Yaseen Mazin was six years old when he first saw U.S. soldiers in his Baghdad neighborhood. His family fled, and as a teenager he was living in a Sacramento suburb. That’s when his older brother played him a George Carlin comedy special. It had an impact, and today he works through his past — and speaks up for refugees — as a stand-up comedian, finding the humor in tragedy.
Six profiles from "A Year At Encina."
1,100 students. 21 languages. 56 teachers. Encina Preparatory (6-12) High School serves families who come from around the world and across the street. This year we explore culture, resilience, challenges and change in suburban Sacramento. More reporting at CapRadio.org/encina
Chris Carlson is the man behind the curtain of a bicycle-mounted puppet theater, “Wetface Puppets.” Take a ride as he wanders the streets of Sacramento. His goal: “mess with people.”
From the streets of El Salvador, Iraq and Sacramento, the boys of Encina Prepartory High School's varsity soccer team band together and win game after game. Despite a lack of common language, the powerhouse team figures it out, finding friendship and purpose through their love the sport. Devoted to their coach, the boys learn lessons they can use on and off the field.
The Holt men have demolition derby in their blood. For 3 generations, the Modesto, California family has participated in demolition derbies all across the state. At the Sacramento County Fair, they enter the arena not just as family, but as friendly foes.
Sacramento resident Joshua Littell has been a fan of professional wrestling for much of his life. However, when he was 29 his interest turned into a new identity beyond his day job as a waiter. On the third weekend of every month, he wrestles for Supreme Pro Wrestling (SPW) in Sacramento as Sir Samurai. Take a look into his world.
Thirteen to 30-year-olds gather weekly at an Oak Park cafe to brawl within the virtual world of a nearly two-decade old, Japanese video game.
Sacramento's outgoing Poet Laureate performs his original poem "City of Slow Rivers."
Ardalan Gharachorloo is violin soloist with the American River College Orchestra in Carmichael, Calif. He has pursued his passion for music since beginning to play the violin at age six in his home country of Iran. Gharachorloo follows the tradition of his grandfather, the former concertmaster of the disbanded Tehran Philharmonic. Read the full story on CapRadio Music: bit.ly/1RDPxC0
The sun goes down and the Midway at the California State Fair lights up.