Reporting & Hosting

I love reporting social and political stories, making the news accessible, and interviewing passionate people. I also have experience hosting a radio show and a TV pilot. Here's a sample of my work.

Friendship Park

"Hearing this perhaps unfamiliar story, one can’t help but be moved, hopefully to positive action." - A.V. Club's Podmass 

The border between the United States and Mexico stretches almost 2,000 miles. When it reaches the westernmost end of the country, there’s an 18-foot-tall fence that continues into the Pacific Ocean.

It’s here at the beach, with San Diego, California on one side and Tijuana, Mexico on the other, that we reach Friendship Park — the only place along those 2,000 miles of border where people in the United States and people in Mexico can talk face-to-face.

On MTV's podcast “The Stakes,” I visited Friendship Park to share stories from this bi-national meeting place in a 28 minute audio piece.

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Classical music in Venice

Every day from 9 a.m. until sunset, Nathan Pino can be found at his piano playing classical pieces by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin on Venice Beach Boardwalk. I talked with Pino about the bands he's performed with, why he plays on the boardwalk, and he shares some of his own compositions.

4 minute radio piece for Off-Ramp on KPCC 89.3fm.

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The Smell

In a country that continues to push marginalized folks into the corners, safe spaces are becoming more important, more necessary than ever. On MTV's podcast “The Stakes,”  I went to a legendary DIY venue in Los Angeles called The Smell to find out why it’s so important to musicians and fans, and what they’re doing to keep it open.

(starts at 31:50)

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Taxidermy: Where science meets art

In the North American Mammal Hall at The Natural History Museum, families gather around dioramas and watch rare animals in their natural habitats. There are jaguars, bison… even polar bears. But unlike at zoos where the animals roam around, all of the animals here are preserved and made to look alive through taxidermy. Allis Markham is the newest member of the museum’s taxidermy team.

I went to the taxidermy lab at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles to talk to taxidermist Allis Markham about her work.

4 minute radio piece for Off-Ramp on KPCC 89.3fm.

Scene Unseen TV pilot

I hosted a TV pilot for a show called Scene Unseen that would explore music and youth culture around the globe. I started it off in my hometown and focused on the Burgerama music festival. In this pilot, I interviewed Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, Nick Waterhouse, Hinds, Cherry Glazerr, and several other artists.

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The Mukta Show is a weekly radio show on KXLU 88.9fm every Thursday from 8-9pm. I invite musicians, artists, filmmakers and change makers to talk about their work and I also play music by independent musicians. 

I was named "Best Radio DJ" by the LA Weekly in the 2014 Best of LA issue.

Burgerviews on BRGR TV

From 2012-2013, I hosted an interview series called "Burgerviews" for BRGR TV where I talked to bands, sometimes over burgers and fries. It was choppy and awkward and fun! 


Interviews

Over the years, I have interviewed countless musicians, filmmakers, artists, curators and activists for KXLU 88.9fm, KPCC 89.3fm and MTV Podcasts. Here are a few of my favorites. Other guests on my radio show include: Colin Newman from Wire, Pete Shelley from Buzzcocks, Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, Director of 'The Source Family' Jodi Wille, and many more. 

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Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a founding member of Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk group that was imprisoned in 2012 for a sacrilegious performance inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ The Savior. Since her release, Tolokonnikova has been outspoken about freedom of speech, feminism and global politics. For MTV's politics podcast "The Stakes," I talked to Tolokonnikova about her music video, “Make America Great Again,” which imagines a dystopia in which Donald Trump is president of the United States. This was recorded in early November 2016, before the election results.

Starts at 29:15. 

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Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris is the director of Wayne's World and the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy. I talked to her on the phone live on the radio. She was participating in Grrls on Film Fest, for which I was on the steering committee. We talked about filming Decline of Western Civilization, being a woman in the industry, and how technology has changed subcultures. This interview aired on KXLU 88.9fm on March 16, 2016.

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Alexi Romanoff, LGBT rights pioneer

After the devastating Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016, we did a special episode of MTV's politics podcast "The Stakes." I interviewed Alexi Romanoff, an LGBT rights pioneer, who is the only living participant of the Black Cat demonstration in Los Angeles in 1967 - the first protest against police brutality at gay bars in the U.S.

starts at 27:00