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Capital Public Radio | October 2019

‘First Days in America’

We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #nextgenradio project is created with partner Capital Public Radio, where six talented student journalists are participating in a week-long state-of-the-art training program.

In this project, six immigrants talk about how their first days in the United States shaped their lives today.

Coming to America, the ultimate bingo for one Sacramento resident

by Ricardo Tovar

Victor Igbenidion is a Nigerian immigrant who left his comfort zone 12 years ago but coming to the U.S. “felt like heaven.”

Fijian student continues passion for farming at new school

by Angelica Hernandez

Anish Prasad left behind a thriving garden in his home country to join the rest of his family in America. Now, he has a new place to grow food.

From Iraq to Dubai, and finally Sacramento: The long journey of Sarmad Alkayssi

by Alex Coba

One Iraqi Immigrant’s intro into American democracy and the freedoms that come with it

First days, last words

by Shaylyn Martos

How one Honduran woman lost her native language

A Shocking Epiphany: A Mexican woman finds hope in the classroom

by Roman Battaglia

At 18, Elizabeth Villanueva left Mexico for the U.S. to reunite with her mother. She now uses her experiences to teach and create a safe space for immigrant students in Meadowview.

Temporary rooms, permanent community

by Janelle Salanga

Indo-Fijian brothers Anish and Amit Prakash immigrated to the U.S. 15 years apart. The distance reminded them of family’s importance. They say their friendship makes them better business partners.