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Bay Area residents voice their views on the upcoming presidential election

Jul 26, 2016
Allison Levitsky

The minds of many in the Bay Area are in Philadelphia this week, where top Democrats from around the nation have gathered for their national convention — right off the heels of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. How is all this affecting us back here at home? We’ve been sending reporters around the Bay Area to find out.

Our friends at Youth Radio in Oakland sent a contingent of reporters to Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention. Reporter Soraya Shockley spoke to KALW's Ben Trefny about her experience covering the convention, and interviewing former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

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Our friends at Youth Radio in Oakland sent a contingent of reporters to Philadelphia last week for the Democratic National Convention. One of them was Miles Bess. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with him about his experience inside and outside the convention.


7/26: Dispatch from the DNC

Jul 26, 2016

Today on Crosscurrents: Bay Area residents voice their views about the upcoming presidential election. Youth Radio dispatches from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. A colony of artists in San Francisco faces eviction.

Photo courtesy of Nigel Poor


For the past six years, inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison have raised $40,000 for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation by holding walkathons inside the prison gates. SQPR reporter Earlonne Woods tells us why they walk.


Photo cropped and resized with permission from flickr user Caitlin Regan

Maria Su is the executive director of the San Francisco Department for Children Youth and Their Families.  They work together with the city and community organizations to improve the life of kids and parents. Hear her speak about the new Paid Parental Leave Ordinance in San Francisco, and what it means for families in the city.

Parents plan for paid family leave in San Francisco

Jul 25, 2016
Lisa Bartfai


Rents and cost of living in the Bay Area are still on the rise, but San Francisco families will soon start seeing some relief: the city has a new family leave law that will come into effect in January of 2017.


7/25: Family Leave

Jul 25, 2016


The Bridge: Behind the scenes at AT&T Park

Jul 22, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We hear two stories from the home of the San Francisco Giants - AT&T Park. First, we meet the Spanish-language broadcast team of the Giants -  or Los Gigantes - and then we spend time with the man who keeps the ballpark organ pipes singing.

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“Reverse fire sales” in Calaveras County ... New Berkeley dispensaries likely ... Want a job in the cannabis industry? ... and more.


Marijuana tax would aide L.A. homeless // The Weed Blog


Well, what do we have here?  This would be the San Francisco soul and funk band called Midtown Social.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

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

Protestors chained to doors of Police Union Building in Oakland // ABC 7 News

"Black Lives Matter protesters are spending the night outside the Oakland police union headquarters, some are chained to the building.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016
by Flickr user Florent Lamoureux / Resized and Cropped

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

 Marin delegates celebrate Trump nomination: ‘Like New Year’s Eve’ // Marin Independent Journal

 “'It was like New Year’s Eve, only in triplicate,' a Marin delegate said of the moment New York put Donald Trump over the top as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.


It’s 7:45 AM and I’m in the car with Albany resident Steve Shea. We’re headed from the East Bay to his office in Novato.


“Yeah I’ve been commuting to this job ten years now,” he says, his hands on the wheel, eyes fixed on traffic ahead.


Holly J. McDede


This story originally aired in December of 2015.

Earlier this month, demonstrators around the Bay Area gathered to protest against the police killings of two African American men: Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

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San Francisco actor, writer and storyteller Corey Rosen studied film production in college. But once he graduated he fell in love with theater — live, improvised theater.

Press photo by Ross Pelton

This music?  It’s by Junk Parlor. They perform their style of music from Eugene to Los Angeles, Reno to Seattle, but mostly focus on home base here in the Bay Area.

7/19: Crisis intervention

Jul 19, 2016

Eric Carmichael// Resized

Hambone is an art form involving body percussion with roots in West African music and dance. It was brought to this continent by enslaved people. Today, East Bay native Lance McGee keeps the practice going. 

Listener Heather Fife got in touch to suggest a Specialist about her parents, who've performed singing telegrams in the Bay Area for 34 years — and who had Heather and her four siblings perform them too. 

Today's Local Music: Caren Armstrong

Jul 18, 2016
Caren Armstrong// Resized

Today’s local music is by award winning East Bay musician Caren Armstrong. Steve Coyle, from The Waybacks, says she is "one of those rare musicians who plays and sings music from its bones on out.”

7/18: Singing telegram

Jul 18, 2016

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AUMA receives mixed support and opposition ... Old prison sold to cannabis oil extractor ... THC helps with Alzheimer’s ... Can pot save Amoeba? ... and more. 

Kyle Trefny

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. We hear the story of one of them, Ben Rivers, who has found ways to maintain an active inner life even as his body slows down.

The View from Here: Who cares?

Jul 14, 2016
Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio. Resized and recropped


An estimated 65 million Americans are family caregivers. They provide for sick, aging and disabled family members at home. It’s a stressful job. As Americans grow older, more of us will either need or be caregivers. But who cares for the caregivers? And what are they doing to care for themselves?

Daily news roundup for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
restaurant pay gap
by Flickr user Javier Sánchez, used under CC / Resized and cropped

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


San Jose police rolls out first wave of body cameras in department milestone // San Jose Mercury News

The View from Here: Hidden hunger

Jul 13, 2016
Andrew Nixon, Capitol Public Radio. Resized and recropped


Nearly fifty million Americans are food insecure. They have trouble getting affordable, healthy food and don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

7/14: Who Cares?

Jul 13, 2016


As Americans grow older, more of us will either need or be caregivers. But who cares for the caregivers? And what are they doing to care for themselves? In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear about the state of caregiving in America. 

7/13: Hidden hunger

Jul 13, 2016

In Sacramento, a city in one of the richest agricultural regions of the country, tens of thousands of residents go hungry each day. In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear about food insecurity in the region. 


This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Friday, July 15th, at Miner Auditorium, in the SFJazz Center. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you may encounter her in one of those clubs sometime!

Her Friday show starts at 7:30pm.