Rachel is a long-time public radio listener and news enthusiast. 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, Sade, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Novalima.
An escapee from Midwestern winters, she moved to the Central Coast in 2004 and promptly bought a road bike to take best advantage of all the great cycling routes in the area. She enjoys edible gardening and lives in California's 24th district with her husband.