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Is San Francisco's new 'dream' school living up to its potential?

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood.
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Your Call: Reforming the San Francisco Police Department

On the May 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what it will take to reform San Francisco’s police department.
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G7 2016 Ise-Shima Summit

On the May 227th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media round-table. This week we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s visits to Vietnam and Japan. 

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

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Lauren Gunderson is a playwright drawn to science, and the stories of women scientists in particular. Gunderson's one of the most produced playwrights in America these days, but most of her plays premiere right here in her home the Bay Area.

Lauren Gunderson’s play “I and You” is running right now at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose and closes June 19th.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

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So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

Dirty Cello This Saturday 3 pm On KALW!

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Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl are back as Dirty Cello!   They’ll perform their highly energetic, ecelctic  songs on KALW's Folk Music & Beyond this Saturday at 3 pm.  Rough blues, bluegrass at the speed of light, pop tunes and covers are all part of their mix.  Dirty Cello will be among the many headlining acts at the upcoming San Francisco Free Folk Festival on June 11th at Everett Middle School.  For details, visit http://sffolkfest.org

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lavay Smith, vocalist and frontwoman for her band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers who perform at the Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose on Saturday.

May 26, 2016

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Today is Thursday May 26, 2016 The 147th day of 2016-- 219 left It is a leap year Sunrise this morning 5:51 a.m. set: 8:22 p.m. 14:31 hours of daylight Moonrise: previous day set: 2:02 a.m. SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS TODAY; Today is National Blueberry Cheescake Day, National Cherry Dessert Day, Independence Day in Georgia and Sorry Day in Australia. This day in History: 0017 - Germanicus of Rome celebrated his victory over the Germans. 1328 - William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.

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On the May 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what it will take to reform San Francisco’s police department. 

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Philosophy Talk Live at Stage Werx

On Sunday, Philosophy Talk heads to Stage Werx Theatre in SF for two live recordings. At noon, it’s The Mystery of Music and at 3pm, a conversation about Radical Democracy.

KALW's 75th Anniversary Concert! Featuring Kronos Quartet & Bruce Cockburn

Thursday, August 4th at 8pm at The Nourse Theatre in SF. Best seats available as thanks for your support.

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