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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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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.

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New Land, New Sister

Idzai and Thelma Mubawai adjust to life in the United States and re-connect with their homeland through a familiar pursuit.

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Choosing Paul

Paul Ryu arrives in Kansas from South Korea at age nine and quickly discovers new talents and confidence. When he heads off to college, however, he is presented with new challenges.

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Not Your Average Game

Play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins and her journey to be the first woman to call a Monday Night Football game.

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Punk Rock History Lesson

Robert Lopez, later known as El Vez, plays his first punk rock show at age 16, in the early days of the genre.

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First Incision

Shira Robbins goes to medical school to become a doctor, unsure of where it will take her.

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Student (vs.) Athlete

Reggie Robertson arrives on the campus of University of California at Berkeley, and struggles with how to be a football player and a student.