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A long wait for a new Bayview market

Aug 17, 2016

For Bayview residents, stocking the kitchen with fresh produce, meats, staples and spices means having to go to several places to get what they need. There is no full service grocery store here, so people have to plan, travel, and get creative. 

photo by Carla Brava, Resized and Cropped

Joanna Haigood makes site-specific and aerial dance. Her dances take place outside, or on specially built structures, or even suspended by ropes and harnesses high above the ground.

For young Bay Area mariachis, music is a family affair

Aug 17, 2016


Picture a mariachi band.

Paul Griffiths, Cropped and Resized

This is Bay Area singer/songwriter Paul Griffiths. Jim Bruno (musician and college instructor) describes Griffiths' lyrics as 'insightful and eloquent.' 

8/17: Bayview gets its grocery store

Aug 17, 2016

Photo courtesy of Dr. Vance Vredenburg

Mountain yellow-legged frogs used to be bountiful, hopping out from under hikers feet anywhere there was water. Now they’re critically endangered by both non-native predators and a deadly fungal disease that's killed over a third of the world’s amphibian species.

Dragons on Lake Merced

Aug 16, 2016



This piece was produced Jacky Chiu, one of our high school student summer interns.


I’m at Lake Merced in San Francisco for dragon boat practice. It's kind of smelly like usual, but you can get used to it when you're a paddler.


Vallejo hopes to plug into the electric car market

Aug 16, 2016
Max Pringle




If you’re a former Navy town that’s been navigating rough economic seas since your base closed 20 years ago, a high-tech electric car assembly plant may just be the thing you’re looking for to turn your fortunes around.

How big companies shape San Francisco's ballot

Aug 15, 2016
Creative Commons image from TechCrunch via Flickr


We’re less than three months from Election Day, and, even though it might not seem like it, there’s plenty to think about besides Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Californians have 17 propositions to consider, and that doesn’t even include the county measures; San Franciscans, themselves, are looking at 25 more.

San Francisco Unified School District’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts made history in 2015, when it offered what the district believes was the first LGBTQ Studies class in the nation. That class has since expanded to Thurgood Marshall High School, Mission High and even a high school in Union City.

Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Aug 15, 2016
Photo courtesy of Youth Speaks



Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? Aug. 14, 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.


This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic treasure hunt. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area.

Used under CC (commercial use & modifications allowed / cropped from original)

DEA delays consideration of pot reclassification ... White House wants to widen research ... Employers can fire medical users ... Should expectant mothers stop using cannabis? ... Opinion, health, and more.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Hopper's Hands

Aug 11, 2016


All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.


This week KALW teamed up with the East Bay Express to share essays by Bay Area residents about racial injustice in America. The series marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.


Joo Wan Kim is originally from South Korea, where he trained as a classical musician. He fell in love with hip hop after moving to the U.S. as an adult. He now leads Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which brings those seemingly disparate musical styles together. He collaborates with Khafre Jay, a rapper, educator, and executive director of Hip Hop for Change, which uses the music as a tool for education and empowerment.


Who’s this? It’s the Atomic Love Bombs, from San Francisco. 

The Atomic Love Bombs take part in this weekend’s International Pop Overthrown Festival at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They're performing Saturday. Show starts at 7:30pm. 

8/11: Hoppers Hands

Aug 10, 2016

Chris Hambrick


Wednesday is orientation day for new students at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington D.C. For students from the Bay Area, they've traveled close to three thousand miles to be there.

In Sunol, a farmer grows the flavors of Ethiopia

Aug 10, 2016
Meradith Hoddinott

For over 20 years, Menkir Tamrat has grown Ethiopian vegetables and herbs he couldn’t find anywhere else in the Bay.

Steven Short

The National Guard Armory is a brooding brick “castle” at the corner of 14th and Mission in San Francisco.

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: “The fear was in my bones”

Aug 10, 2016
Photo by Lucy Kang.

In this week marking the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, KALW teamed up with the East Bay Express to share essays by Bay Area residents about racial injustice in America. 

8/10: "The fear was in my bones"

Aug 10, 2016

Angela Johnston


The California drought is now in it’s fifth year, and a recent study says it won’t be over for years to come. The study analyzed California’s mountain snowpack and found that we’d need almost four and a half more years of winter storms to escape drought conditions.  

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
Photo by Justine Lee.

We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

Photo courtesy of Marc Mondavi

Five years of drought has forced California farmers and wine makers to turn from the sky to the ground to find water. It’s down there, but you have to know exactly where it is in order to drill a well.  

8/9: Drought update

Aug 9, 2016
  • Two mothers express their struggle to talk with their sons about race and racism.
  • California relaxes water conservation rules, but it doesn't mean the drought is over.
  • The magic of locating underground water.


Glass King, a recycling center in West Oakland that's a source of income and safety net for roughly 400 daily walk-up recyclers, is set to close on August 20th. That is, unless supporters of the center successfully petition the city to withdraw its orders to shut the center down.