communities

Trapping Millions of 'Zombie' Urchins Could Restore California's Once Mighty Kelp Forests

Biden Administration Prompts Largest Permanent Increase in Food Stamps

17: SECURE THE GOATS

17: SECURE THE GOATS

May 15, 2021

It’s Saturday! Pour yourself your favorite beverage and join us for some happy news you may have missed.This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn talk with SF State’s Golden Gate Xpress Editor-in-Chief Chris Ramirez about running a virtual newsroom in a pandemic and building community from across the state. Also, some updates on the California state budget, San Francisco butterflies, and how one Santa Cruz community is getting creative with their fire prevention tactics. 

For the class of 2021, this week’s craft cocktail is more than well deserved. It’s fruity, fresh, sweet and salty —  just the thing to celebrate this new chapter of your lives. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for running our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

 

Additional music used from Free Music Archive.

 

Guest: Chris Ramirez, Editor-in-Chief of the Golden Gate Xpress

 

THE FIRST 100: Tracking and breaking down key dates, decisions and events occuring in the first 100 days of the Biden administration

Reference Material and Background Info:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area

Lies on social media inflame Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Gov. Newsom rolls out record $12 billion plan to fight homelessness

Pfizer’s vaccine is now available to kids as young as 12. Here’s what you need to know

Santa Cruz neighborhood group launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to reduce fire fuels

Locally extinct butterflies are fluttering again in San Francisco's Presidio

from unincorporated territory [lukao] by Craig Santos Perez

16: SUN BREWED AND SPICY

16: SUN BREWED AND SPICY

May 1, 2021

Happy May Day! In the fight for workers’ rights, rest is revolutionary. So take this Saturday as a day to rest with some happy news you may have missed. This week, hosts Malakai and shaylyn have updates on vaccine rollout, free museum days and a very special little robot on Mars. Plus, an interview with Xpress Magazine Photo Editor and El Tecolote reporter Emily Curiel on a food vendor in the Sunset serving up authentic Mexican and Chicanx foods and flavors.

And our cocktail of the week is a first for us at the Happy Hour; it’s bright and bubbly — without the booze. Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and to Harika Maddala for help with our social media. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

 

Additional music used from Free Music Archive.

 

Guest: Emily Curiel, Photo Editor for Xpress Magazine

 

SF State student demands a seat at the table for Mexican, Chicano culture

 

Reference Material and Background Info:

Half of eligible Californians at least partially vaccinated, state says

Over one-third of Alameda County adults have been fully vaccinated

New CDC guidelines lift outdoor masking for fully-vaccinated adults

Bay Area museum free admission days

Who will be Oakland’s Poet Laureate? The city is accepting nominations

How many Tyrannosaurus Rexes ever lived on Earth? Here’s a new clue.

A helicopter takes flight on Mars

San Francisco finally has its own font. And the inspiration was truly historic

15: MICRO FISH ON MACRO

15: MICRO FISH ON MACRO

April 9, 2021

This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn have some fresh, solutions-driven news stories to help process the sensory overload we experience on the daily. Join them for updates on work permits for agricultural workers and how supporting sonic environments can help keep folks grounded in stressful situations. Plus that all important question...will we still be able to take drinks to go after the pandemic?

As always, there’s a new craft cocktail recipe — this one can be just for you, or you and your (small) group of (fully vaccinated) friends (from the same social bubble)! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

 

Guests: Simona Asinovski and Guy Douglas from Sound Meditation Presents

Reference Material and Background Info:

Nearly Half a Million California Farmworkers Could Gain Legal Status Under New Bill

 

Oakland Public Library will reopen for in-person book browsing, computer use

 

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows '100% Efficacy' In Adolescents

Here's the story behind the amazing Moscone Center vaccine playlist

 

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shows '100% Efficacy' In Adolescen

 

UN prods U.S. over military buildup, human rights violations in Guam

 

The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters are Ready for Glamour Shots 

 

After the pandemic ends, will the Bay Area get to keep to-go cocktails?

14: GO FORTH AND BE BRILLIANT

14: GO FORTH AND BE BRILLIANT

March 26, 2021

Happy spring to all! This episode hosts Malakai and shaylyn highlight organizations who help assist and create positive change for AAPI communities. We want everyone to know what they can do to help #StopAAPIHate, whether that’s volunteering or donating or if you need resources yourself. This week our hosts are here to share some happy stories you may have missed and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week, including vaccine updates, Fairyland re-opening and something cool about cow burps. 

 

And a craft cocktail that’s the perfect fresh and verdant way to celebrate spring! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

 

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

Additional music used: from Free Music Archive.

Express Magazine Issue 2
Reference Material and Background Info:

AAPI Resources:

Asian Mental Health Collective 

SF Asian Women’s Shelter

DeQH LGBTQ+ Helpline for South Asians

 

Volunteer:

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Compassion in Oakland

Compassion in San Gabriel Valley

 

Donate:

Red Canary Song

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Seeding Change

 

Moderna starts testing vaccine on children ages 6 to 11

Desks can be 3 feet apart in classrooms to safely reopen schools, CDC says

COVID deaths drop by 40% in last 14 days

Fairyland reopens its doors in time for spring

https://fairyland.org/

Seaweed-laced feed reduces methane in cow burps by 82%. Potential impact on greenhouse emissions

The Properties of Perpetual Light

 

13: TINY SOLUTIONS

13: TINY SOLUTIONS

March 12, 2021

Happy Women’s History Month! We at The Happy Hour want to honor women — All Women — and the contributions they’ve made to this world as we look toward our future. This week hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some happy stories you may have missed and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week, including re-openings of businesses in the Bay, vaccinations for farm workers and the release of a new podcast from El Tecolote, the historic bilingual newspaper in SF’s Mission District.

 

And a craft cocktail that’s fun to say and even more fun to drink! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

 

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

Additional music used: from Free Music Archive.

 

MJ's story:

'A Beacon of Light': Unhoused Youth Move Into Oakland's New Tiny House Village

https://www.kqed.org/news/11861840/a-beacon-of-light-unhoused-youth-move-into-oaklands-new-tiny-house-village

12: A PAPER ANNIVERSARY

12: A PAPER ANNIVERSARY

February 19, 2021

It’s our one year anniversary episode! In the continuing excitement (*ahem* chaos) it may be hard to find the good news you need to get out of bed each day. Hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some happy stories you may have missed and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week, including double masking, inmate workers’ rights and a proposed California law that could aid victims of sexual battery.

And a craft cocktail! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. For traditional folks, feel free to follow custom and snail mail us a review for our paper anniversary. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, now independently produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

Additional music used: “swinging,” “night sky” and “big band” by Dee Yan-Key from Free Music Archive.

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Reference Material and Background Info:

 

Senate Acquits Trump In Impeachment Trial — Again

https://www.npr.org/sections/trump-impeachment-trial-live-updates/2021/02/13/967098840/senate-acquits-trump-in-impeachment-trial-again

 

Alameda County jail inmates who work in kitchen allowed to sue for minimum wages, overtime

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Alameda-County-jail-inmates-who-work-in-kitchen-15938108.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=sfc_morningfix&sid=5b97bbb02ddf9c46b2bd8583

 

Demystifying the 13th Amendment and Its Impact on Mass Incarceration

https://www.aaihs.org/demystifying-the-13th-amendment-and-its-impact-on-mass-incarceration/

 

CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against the Coronavirus

https://www.kqed.org/science/1972702/cdc-says-double-masking-offers-more-protection-against-the-coronavirus

 

CDC How to Protect Yourself & Others

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

California could become first state to make non consensual condom removal illegal https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/10/condom-removal-bill/

 

The Women of the Black Panther Party Mural Project 

https://www.wbppmural.com/

 

Mural honoring women in the Black Panther Party to be unveiled this month

https://oaklandside.org/2021/02/02/black-panther-party-women-mural-west-oakland/

 

‘There Would Be No Black Panther Party Without the Women’

https://www.kqed.org/news/11858928/west-oakland-mural-honors-women-of-black-panther-party

11: SEXTUPLETS?

11: SEXTUPLETS?

February 5, 2021

Happy February and Black History Month! In the continuing excitement (*ahem* chaos) it may be hard to find the good news you need to get out of bed each day. Hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some happy stories you may have missed, and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week. 

They are joined by ABC7 KGO Bay Area digital production assistant and 2019 SF State grad Lola Chase to talk about their experiences working in broadcast news and expressing authentic identity in the workplace.

And a special Valentine’s Day cocktail! Rate and review if you want a cocktail made in your honor. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, now independently produced by Malakai Wade and shaylyn martos.

Additional music used: “swinging,” “night sky” and “big band” by Dee Yan-Key from Free Music Archive.

10: STILL MAKING IT

10: STILL MAKING IT

January 22, 2021

Welcome back to the Happy Hour!

Happy New Year to all, and in all the excitement (chaos) it may be hard to find the good news you need to get out of bed each day. Hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some happy stories you may have missed, and provide some positive perspective on the biggest headlines of the week. 

They are joined by SFGATE editorial assistant and 2020 SF State grad Fernando Martinez to talk about life after university, and how to lock down the illusive internship or job you’re yearning for. 

And a new cocktail to start this new year off right! Rate and review if you want a tailor-made cocktail too. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode, now produced independent of SF State by two women so glad to be done with undergrad.

9: XPRESS WRAPPED

9: XPRESS WRAPPED

December 4, 2020

For the final episode of 2020, hosts Malakai and shaylyn wanted to end the year with some happy news about Joe Biden’s Communications Team, new emergency COVID-19 regulations, Oakland’s new free wifi initiative, and some tips to help our emotional health this holiday season. Also, Xpress staff members share their semester highlights in a special end-of-the-year segment. 

Our hosts’ new cocktail recipe will keep you warm during this holiday season. Rate and review if you want a tailor-made cocktail too! Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found here.

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for our theme music and Paul C. Kelly for audio editing. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and the last episode of the year. The Happy Hour Podcast is produced in collaboration with Golden Gate Xpress Newspaper and Xpress Magazine at SF State.

Happy holidays! The Happy Hour will return on Jan. 22, 2020 after a much-needed break.

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