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In 1925, Redwood City's real estate board offered a $10 prize for the best slogan for the growing city. The winning submission? "Climate Best by Government Test." In this Hey Area short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm digs into whether the claim is true. Click the player above to hear the answer.

Are there more crows in the Bay Area than there used to be?  The answer is yes. For this short-answer segment, reporter Jurgen Klemm teamed up with veteran birder Alan Hopkins to learn why. Click the player above to hear the story. 

Regulation changes proposed in Congress ... Small growers in Mendo feeling squeezed ... Big pot bust on I-580 ... How to enjoy 4/20 event ... and more.

The Bay Bridge that was

Apr 13, 2017
Lina Misitzis


The last of the old Bay Bridge came down a few weeks ago. That means the end of a habitat for the double crested cormorants that nested there. At their height in 2007, more than 1,200 nests were counted in the underbelly of the bridge.

Marissa Ortega-Welch


The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting was awarded to the staff of the East Bay Times for “relentless coverage of the ‘Ghost Ship’ fire ... and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”

What am I supposed to do after an earthquake?

Apr 13, 2017
Eli Wirtschafter

We all know we’re supposed to prepare for earthquakes, but how many of us really have a plan?

4/13: Earthquake preparedness

Apr 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Behind the scenes with community emergency response trainers.
  • The back-story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the Ghost Ship fire.
  • Can Bay Bridge officials lure the cormorants into the new bridge? 

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Bay Area Beats: LoCura

Apr 12, 2017
Courtesy of Locura

The San Francisco band LoCura reflects the Bay Area’s mix of cultures and histories. Locura blends flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia and ska to make its own revolutionary party music. LoCura will join fellow Bay Area musical groups Bang Data and Rupa & The April Fishes at a benefit concert at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley this Friday, April 14th. For details, click here.

Marylee Williams

A line is forming outside Glide Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. People are waiting to get dinner or to get sent to another shelter for the night. But that’s not what Jana Lee* is here for.

This music is from the newest album by Danny Paul Grody. SF Weekly named it one of the “Five Best Bay Area Albums of 2016.”

Let the artists tell it: East Oakland has a “vibe,” a distinctive feel and flavor, and they do all they can to capture and convey it. Join KALW Public Radio and Oakland Voices for Sights and Sounds of East Oakland: Come Together, the second annual event celebrating the community by the artists who live, work, and create here.

A spiritual haven for African refugees in Kansas City

Apr 11, 2017
Steve Mencher

Mid-February in Kansas City is usually a time for sweaters and scraping ice off your windshield. Not really when you'd expect to be firing up an air pump to inflate a kiddie pool. But the pool, if it holds air and water, may have a higher calling.

Some, Done, or None: To be Muslim in the U.S.

Apr 11, 2017
Judy Silber

The Spiritual Edge has been putting together a series of profiles about how people do — and do not — practice their religious beliefs. Ahmad Rashid Salim is Muslim, and a prayer leader at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.

Today's Local Music: Ed Neumeister

Apr 11, 2017
Albert Handler, 2013

Now here’s something you may never have heard: music for solo trombone! That’s trombone master Ed Neumeister performing.

4/11: Migration, refuge and religion

Apr 11, 2017

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Electrical engineer and computer programmer Kimberly Bryant says that when she was in college, she was one of only a few women, and the only black woman, in her class. When she had her own daughter, Kai, she wondered what she could do to get more young girls of color into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

When women stopped coding

Apr 10, 2017
Under CC license from Flickr user Chris Monk

Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers — the ones who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

Take a moment to imagine how the night sky will look a few hours from now. The lights of the Bay Area may shine around you, making the darkness a little lighter. And of course there’s likely to be some fog. Still you’ll probably see a few stars, glowing dimly against an endlessly dark backdrop.

4/10: When coding became male

Apr 10, 2017

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: 3-Zero Cafe

Apr 6, 2017

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.

Sukanya Chakrabarti


A new play in the South Bay tells the story of a remarkable woman you may not know about.

Courtesy of Terrance Alan, cropped and resized

Marijuana is recreationally legal in California, and has been since Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed in the November election. So if it’s legal, when can the general public buy it?

4/6: The future of legalized marijuana

Apr 6, 2017

Courtesy of Ben Trefny

Do you have questions to ask, and stories to tell? Do you love going behind the scenes, and learning how things really work? Are music and sound a big part of your life? If so, the KALW Public Radio summer internship for high school students is for you!

Anthony Tusler


Ever wonder what that building is connected to the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley?

This music you’re hearing today is by a Bay Area duo called Gutter Swan. Loryn Barbeau, a former opera singer, and Steve Egelman, guitarist, take inspiration for their sound from traditional folk, and Americana twang.


  • How Berkeley protesters helped bring about the Americans with Disabilities Act 40 years ago.
  • A conversation with Elaine Magree, a theater artist who transformed her experience during the AIDS epidemic into a surprisingly funny play

The Bay Area has about 250 thousand Muslim residents – more than three percent of the region’s population. But what many people know about Islam is limited to anti-Muslim messages that have come from the highest political office holders.

Tom Levy


Like other holy scriptures, the Quran has been studied and read, commented on, and interpreted mostly by men. There was a tradition of female scholarship early in Islam, but later, it was men at the helm of breaking down the verses, and deciding how they’re applicable to everyday life.

4/4: Islamic Feminism

Apr 4, 2017