Berkeleyside podcast: The ghosts of presents past

In the ever-repeating rituals of the holidays, today’s gift getters are tomorrows gift givers, so don’t mess up.

Catch up with the first podcast by John Rieger, with photos by Nancy Rubin, on Berkeley being a “bumper stickery” kind of town, and the second, on the rules of the road for cyclists in Berkeley.

And we are eager to hear your ideas for future podcasts. What subjects would you like John to cover? Which places would be ideal for him to pop up in? Berkeleyans are not usually shy about voicing their opinions. What questions should we be asking? Jot your ideas down in the Comments section below, or email us at

But first, click on the play button above and enjoy today’s show.

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  • Anonymous

    Ah, the memories. Though mine are a bit the opposite. Our family doesn’t really “do” Christmas but my mother would feel the pressure to buy my sisters and me something. This usually translated into a three-pack of BVDs and some new socks. “Gosh Mom. How did you know?” Oh yeah, you do the laundry.

    Fun interviews; great photos.

  • LS

    Beautiful photos at the beginning of the piece — and throughout.

  • Heather W.

    Well I never got that pony I wanted. And I bought a lot of Charleston Chew’s to try to augment my luck. Oh well… I bought my own horse later in life.