Thirteen-year-old Jonah Cohen is dyslexic. The learning disability plays a big role in Jonah’s life -- from impacting his success as a student to influencing which kids he considers friends. Jonah and his mom, Nancy Kaufman Cohen, stopped by the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco to record a conversation about one of his earliest memories. It’s the day his parents told him he would have to change schools because of his dyslexia.
Twice a year the San Francisco Symphony hosts workshops called “Sing Out Davies”, as part of the symphony's Community of Music Makers program. For one evening, singers from around the Bay Area come together to make music as one. KALW's Alyssa Kapnik stood among them for a recent workshop and brought back their impressions of what it's like to be an ordinary person in such an extraordinary experience.
The story of the new Bay Bridge really begins in 1989, with the Loma Prieta earthquake. A lot of things collapsed -- including a section of the bridge’s eastern span. California officials realized they needed to do something drastic to protect during the next inevitable quake.
“They talked about renovating the existing bridge and that was going to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” says William Ibbs.