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5:39pm

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.

7:00pm

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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5:55pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Politics

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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5:22pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Contemplating the local impact from America’s next supersized trade deal

Yard signs placed in front of hotels in Leesburg, VA during TPP negotiations in September 2012
Flickr user Public Citizen

 

Trade representatives from twelve countries have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for four years. They’re discussing removing tariffs, protecting the environment, and stopping the piracy of copyrighted  material - all in the name of freer international trade.

Not much is known about what’s in this agreement, but based on what’s been leaked, here’s what we think we know about a couple of key components that will affect Californians: cows and computers.

On the farm

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4:00pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Dozens in Albany homeless encampment prepare for clearout

Dan Paul with his sculpture. Paul and the other Bulb residents face eviction soon.
Photo by Mary Rees.


On the west side of the city of Albany, there’s a peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay. It’s beautiful there, right on the water, with hiking trails and beaches looking directly out toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On that piece of land, there’s a broad hilly mound covered in brush, grass, trees, scattered concrete slabs, and rebar that’s come to be known as the Albany Bulb.

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