About Us


Coastridge Productions

Coastridge is located in beautiful Bonny Doon, California in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The goal of Coastridge Productions is to tell the stories behind the headlines and explore culture, science, and politics using the magic of radio. For other Coastridge Productions go to www.coastridge.org

Rachel Goodman on assignment in Patagonia

Rachel Goodman

Luis Valdez

Executive Producer

Rachel Anne Goodman: is a self-described public radio addict, with radios in each room of the house. She began producing documentaries while at Appalshop, a media center in eastern Kentucky, where she spent time covering the lives and culture of the Appalachian people. She is the producer of radio documentaries such as Southern Songbirds: The Women of Early Country and Old Time Music, The Boomtown Chronicles, and Labor of Love: Midwifery in the South. She earned a Peabody Award for her work as Managing Editor of The DNA Files in 2001. Her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and Voice of America. She teaches radio journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College in Aptos.



Luis Valdez's: credits include, founder & artistic director of the internationally renowned El Teatro Campesino, council member of the National Endowment of the Arts, and founding member of the California Arts Council. His awards include, Presidential Medal of the Arts, the prestigious Aguila Azteca Award, Governors Award of the California Arts Council. Best known works: Zoot Suit, La Bamba, and Corridos, winner of the George Peabody Award. He continues to work and mentor a new generation of theatre artists at El Teatro Campesino Playhouse in San Juan Bautista, CA.



Sabino Lopez: Center for Community Advocacy
Jay Melena: Photography, flash design, and web programmer
Carmela Meehan: Photography, transcripts
Joan Andrews: Information Arts, web design


History Advisors

Sandy Lydon: is Historian Emeritus at Cabrillo College where he has taught since 1968. A graduate of the East-West Center, Honolulu, his teaching has focused on East Asian and Asian-American History. His book Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region was awarded the Book of the Year from the Association for Asian-American Studies and was the basis for a museum exhibit and video. He has since published The Japanese in the Monterey Bay Region: A Brief History as well as being the co-author of a book on Californias Coast Redwoods, and a co-author of Chinatown Dreams. Since 2000 he has consulted and written numerous reports and EIRs, including (with Geoffrey Dunn), "The California Agricultural Workers History Center: Feasibility Study" prepared for the City of Watsonville and Watsonville Public Library.


Judy Yung: is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of the award-winning Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (UC Press, 1995) among other books.


Wayne Maeda: Wayne Maeda, senior lecturer, is one of the co-founding members of the Ethnic Studies program and taught his first Asian American course in 1970. He continues to lecture at CSUS, Sacramento City College and periodically for UC Davis. He is the author of Changing Dreams and Treasured Memories: A Story of Japanese Americans in the Sacramento Region. (2000).


Richard Steven Street: is a Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for the Advanced Study of Visual Arts, Washington, D.C. and the author of Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers 1769-1913, and Photographing Farmworkers in California, Stanford University Press.


Frank Bardacke: is the author of Good Liberals and Great Blue Herons, and a forthcoming biography on Cesar Chavez, The Legacy of Cesar Chavez and author of numerous articles for The Nation Magazine.


Pedro Castillo: is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Castillo, who is also the cofounder and former director of the Chicano/Latino Research Center at UCSC, was appointed by President Clinton to the National Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999. He currently serves on the board of the California Council for the Humanities.