The Museum of Capitalism won’t ignite a revolution, but it’ll sure make you think

The United States economy doesn’t look too shabby right now. Job numbers are through the roof, and the stock market is hitting record highs. But the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. One fifth of Oakland residents live below the poverty line. Still, blaming an entire economic system like capitalism can feel vague and ineffective. But there’s one place in Oakland where people are encouraged to imagine an alternative, post-capitalist reality.

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Your Call's media roundtable: Charlottesville & white supremacy

The horrific stories and images coming out of Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage and international media coverage. Last week, we saw white supremacists groups carrying torches, guns, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia.

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Photo courtesy Sandip Roy/modified from original

Sandip Roy reflects on India’s journey as it turns 70.

Take a ride on the wild side...today is National Rollercoaster Day!


Today is Wednesday, August 16, 2017 the 228th day of the year with 137 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:27am  
  • Sunset: 8:01pm

...giving us 13 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.  41% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 3:42pm.


Venezuela is dealing with the world’s highest inflation, severe food shortages, high crime, and political repression. Venezuela is also home to the world’s largest oil reserves. So what explains the political and economic turmoil?

Mike Gonzalez, author of Hugo Chavez, argues that as President Nicolas Maduro’s anti-democratic government battles violent right-wing forces, ordinary Venezuelans are watching the gains of Chavismo slip away. 


How to prepare for next week's eclipse

Aug 15, 2017
"annular solar eclipse" from CC Flickr User Takeshi Kuboki, resized and recropped

People all across the country are getting ready for next week’s solar eclipse, seeking out the best spots to see it, buying their safe viewing glasses, and learning up on what exactly an eclipse is.

Neel Nanda performs tomorrow (Wednesday, August 16th) at Mountain View Center for the performing arts as part of Desi Comedy Fest. Find ticket information here. Alingon Mitra performs Sunday (August 20th) at Marines Memorial Theatre as part of Desi Comedy Fest. Find ticket information here.

Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group


In 1967, during a public health meeting at UCSF, Dr. David Smith declared that health care is a right, not a privilege. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.

Almanac - Tuesday 8/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Today Tuesday, 15th of August of 2017 is the 227th day of the year...

Mapping West Oakand pollution, block by block

Aug 14, 2017
Laura Wenus / KALW

West Oakland has had an air pollution problem for years, and it’s taken a toll on residents. Emergency room visits for asthma are highly concentrated in West Oakland and Emeryville, but they drop off dramatically when you get to other parts of Oakland.

The Desi Comedy Festival is the only South Asian comedy festival in the country.

Bay Area Beats: Bang Data

Aug 14, 2017
Odell Hussey / cropped and resized

When Deuce Eclipse and Juan Manuel Caipo joined forces in 2008, they wanted to make music that could do two things: provide information, and make beats that bang.


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Almanac - Friday 8/18/17

Today is Friday, August 18, 2017, the 230th day of the year with 135 days remaining. Sunrise : 6:28am Sunset : 7:58pm ...giving us 13 hours and 30 minutes of daylight. 20% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 5:44pm.

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