Erica Mu

Reporter/Producer

Erica Mu is a reporter and producer for the "Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project" in conjunction with KALW and the Association of Independents in Radio. Mu has reported on the serious side of health and the quirky side of arts, and she's also helped KALW pioneer the digital frontier as the news team’s web strategist and editor. Mu has also organized and directed KALW’s live storytelling events.

Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project is KALW’s new community storytelling initiative in Oakland and San Francisco. We’re spending 12 months in these two cities, asking you to share your stories with us on the web and on air. Today, we’re kicking off a week of Hear Here by sharing some of the best stories the project has gathered so far. KALW’s Holly Kernan sat down with Hear Here producers Erica Mu and Audrey Dilling to get an update on the project.

Listen to their conversation above.

Hear Here: Meet Carlisle Haworth & Diana Hartman

Jul 17, 2012

We've been meeting some of our neighbors in San Francisco and Oakland through our new community storytelling project, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project. Our Hear Here producers have been popping up in libraries, food banks, and schools to capture snapshots of life in these two cities, and we've been airing some of these stories on Crosscurrents. Hear Here met the two following San Francisco residents, Carlisle Haworth and Diana Hartman at the Polish Club in the Mission. They shared these stories about food from their childhood.

Hear Here: Meet Jahmese Myres

Jun 26, 2012

Hear Here: Meet Josh

Jun 21, 2012

Hear Here's Erica Mu interviewed Josh (who asked that his last name not be used) about his work experience – past and present. 

Earlier this week, soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner filed a brief challenging the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act. But the 32 million Americans who would receive access to healthcare from the reform bill have more to worry about than Boehner and the Republican party. There’s currently a shortage of primary care physicians in some areas of the nation, and it’s about to get worse.

In April and May, Hear Hear: A Pop-Up Radio Project will be popping up in Oakland and San Francisco public libraries to record memories, tales, and favorite personal stories of local residents. Bring a loved one, come in a group, or come by yourself – your stories will live online, and could even air on 91.7FM!

Where to find Hear Here

April 17, 3 - 7pm

Oakland Public Library – Golden Gate Branch, Community Meeting Room

Over the next 12 months, KALW 91.7FM Local Public Radio will be asking the residents of San Francisco and Oakland to tell stories of how they Work, Eat, Love, Play, Worship, and Create. We want you to share what’s important in your life – your projects, your relationships, your passions – to help us put the “public” back in “public media.” Together, we’ll illuminate life in these two cities, just miles apart, and draw out the common threads that tie us together. And we’ll share what we’ve learned on air, online, on stage, and in public.

How does it work?

Erica Mu

Long before Beyonce decided to redefine “diva” for pop culture, the term was associated with high culture. Nevertheless, divas of then and now have maintained a reputation, as late comedian Anna Russell explains, “…you would need to be a glorious-voiced, independently wealthy, sexy, politically motivated, backstabbing bitch.”

Russell was actually talking about opera singers, and what it takes to become one. And she has a point: The path to the opera stage can be filled with challenges. But it can also be fun.

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Take a moment and think of a typical love song. It probably declares something like "Love Me Tender" or "It Had to be You." It probably doesn't croon, "I clicked your photo." (Though there is at least one song about online dating. It's called "Web Site Story").

A note to our listeners and readers: We’ve changed the name of the patient in this story for privacy reasons.

It’s a busy Monday morning at the San Francisco Veterans Association Medical Center. Palliative care physicians Alex Smith and Katherine Aragon, along with their intern Sara Murray, gather in the lobby. They’re on their way to see a patient, Bill Jones – a gentleman in his 60s who has a form of slow-growing cancer.

In the mid-1800s, the Gold Rush brought enthusiastic settlers westward, from across the United States. At the same time, another migration was flowing eastward.

Over three decades, the country’s Chinese population grew from 4,000 to over 100,000. The immigrants who landed on California’s shores followed the Transcontinental Railroad across the state, building pockets of community along the way.

Many creative types in the Bay Area, from writers to radio producers, performers and artists, are managing multiple jobs to feed themselves these days. It's a struggle for many, but for some, wearing different hats isn't a matter of survival – it's actually a way of being. Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one such man: He's a poet, scholar, dancer, educator, director, and performer. He helped found Youth Speaks and the Living Word Festival.

In last night’s State of the Union speech, President Obama laid out his plan for a better economy. His proposals focus on U.S. manufacturing, energy independence, adapting skills to a changing economy, and tax increases on the very wealthy. The speech, which comes at the start of the election year, is just the beginning of the president’s case for a second term…

Natural Gas Jazz Band

Jan 5, 2012

The Natural Gas Jazz Band will be playing traditional jazz at the 19 Broadway club in Fairfax on Sunday, January 8. Music starts about 4pm.

Garrin Benfield

Jan 3, 2012

San Francisco guitar innovator Garrin Benfield is known for a complex, loop-driven solo show – but he’s not doing that on his new album. Now he’s concentrating on singing and playing a finger-style electric guitar. 

Benfield says his current sound might best be accompanied by candlelight and a bottle of Pinot Noir. They don’t offer either at the Dolores Park Café in San Francisco, but that’s where you can hear Benfield this Friday, January 6, starting about 7:30pm. All ages are welcome.

Going somewhere?  If it’s through San Francisco Airport on a Wednesday or Friday, between now and December 23, you can hear some live local music while you’re there. The annual “Hear It Now” concerts take place between 11am and 2pm on those dates.

Photo courtesy of Dave Wong

In San Francisco, you don’t have to go to a stuffy night club or a formal classroom to learn how to swing dance. If you want to learn the Lindy Hop, you can learn in the great outdoors.

KALW’s Carolina Hidalgo, who is originally from Chile, found the group called Lindy in the Park, dancing in full daylight on one of her walks in Golden Gate Park. She brings us this profile for the next installment of Meet Your Neighbors.

Join KALW for its final 70th anniversary event, in conjunction with the Mission Arts and Performance Project!

This special evening will feature oral storytellers, radio producers, and musicians performing on the theme of "Beginnings and Endings." We'll also be bringing you an episode of KALW's "Crosscurrents" LIVE, with audience participation! 

Cost: FREE!

Venue: The Polish Club (3040 22nd Street, San Francisco)

Date and Time: Saturday, December 3rd from 6-9pm

Performers include:

KALW is pleased to be an official partner for the fourth annual National Day of Listening, sponsored by StoryCorps. We’re asking that you take a few minutes to say thanks to a favorite teacher. You can write a dedication post on Facebook, send a "thank you" tweet, call, write an email, or have a StoryCorps-style interview with this teacher. All the details are here.

Occupy Oakland made a peaceful return to Frank Ogawa Plaza last night following a march by several hundred from the Public Library on 14th and Madison to City Hall. Despite holding a packed General Assembly in the amphitheater, dozens of Oakland Police positioned throughout the plaza and the surrounding streets deterred any attempts to set up tents or permanently retake the plaza.

As the Occupy Wall Street movement unfolds in the Bay Area, KALW is trying something new. We’re using the sound-sharing platform SoundCloud to collect perspectives on the movement from Bay Area residents. Tell us what’s happening in your city and what you think about it. Share it with us using your Android, iPhone, or iPad and the SoundCloud App.

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