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Mon October 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Lucas Ohio & The Shamblers

The band you’re hearing now is called Lucas Ohio & The Shamblers. Lead singer Lucas Ohio started his musical career on the Central Coast, but has been in the Bay Area since 2009.

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Sat October 12, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? October 12, 2013

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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. 

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Thu October 10, 2013

Government shutdown causes working visa uncertainty

People wanting to renew or get an E-3, H1-B or H1B1 visa to work in the US may be affected by the shutdown.
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Thousands of people move to the Bay Area for a job. Many are from overseas, requiring a visa to live and work in the United States.

But the Government shutdown has closed a service needed to process some of these temporary work visas.

As a result, there are workers who may be forced to leave the country when their visas expire. Others are currently unable to return to the US without the proper documentation.

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Thu October 10, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph: Mt. Tamalpais Fire Tower

The view from the Gardner Lookout

High above the Bay, at the top of Mount Tam, is a little shack—up on stone tower, just that much higher above the peak where it sits.  It’s called the Gardner Lookout, and it’s one of two fire lookout towers in Marin County. 

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Thu October 10, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

After the Rim Fire: A conversation with Scott Stephens

This is fire season. All you have to do is look around you to see the effects. 3,100 acres were blackened atop Mt. Diablo in September, and at the end of last week, at least three grassfires burned simultaneously, shrouding the East Bay in a dense cloud of brown smoke.

Every fire season, high dry winds and careless campers add to the incidents of wildfires. This summer, the worst was the Rim Fire--a massive forest fire that burned 400 square miles across the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

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