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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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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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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.

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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.