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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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Remembering And Honoring Departed Loved Ones On Dia De Los Muertos

Pita Verdin, a longtime resident of San Diego’s Sherman Heights neighborhood, has been creating a Dia de Los Muertos altar in her father’s memory for nearly 20 years.

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Aired: October 31, 2018

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‘San Diego Has Become My New Puerto Rico’

It's been a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Tens of thousands of people left the island for the mainland, including singer and songwriter Laura Reyes, who settled in San Diego.

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Aired: September 20, 2018

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San Diego Landlord Makes It His ‘Mission’ To Rent To The Homeless

Real estate developer and landlord Matt Philbin has chosen to rent to those who often get passed by.

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Aired: September 3, 2018

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Kadir Nelson On His Artistic Upbringing

Long before he was an acclaimed artist and illustrator, Kadir Nelson was a student at public schools in San Diego and Chula Vista.

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Aired: August 27, 2018

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Making Music Education Accessible For All Children

Dalouge Smith has helped the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory in expanding its mission to include making music education affordable and accessible for all children. Smith is stepping down from his position as CEO of the organization.

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Aired: July 30, 2018

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Finding A Safe Space In A San Diego Arts Organization

Urban Beats uses art as a platform for young adults to express themselves to improve their well-being and become more self-sufficient.

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Aired: July 23, 2018

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I Moved To San Diego To Be Closer To Comic-Con

Comic-Con seems like the perfect place for Nathan Donovan. So perfect that he decided to move to San Diego to be closer to the pop-culture convention.

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Aired: July 16, 2018

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My Coming Out Journey

Napolez will be one of the dozens marching in the 44th annual San Diego Pride Parade on Saturday. As part of our First Person series, Napolez reflects on her coming out journey.

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Aired: July 9, 2018

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His Parents Were Deported Two Weeks Before College, Now He’s A UC San Diego Graduate

Leon Sanchez Reyes is one of an untold number of students who straddle the U.S.-Mexico border — caught between two worlds amid stepped-up immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump and, before him, President Barack Obama.

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Aired: June 18, 2018

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Teaching Women How To Shoot Guns

Wendy Hauffen is a firearms instructor at The Gun Range in Kearny Mesa. She has been teaching people how to safely shoot guns for the last six years. She specializes in teaching women and first-time shooters.

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Aired: June 18, 2018