Hannah Kingsley-Ma


There’s a warehouse in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood stuffed with the severed legs of aging mannequins, screws of various sizes, and large pieces of real fur.

Photo by Bonnie Chan.

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.


Lorin Benedict is a theoretical and computational physicist at Lawrence Livermore labs. His work focuses on predicting the properties of materials—chiefly within extreme conditions of temperature and pressure, like at the center of giant planets and in stars. At the end of a long day studying the hearts of the stars, Benedict often finds himself heading out beneath their flickering light to sing the 12-bar blues in his double life as a Bay area jazz singer.


San Francisco musician Joshua Raoul Brody grew up in a musical family just outside New York City, where he loved listening to comedic songwriters like Tom Lehrer and Allen Sherman. He started playing in rock bands in high school, attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then moved to San Francisco in 1974. There he discovered a whole community of like-minded artists, combining music and comedy. He’s been a staple of the San Francisco music scene ever since. KALW’s Jen Chien talked to Joshua Raoul Brody about why music is not a spectator sport.


This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Saturday, 8/27 at the Biscuits & Blues club, off Union Square in San Francisco. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you might encounter her in one of those clubs sometime! Her Saturday show starts at 7:30 pm.

8/25: Why are teachers buying their own supplies?

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Tomorrow on Crosscurrents: A  look into how much teachers are spending out of pocket to make sure their classrooms are ready for the school year. A conversation with Joshua Raoul Brody. A Bay Area Beats with scat singer Lorin Benedict. The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Chris Treggiari, visual artist and co-curator of the exhibit Oakland, I want you to know... now on view at the Oakland Museum of California, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:

August 25, 2016

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Today is Thursday August 25, 2016 The 238th day of 2016-- 128 left It is a leap year Sunrise this morning 6:35 a.m. set: 7:47 p.m. 13:12 hours of daylight Moonrise: 12:17 a.m. set: 2:35 p.m. SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS TODAY; Today is National Park Service Day, Second Hand Wardrobe Day, Natl. Bananna Split Day, Ntl Whiskey Sour Day , Kiss and Make up Day and Independence Day in Uruguay. This day in History: 1718 - Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans. 1814 - The U.S.

Your Call: Profiting from the poor

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On the August 25th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Daniel Hatcher about his new book The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens.