KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report: a series of stories documenting life in the prison, written and produced by the men inside.
Chris Schumacher may be serving a life sentence, but when he runs, he feels a sense of freedom. Once an addict, he now finds that exercise can curb his destructive urges. He says thousands of laps around the San Quentin Prison track have changed his life.
In California, once your feet leave the ground and hit the pedals of your bike, you’re under the same rules of the road as cars and trucks. But, the thing about riding a bike is that, unlike driving a car, you don’t need a license. There is no test. Once your parents take off the training wheels and let go of the back of your bike, you’re pretty much on your own.
I report on transportation for KALW, but I hardly ever ride my bike. I decided to take an urban bike riding class to learn everything you need to know about riding your bike in the Bay Area.
The music you're hearing is by The Tommy Igoe Big Band. Igoe says he began drumming at the age of two, something many of us can probably claim. But no one else but Igoe can claim creating the drumming cues for "The Lion King" on Broadway. Currently, Igoe plays, and teaches, in and around San Francisco.