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Radio Poets 2017: Pauline Barrera


Pauline Barrera, Moscone Elementary

He’s fat and adorable.

His smile makes the whole world better.

He’s my biggest fan.

He claps when I sing to him and stares at me when he hears my voice.

Even on my worst days.

“Oh man, BYE BYE stress!”

He makes me relaxed…

Oh my little Emmanuel, I LOVE YOU.

Life has been sad but it’s not with Emmanuel,

Even with that crazy blonde man says he’ll send all my people away!

I feel sad when I hear him but when I see Emmanuel,

I go back to my old self.

Soccer, SCORES…

I want to do my best.

Emmanuel will hear all my stories in one day.

And he will be great too.

I love my life.

I love my baby.

My life wouldn’t be the same without my dear Emmanuel.

Airs on KALW Tuesday, April 18th at 4:18pm & 6:58pm.

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.