This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature.
Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.
If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller.
Last week, young people in San Francisco got some good news: starting in March, they’ll be able to ride MUNI free of charge. After a two-year campaign, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a 16-month pilot program that will allow low-income young people between five and seventeen to apply for free youth passes, which they can use to ride public transit in the city. KALW’s Julie Caine explains.
Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.
Time spent riding BART or Muni can be one of the least inspiring parts of a parson's day. It’s a time spent mostly waiting to be somewhere else. Commuters with headphones snaked from ear to ear, eyes focused on smartphones and iPads, or on the pages of books and newspapers. On the train, it’s sometimes too loud to talk to anyone, even when you want to.
One way to get to know a new place is to ride public transportation – especially the bus. It’s like taking an unguided tour – a tour in which there’s often as much to see inside as there is out the windows.
The most popular buses in Oakland are the 1 and the 1R. The 1, which is the local route, makes 105 stops in three different East Bay cities. It’s a trip that takes four hours from start to finish.