Rachel Duchak

Morning Edition Host

Although she’s relatively new to presenting live radio, Rachel is a long-time public radio listener and news junkie. She first heard about one of her favorite albums, The Shrine presents Afrobeat: The Funkiest Music Ever Made on a music segment during All Thing Considered. Favorite musical artists include Fela Kuti, Los Lobos, Bomba Estéreo, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Novalima.

A former educator, Rachel publishes Central Coast Foodie, an index and blog about sustainable, exceptional food and drink from Santa Cruz to Ventura. For over two years on a local low-power FM station, she delivered X Marks the Spot with Central Coast Foodie, a weekly live talk and music radio show consisting of food system commentary, interviews, and foodie tunes to stimulate “your brain, your appetite, and your dancing feet.”

Live radio provides good training for podcasting, which is why she decided to present a show in the first place. She produced 69 episodes of the Biodynamic Gardening Report—like the surf report but for gardening by the moon—and continues to integrate audio content into her blog.

An escapee from Midwestern winters, she moved to the Central Coast in 2004 and promptly bought a road bike with skinny tires to take best advantage of all the great cycling routes in the area. She enjoys edible gardening and lives in Los Osos with her husband and their cat.

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