Mary Rees



Tue July 1, 2014

Your Call: Beyond boycotts, how can we help sweatshop workers?

Demonstrators in Belgium on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.
By setca_bbtk, in Flickr Creative Commons


Thu June 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Not Your Grandma's Orchestra

The Firehouse Art Collective door opens to rainy Adeline Street.
Mary Rees

Once or twice a month in the East Bay, violinists and bass-players, flautists and trumpeters -- gather to play orchestra music. But instead of a concert hall, they meet in warehouses or museums. No one’s wearing a tie or gown, and the group hasn’t rehearsed. They play a few pieces together and swill free beer between sets.

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Wed May 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

Storycorps: Nature and Nurture

Margarita Loinas moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was nineteen. Growing up, she felt a connection to nature much like the one her granddaughter  Alma has with  Mount Tam.   Alma, an aspiring Supreme Court justice, sat down with her grandmother in a Storycorps booth in San Francisco, to talk about life, and their relationship.


Wed April 30, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Indoors Again, After Years on the Albany Bulb

Doris Sanchez in her new living room.
Credit Mary Rees

Last fall we reported on the impromptu community that grew up on a spit of land in the East Bay known as the Albany Bulb. Homeless people put up tents and wooden sheds all over a grassy former landfill with gorgeous views of the Bay.

Bulb campers said that even though they didn’t have conventional houses, they did have a group of people that took care of one another, shared meals, and hauled water together.

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Thu April 24, 2014

Local Russians Weigh in on Ukrainian Conflict

This cartoon from the Russian newspaper, "Arguments and Facts -America," depicts Nurse Obama pumping aid into an ailing Ukraine.
Andrei Dorofeev / "Arguments and Facts - America"


As the conflict rages on between Russia and Ukrainian nationalists, thousands of miles away in San Francisco, people are following closely. There are an estimated 3,800 Ukrainians here. But the city is also home to more than 17,000 people who identify as Russian. So, what do they think about what’s going on back home?

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