Marissa Ortega-Welch

From the doctor to the DMV: Trans people rush to change IDs under Trump

Kris Gambardella is visiting the doctor today in order to get a new driver’s license. Kris is 26 and does social work in San Francisco. Like a lot of transgender people, he has yet to legally change his name and what’s called the “gender marker” on his legal documents.

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The failed promise of the Internet

On this  week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of immigration and the recent ICE raids. More than 680 immigrants have been arrested across the country.

The Bay Area's "Day Without Immigrants"

Feb 16, 2017
Josiah Luis Alderete


At his press conference today, President Trump reiterated his motivation for strictly enforcing and enhancing U.S. immigration policy.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Tanforan

Feb 16, 2017
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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.


This is a story about one of my very first teachers, Janet Daijogo. She’s the one who taught me how to tie my shoes and how to read my first book. I’m just one of hundreds of kids who’ve passed through her kindergarten classroom in the fifty-five years she’s taught.  

Gen Fujitani


When President Trump signed an executive order last month banning people from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and advocated a Muslim registry, some of the loudest opponents were Japanese Americans.

Sights & Sounds: Irene Tu

Feb 16, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene, Irene Tu is a local comedian. She told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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We continue our weeklong series on immigration by talking about how to respond and be an ally at a time when immigrants face heightened threats and racism.

Binah: Michael Chabon with Peter Orner

Feb 16, 2017

Novelist and short story writer Michael Chabon shares his latest work, Moonglow, an autobiography wrapped in a novel and disguised as a memoir.

KALW Almanac: Thu. Feb. 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017

Today Thursday, 16th of February of 2017 is the 47th day of the year. There are 318 days remaining until the end of 2017.   628 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 1356 days until the next presidential election on Tuesday November 3, 2020 The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:56 am  and sunset will be at 5:51 pm.  We will have 10 hours and 55 minutes of daylight. 

Will the water come to Okieville, California?

Feb 15, 2017
Sarah Craig

The small hamlet of Okieville got its name from those who headed to California to escape the 1930s Dust Bowl. Today, Okieville is one of the areas hardest hit by California’s current drought.



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Help students become young professionals, contribute to a diverse workforce, and make a positive impact in a young person's life.

KALW Almanac: Thu. Feb. 23, 2017

Today Thursday, 23rd of February of 2017 is the 54th day of the year. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:48 am and sunset will be at 5:58 pm. Today we will have 11 hours and 10 minutes of daylight.

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