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12/14: NUMMI, five years later

Dec 14, 2015

When the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont closed five years ago, thousands of people lost their jobs. Some workers had decades of experience — but it wasn’t easy to get work. A new car company moved in, but it was … different. 

Used under CC liscense. Cropped from original.

California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.


Jeremy Dalmas

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

Opening the voice with Silvia Nakkach

Dec 10, 2015

The human voice is a demanding instrument. Handling it requires precision and skill. But for composer and musician Silvia Nakkach, it’s more than a tool to make pretty sounds. She sees it as a gateway to spiritual growth.

By Amy Snyder

Oakland-based visual artist Zarouhie Abdalian makes art work that examines how people interact with their surroundings. She spoke to KALW’s Jen Chien about using “unremarkable materials” to create memorable experiences for the viewer.

This year, teens at San Francisco Unified School District’s School of the Arts walked into a brand-new kind of class: the district’s first-ever LGBTQ studies class for high school students.

"Beats Antique Press Photo 2013", Beats Antique

The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

Daily news roundup for Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 10, 2015
"880 to Downtown Oakland" by Michael Patrick, used under CC / Cropped

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

Repairing the Gash in the Heart of Oakland // Streetsblog SF

"On a rainy morning in Preservation Park in Oakland, I met with Andrew Faulkner and Jonathan Fearn, advocates with 'Connect Oakland,' to discuss their organization’s vision to remove the 980 freeway, which sits between downtown and West Oakland. . ."

12/10: History in the making

Dec 10, 2015
  • One of the nation's first high school LGBTQ studies classes.
  • The local woman who believes the voice is a gateway to spiritual growth
  • This week's Audiograph mystery sound revealed.



Street protests and town hall meetings swiftly followed the shooting death  by police last week of 26-year-old Mario Woods in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

Liz Mak


Ever seen those huge billboards above the 101 Freeway, advertising for the HempCon or this weekend’s Emerald Cup in Sonoma, and wondered what these marijuana festivals and competitions are all about?

Todd Whitney

Despite the recent rain and projections that El Niño is on its way, there’s little chance that the storms will end California’s drought. At least, Governor Brown’s not counting on it.

12/9: Police Crisis Training

Dec 9, 2015

Courtesy of Anne Nesbet

For the Book Report we ask Bay Area writers to tell us about a book that’s meaningful for them. Today we hear from Berkeley-based writer Anne Nesbet, as she discusses The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats.

"Great white shark - Cal Ripfin" by George Probst, CC license, resized and recropped


If you want to see great white sharks in the Bay Area, the best place to go is the Farallon Islands. It’s about a two hour boat ride from the Berkeley Marina. 27 miles offshore.

Angela Johnston

If you took walk along the Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay on a typical winter weekend, it would be buzzing with activity.


Local Music: San Francisco Girls Chorus

Dec 8, 2015
The San Francisco Girls Chorus


The San Francisco Girls Chorus will celebrate Christmas in song during two programs this week: on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10. Both concerts will take place at Davies Symphony Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.   

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dec 8, 2015
"Chinook Salmon" by Pacific Southwest Region, Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

Oakland City Council considering easing rules to overcome homeless shelter crisis // Oakland Tribune

'There are so many homeless people living on Oakland's streets that city officials are considering a "shelter crisis" ordinance to ease restrictions on housing for the homeless.'

12/8: Toxic Algae

Dec 8, 2015


Tim Hwang by Flickr user Scott Beale. User under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / resized and cropped

After Internet entrepreneur Tim Hwang created a position for himself as the Deputy Director of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory, he began organizing tours of what he calls the "guts of modern life" – the power plants and subway tunnels that keep our cities running. 

Angela Johnston

Up in the Silicon Valley foothills, there’s something that many Bay Area residents don’t even know exists. It’s deep and it’s full of dirt.

“It’s a very large hole in the ground,” says Kari Saragusa, CEO of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Company, just outside Cupertino.

Local Music: The Pine Box Boys

Dec 7, 2015
Image by Nathan Segovia / cropped and resized

Bring an unwrapped gift and join the Pine Box Boys, who'll perform at the San Francisco Fire Department's annual toy drive. The San Francisco group has been together since 2003.

Audrey Dilling



When it’s finished, the Transbay Terminal will be a hub for 11 public transit systems – from Muni to AC Transit to California High Speed Rail – connecting people from all around the state. It’s being touted as the future “Grand Central of the West”. But right now, it’s a big hole in the ground – one that people have to travel around, rather than through.

Illustration by Rich Black


This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature.


Daily news roundup for Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec 7, 2015
Candlelight Vigil by Flickr user msabcmom. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / resized and cropped

Muslim group calls for interfaith vigils in wake of San Bernardino shootings // KQED News

"Condemnations and prayer vigils have become an almost immediate response by Muslim leaders in the wake of attacks perpetrated in the name of Islam. And the San Bernardino shootings were no exception."

12/7 - Hole in the Ground

Dec 7, 2015


  • A controversial plant that makes one of the most important ingredients in new construction - cement.
  • An interview with a unique explorer who formed a society to visit some of the Bay Area's off-limits places.  
  • A tour of one of San Francisco’s major construction projects — the Transbay Terminal.

Untitled, by Park Ranger. Used under CC. Cropped from original.

“Cannabis chief” requirements… Recreational cannabis lacks broad support in California… Post Office won’t deliver newspapers with marijuana ads… Business… Health… and more.


  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.

Kate Willett, by Anja Ulfedt, from

San Francisco comedian Kate Willett is used to not fitting in, which makes her perfect for stand-up comedy. Willett takes her weirdness to the stage to challenge ideas about what women can and cannot do.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma


Two young trombone players are performing a duet inside a shipping container in a emptied lot in Hayes Valley. The musicians, Harry Gonzalez and Brett Wyatt, are from the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and they address their audience through the screen in front of them.