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.
Anna Tarabrina came to California and quickly fell in love. A routine doctor's visit put her love story on fast-forward.
When Charles McPherson first saw "Bird" Charlie Parker play he said, "I want to be that." Now, he's one of the most renowned saxophonists in San Diego.
Jane Via discovered a passion for Catholicism early in her life. Her strong faith ultimately forces her to test the boundaries of the Church she so dearly loves — and even faces excommunication.
Ben Betz goes to Coronado Island to become a Navy SEAL.
Artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre think they're taking a vacation. But they soon learn they’re leaving their home in Mexico for a new life in a new country.
He’s from an isolated Alaskan island. Cy Kuckenbaker, after receiving a devastating Christmas gift, leaves for San Diego and promptly begins a necessary early-life crisis.
Victoria Barana came as a wide-eyed 19-year-old from Brazil looking for an adventure and to learn English. She found a lot more along the way, including a visit from Dad.
Famo Musa and her family came from Somalia when she was young; everything felt foreign. Now with an American family of her own, she strives to make memories she missed years ago.
David Bejarano is a well-known San Diego lawman. But his life here bloomed from pure romance.
Magda Marquet is from a country you may have never heard of. Following the emerging biotech industry, Magda leaves her small home behind for a big American experience. And a car.