Samira Tazari is a podcast enthusiast, lover of all things Eastern European and an old soul. She graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Television-Radio-Film and Russian Language in May 2014. Since then, she has had assorted experience in recording and mixing sound for student short films and for the independent feature film titled “Sycamore” (2015.) Currently, she works as an Oral Historian for the Coney Island History Project, where she enjoys getting to know the stories of the wide variety of characters that live or work in the Coney Island area.

Early Memory: I remember while living upstate, the neighborhood kids and I would always bury the dead animals that we would find on the side of the road. We would give them a proper burial by finding large rocks as their tombstones, picking pretty weeds as our flower offering, conducting a service and give the poor creature a name. We later moved, but the current owners probably know nothing of the amateur animal cemetery in their backyard, housing the bodies of many assorted birds and rabbits.

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