Hasan Minhaj has taken his Netflix show, “Patriot Act,” home during quarantine.

5 Alumni Launch Online Series

by | Apr 27, 2020 | Alumni Achievers

As millions of people remain at home in reaction to the global COVID-19 pandemic, UC Davis alumni are taking to social media to share their expertise and provide some entertainment. In some cases, they’re giving a glimpse at home life in quarantine. All are reaching out to the public in a trying time.

Hasan … From a Distance

Hasan Minhaj ’07 was gearing up for another season of his hit Netflix show “Patriot Act” when the stay-at-home orders came through. Production was halted and the premiere date has now been postponed.

Now Minhaj is producing “Hasan … From a Distance” from his home, with wife Beena Patel ’07, MPH ’08, on camera duty. The couple welcomed a son in March, and the baby, along with his 2-year-old daughter also make appearances at their home outside New York City.

Watch Minhaj show off his home office (a closet) and his sneaker collection (in the laundry room). The episodes are available every Thursday on YouTube, where “Patriot Act” just reached 1 million subscribers.

Tele Town Halls

U.S. congresswoman Jackie Speier has been holding online town halls to address the federal response to COVID-19. She will hold an eighth town hall on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Previous guests have been Stanford Medical Center’s Dr. Shashank Joshi to talk about mental health, and Julie Clowes, the district director of the Small Business Administration’s San Francisco District Office, to explain the available programs and the application process.

The town hall is done over the telephone and aired online, via Facebook.

Coffee with Cam

Singer songwriter Cam, aka Camaron Ochs ’06, is going live on Instagram multiple days a week, picking up with a series she’s done before, “Coffee with Cam.” It is live streamed at 12 p.m. Central Time.

So far she has had conversations on body positivity with trainer JoAnna Lopez, creativity with tour photographer Chelsea Kornse and others.

“Every episode will be an honest convo plus a song,” said Ochs, offering to take song suggestions via social media.


Wine Wednesday

Amy Gutierrez ’95, better known as San Francisco Giants in-game reporter Amy G., is sidelined at home, but still interviewing athletes via Instagram Live at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. For a series she’s dubbed “Wine Wednesday,” she pours a glass of vino and so do her guests.

She has already spoke with Giants right fielder Hunter Pence, Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and Giants pitcher Tyler Beede. Former player Rich Aurilia has also made appearances with trivia giveaways. These videos are also available on her YouTube channel.

Follow Gutierrez on social media for a glimpse at her passing time from home in Petaluma, California — online yoga class, sewing experiments and flower arranging.

Grow at Home

Robert Flannery ’01, Ph.D. ’08, CEO of Dr. Robb Farms, cannabis grower and consulting business, offers tips for at-home cannabis cultivation.

Grow at Home with Dr. Robb is on Instagram Live every Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Flannery is also taking questions from the public on social media.