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Walking SF streets with the Night Minister

Apr 18, 2016
Ian Lewis


Many people living in need rely on churches for meals, support or simply a place to get off the street and rest. But like other types of service centers, churches close their doors at the end of the day. And for those without a home or family to turn to, the night can be a long and difficult time.


Today's Local Music: Lowell Levinger

Apr 18, 2016
Courtesy of Lowell Levinger

Today’s local music is by Lowell Levinger. You may not recognize that name, but perhaps you remember Banana from the Youngbloods, back in the 1960s. Well, that’s him. 

Daily News Roundup for Monday, April 18, 2016

Apr 18, 2016
"Sather Gate" by Flickr user Brian Fisher. Used under CC by-nc-nd 2.0 / Resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Black Parents Say ‘Make UC an Option’ for African Americans // New America Media

4/18: San Francisco Night Ministry

Apr 18, 2016


Meet California’s cannabis czar … Why do dispensary workers have to have a med card? … Opinion … and the origin of 4/20.


Meet California’s new “cannabis czar” // Los Angeles Times

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Essig Museum

Apr 14, 2016
Photograph by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live and the people who live there with you. 

Eden Bassett Jones

Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh grew up in East Oakland, surrounded by fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and check cashing places. To her, other parts of Oakland looked different -- she could see the inequity. When she graduated high school her older brother gave her a camera, but it wasn’t until years later that a chance encounter led her to start taking pictures of familiar faces and places.


Today at the San Jose City College campus, hundreds of people have shown to up go through a series of steps to get them closer to becoming  U.S. Citizens.


There’s been a lot of news about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan and their attempts to enter Europe, but we hear far less about people trying to escape Yemen, where a war has been going on for just over a year now.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 14, 2016

Apr 14, 2016
"Golden State Warriors" by Flickr user Florent Lamoureux, used under CC license / resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Warriors romp to record 73rd win // East Bay Times

"Confetti fell as the Warriors became living legends Wednesday, finishing the regular season with the best record in NBA history at 73-9.

4/14: Vying to vote

Apr 14, 2016

Courtesy of Wear Your Voice

For Ravneet Vohra, founder of Oakland-based magazine Wear Your Voice, getting dressed is more than a matter of clothes — it’s an act of reclaiming identity. Vohra was sexually abused as a young child, and after years of feeling disempowered, she’s now on a mission to break the silence around the many things we keep hush. KALW's Hana Baba sat down with Vohra to learn more.


Turning down 23rd Avenue towards International Boulevard, I see the words “Culture is a weapon” painted the side of a building wall.


4/13: Straddling borders

Apr 13, 2016


  • In East Oakland, a Yemeni family adjusts to a new life. 
  • Fashion and feminism converge in this Oakland-based magazine.
  • Creating a lineage of artists at Eastside Arts Alliance.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Apr 13, 2016
by Flickr user Kenneth Freeman, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 // Cropped and resized

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Oakland Cops Quietly Acquired Social Media Surveillance Tool // East Bay Express

Photo by Bill Joyce

Two tennis courts, enclosed by a chain link fence, sit adjacent to Athol Plaza Park in Oakland, near Lake Merritt.  Laila Espinoza is here nearly every weekend. She hangs a canvas on the tennis court fence so passersby can catch a glimpse of her painting. Today, it’s the image of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in the form of a mermaid; a painting she created on this tennis court.

Photo cropped and resized with permission from Dan Brekke


On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

San Quentin Prison Report: The Cardman

Apr 12, 2016
By Flickr user Mohammed Alnaser / used under CC license / resized and cropped

When we're children we believe in magic but as you get older skepticism takes over. But it's a different story for people who run into The Cardman at San Quentin State Prison.

Today's Local Music: Rupa & The April Fishes

Apr 12, 2016
Courtesty of Rupa & The April Fishes

Rupa & The April Fishes have performed locally and globally and say their home is the Island Republic of San Francisco.

They'll be performing at the Starline Social Club in Oakland this Thursday, April 14th. Doors open at 8pm.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Apr 12, 2016
By Flickr user tbarb_00 / used under CC license / resized and cropped

 Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Yahoo: Why would Daily Mail or anyone else buy net firm? // BBC News

“Recently, there have been more stories about Yahoo shutting bits of its business than celebrating successes.

“The firm's own internet services are now valued to be worth a fraction of its stake in the e-commerce giant Alibaba.”


4/12: Finding magic behind bars in San Quentin

Apr 12, 2016


"Facebook" by Flickr user Chris. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized


If you're on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed the new emojis you can use to express your feelings in reaction to a post. For those of you who don't know: Before, you could only "like" a post. But now you can also express anger, sadness, shock and love, too.


"Tommy Guerrero" by flickr user kata rokkar. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / cropped and resized.

 This music is by Bay Area musician Tommy Guerrero.



Think it’s hard to find affordable housing in Silicon Valley? Imagine what it’s like to try to find an affordable place to put an entire homeless shelter.


StoryCorps: Facilitating a 'good death'

Apr 11, 2016
San Francisco StoryCorps

As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, Alastair Shanks sits at the bedsides of people who are dying at the Laguna Honda, a public hospital in San Francisco that serves the indigent and homeless. Many of those he accompanies are lost to the world through dementia. In this installment of StoryCorps, Shanks speaks with fellow volunteer Mary Doane about the care he takes to make sure each person has a “good death.”

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? April 9, 2016

Apr 11, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.


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

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 11, 2016

Apr 11, 2016
"Warriors Blimp 2" by Flickr user Ardail Smith. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news:

Warriors tie Bulls' mark with 72nd Win // East Bay Times


Shipra Shukla

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on our daily news magazine Crosscurrents. You’ll work in a highly collaborative and supportive newsroom, joining our award-winning team producing long-form features and innovative podcasts. Your primary job will be to work with journalists and storytellers, help them craft reporting plans, follow through with advice during their reporting process, provide insightful edits, and help deliver memorable stories.

John Navas

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on a special project called The Spiritual Edge (TSE), exploring the innovative American spirit through the lens of spirituality and religion. This initiative, launched in 2014, will be directed toward building a national audience and launching a podcast with stories coming from KALW reporters and from around the country.