Eva Soncin

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Many Californians have come here from somewhere else. In fact, the state has more immigrants than any other in the country. This week, we’re running a series of profiles of immigrants in the Bay Area. Today we meet a medical professional from India and a young woman from Ireland.

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Today, Congress reconvened after summer recess. Immigration advocates had hoped that the comprehensive bill the senate passed back in June would be up for discussion. But with the debate over a possible strike on Syria, and the debt ceiling rearing its head again, and they're worried immigration reform will get buried.

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Free drive-In Movie Night // The West Wind Drive-in movie theaters in Concord and San Jose host a Free Drive-in Movie Night, plus a festival with live music and games. All movies are double features. Admission is free and you can chow down on $1 nachos.

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We’ve been asking our staff to go out to a place they've never been. Reporter Eva Soncin brought back this profile from somewhere she hasn’t visited but that’s close to her roots. This week we venture to L’Alliance Française in Berkeley, a non-profit organization encouraging the study of French language and culture, through classes, tutoring, and social gatherings. 

Anyone with children knows that “Peter the Wolf” is a holiday staple, and an excellent introduction to classical musical instruments. And anyone with children probably also wishes there was ANOTHER introduction, for variation. That wish was actually granted a few years ago when San Franciscans Daniel Handler -- known to children by his pen name, Lemony Snicket – and composer Nathaniel Stookey created “The Composer is Dead” for the San Francisco Symphony.

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The Musée Mechanique at San Francisco's Pier 45 brings together two of the city’s greatest tourist draws: history and entertainment. It’s an arcade, with some of the oldest and most rare games in the industry.

Marianne Gillmer was born in Germany during World War II. Growing up in her village during those tragic years was tough on her family, especially after her father died in battle. She was aware of death at a young age, but she and her best friend still found ways to remain playful and adventurous. In this story, she tells her daughter Susan about one of her most peculiar playgrounds – the local cemetery.

Patricia Hemphill was very young when it dawned on her that she had a big dream for her future, but it wasn’t very well-received by her teacher at the time, Ms. Hart. Hemphill shares the story in this interview with her mother, Anniece Hemphill at the San Francisco StoryCorps booth in the Contemporary Jewish Museum.