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April 6, 2020
News outlets are considered 'essential' businesses. Here's how we're (still) bringing you stories.
April 3, 2020
The San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly are cutting the pay and hours of their journalists by 40 percent.
April 1, 2020
How much help do you have right now if you can't make rent? It depends on where you live.
March 30, 2020
Courts are considered "essential," but it doesn't mean a jury trial is a safe place for people to gather right now.
March 27, 2020
Asians and Asian-Americans are being harassed by people who think looking Chinese means you have the coronavirus. Three California organizations have created a tracker in order to document these incidences, and now they're receiving nearly 100 a day. Guest: Professor Russel Jeung, Chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University
March 25, 2020
Students may be taking online classes, but their extracurriculars have been canceled.
March 23, 2020
Jessica Christian wants to take photos of where the people are.
March 20, 2020
The new coronavirus is highlighting just how precarious life has been for many workers and contractors.
March 18, 2020
Religious communities are trying to stay connected while also staying safe from the coronavirus.
March 16, 2020
Seton Medical Center is in financial trouble. But closing the hospital could put many vulnerable people at risk.
March 13, 2020
News about the coronavirus in the Bay Area is changing every day. Schools are closing, white collar workers are working from home and officials are trying to keep up. It can be overwhelming to know what to do and how to plan. Our KQED colleagues have been working around the clock to bring us up-to-date information about the coronavirus, including our friends over at Bay Curious. They've answered some questions and concerns that listeners submitted, and today we're sharing that episode with you. Get the latest coronavirus updates in the Bay Area here. And read more audience questions about COVID-19 here.
March 11, 2020
Lots of workers, including gig workers, can't work from home to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 9, 2020
Reported cases of the new coronavirus are increasing, and it's up to public health officials to try and figure out where those cases came from.
March 6, 2020
To celebrate The Bay turning two, the team went on a little field trip.
March 4, 2020
The AP called California for Bernie Sanders, but we won't know the full results for a while.
March 2, 2020
Most people don't volunteer for presidential campaigns. So we spoke to two volunteers, to learn about what led them to spend their free time helping their candidates in the Bay Area.
February 28, 2020
Groundwater contamination has forced McClymonds High School in West Oakland to temporarily close.
February 26, 2020
Mountain View could make changes to its rent control policy on March 3. But no matter what happens, mobile home renters will continue to be left out of the debate.
February 24, 2020
Californians can now request their personal data from companies that have them. So KQED's Rachael Myrow tried it out.
February 21, 2020
Baseball on the radio is special to many longtime fans. So some of them aren't thrilled that the A's are dropping their local English-language broadcast.
February 19, 2020
Thousands of college graduates from Wuhan live in the Bay Area. Some of them have formed a non-profit to help their hometown fight the coronavirus.
February 17, 2020
Why protesters at Berkeley High School say they're fed up with how their school responds to allegations of sexual assault.
February 14, 2020
The building in Oakland now known as Uptown Station has a long history. And if you follow that history, you can see just how much the city has changed.
February 12, 2020
In 2010, San Francisco started selling taxi medallions. Now, some drivers are in so much debt that the stress causes physical pain.
February 10, 2020
Fernay McPherson has built up her business, piece by piece, for six years. Today, you can find Minnie Bell's Soul Movement at the Emeryville Public Market. But Fernay's biggest professional dream is to bring her restaurant back to the place where she and so many other black folks in the Bay Area lived until it became unaffordable — the Fillmore in San Francisco. This episode is from Copper & Heat, a podcast produced in Oakland that explores the unspoken rules and traditions of restaurant kitchens.
February 7, 2020
It’s been about one year since the Trump administration changed how seeking asylum works at the U.S-Mexico border. The so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy means that tens of thousands of migrants from Central America have to wait for their court hearings in what can be dangerous conditions. This policy has made the process much harder for asylum seekers, who already have an uphill climb to get their claims approved. Only a small fraction of those seeking asylum to escape violence in their countries are accepted into the U.S. Douglas Oviedo is one of those lucky few. Now he lives in the Bay Area, and he's trying to help the people who are still waiting at the border.
February 5, 2020
When Santa Clara University's provost sent an email reminding people to be aware of their racial biases around the coronavirus, Sherry Wang, a professor in the school's Department of Counseling Psychology, responded to add some more context. "I think that this is also an opportunity to remind each other about the historical legacy of racializing infectious diseases against People of Color," Wang wrote to her campus community. As a professor who is also Asian American, Wang says she both is and isn't protected from the sinophobic fears around the coronavirus, and she's making calculations of her own over whether or not to wear her face mask in public. Guest: Sherry Wang, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University For more up-to-date info about the coronavirus, visit KQED and NPR's websites, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also mention an Instagram post from UC Berkeley where xenophobia is described as a "normal" fear. Read more here for context. And hey, we're having our first meetup of the year this Friday, Feb. 7! We'll be at the Mare Island Ferry Taproom in Vallejo from 5-7 pm. If you're coming from San Francisco, you can take the ferry and it'll drop you off right there.
February 3, 2020
SB 50 would have made big changes to the way housing in California gets built. So why did it fail?
January 31, 2020
Mohammed Nuru has been in San Francisco city government for a long time. He was appointed to the Public Works department in 2000 by then-Mayor Willie Brown and eventually became the director of that department in 2011. Nuru has been accused of shady behavior at various times during his career. But on Monday, the FBI made it official when they charged him with public corruption and lying to investigators. So why is he getting arrested now? Guest: Joe Eskenazi, editor and columnist for Mission Local
January 29, 2020
What happens when food delivery apps add local restaurants without the owners' permission?
January 27, 2020
Many Latinx writers, including here in the Bay Area, have expressed frustration with American Dirt, a new book by Jeanine Cummins that has been called the next great American novel. Oprah even selected it for her book club. But it's also been criticized for an inaccurate, stereotypical depiction of migrants who are trying to cross the US-Mexico border. "If it had been published and kind of billed as, 'This is our romanticized view of the border and its just for entertainment,' there's room for that on the shelves for whoever wants to read that story," said Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree. "To call it the novel of Las Americas and to put this much attention on a book that is actually erasing the politics at the border, I think, does more harm than good," she said. And all the hype surrounding the novel's release - including a seven-figure advance for Cummins - has raised questions about which stories about migrants get attention, and which ones don't. "Look where we're at," said Oscar Villalon, managing editor of the journal Zyzzyva. "If it hasn't been driven into your skull by now, clearly, not all Americans are valued the same." Guests: Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and Oscar Villalon, managing editor of the journal Zyzzyva Oscar Villalon's Recommendations: "The Devil's Highway: A True Story" by Luis Alberto Urrea "The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail" by Oscar Martinez "The Distance Between Us: A Memoir" by Reyna Grande "The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life" by Lauren Markham's "By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border" by Luis Alberto Urrea "The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story" by Aaron Bobrow-Strain Ingrid Rojas Contreras' Recommendations: "Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions" by Valeria Luiselli "Retablos" by Octavio Solis "Unaccompanied" by Javier Zamora "Tears of the Trufflepig" by Francisco Flores "Signs Preceding the End of the World" by Yuri Herrera "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli
January 24, 2020
Eddie Thomas lost his housing when he was 55 years old after working at Intel for five years. He's part of a growing trend of people becoming homeless later on in life. Eddie was lucky enough to have help with finding work and housing. But even still, it took six years — and being homeless as you get older has its own share of unique challenges. Guest: Sara Hossaini, KQED reporter
January 22, 2020
Many local leaders in the Bay Area have made it a point to say that their communities are welcoming places for new immigrants, including those who are undocumented, are seeking asylum or are refugees. Oakland Unified School District prides itself on helping "newcomer" students. And this year, they could see an unprecedented number of new arrivals. But the district can't always get new students enrolled in class, let alone provide all the help that families and kids need. Guest: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED education reporter
January 22, 2020
Many local leaders in the Bay Area have made it a point to say that their communities are welcoming places for new immigrants, including those who are undocumented, are seeking asylum or are refugees. Oakland Unified School District prides itself on helping "newcomer" students. And this year, they could see an unprecedented number of new arrivals. But the district can't always get new students enrolled in class, let alone provide all the help that families and kids need. Guest: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED education reporter
January 17, 2020
You can find Frida Kahlo's image all over the Bay Area. The Mexican painter lived in San Francisco for a little bit in the 30s and 40s with her husband, Diego Rivera. She became even more famous in the years after she died, and now you can find her name and likeness on everything from shoes, to tequila, to even Barbie dolls. The Frida Kahlo Corporation, which is behind many of these products, wants to monopolize the use of her name - and it's been going after indie artists who make and sell Frida Kahlo-inspired art. Now, one California artist is taking company to court in San Francisco later this month. Guest: Chloe Veltman, KQED arts and culture reporter We're off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But you should check out the latest column from KQED's Pendarvis Harshaw, where he connects Dr. King's moral arguments with what's happening in the Bay Area today.
January 15, 2020
Even if you can afford to buy a home in the Bay Area, you might get outbid by an anonymous shell company paying cash.
January 15, 2020
Even if you can afford to buy a home in the Bay Area, you might get outbid by an anonymous shell company paying cash. Over the years, more American homes have been bought up by these companies, with fewer and fewer homes being owned by individuals and families. And on top of that, we don't even know who owns all of these properties. But the U.S. Treasury Department does - and the folks at Reveal are suing for that information. Guest: Aaron Glantz, senior reporter at Reveal and author of the book Homewreckers. Check out more on Reveal's ongoing lawsuit here. Here are details for The Bay's meetup in Vallejo. Come hang out with us at Mare Island Brewing tap room near the ferry building on Feb. 7 between 5-7 pm.  
January 13, 2020
Oakland feels a lot different today than it did when Jerry Brown was elected mayor in 1998. That’s because he had a lot to do with how the city changed. The unapologetic and sometimes controversial Brown is featured in KQED's newest podcast, The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Today, we're zeroing in on his time as mayor in Oakland, which set the stage for what we're seeing today. Guest: Guy Marzorati, KQED politics reporter Subscribe to KQED’s new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown here.
January 10, 2020
Prison can be a brutal place for anyone. But for trans people who are incarcerated, it's even more dangerous. A new bill in California's state legislature is aimed at making conditions safer. If passed, it would allow transgender inmates to choose whether to be incarcerated in men's or women's facilities. KQED reporters visited the California Medical Facility, a men’s prison in Vacaville, to hear why some transgender inmates see this bill as a life saving measure, while others say more needs to be done to protect them. Guest: Miranda Leitsinger, KQED reporter
January 8, 2020
When Dr. Wilmer Garcia Ricardo came to the U.S. from Cuba he couldn't find work as a physician, and he had to figure out the licensing process almost entirely on his own. He's not the only one. An estimated 450,000 immigrants living in California have a degree but are underemployed.  Many have to take on low-wage jobs. So why is it so hard to prevent ‘brain waste’ of highly skilled immigrants, especially in fields where so much help is needed? Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED immigration reporter
January 6, 2020
There are 180,000 people who claim Iranian ancestry living across California, according to the most recent census data. Many left Iran around the time of the revolution in 1979. SF Weekly's Ida Mojadad's parents came to the U.S. around this time as students. The U.S. and Iranian governments have remained adversaries since the revolution. This political relationship has shaped the way Mojadad thinks about her Iranian-American identity. And after the U.S. killed Iran's top general, she's once again thinking through some difficult questions. Interview Highlights You were with your mom at the time. What was her reaction? She didn't really seem to think it was something larger. She just said "I don't really care if it's some commander; I just care if something happens to any people." Later, when we were talking with my dad, we realized it was something bigger. There was obviously a lot of reaction to this on social media. I think "World War III" was actually trending. You tweeted out this tweet (warning: contains strong language). What was going through your head when you wrote that tweet? As long as I've known Iran, all the news that comes out around it — it's just the country, the government — and no one thinks about the people inside of it. And that rings true for other conflicts that we're in. Regular, everyday people. Maybe they own businesses, maybe they want to do more science breakthroughs... it's a highly educated country with a lot of middle-class folks, and they just want the regular things that everyday people want all around the world, and they just get so lost in these news bursts. I want to talk about the last few years. You told us before we started recording that the Trump presidency felt like this turning point for you. How has it felt like a turning point? Before Trump became president, we had President Obama and it felt like the two [countries] could come together because of this nuclear deal, this landmark nuclear deal. This was really the first case of real diplomacy since the hostage crisis [1979-1981]. There's no embassy in Iran. So that level of communication is not there, and it came together under Obama. And it felt like, finally, the two could be... well, not friends — that would take a while — but that the two could have a relationship again, that there could be this free-flowing of family visits, and I could finally visit and see my parents' hometown again. There was this kind of hopeful moment that there would be more of an exchange, and that the two parts of my family could exchange fluidly. And then after Trump, it became obvious that with the travel ban, and with him ripping up the nuclear deal, that it would be a very long time before that could happen again. I'm curious if there's any part of you that wishes you were in Iran with  family that you have there. Yeah, I do, actually. One of the biggest things I want for myself is to be able to go over there and bask in this place that shaped me, and be with family that I don't even know. There are so many family members, and I've met them before but it was so long ago. Sometimes, when my family talks about them, I don't even know who they're talking about. And I want to at least on base level know who they're talking about, because I don't even know them anymore. You can kind of not think about it most of the time, but when the reminder comes, like my aunt being able to visit, it really shows you what you're missing out on the rest of the time. When I hear you talk about the struggle that you have living here, and these two identities that you hold, it seems like what's happening, politically, between the U.S. and Iran, is symbolic to you. Symbolic of the tension between the two identities that you hold. Oh,
January 3, 2020
On Monday, two Black mothers who occupied a vacant West Oakland property had their day in court. Southern California-based Wedgewood Properties, which owns the home, argued this is a clear case of theft. But the moms are making another, more philosophical argument: that housing is a human right. But what does that mean, and will it help them stay in the house? Guest: Molly Solomon, KQED's Housing and Affordability Reporter Here's an episode we did on the concept of housing as health care. Subscribe to The Bay on any of your favorite podcast apps to hear more local, Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m.  Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One, or via Alexa.
December 30, 2019
When our new editor Alan Montecillo moved to the Bay Area earlier this month he noticed that people loved talking about BART. It's one of the few spaces where people from all over the Bay Area are forced to be around each other. (If fact, we did a whole episode on why BART has been the epicenter of so many contentious political and social conversations in the Bay). BART riders have developed their own culture and etiquette around riding the train. So to catch Alan up to speed, we got some help from BART riders on their morning commute. Guest: Alan Montecillo, editor of The Bay Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
December 20, 2019
This week, PG&E took a big step towards emerging from bankruptcy after a judge approved billions of dollars in settlements with fire survivors and insurers. But the company also has to convince the state that it has a good plan to prevent more wildfires and provide safe, reliable power going forward. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he isn’t convinced, and PG&E needs his approval to get access to a wildfire relief fund. So is there finally enough leverage to get the investor-owned company to change? Guest: Marisa Lagos, KQED politics correspondent. You can also check out more of her reporting on who's getting rich off of PG&E's bankruptcy here. We're off until Monday, Dec. 30. But you can always reach us on Twitter @TheBayKQED.
December 18, 2019
When you visit the Martinez News-Gazette, you can hear Barbara Cetko's typewriter clicking away. Editor Rick Jones will tell you about the paper's 161 year history that includes covering the Civil War. But the paper's more recent legacy doesn't involve national headlines as much as it does the local stories that few other journalists are covering. So what will happen at the end of December when the paper closes? Guests: Rick Jones, Editor of the Martinez News-Gazette & Barbara Cetko, Staffer at the Martinez News-Gazette
December 16, 2019
In the late fifties, the U.S. government promised Native Americans good jobs and stable housing if they left reservations for urban centers, including Oakland. Those promises were never realized. But something else happened, too. Instead of assimilating into cities like the federal government wanted, native people built solidarity, preserved traditions, and continued to create culture — both within their communities and between other indigenous ones. One of the ways that solidarity takes shape is at Oakland’s Indigenous Red Market, which happens on the first Sunday of every month in Fruitvale. Guest: Marisol Medina-Cadena, Reporter for KQED News You can read more of Marisol's story on the Indigenous Red Market here, and check out more info about the market on their Facebook page. Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
December 13, 2019
Maria Isabel Bueso and her family have waited months to learn whether they could stay in the country. Bueso has lived in the Bay Area for 16 years under a special immigration status in order to get treatment for a rare genetic disease. In August, she received a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services demanding that she leave the country. But Bueso became a leading advocate on behalf of hundreds of immigrants who received similar letters, and her story highlighted the harm of President Trump’s sweeping immigration policies. And on Dec. 6, Bueso got word that she can stay in the U.S. for at least two more years. Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED immigration reporter
December 11, 2019
The Giants’ first World Series win in 56 years, the Occupy Oakland protests, and the Ghost Ship warehouse fire are just a few moments from the last decade that shaped and changed the Bay Area. With the help of reporters from KQED’s Arts team, we take a look back at some of the most defining moments in Bay Area arts and culture, and talk about how those moments shaped and changed us. Guests: KQED Arts team Tap here to read the full Our Turbulent Decade series.
December 9, 2019
Jaime Geaga moved to San Francisco in 1981. He was ready to start a new chapter of his life when he tested positive for HIV. Among Asian Americans, Filipino men were some of the most affected by HIV/AIDS. Filipinos also made up the largest group of Asians in the Bay Area. So Jaime became an activist to educate his community, all while fighting for his life. This episode is from Long Distance, a documentary podcast with stories about the Filipino diaspora.
December 6, 2019
A Petaluma man named David Ward died last week shortly after a sheriff’s deputy put him in a neck hold, according to the Sonoma County sheriff's office. Neck restraints came into national consciousness after the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York. We don’t know whether Ward’s death was caused by the police restraint, but KQED has learned that the officer involved has lied about using this kind of hold before. Guest: Sukey Lewis, KQED criminal justice reporter
December 4, 2019
When you order from Amazon in the Bay Area, your order is probably coming from a fulfillment center in Tracy. The serious injury rate for employees at that facility has nearly quadrupled since the company introduced worker robots there five years ago. That's according to Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. We'll talk with the reporter of that investigation who says the speed at which the worker robots move to ship your package has proven to be dangerous for the humans working alongside them. Will Evans, reporter with The Center for Investigative Reporting You can read Will's full Behind the Smiles investigation here. And Click here to share your Amazon injury records with the team at Reveal. Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
December 2, 2019
San Francisco's Arts Commission wants a public monument honoring poet Maya Angelou. It's part of an effort to fix the fact that just 2 percent of public sculptures in the city honor women. But the commission and the local arts community can't agree on how Maya Angelou should be represented. The debate has highlighted a rift between people who want to see women represented in the same way men are -- through statues -- and others who say there's gotta be a better way to honor women. Guest: Chloe Veltman, Arts & Culture Reporter for KQED
November 27, 2019
After the mass shooting in Fresno earlier this month, police responded by creating an Asian Gang Task Force. Yet so far, police have provided no evidence linking the shooting to gang activity. Now some in the Hmong community, which lost four of its own in the shooting, say the move has stereotyped a grieving community that has long worked to shed that identity. Guest: Alex Hall, KQED Central Valley reporter
November 25, 2019
The fight over housing rights took a turn recently when two homeless moms occupied a vacant three-bedroom home in West Oakland with their children. Their group, Moms 4 Housing, wants the city to make it possible for people like them to lawfully occupy some of the thousands of empty homes owned by out-of-town corporations. But until then, they’ll squat. It’s a test case to see what the city will do, before more homeless activists try similar tactics. Guest: Dominique Walker, Moms 4 Housing Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
November 22, 2019
Steven Foster was detained and cited by BART police for eating a sandwich on a train platform. This isn't the first time BART has been the backdrop of significant social and political conversations in the Bay Area. From Oscar Grant to controversial fare gates, the transit agency is just a microcosm of a larger place: America. Guest: Pendarvis Harshaw, Host of KQED’s Rightnowish Podcast and columnist for KQED Arts Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
November 20, 2019
Since the days of Columbine, America's reference point for mass shootings has shifted over and over again. These shootings have happened at schools, movie theaters and night clubs. But there are also the mass shootings that happen on the margins: In people's homes, backyards and cul-de-sacs. The epidemic of gun violence in America is pushing newsrooms like KQED's to interrogate how to cover these tragedies. We take you inside the KQED newsroom in conversation with managing editor Vinnee Tong about the questions newsrooms like ours are grappling with in this moment. Guest: Vinnee Tong, KQED's Managing Editor of News
November 18, 2019
Jason Mai didn’t know why his father was taken to jail when he was 12 years old. As a kid growing up in the Bay Area, he was told by his Chinese family to avoid má fan, which meant burdening or inconveniencing others by sharing the family secret. Only as an adult did Jason start to process his childhood trauma by learning about the intersections between incarceration and Asian American culture. To help him process it, he created a zine. Guest: Jason Mai, creator of Yes, Asians Go To Jail Too Subscribe to The Bay to hear more local Bay Area stories like this one. New episodes are released Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. Find The Bay on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, NPR One or via Alexa.
November 15, 2019
Chesa Boudin wants to shake up San Francisco's criminal justice system. Boudin comes from an unconventional background: His parents were jailed for participating in a robbery that led him to a career as a public defender. This week, final results showed Boudin was elected District Attorney by just 2,800 votes. While some worry about what a public defender-turned-DA will mean to public safety and criminal justice, Boudin says it’s the system itself that’s been the most harmful. Guest: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED reporter Get tickets to The California Report Magazine live show on Nov.  21 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco.
November 13, 2019
Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn immigrated to the United States with his family as a kid. They settled in the Bay Area, where they spent years living in the shadows as undocumented immigrants. They avoided visits to the doctor’s and anything that would get them noticed. Then came the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave … Continue reading From the Bay to the Supreme Court: A Doctor’s Fight for DACA →
November 8, 2019
Stanford has more property value than Apple, Google and Intel combined. And right now in the Bay Area, everyone is watching how these big property owners choose to use their land. So what role should companies who aren’t in the development business play in this moment? Guest: Rachael Myrow, Senior Editor of KQED’s Silicon Valley … Continue reading Who Owns Silicon Valley? →
November 6, 2019
Why has the "mass shooting" element of this tragedy been largely overlooked?
November 4, 2019
John Carlos and Tommie Smith were shunned after their infamous Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The were kicked out of the Olympics and lost their track and field careers. Now, 50 years later, they’ve been inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, where their athletic … Continue reading Olympic Legends for Black Power Salute, Now Hall of Famers →
November 1, 2019
During the 2017 North Bay fires, bilingual radio station KBBF in Santa Rosa became a lifeline for many Spanish speakers in Sonoma County. At the time, emergency alerts and information were poorly translated, if at all. Now, KBBF has been filling another gap in the emergency response to the Kincade Fire by interpreting information on air in even more languages. Guests: Maribel Merino, Gervacio Peña Lopez, and Xulio Soriano, volunteers at KBBF
October 30, 2019
It's been one week since the Kincade Fire started in Sonoma County, but this time residents say the county is more prepared.
October 28, 2019
Some bittersweet news from The Bay team: Our editor Erika Aguilar is leaving to head KQED’s new Housing and Affordability Desk. Erika is a founding member of The Bay and helped launch the podcast in March 2018. In this episode, The Bay team talks with Erika about making the show and why it sounds the … Continue reading A Bay Farewell to Editor Erika Aguilar →
October 25, 2019
PG&E said there were failures on one of its high-voltage transmission lines just minutes before the Kincaid Fire erupted in Sonoma County.  It’s renewed concern that PG&E equipment is implicated. This comes at a time when the utility has been turning off power to reduce the risk of another wildfire. More than 200,000 Bay Area PG&E … Continue reading Living Between Fires and Blackouts →
October 23, 2019
Starting in January, San Francisco will ban private cars from Market Street as part of a major overhaul to make the city’s main thoroughfare safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. The plan has taken a decade to approve. What can we expect Market Street to look like not just in six months, but fifteen … Continue reading San Francisco’s Car-Free Market Street Makeover →
October 21, 2019
This year’s race for San Francisco district attorney has been a doozy. The four-way race to replace George Gascón is wide-open. The Nov. 5 election took on some extra controversy this month when Gascón abruptly resigned. The next day, Mayor London Breed named Suzy Loftus interim DA — just weeks before the polls close. What … Continue reading Why the S.F. District Attorney’s Race Matters and What You Need to Know →
October 18, 2019
This week, the Bay Area felt a series of earthquakes in less than 24 hours. Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. That prompted KQED Science reporter Peter Arcuni to come up with a disaster plan. Over the course of four days, Arcuni secured his house, gathered supplies and got his family … Continue reading Shaky Shaky Shaky: How to Prepare for the Next Earthquake →
October 16, 2019
On Monday, Native people from across the West Coast gathered in San Francisco for a ceremonial canoe journey to Alcatraz Island. Each canoe represented a territory, tribe, community or family. They paddled to celebrate culture and values on Indigenous Peoples' Day, and to commemorate the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz. Guest: Alice Woelfle, KQED reporter
October 14, 2019
Bay Area artists have a tendency to embed politics and messages for society into their creative work. KQED’s newest podcast Rightnowish highlights those artists — and how what they make is shapes (and has been shaped by) where we are. Author and KQED Arts writer Pendarvis Harshaw brings us into his conversations with artists, creatives … Continue reading KQED’s Podcast #Rightnowish Tackles How Art Shapes the Bay →
October 11, 2019
PG&E shut off the lights to 800,000 customers in Northern California, including 141,000 in the Bay Area. The utility company says the goal is to reduce the risk of wildfires. These latest shutdowns come almost a year after the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, which was caused by PG&E transmission lines. Some residents in Paradise … Continue reading In Paradise, Power Shutoffs and PG&E’s Unreliability Feel Like the New Normal →
October 9, 2019
San Francisco is moving forward with a conservatorship program that would force people experiencing chronic homelessness, substance abuse and severe mental illness to get treatment even if they don’t want to. A new state law allows San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego counties to create these five-year pilot programs. It’s seen as a way … Continue reading Should San Francisco Force People With Mental Illness Into Treatment? →
October 7, 2019
Although Nancy Pelosi didn’t run for elected office until she was 47, politics is in her blood. Born into a prominent Baltimore political family, Pelosi learned at a young age the chess-maneuvering of politics. That skill has served her well throughout her life — from raising five kids in San Francisco, to becoming the first … Continue reading How Nancy Pelosi’s Beginnings Prepared Her to Lead Democrats on Impeachment →
October 4, 2019
Female athletes in the Bay Area are at a disadvantage when it comes to opportunities to play at the professional level. There are no professional women’s sports teams in the Bay, compared to seven professional sports teams for men. So female athletes thrive at the collegiate level, where athletes aren’t allowed to make money off … Continue reading How the Fair Pay to Play Act Could (Finally) Lead to a Profitable Future for Female Athletes →
October 2, 2019
Residents with a place to live on Clinton Park, a street in San Francisco, pooled their money together to buy boulders for the neighborhood’s sidewalks.* The residents have complained that people living in an encampment across the street were committing crimes and using drugs. So, the boulders were placed on the sidewalks to deter that. … Continue reading What Boulders Say About San Francisco’s Inability to Find a Solution to Homelessness →
September 30, 2019
North Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” is considered the birthplace of California cuisine. It’s where the original Peet’s Coffee is located, and the neighborhood is home to Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse. For years, the culinary nickname remained a part of the neighborhood’s identity, until a new coffee shop owner said he wanted it to change, pointing to its offensive, racial context. Now, the neighborhood business association has decided to remove the name from its branding, but residents still seem split on whether the name is problematic enough to change. Sarah Han, editor of Berkeleyside's Nosh.
September 27, 2019
Vallejo residents attended a city council meeting this week wearing bright yellow stickers that read “Coked Cops Kill.” They opposed efforts by the police union to delete a section of its contract that outlines when an officer could be ordered to receive drug and alcohol testing. Councilors approved the new contract, limiting when officers may … Continue reading When Should Vallejo Officers Be Required to Test for Drugs or Alcohol? →
September 25, 2019
It’s hot. It’s dry. And your power might get shut off. PG&E has been making daily decisions this week on whether to shut off power to wildland areas in Northern California that are at risk of fire. The utility announced shutoffs in portions of Butte, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sonoma, and Yuba counties starting Wednesday. … Continue reading Unplugged: PG&E Shuts Down Power In Several Northern California Cities →
September 23, 2019
Mike Marshall has a voice you’ve probably heard before. He was the vocal on the 90s anthem I’ve Got Five On It. More recently, Marshall covered San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) in the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Marshall waited decades to feel recognized for his voice. … Continue reading The Voice Behind ‘I Got 5 On It’ →
September 20, 2019
Maria Isabel Bueso immigrated to the United States from Guatemala 16 years ago so she could receive treatment in the Bay Area for a rare genetic disease. Her family has been able to stay here legally under “medical deferred action,” which offers humanitarian relief to people often seeking life-saving medical treatment in the U.S.  But in … Continue reading Ordered Out But Fighting for Her Life to Stay →
September 18, 2019
President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited the Bay Area on Tuesday. Trump attended a fundraiser but made time to call attention to the state’s housing and homeless crisis. Carson toured a public housing project in San Francisco that’s under construction through a public-private partnership. He said the state should look *to* the private … Continue reading Housing is Healthcare: One Doctor’s Prescription for Solving Homelessness →
September 16, 2019
In California, living with parents has become necessary for many young adults trying to save money on rent. Around 37 percent of young people ages 18 to 34 are living with their parents, according to Census data. And increasingly, those living at home are from richer coastal areas. So what does that mean for black … Continue reading Living With Parents (Cause the Rent is Too Dang High) →
September 13, 2019
Tech companies like Lyft and Uber have introduced America to a new way of working. They’ve touted a flexible, be-your-own boss work model — though without benefits or worker protections. This week, California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 5 — a landmark bill that will extend protections and benefits for workers in the state’s gig economy. … Continue reading The Gig is Up: Lawmakers Pass AB 5 to Protect Gig Workers →
September 11, 2019
Heritage and gentrification intersect in West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms neighborhood. That’s the historical headquarters of the Black Panther Party, and the last train stop in the East Bay before San Francisco. The rising cost of housing in the Bay Area is changing the character of the Lower Bottoms, and we introduce you to the podcast … Continue reading Out of the Blocks Takes Us On A Listening Tour Through West Oakland →
September 9, 2019
The tragedy of the Conception boat fire off the Santa Barbara coast has rippled throughout the diving community. Several of the 34 people who died on Labor Day were from the Bay Area. The boat and Truth Aquatics operators are highly regarded by divers. One local dive instructor who has been on the Conception wonders … Continue reading The Conception Had An Excellent Reputation. One Bay Area Diver Asks ‘What Happened?’ →
September 6, 2019
The Ghost Ship trial is over, for now. The jury acquitted Max Harris, one of the two men accused of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people. The other defendant, master tenant Derick Almena, is still locked up after a hung jury couldn’t decide whether he was guilty … Continue reading ‘I’m in Shock’: What the Ghost Ship Verdict Means to Those Who Survived →
September 4, 2019
Brandon Lee remains in critical condition after he was shot outside his home in the Philippines last month. The San Francisco native warned that the Philippine government had been intimidating him for working as a human rights advocate for indigenous communities in the Ifugao province in northern Philippines. San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney recently visited Brandon in the hospital and he joined the family in asking for government help to bring Lee back to the U.S. for care and protection. Guest: Faye Lacanilao, a San Francisco activist and friend of Brandon Lee's
August 30, 2019
Our reporting on deadly police shootings that have happened in Vallejo has struck a nerve with listeners, especially those who live in the city. A police shooting will ripple throughout a community and touch everyone. Instead of city landmarks, some see spots where police violence occurred. They've written us to say they are frustrated but say this is a solvable problem. Today, we'll feature some of their voices and discuss how some Vallejo residents are feeling and what they're talking about. Guest: Ericka Cruz Guevarra, producer for The Bay, KQED
August 28, 2019
Brianna Sedillo is a student at El Cerrito High School in the East Bay. After her grandfather passed away, the pressures of high school intensified for her. Her depression and anxiety kicked into high gear leaving her with few coping mechanisms to succeed in class. It’s a feeling that many teenagers in school experience, and … Continue reading My Kid Has Anxiety. Can Their Schools Help? →
August 26, 2019
When the Cabellos listed their Oakland property for sale, they got offers from developers and corporate businesses. The property sits in the gentrified Temescal neighborhood, which is part of the reason they closed their business Baby World in 2017. The family was holding out for a buyer who understood the plight and the struggle that … Continue reading The Oakland Property Owners Who Chose Ethics Over Money →
August 23, 2019
This isn’t the first time Vallejo has experienced a cluster of high profile police shootings and incidents that have caused residents to demand changes. The current pleas and fight for police accountability from activists is reminiscent of 2012, when there was a spike in deadly police shootings. But it's not just police shootings people are concerned about. It’s also everyday run-ins with Vallejo officers that for years have added to a sense of mistrust that’s blowing up in City Hall. Vallejo is hiring its next police chief soon and has invited an outside audit of its police department. But it begs the question: Why is this happening in Vallejo, and why now? This is the final episode in The Bay’s three part series on Vallejo policing shootings.
August 21, 2019
The recent wave of protests for police accountability in Vallejo started back in 2017. That’s when Angel Ramos, 21, was fatally shot by an officer who thought he was stabbing another person during a fight. But no knife was found near him. Since then, his sister Alicia Saddler has been trying to change the narrative … Continue reading One Night, Two Narratives →
August 19, 2019
Willie McCoy had a hard childhood, but his dreams of making music professionally kept him alive until he was shot 55 times by Vallejo police in February after he was found unconscious his car. His death and the subsequent release of body-cam video of the police shooting has sparked protests at Vallejo City Hall, a new round of outrage different from the protests over police killings in 2012. Activists, the media and ordinary Vallejo residents are paying attention this time. With their help, David Harrison, 20-year old McCoy's older cousin, has mounted a police accountability campaign to get answers, information, and change. But he is learning that when you pressure the Vallejo Police Department and City Hall, silence and alternative narratives is what you get.
August 16, 2019
In February, Vallejo police officers shot a young black man 55 times after he was found unconscious in his car. Another was killed last year after an officer tried to stop him for riding a bike without a safety light. Fatal police shootings of Black and Latino men are drawing attention to the small, diversely-populated … Continue reading There’s Something Wrong in Vallejo →
August 14, 2019
A San Francisco native was shot in the Philippines earlier this month in what friends and family believe was an attempted extrajudicial assassination by the Philippine government. Brandon Lee became an activist through San Francisco State University’s League of Filipino Students. Lee moved to the Philippines in 2010 to work as a paralegal and human … Continue reading Bay Area Filipinos Stand Up For Activist Shot in the Philippines →
August 12, 2019
More than 34,000 people are homeless in the Bay Area. There's not enough housing or resources to help them all. Some have friends or family who have been searching for their loved ones to bring them home, but finding someone who is homeless is very challenging. They're always on the move. They don't often have access to a phone. And even after finding that person, they might not be ready to go home.   In this podcast episode of The Bay, we'll hear from a woman who, through her long search for her mother, started a  Facebook group to help others search for their relatives and friends that are missing and homeless. The group helped a Northern California family find their son who was homeless in San Francisco but not before learning that supporting him meant practicing unconditional love, patience, persistence and even letting him go.  Guest: Rachael Myrow, KQED's Acting Silicon Valley Bureau Chief
August 9, 2019
Latinos this week have expressed fear, anger and unity after a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The suspect wrote a racist manifesto blaming immigrants and Hispanics for economic changes in the U.S. The massacre in Texas followed the Bay Area’s own mass shooting last month in Gilroy, … Continue reading From El Paso to the Bay: Latinos Look for Community After Shootings →
August 7, 2019
The three victims from the Gilroy Garlic Festival were young — ages 6, 13 and 25. Many of the victims from the shootings in El Paso and Dayton were also young. And it was children, teenagers and young adults who joined the debate for gun control, notably after the Parkland, Florida school shooting in 2018 … Continue reading Young People Fighting For Gun Control Want to Know: What Will It Take? →
August 5, 2019
After the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28,  a local newspaper photographer criticized how media quickly descended on the small city in south Santa Clara County in ways we’ve seen too many times: cameras, lights satellite trucks, neatly-dressed journalists. To Robert Eliason, it felt cold, transaction and distanced. “I’m press, but I’m … Continue reading When The Media Descended On Gilroy →
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