The Happy Hour Newscast
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.

8: THE BAY AREA SHIFT

8: THE BAY AREA SHIFT

November 20, 2020

The Bay Area is in for some changes following the 2020 election and the uptake in Covid-19 cases, and hosts Malakai and shaylyn are here to share some positive stories you may have missed these past two weeks. This week they speak with Golden Gate Xpress Arts and Entertainment editor Paul Kelly about his work covering the youngest and first openly LGBTQ+ city council member for South San Francisco, James Coleman.

And they have a new cocktail to 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. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this week’s episode. The Happy Hour Podcast is produced in collaboration with Golden Gate Xpress Newspaper and Xpress Magazine at SF State.

7: PROP TALK

7: PROP TALK

November 6, 2020

This week has been a doozy, to say the least; it feels like it will never end! On today’s episode, hosts Malakai and shaylyn are joined by Golden Gate Xpress social media editor Olivia Wynkoop to talk about which CA proposition results made us happy, and which show us the way forward. 

Plus, a special cocktail for someone who reviewed the podcast on Apple Podcasts. 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 election week episode. The Happy Hour Podcast is produced in collaboration with Golden Gate Xpress Newspaper and Xpress Magazine at SF State.

Golden Gate Xpress CA Ballot Measure Voting Guide

Wine Wednesday Bonus Episode

Wine Wednesday Bonus Episode

October 21, 2020

Welcome to a very special bonus episode of the Happy Hour!

On today’s Wine Wednesday mini-episode, hosts Malakai and shaylyn share how they choose which stories to cover on the palate-cleansing podcast. For them, positive stories can either be “feel good” or “happy” news. So what’s the difference between the two? And why is it important to focus on the latter rather than the former?

6: A CONSCIOUS ACTIVIST

6: A CONSCIOUS ACTIVIST

October 9, 2020

Hosts Malakai and shaylyn talk about World Mental Health Day and announce the opening of Crane Cove Park in SF’s Dogpatch. They speak with Ibory Moore, the president of Black Residents United in Housing at SF State about Black resources and representation on campus. Plus, a special cocktail for someone who reviewed the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Rate and review if you want a tailor-made cocktail too!

 

5: TANGERINE SKIES

5: TANGERINE SKIES

September 26, 2020

It’s Friday, it’s 5 p.m., and it’s time for a new episode of the Happy Hour: A Palate Cleansing Podcast! On this episode, your hosts Malakai and shaylyn break down some different perspectives regarding the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, give some happy fire updates and chat with Xpress photographer Jun Ueda and Xpress reporter Justice Garcia about their varying coverage of the fires and the day the sky went orange.

Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and find us on Instagram @thhpodcast and on Twitter @happyhournews. You can find the full transcript for the episode here. Also, the recipe for this week’s tailor-made cocktail can be found on our website: https://thehhpodcast.wixsite.com/thehappyhour

We hope you have a happy, hopeful weekend. We need some happiness these days!

Thank you to Arman Billimoria for composing and performing our theme music. Additional audio editing for this episode was done by Joel Umanzur Jr., The Happy Hour is produced in collaboration with the Golden Gate Xpress Newspaper and Xpress Magazine out of San Francisco State University.

4: SHAKESPEARE WAS QUEER

4: SHAKESPEARE WAS QUEER

September 11, 2020

Welcome back to the Happy Hour! On today’s episode, hosts Malakai Wade (@malakaiwade) and shaylyn martos (@shaylynmartos) talk about some good palate-cleansers relating to William Shakespeare’s sexuality, evacuated farm animals, and how a Berkeley non-profit is training copwatchers across the globe. Plus a fabulous summer cocktail recipe perfect for this warm weather! Visit our website for the full recipe. And check out our Instagram @thhpodcast for the recipe!

We recognize that today is 9/11. We want to express support to the Muslim-American community and to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

Reference Material and Background Info!

William Shakespeare Was Bisexual, New Book Confirms https://www.them.us/story/william-shakespeare-was-bisexual

William Shakespeare was 'undeniably' bisexual, researchers claim https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/22/williamshakespearewas-undeniably-bisexual-researchers-claim/

Covid-19: Challenges of working on Senegal's frontline https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-53773290

The Covid-19 Global Response Index https://globalresponseindex.foreignpolicy.com/

Akon breaks ground on $6 billion “Akon City” project in Senegal https://twitter.com/APEntertainment/status/1300890199308763145?s=20

Berkeley Copwatch https://twitter.com/copwatch411?lang=en

Copwatch Database http://www.copwatch.org/

Interest in Community Police Watch Training Soars as Courses Go Online https://sfpublicpress.org/interest-in-community-police-watch-training-soars-as-courses-go-online/

3: A NECESSARY CONVERSATION Part 2

3: A NECESSARY CONVERSATION Part 2

August 28, 2020

Welcome to our first Happy Hour episode of the fall semester! Your palate cleansing podcast is here to provide some fresh insight on the relationship between the SF State Black Students’ Union and the Golden Gate Xpress, social media slactivism, and how we experience reporting from certain identity roles. Join hosts Malakai Wade (@malakaiwade) and shaylyn martos (@shaylynmartos) in our second part of a conversation with Xpress reporters Nia Coats and Whitney Papalii about their recent work and personal experiences. We find our happiness through sharing our passions with people we respect. Change begins with necessary conversation, and results from organized action. Find this week’s stories and background below!

Nia’s stories: Black entrepreneurs make way for racial equity in cannabis industry https://goldengatexpress.org/93667/city/entrepreneurs-of-color-make-way-for-racial-equity-in-cannabis-industry/

Black Invincibility: The Myth https://goldengatexpress.org/93062/latest/opinion/black-invincibility-the-myth/

Whitney’s stories: BSU fundraiser unites campus groups to support Black businesses https://goldengatexpress.org/93745/campus/bsu-fundraiser-unites-campus-groups-to-support-black-businesses/

SF State’s Black Student Union raises money for local Black-owned businesses https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eqGCDIH8HaTtOsfU-x6ucG-a69m1lV6ULu_LJy1hm4I/edit

Black Residents United in Housing hosts its first meeting of the semester to welcome back students https://goldengatexpress.org/90911/campus/black-residents-united-in-housing-hosts-its-first-meeting-of-the-semester-to-welcome-back-students/

Background research (optional!): SFSU Resource Guide, collected by the BSU https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x87NkMmRoyiEYnxWk0uI05d-HAk5Et-ogfZrNAwB0zk/edit#gid=0

Fighting inequity in the face of COVID-19 https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/06/covid-fighting-inequity

Gater article from 1967 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U7OACXHB3pruVF9ivULeDtaR266grrBh/view?usp=drivesdk

‘We still have a long way to go,’ say 1968 SF State activists https://goldengatexpress.org/85419/latest/news/we-still-have-a-long-way-to-go-say-1968-sf-state-activists/

The fight for Ethnic Studies continues https://goldengatexpress.org/89909/latest/news/the-fight-for-ethnic-studies-continues/

Promises unfulfilled for College of Ethnic Studies https://goldengatexpress.org/78322/latest/news/promises-unfulfilled-for-college-of-ethnic-studies/

Bitch Media’s Editor in Chief Evette Dionne tweets about identity roles https://twitter.com/freeblackgirl/status/1277617851902255104

Overcoming systemic racism begins in our own newsrooms https://www.poynter.org/ethics-trust/2020/overcoming-systemic-racism-begins-in-our-own-newsrooms/

3: A NECESSARY CONVERSATION Part 1

3: A NECESSARY CONVERSATION Part 1

August 8, 2020

Part 1: Two reporters highlighting Black experiences during a pandemic

Welcome back to The Happy Hour! Your palate cleansing podcast is here to provide some fresh insight on Black experiences during the covid-19 pandemic, and how the intersections of identity shape how we all move through the world.

Join hosts Malakai Wade (@malakaiwade) and shaylyn martos (@shaylynmartos) in a short jaunt from our regular format; episode 3 is a conversation with Golden Gate Xpress reporters Nia Coats and Whitney Papalii about their recent work and personal experiences.

We find our happiness through sharing our passions with people we respect. Change begins with necessary conversation, and results from organized action.

Find this week’s stories and background below!

Nia’s stories: Black owned cannabis companies https://goldengatexpress.org/93667/city/entrepreneurs-of-color-make-way-for-racial-equity-in-cannabis-industry/

Black Invincibility: The Myth https://goldengatexpress.org/93062/latest/opinion/black-invincibility-the-myth/

Whitney’s stories: SF State’s Black Student Union raises money for local Black-owned businesses https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eqGCDIH8HaTtOsfU-x6ucG-a69m1lV6ULu_LJy1hm4I/edit

Black Residents United in Housing hosts its first meeting of the semester to welcome back students https://goldengatexpress.org/90911/campus/black-residents-united-in-housing-hosts-its-first-meeting-of-the-semester-to-welcome-back-students/

Background research (optional!): SFSU Resource Guide, collected by the BSU https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x87NkMmRoyiEYnxWk0uI05d-HAk5Et-ogfZrNAwB0zk/edit#gid=0

Fighting inequity in the face of COVID-19 https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/06/covid-fighting-inequity

Marijuana’s prohibition, its politics and its historic racists undertones https://goldengatexpress.org/89550/latest/opinion/marijuanas-prohibition-its-politics-and-its-historic-racists-undertones/

‘We still have a long way to go,’ say 1968 SF State activists https://goldengatexpress.org/85419/latest/news/we-still-have-a-long-way-to-go-say-1968-sf-state-activists/

The fight for Ethnic Studies continues https://goldengatexpress.org/89909/latest/news/the-fight-for-ethnic-studies-continues/

Promises unfulfilled for College of Ethnic Studies https://goldengatexpress.org/78322/latest/news/promises-unfulfilled-for-college-of-ethnic-studies/

2: FREE TULIPS IN UNION SQUARE

2: FREE TULIPS IN UNION SQUARE

February 28, 2020

The Happy Hour: EP 2 FREE TULIPS IN UNION SQUARE

Welcome back to The Happy Hour: Your palate cleansing podcast! For Episode 2 hosts Malakai Wade (@malakaiwade) and shaylyn martos (@shaylynmartos) share only the happiest and best news stories for the past two weeks.

Join us this week as we talk about Keanu Reeves, tulips and Marsha P. Johnson, as well as bringing our wonderful guest, Golden Gate Xpress reporter Whitney Papalii, to talk about the SF State student organization Black Residents United in Housing!

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