Alexis C. Madrigal

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Oh maaaaybe this is it. I wouldn’t be shocked if my wife googled pickleball after that conversation…
Like I had been convinced that the phone doesn’t listen, tho it can seem like it does. But I am trying to figure this one out minus the audio my phone heard and … nope.
Annals of weird online advertising: Have never seen a pickleball ad in my life, never having played or been around people who do. My mother in law mentioned on a FaceTime with the kids (not even on my phone) that she might buy racquets. Tonight on Instagram:
Man, I had heard about @oaklandrootssc games, but I finally got to go to one. Wow, what am incredible East Bay scene. 💕💪🏽💕
It seems like the pandemic (amid broader economic and cultural changes) catalyze a fundamental shift in people’s relationship to work. And not just among high-wage workers.…
A couple friends of mine just quietly made this awesome piece of art and I'm just stunned listening to it. It's like the cognitive version of that "what's stopping you from looking like this" meme One ... can just make art?
Ruuu-uuussss! *flips car upside down, shakes it*…
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Now there is a *checks notes* coin shortage?? Last I checked we dont manufacture quarters in China.
Given he barely dunked before all the injuries ... I am taking this as a good sign.…
Listening back, Herb Mills, the now departed philosopher-longshoreman really has some of the best lines. I really would bet my sweet ass on this.
That’s right — it’s a sneak Containers episode of @KQEDForum…
Ooooh, a very good and big update to the Bruce's Beach story, which @mkimreporter covered on @KQEDForum this summer...……
Aha, look at what just arrived in the mail from @ReeceJonesUH. This paragraph on hardline immigration views coming to dominate the GOP is … 😵U
If you heard the @KQEDForum show earlier .... This is an important addendum on the situation in Cuba from a listener:…
There was a whole profession dedicated to it! They were called "right of way men." There's a small collection by one of BART's right of way men, Wally Mersereau at the SF library.…
This seems wild by 2021 American standards... but in living memory, the government used eminent domain to purchase the property of many, many thousands of people, both for "urban renewal" and infrastructure projects like highways and BART.…
The greatest generation won WWII, knew 6 million Jewish people had been killed, and still a majority opposed letting a substantial number of displaced people into the country.
This is largely hard-won pages describing some community processes in Oakland, but I wrote them down as a vessel for my own understanding, and now I need to turn them into something someone would actually want to read.
So … I have a few sections of my book that I need to radically condense. Like cut 50%+… Do I start fresh and rewrite or viciously slash?
Hot tip for future bookwriters: don't finish a draft right before a pandemic and then throw yourself into a 24/7 data collection project for 16 months.
Then ... I'll have to write probably 10-20k new words, maybe a bit more. But the core of the thing is intact, at least. And it seems to still be hot.
The hardest thing is just throwing over literally tens of thousands of hard-won words. We're talking, in some cases, months of work just getting chucked. 😱😱😱
After a full, post-COVID reconceptualization and restructuring, I think my book is finishable for the first time in a long time. It's gonna take a lot of work, but it now feels conceptually possible.
Really appreciate this work documenting the everyday sadnesses of these women.…
This is extremely good. 20+ years ago, I encountered Polanyi in college and it felt like getting hit by lightning. Amazing to see this kind of powerful work rooted in that tradition.
(There are important countertrends, of course: labor solidarity, pieces of the environmental movement, and in many LGBTQ+ communities, etc.)
Saturday morning thought: in white American society, the default ideology is unbridled individualism. All the anti-mask and anti-vaxx people are really in line with 60+ years of thought and policy. That is to say: the move *towards* communal care is really the rupture.
NO CHEATING—your last saved celebrity picture is your therapist so who is it? I mean … too good not to tweet.
Man, this word did not get off to an auspicious start.
UGH this is so cool. I want this for everywhere.…
This definitely includes journalists and scholars.
Was just reminded by a very intriguing DM to say: if we follow each other, I ~welcome~ you to pitch @KQEDForum shows to me (even in the DMs) about your work and those of people in your communities. I can’t promise anything, but I like to know what people are up to!
And you know, I see all this upheaval about what to call ourselves as fundamentally a good thing, though obviously some of these conversations are multivalent and hard.…
We’ve been wanting to hear more from these reporters and they are on now.…
One thing I'm really interested in is what housing reformers have learned from the past few years in the trenches trying to actually move the needle on housing production. It seems like we've come a long way from SB50, but I'm not quite sure how to interpret what's happened.
It's a civic service show today. You got questions on these new housing bills? Happy/disappointed about them? Just finding out this legislation exists? We'll try to give a comprehensive overview and dig in on some of the implementation details.…
The thing that’s so wild and reprehensible here is that as @adam_tooze and others have pointed out—the cost to vaccinate everyone in the world is well within the financial reach of any single rich country, let alone all the rich countries together.…
100% agree There are things I love (and hate) about all media forms but radio really has some special features.…
And like … I had this one moment listening to The Fifth Dimension while running where I basically reached a higher plane of existence — and now I keep chasing that high.
Have reached the point in tuning up my half-marathon playlist where I have to take out songs I love, but I still want to add more songs. Corny old hip hop never sounds as good as it does in the middle of a race.…
Gah, I love this place so much. So many good memories on this stage. And I’ve really missed it.
Man, that was a fascinating show. So many great calls and comments. The podcast will be out soon. We ran out of time for one last excellent comment and I just want to drop it here for posterity. Shout out SF Weekly here.
And man, if you look at the local “news” you get from apps like Citizen or NewsBreak … it’s all just crime+. That’s not the full picture of a city, but it is the one that shows up in police reports they pay people to aggregate.
Our own @gmeline sent me this reflection by @jackboulware that captures this last vibe: alt weeklies as the city’s “ears to the ground.” And maybe this sounds preposterous but I do think cities need ways of hearing themselves.…
Last thought on this — alt weeklies always represented a certain vision of the 90s-10s city to me. Each one seemed to open a portal to a different, specific set of local things. And I do wonder if that city-within-a-city vibe can be captured by other types of media.
Well, you ask, were you *actually* a 1990s computer whiz??? <blink>but of course</blink>
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