A mother reflects on raising her daughter in America

Jun 30, 2015
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Over the past six months student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Erika Monico, a mother who explains what she’s gained and lost by moving from Brazil and raising her daughter in the U.S.

You’ll hear about the summer offerings from the SF Mime Troupe from the composer of the music to this year's theme of "Freedomland," Ira Marlowe.  Details about “Fiddler on the Roof” at Berkeley Playhouse from director Jon Tracy; plus Bay Area theater-makers Mark Jackson and Megan Trout talk about “Now for Now” at Z Below, which brings together elements of theater, dance, and technology; and SAFEhouse Executive Director Joe Landini talks about SAFEhouse Arts’ eighth annual Su

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:


California legislature passes strict school vaccine bill // KRON


“State lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial vaccine bill that would impose one of the strictest school immunizations laws in the country.

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Your Call: How long will the current tech boom last?

Jun 30, 2015

On the June 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the explosion of the tech industry. Billion dollar companies were once rare.  Today, there are more than 50 billion dollar companies in Silicon Valley, with more added every other week.

A Brazilian immigrant returns home to start a family

Jun 29, 2015
Andre Havro

Feeling homesick is something a lot of new immigrants experience. People often seek out the familiar in the foreign -- like with food. But while taste can build a bridge, sometimes people need more than flavor to connect to home. Mills College reporter Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Denize Wells. In America, she found love, but to find a child, she returned to her native Brazil.

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David isn’t his real name. But for the young man we’re calling David, growing up in El Salvador was hard. His mother passed away when he was eight. Instead of going to school, he harvested coconuts so his family could afford to eat. But the real crisis came when a dangerous gang called “MS-13” came recruiting. David was 17 years old at the time.



Nor Kathem has his eye on the clock. He has set the alarm on his phone to go off when his parking meter will expire. He doesn’t want to get a parking ticket in downtown San Jose. 

Kathem has an athlete’s swagger and sense of timing. He has been a refugee in three different countries, so even though he is only 20, he knows a lot about running out of time.

A special from Mills College student reporters: "Waking up from the American Dream: Stories about young immigrants in America." Plus local musicians One Armed Joey.

Petaluma band One Armed Joey will be at Slim’s in San Francisco this Thursday, July 2nd. They're the featured band at a benefit for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Music starts at 8pm.