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My First Day

First days can be exhilarating, terrifying — or a mix of both. They mark the beginning of life’s chapters and define who we ultimately become. My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home. Produced and hosted by Andrew Bracken.

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Driving Through Butterflies

Fernando Zweifach López Jr. escaped a difficult childhood growing up in the Imperial Valley and discovered a new life a short drive—yet a whole new world—away.

About the show:
My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home.

About the producer:
Andrew ... Read more →

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A Cosmically Unique Situation

Frank Nasworthy came for surfing, but revolutionized skateboarding along the way.

About the show:
My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home.

About the producer:
Andrew Bracken is a documentary mediamaker working with audio, video, and interactive media. He is the ... Read more →

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Drop And Go

Omni Hampton grew up in a military family, traveling from place to place. She swore she’d never marry a military member. That was before she became a navy wife and mother.

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Announcement: Stay Safe

This is Andrew Bracken from My First Day.

I just wanted to drop in and quickly say I hope everyone is hanging in there in this new reality in which we find ourselves.

My First Day will be back soon with new episodes.

Until then, stay safe and sound.

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Taking A New Yorker Out Of New York

A native New Yorker, Aaron Bianco moves to sunny San Diego for his husband’s work. He soon learns that the little things can mean a lot, while missing good bagels and rain along the way. Later, his deep faith is put to the test.

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My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days ... Read more →

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Dart At The Dartboard

Ron Patterson finds it difficult to be around other people, leading to a life on the streets of Ocean Beach. Later, Ron makes a major change and seeks to leave homelessness behind.

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My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call ... Read more →

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Season 3 Coming Soon

"My First Day" returns for season 3 starting early 2020.

Join us as we explore stories of those who have come to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home.

Whether traveling thousands of miles over oceans, or just a short drive across the desert, the moments we have starting a new life are not easily forgotten.

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The Discovery

Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan makes a major scientific breakthrough, and finds another discovery later in life.

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Transition Point

Ben Betz’s life as a Navy Seal is all-encompassing. Then, he leaves and begins his search for a new identity.

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Poetic Illness

Poet Rae Armantrout sees changes in her body, leading her to a life-altering discovery.