Intersections Radio

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Aiming to connect communities through unique and unexpected stories

Greetings! A new show is coming to KBOO Community Radio and it is Intersections Radio! This show is hosted and produced by me, Sarika Mehta, with my partner-in-crime - Liz Rogers - engineering (that is, making us sound great!). Liz and I were a part of the amazing APA Compass collective at KBOO!

Intersections Radio starts from an Asian Pacific American perspective, and aims to connect communities through unique and unexpected stories. I've always wanted to collect these kinds of stories after a collective career working with linguistic minorities: from my early days in Bilingual Education to my current days as a Sign Language Interpreter. This idea was inspired by stories from theDeaf South Asian American community, at the intersection of race, ethnicity, language and deafness. 

**Intersections Radio airs at a new time: First Fridays from 11-11:30 am on KBOO! Tune in at 90.7 FM or stream live at

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Gaby Moreno

Airs at: Tue, 08/28/2018 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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  Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has achieved remarkable success as a musician. She has been nominated for an Emmy and won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has released four albums, toured with singers Tracy Chap... Read more


Airs at: Fri, 06/15/2018 at 10:15am - 10:30am
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  Chris Balduc is the Special Events Coordinator for CymaSpace and he's engaged in Cymatics....the art of making sound visible.  Founded in 2014 by Myles de Bastion and run by dedicated volunteers, CymaSpace aims to creatively make music and sound more accessible to the de... Read more


Airs at: Tue, 05/29/2018 at 11:00am - 11:30am
  Las Cafeteras, the Chicano band from LA, and what I like to think of as unapologetic political folk music for the soul! They brilliantly mix traditional son jarocho with contemporary issues. Las Cafeteras hail from the Zapatista-inspired EastSide Cafe in East LA. Their f... Read more

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Airs at: Mon, 12/18/2017 at 11:00am - 11:30am
  Sarika Mehta talks to Nidhi Chanani about her celebrated graphic novel Pashmina Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom le... Read more

Women of Color Navigating Motherhood: Celeste Ng & Shanthi Sekaran

Airs at: Wed, 11/29/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Sarika Mehta talks to two powerful writers about the intersections of parenting, gender and race.  Both Celeste Ng and Shanthi Sekaran write about the weight and potential of motherhood. Celeste Ng was a recipient of a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for her story Girls, At Pla... Read more

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Airs at: Mon, 11/20/2017 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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  Sarika Mehta talks to author Alia Malek about her memoir The Home That Was Our Country...about Syria's history and contemporary politics through stories of her own family from the NYT: "Alia Malek’s memoir, “The Home That Was Our Country,” is one of the finest examples... Read more

Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo!

Airs at: Tue, 09/26/2017 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarika Mehta is joined in studio by Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo! According to Mejía, the band's name (which translates into English as "stereo bomb") is a Colombian term for "a really cool, awesome, bad ass party" The origins of the group go back to 2001 when Bogotá nativ... Read more

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Airs at: Tue, 09/12/2017 at 11:00am - 11:30am
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  On this LIVE episode of Intersections Sarika Mehta talks to author Rene Denfeld about her writing as well as her advocacy on behalf of sex trafficking victims and people who are wrongly imprisoned. THE CHILD FINDER: A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply... Read more

Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Airs at: Wed, 08/30/2017 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Today Sarika Mehta speaks to Dr. Vanessa Grubbs about her memoir Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers....later in the show Moazzam Sheikh talks about curating the South Asian American Issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review. Vanessa Grubbs - A young, hopeful doctor’s memoir—an u... Read more

When Dimple Met Rishi

Airs at: Mon, 07/10/2017 at 11:30am - 12:00pm
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  Sandhya Menon is Young Adult romance writer, and one of the very very few South Asian American writers in the genre. Her debut novel, "When Dimple Met Rishi" follows the love story of two characters from Gujarati families in the Bay Area. Sarika and Sandhya talked about ... Read more