Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


On July 28, 2019, the course of history was changed for the small city of Gilroy after a shooting at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival claimed three lives and wounded 17. In the aftermath, citizens are experiencing trauma in many different forms — high school students running and hiding at the sound of a car backfire, the lingering fear of where and when it will happen next, and the ultimate discomfort and anxiety in a place once considered safe. Though traditional media has run this story from beginning to its supposed end, moving on to the next mass shooting, the people of Gilroy are still living in this heartbreaking reality.

My podcast is seeking to explore the pockets of light that have been obscured by a thick fog of trauma through the tradition of oral history, using the audio medium to provide people with a way to share their story; not simply of where they were on July 28, but of a community struggling through the healing process in the aftermath, finding ways to work through the pain and suffering and rely on one another to hopefully find some semblance of peace. This series will focus on the aftermath of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting through the eyes of Gilroy community members and aims to highlight the resiliency of humanity and the many ways that people can find comfort in the face of tragedy, while also providing a healing experience to those who are willing to share their story.

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