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First Person

KPBS' recurring series that tells the stories of San Diegans in their own words, offering a unique lens into the news of the day.

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Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community

From the archive: Can police officers and the people they protect have honest conversations about race and their own biases? This First Person originally aired Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Singing About Mental Illness

From the archive: Musician Veronica May was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, and her latest album focuses on her experiences with mania and depression. This First Person was first released June 5, 2017.

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After Nearly 20 Years Of Making Music, San Diego Songwriter ‘Hopes It All Matters’

From the archive: As the co-founder of the Redwoods Music, a San Diego-based record label, Alfred Howard writes lyrics for five bands that span various genres. Since moving to San Diego nearly 20 years ago, he's recorded 21 albums. This First Person was originally released on Sept. 18, 2017.

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How Sharing A Story Can Help Build Community

From the archive: As part of our First Person series, Nanda Mehta describes how speaking publicly about a taboo subject made her stronger and led her to encourage other South Asian women to share their own stories on stage. This episode originally aired April 30, 2019.

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The Personal Impact Of Being Racially Profiled By A Neighbor

From the archive: Last month a neighbor took a photograph of Ike Iloputaife while he was walking his dogs. The photograph was then used by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department identifying him as a person of interest in a burglary investigation. This episode originally aired Monday, June 11, 2018.

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How I Became A Drag Queen

Franko Guillen, who is also known as Franceska, is one of nine drag queens being honored in the San Diego History Center’s Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego exhibit on display now through September 8, 2019.

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Joking About Cancer

North Park resident Summer Golden opens up about how her stand-up comedy routine is helping her cope with cancer.

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First Person: Encinitas Mom Goes Zero Waste

In an effort to get her body as healthy as possible before trying to start a family, Encinitas resident Michelle Andrews began paying closer attention to what was in her food, where it came from and how it was packaged.

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Supporting LGBTQ Youth In San Diego’s South Bay

Lucero Camarena works to empower trans youth at the newly opened LGBTQ Youth Center in Chula Vista.

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From Living In Car With 3 Children To A Home

Lola Cheatham and her family were homeless for four years. In December, that changed. She moved into an apartment with her three daughters and their father with the help of rapid rehousing funds from the San Diego Housing Commission.