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 March 22, 2022 at 10:00 PM PDT

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S2: Thank you. You're listening to the Parker Edison Project. This is the project. Is the project. Good morning and welcome to season two of the Parker Edison Project. This go round , we're showing you cultures , a lifestyle and how the tenets come into play in your day to day life. I was recently sitting in on a music production session and I saw something that kind of amazed me. The rapper wrapped a verse in the sound. Engineer , looked at the sound wave file ProTools and began to cut chunks out. When I asked him what he was doing , he told me he was cutting out the rapper inhaler between bars. He was able to look at this digital block on a computer screen and see breathing. It got me thinking about the dialogue we now have with electronics. It's not just hitting keystrokes and asking the computer to do something , but literally vocalizing in a coded binary language to computers. Now , it's not the traditional sense of zeros , ones and twos , but we're getting pretty close. What we call a business , we immediately start talking in digits , giving zip codes or phone numbers or birthdates , Social Security numbers , a string of numbers that translates wherever you are , where you're from , and everything in between. It's an unofficial language we've concocted without noticing it as crazy as we actually speak through our cars , too. That's my guy , Nate. New Balance , whistle educator and freelance writer. He's dropped me off at the studio to finish these voiceovers. Hey , what were you saying , Nate ? Well , you know , like , I ride my bicycle to work , and I'm able to kind of stay back and observe this language being spoken sometimes at me , but often between drivers , whether they're looking at their cell phones and almost hitting me or other people , or whether they're cutting each other off or on the flip side , allowing people to kind of come in when lanes are merging. But you can definitely see a language being spoken , that's for sure. I guess deep , because that makes me think about is there actual personality that's translating through their vehicle in a way ? I'm doing everything I can to be less judgmental. But yeah , you're there. Personalities come out. You can almost automatically tell who's speaking a selfish language and who's speaking a selfless language. And I hate to say that , but the judgmental part of me is seeing it all the time. And if you're willing to go 80 miles an hour down the freeway and break , check the person who just didn't let you in or who got in and you didn't want them to. It says a lot about how you value your life , their lives , the lives of everyone else on the freeway. And just like the way that you approach every conversation you have , you're probably a bully. Well , I'll admit so , man , that's absolutely nuts. It would. It makes complete sense at the same time. Yeah. You know , I wish I naturally went to harp on the the sweet man or the sweet woman who allowed me in yesterday as I was , you know , going from the 163 , you know , that weird little interchange on the 163 going north. They let me in so that I could stay on the freeway and not get off on Friars. That's probably the thing I should harp on , but the thing that stands out most is the people who push their way in the conversation. And it's really , really been interesting to me. I've just come up with this idea because , again , like I said , I ride my bike to work and I'm watching the conversation all the time and yeah , dang a I appreciate you giving me a lift. This right here is just crazy. You just dropped me off on this corner , man. Perfect. Have a good night. Certain tasks like driving almost create their own subculture , where doers speak their own language. Cooking is a trait. It happens in a specific place with tools that aren't use in any other fields. Kitchen terminology is so key to the craft. The work would probably collapse without it. I worked in some eateries years ago but want to get some deeper insights from an insider. Originally born in Barbados , Kingston Moore is executive chef for the Coco Cabana restaurant in Oceanside's Brick Hotel. He's also part of an organization fostering up and comers. Right off the bat was the best dish at the Q&A restaurant. Actually , I would say the seafood crepe. Okay. Okay. Crepe is a non-traditional crepe. And it's going to be open. It's going to be open based crepe. And then we just put like a crawfish shrimp , a couple of vegetables. It's just amazing , by the way. Got you. I got you. Just , you know , just so that people understand how busy you are and how far your work spreads. Where are you at today ? I am in California , just released by about 3 hours south of San Diego. Tell me if I'm wrong , but you're working on putting together a tequila of your own yet ? Yes. I've been this last couple of years. I've been I've been fortunate to start , you know , venturing into tequila , like the flavor , like the baby is like one of those things where I want to start learning more about Southern Mexican culture that everybody in San Diego is still raving about. So I started taking trips down here and I started Fall in Love with tequila. So I was like , You know what ? Like , I want to make my own tequila , drink so much of it and learn the passion of distilling and the harvesting of the agave , how to cook it , learn the basics , and make my own ticket. You got just next level right there. I applaud that. This episode , the theme is the languages that originate in certain professions. Specifically , they come with technology , the crafts that work with you're in the restaurant world. The certain phrases I've always heard. What's a sous chef ? Your sous chef is like the second in command , the kitchen , and he's really pretty much right over there , head chef. So he's pretty much from the head chef. And out there , he's the one that's commanding and making sure everything's done. He's pretty much lead chef when the chef's not there. And you kind of touched on it a second ago. But how important is it to be familiar with the terminology when you're working in different kitchens ? Every restaurant or every chef has their own like , way of doing things. So you can't go into one restaurant trying to do the same terminology. You're going to do another job using terminology. You have to try and pretty much adjust to what a chef is doing. Wow. You're an executive chef in kitchens. What's a major principle that comes along with working in your kitchens ? For me , cleanliness and organization , I'm very organized and very structured like me in the military for 11 years , I believe in chain of command. You know , the whole reason I cooked like a clear reason , you know , but I'm very structured and clean green kitchen means you're going to be more organized , going to be able to find a whole lot more stuff , you know , rather than the unorganized kitchen communication. Just understand the structure of things. Like if that aligns with me , he needs to know who he needs to be talking to and next where his desk is going to be going next. And so when he structure an organization , it makes things a whole lot easier and everybody can be on the same page. I can do that. I'm a switch lays just a little bit because I heard about you from something else. I want to make sure that everyone else knows about what you got going on. Tell me about the bad boys of culinary. Oh , man. That was the culinary non-profit organization Tyler African American Chefs and create awareness through mentorship sponsorship events. We started this way , you know , like a few chefs , we did a pop up together and , you know , it's kind of like we wanted to bring that camaraderie because when I was coming up and , you know , the San Diego scene , like , I knew there was other chefs out there , but I didn't really have that mentorship and that I needed. I have two friends working here with me now in Mexico , helping me do what I'm doing. Being able to talk to them at two or 3:00 in the morning , you know , and share the knowledge. That's where bamboo is going to come in here. And African-American chef , like we all understand what we think they're going to get from the being passed from promotions to people are seeing color. They're not being taught level knowledge because I think , you know , we've all we all go through in some aspects of our career , but then the day doesn't have to be that way. If you have knowledge like it's okay to share and it's okay to ask for help , you know , we're just here to be able to help other chef be able to get more ahead in their careers instead of looking like most of our parents say , Oh , when I was your age , man , I wish I would have done this. What do you wish that anymore ? You know , we're here to provide that knowledge so you don't have to wish. You can just do it right no matter how old or where you're at in life. Wow. It's so interesting. Thank you so much , man. I really appreciate you. How can people connect with you ? People can connect with me. And I'm on Instagram and chef Nelson Page ask , is Angelo Elecspo and or bad boys opponent b a d , b , 0yz. I'm culinary. On Instagram also we're a website W WW dot bad Malaysia with me of culinary dot org. I've worked a lot of jobs and very few create the camaraderie of kitchen work. Long stress filled shifts with fire and sharp objects builds bonds and they usually come with their own vocab. It's fascinating. I'll get into that a little bit more in a minute , but let's switch lanes and talk relativity for a little game I like to call Six Degrees of Separates. Jamie. High. What's your name and where are you from ? My name's Elijah. Right. And I'm from New York. How old are you , sir ? I'm 20. Congratulations. Yes , thank you. Thanks. At this age. You've already had some huge life experiences and I don't want to get too deep , but what's a big one that's particularly memorable for you ? I would say some of the people I've had the privilege to meet , meaning Chadwick Boseman , was a really amazing experience seeing that friend Black Panther and sitting next to some of legends , Banjo Ryan Coogler. Schrock Was there a lot of people seeing their reaction ? It was like one of the most memorable experiences. And then also talking to him after hearing like this , the things he was talking about , the images inspired me. And I mean , I'll never forget that moment. Be remiss if I didn't at least mention that you come from a very esteemed. Who are your parents ? My my dad is Geoffrey Wright and my mom's Carmen Ejogo. And you're you're an artist in your own right , correct ? Yes , sir. What are you working on right now ? I'm working on an album called A Love Story. It's about like , you know , different experiences with girls and what's , like , a certain time of my life. Kind of like late teens , like high school era. The time when I was , like , trying to figure out , just like , I don't know how to how to navigate just being a young man in the world. And it's kind of like me at like 19 , sort of like 18 , 19 , like , and I just want to kind of get that one done. And then after that , I mean , we got a lot of stuff going on. All right , well. Well , I got you here. What I want to do was play one of my favorite games. It's called Six Degrees , a separate weigh ins. These days , the almighty winds families at the center of Hollywood and to prove it. I played this game where just give me people. They don't think I can connect to the Wayans. And if they're right , they win. But it rarely happens. So I saw this work. Give me your first guess. Gimme. Gimme a name. John Legend. Who is that is a fast one. Actually , John Legend was in Soul Man with Bernie Mac. And Bernie Mac was in Don't Be a Menace while Drinking Your Juice in the Hood , which is a movie produced by the Wayans family. Oh , that. Oh , okay. Yeah , buddy. So there you go. I win that. I win that rap. Yes , sir. Yes , sir. That's cool. Let's try another one to see if you can stop me on that one. Kendrick Lamar. Oh , okay. Okay. Kendrick Lamar was in the series powered on. Oh , yes. And that was made by 50 and 50 , of course , was in a beef with jarule in jarule is in Scary Movie four , I think is number four. See the four or five that he's in , please. And you're right , you know , it's produced by them when they're everywhere , man. They're everywhere. I was going to say , like Will Smith , but I feel like that's an easy one. Definitely is. Definitely within the ranks. Uh , Sam Jackson. Sam Jackson. Oh , okay. Sam Jackson was in Jungle Fever by Spike Lee. Spike Lee worked with Wesley Snipes for Mo Better Blues. Wesley Snipes worked in New Jack City with Allen Payne , and Allen Payne was in CB4 with Chris Rock , who worked on In Living Color , which is a Wayans Brothers TV show there. Thank you so much , man. That was dope. I'm so happy that it was. You know , I really appreciate it. Yeah. Do you maybe want to tell us how people can find you , look you up and get more familiar with you ? My handle right now is Elijah E , right ? So , Eli Jay h e w ah , adhd. I appreciate it , man. I so , so appreciate your time. Thank you so much , man. Let's go to a commercial with some music from Malaysia. This is called Control of Me. Oh.
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S1: I'm living in trees and I'm seeing things when I'm on the night bridge. I said I'm the one I got to touch and we're going to find things. I split up , but I got locked up in the doghouse and I tried to breathe. I'm looking over and I'm far out. And if I ask you a girl , will you just take control of me ? This time passes by , I will move on to better things.
S3: Stay tuned for more of the peppy. Yep. Yep.
S4: Hello , this is Dr. Veronica Gerace , a professor at San Diego Mesa College. On Thursday , April 14th , we're hosting our annual Cultural Unity Week featuring Parker Edison and the Parker Edison Project to explore how we share our culture with one another. For more information about this virtual event , please visit our college Web site , SD mesa dot edu. And visit our college calendar or our diversity committee page. We look forward to you joining us for this virtual event.
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S2: And now back to the pee pee. Pee , pee pee. Welcome back. Work Sling's created with the goal of increased precision and efficiency. It fills in the gaps and saves us time by conveying big ideas made purely by necessity. It can only exist if it's truly useful. Some professions have so much lingo. It has its own name , like legalese , the language lawyers use. Marvellous examples of this in action can be found frequently in TV medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy. Phrases like ten CCS or defibrillator Code Blue are thrown in to ramp up the energy of clutch moments in episodes.
S2: In this context , familiarity with a certain job vernacular speaks to a worker's experience in that field. Few fields exemplify this as thoroughly as one that defies gravity. My next guest is proving the sky's not the limit. She's a fly girl in the most literal sense. Let me introduce you to Ann Marie Berry. I'm speaking with Emory Berry.
S6: Thank you so much for having me.
S2: We're very lucky. The whole episode is about languages. Before I get into that.
S6: But are actually my second favorite thing outside of our planes. Funny enough , I would love to own a boat one day in addition to an airplane , so I already have a name picked up on my board. Besides that , no. People do not traditionally name their airplanes. No , not that I'm aware of. Okay.
S2: Okay. Okay.
S6: So both of my parents are Guinean. I was raised in France and now I live here in Atlanta in the United States.
S6: Yes. Yes. And I also love to cook outside of aviation. So I picked up a few Southern dishes that I really do enjoy making. Yes. So collard greens would be my favorite. And I've learned to make it quite well. Quite , quite well. Okay.
S2: Okay. Now I'm not married. In fact , I'm jealous. I'm jealous. Low key. Yeah.
S6: Yeah , right.
S6: We want to focus on bring in the number of black women pilots typically. You know , I don't know if you know anything about just black aviation going back to the Tuskegee Airmen. It's not that many of us. And we just have this movement going on where we want to see more of us , you know , flying with us.
S2: Not that you should have the exact numbers , but round about what percent of American pilots are women of color.
S6: So the percentage itself is less than 1%. What does that mean ? Right. In intangibles , in numbers. Because less than 1% of what ? To put into perspective , out of 660 , about 2000 660,000 pilots in the U.S. actively flying. They are 140,000 are considered commercial pilots , meaning that they have earned a commercial pilot license , which I am one of those hundred and 40,000. And out of those 140,000 , there are less than 200 black women pilots. Wow.
S2: Wow. So I'm sitting in a rare space getting to speak with you today.
S6: Yes , indeed. You are , indeed. Yes. So less than 200 black woman pilots in the U.S..
S2: I had no idea that. I'm floored. Right.
S6: Right. Well , think about it this way , Parker. You fly right. You get places. How many times have you come across a black pilot ? All the time that you've been at the airport events , you know , on the airplane.
S2: Right.
S6: Even for myself as a black woman , it took me until I met seasons of the sky to ever see a black woman pilot. Right. And this was in 2018. I had just started training as a pilot , and I spent my childhood traveling with my family all over.
S6: My parents sent me and my brother on a trip to Dakar , Senegal. And on that particular flight , it was the first time that I actually took a step back because we actually got it on the tarmac. So I got to see walk up to the airplane , walk up the stairs and actually see the air vent. It was a Boeing 737. Oh.
S2: Oh.
S6: I didn't know that , Ben , a 11 year old. But I just remember just being just all about how big this thing was. Of course , my mind started going , How are we up here flying ? And the whole flight , I was just thinking and thinking. And of course , just like any childhood dream , it kind of died for a good bit until I moved to the U.S. in 2009 and I realized by my dreams and I joined became a flight attendant working in admission. And I told myself , well , let's. You know , I want to travel. I've been wanting to travel since I was 11. Let's see where this goes. And the first few trips that you do , there are training trips , right ? So you go with more senior platinum to kind of show you around. So I remember walking up inside the airplane and think about when you walk in , most people go right and you go to the back and you sit right , which is where the flat end is and all the passengers go. For me , I actually walked in and I just instinctively just made that left turn. Has to go inside the flight deck. Oh , yes.
S2: That's a calling right there.
S6: It's a calling. And I just knew from that moment and there are pilots sitting in there non-minority , obviously. But I remember just thinking in that moment , this is where I belong and need to be in there. That's. Yep.
S2: As I mentioned , this episode is about languages , and specifically it's about the unique languages that come about with technology.
S6: The reason why is because it actually keeps us all on the same page. So if I'm talking to one of our pilots and I'm speaking our language , we understand each other and we know exactly what is happening in that moment. Right. There is no room for confusion , especially when you're in that environment. So , yes , we do have our own lingo. We absolutely do.
S6: The universal language for aviation is English. Okay.
S2: Okay. Okay.
S6: So all the pilots everywhere in the world , they all have to speak English. Air traffic control from India to Conakry , Guinea to Johannesburg to Australia to France. They all have to speak the same one language , which is English. In addition to that , there's also lingo within their language. So one of the big things in aviation is we put a lot of emphasis on safety when we speak , and we have to be able to be on the same page because it keeps us safe quite as vital. So there is no competition. So let's say I am flying and I am coming into the airport and I want to land. There are other people that are also flying alongside , you know , in the in the in the vicinity of the airport. So I need to let them know , hey , this is where I am. This is type of thing that I'm flying and I'm coming in and this is how I'm going to enter the airport environment to then land. So it will go something like this. Hampton Airports , November 1 to 3 are probably five nautical miles to the southwest , maneuvering for front , 45 left downwind , four on we two for Emory.
S2: We call that a flex. That's a big flex right there for that big flex. Yeah. Yes.
S6: Yes. I guarantee you that any pilot anywhere in the world just understand that right away. We do. And it keeps us consistent and it keeps us safe. There's no guessing , right ? So there is a document , a book that we actually go by , and it's called The Aeronautical Information Manual. It's literally a manual that has a guide on how to properly communicate , especially with someone like me who has an accent. Right. There's no confusion. So.
S2: Sounds of science. Yes.
S6: Yes. Yes.
S2: I so appreciate your time. Sincerely , I do.
S6: So like I said , we want to increase the number of black women pilots on around three ways that we do. That is , first , outreach , because we are actively involved in our communities. We show that representation because the representation does matter. We inspire them and show them that we here. If we can do it , you can do it too. In addition to that , we also offer mentorship because if you've ever attempted to do something , when you have additional help or support , even if it's just the emotional aspect of it , it makes you more motivated to want to pursue that thing. The third thing is scholarships. Becoming a pilot , the financial investment is upward of $100,000. It is not it is not cheap. So we offer scholarships to some young women to help them along the journey. We are a non-profit organization , but we also accept donations , right ? That's how we maintain the work that we do. So please look us up on WDW that Sisters of the Skies as key ideas that OG.
S2: Just so that the listeners know how special it is to get to hear from you.
S6: Yes.
S2: There's a couple of names in this episode. One is the way certain occupations cook up unique lingo that serves a purpose. Another is how one generation helps the next generation lift off. Using that same lingo which keeps those terms floating around. Each one teach one. We'll call it tricks of the phrase. I'm going to close this show with. You know what ? I'll let them tell you.
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S2: Thanks for stopping in. The Parker Edison Project is produced and hosted by yours truly , Parker Edison and the Good People at Platform Collection. Be sure to subscribe and catch the next episode on Apple , Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have any comments or questions , visit the Parker Edison Project icon or hit us on Instagram at the project. My guy Kurt CONAN is audio production manager. Lisa Jane Morrissette is operations manager and John Decker is associate general manager for content. This programming is made possible in part by the KPBS Explore Content Fund. Hello. Saying that because it reminds me a Sesame Street. You all stay safe out there.

Classic family photo of news article by Tyna Reed Thierry
Tyna Reed Thierry
Classic family photo of news article by Tyna Reed Thierry
For this episode we hear from pilot Anne Marie Barry on how her profession utilizes language and new artist Elijah E. Wright competes in a game of 6° of Separwayans.

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• Elijah E Wright

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Show Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Tres GeneFlo Beats (Score Producer)
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