Bay Area Beat Podcast

Bay Area Beat Podcast Episodes 

Episode 1: Bay Area Woman Runs Across the United States to Bring Awareness to The Challenged Athletes Foundation 

Episode 2: Interview with Diana Heinrich and Sofia Jaquez from Teen Success, Inc.

Episode 3: How to Live Consciously: A Podcast Interview with Taraneh Sarrafzadeh and Kat Da Silva from Conscious San Jose

Episode 4: Podcast Interview with Visionary Leader Chester Ruiz on Immigration Reform and the Bay Area’s Invisible Workforce that is Migrant Skilled Labor

Episode 5: Podcast Interview with Donnie Eiland, Henry Nichols, and David Mosqueda on Sunnyhills and the Making of the Documentary ’54

About the Bay Area Beat Podcast

This new podcast features stories that reach into the heart of the amazing work being done by communities and individuals all across the Bay.

Unheralded achievements in education, technology, civic engagement, arts, and entertainment that convey the pulse of the bay area’s unique diversity will be the focus of the Bay Area Beat podcast.

Although The Milpitas Beat is working to produce this venture, guests won’t be limited to the Milpitas area; we want to tap the flavor of the entire bay area region to look for those unique stories that highlight positivity, cooperation, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

The podcast’s hosts are:


Adam Mendoza

Adam Mendoza is a freelance writer for national and local publications. Originally from Los Angeles CA, he studied Journalism at San Jose State from 1982-1986.

Adam’s career has taken him from promotional products and merchandising professional to managing retail operations in Hawaii for nearly 10 years.  

Over the past few years Adam has been a staunch advocate for promoting student achievement in education and training for the inbound college experience. Recently, he has been working with educators and recruitment professionals featuring high achieving youth in lower economic and at risk areas in a positive and empowering light through various media platforms. 

His work with Inspire Higher and College Declaration Days has led him down a path seeking stories of inspiration and hope, determination and achievement.

Adam also lends his talents to Ad copy-writing, and is a Vocalist performing with various acts in the San Jose Bay Area, as well as a Radio Voice Over Talent. He also finds time to work at Trader Joe’s, an environment he really believes in. He especially enjoys lending his customer service experience and mentoring talents with his fellow crewmembers in Los Gatos CA.

Rhoda Shapiro

Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in August 2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor in Chief.




The Bay Area Beat podcast airs Wednesdays at 10:00 am.