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California issues emergency rules ... San Francisco won’t meet New Year’s deadline ... Obama era cannabis rules still honored ... Business, Health and more.

11/16: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

  • There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town in the classically monopolistic sense: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs there and it owns more land than anyone else.


THE INTERSECTION: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs here and it owns more land than anyone else.

Cellista finds her voice and artistic home in San Jose

Nov 16, 2017
Yellow Bubbles Photography

The multidisciplinary musician known as Cellista started playing the cello as a schoolkid in Colorado, and even studied cello performance in college. As an adult she took a break from her instrument while living abroad in France — but after returning to the United States, and moving to San Jose, Cellista made a passionate return to music. 

11/15: Homeless in Googleville

Nov 15, 2017

  • Right outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View we meet a Googler living in an RV in a company parking lot; a subcontractor living in a trailer on the street; and a man living in a van. Find out how they ended up here and what the city of Mountain View is doing to help them. 

11/13: THE INTERSECTION — Life before Google

Nov 15, 2017


Nov 14, 2017
David Boyer / KALW News / The Intersection

There's only one housing development within walking distance of Google's headquarters in Mountain View. It's a diverse mobile home park named Santiago Villa. But whatever you do, don't call it a trailer park.

11/14: Home Sweet Google

Nov 14, 2017

  • Google has made a lot of its employees very, very rich. So why are some of them living in a mobile home park next to the company's global headquarters? And how do other park residents feel about their new neighbors? Find out on the latest installment of THE INTERSECTION. 

THE INTERSECTION: Life before Google

Nov 13, 2017


All this week, we’re bringing you new episodes of THE INTERSECTION — a KALW podcast looks at change in the Bay Area from the view of a street corner. Each season focuses on a new neighborhood. 


Berkeley ready for adult sales ... Smoking lounges may come to San Francisco ... State banking group considers armored cars ... Health, Opinion and more. 

Did you know that you have the power to hit the pause button on new construction projects in San Francisco?

11/9: Discretionary review

Nov 9, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A “special power” lets San Franciscans halt new construction.
  • Come January, will legalized marijuana be available in your city?
  • Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio discusses her documentary about West Oakland's blues history and what it can tell us about the city's future.

Biko Bradford, cropped and resized

Cheryl Fabio covers a lot of ground in her documentary, Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy.

Lee Romney

For students at Santa Rosa’s Anova Center for Education, the month since the devastating North Bay Fires has been really tough. The school serves high-functioning kids on the autism spectrum. They tend to be anxious and have trouble adapting to change. But their school burned down. And nine families lost their houses, too. Coping — and getting back to a calming routine — has been challenging.

Kara Cooper, resized and recropped


The Bay Area is home to tons of ethnic and cultural dance companies and events. Many of these focus on honoring traditional forms of dance.

11/8: Jaco's story

Nov 8, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The North Bay fires burned a Santa Rosa school for high-functioning autistic students, as well as some of their homes.
  • A festival celebrating contemporary Latinx choreographers is happening this weekend.

Why are BART announcements so hard to understand?

Nov 8, 2017
Andy Bosselman / KALW

When you ride BART, there’s usually a moment where you look up from your phone and wonder: "Where am I?" That’s when announcements are supposed to help.

11/7: Harm reduction for homeless alcoholics

Nov 7, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

Andrew Stelzer

San Francisco’s “housing first” philosophy makes some accommodations for homeless alcoholics. But there’s a more cutting-edge experiment taking place elsewhere, and advocates say the city needs to get on board.

The Stoop: You called me African what?

Nov 6, 2017
Illustration by Neema Iyer

The Stoop podcast is hosted by KALW's Hana Baba and Leila Day. 

Flickr user Steve Jurvetson (cropped from original, used under CC-BY)

Tesla is one of the largest employers in the Bay Area, with around 10,000 workers at its factory in South Fremont. That factory used to be the NUMMI plant, where General Motors partnered with Toyota to learn how to run an efficient assembly line with a relatively happy work force. Some current Tesla employees once worked at the NUMMI factory, which had a union. The Tesla factory does not.

Angela Johnston

The devastating October 2017 wildfires in Northern California were the worst in the state’s history, and fire scientists expect more of these extreme blazes to become the norm. Millions of dead trees turn forests into tinderboxes. And many of those trees were killed by one tiny culprit — the bark beetle.

11/6: What's killing California's trees?

Nov 6, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

SFPL History Center Photo Collection / cropped and resized

In 1976, there was a classified ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. It read, “SIGN Mr. PEANUT for sale. 20ft. tall as see [sic] from Bayshore Fwy. Eves. 364-5005.” That’s the last record of the huge Mr. Peanut sign that once marked the spot of the Planters Peanut factory.

How was the San Francisco Bay formed?

Nov 5, 2017
State of California Department of Conservation / cropped and resized

KALW listener Claudia Zeiler wanted to know how and when the San Francisco Bay was formed. 

Joe Parks / cropped and resized

One KALW listener wanted to know why there are no sound walls along either Highway 24 or Highway 980.

By Pixabay user kidjack. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

Bay Area makes progress on adult use permits ... “Campfire pot” could save growers in North Bay fire zone ... Medical guidelines enhanced ... FDA puts CBD distributors on notice ... Ten years of higher ed ... and more.

Who is Karl the Fog?

Nov 2, 2017
phoca2004 / cropped and resized

KALW listener Janet Basu wanted to know; just who is this Karl the Fog, anyway? 

Don't get confused — Covered California still exists

Nov 2, 2017
Covered California

As open enrollment for Covered California begins, President Trump’s recent attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have caused a lot of confusion. KALW’s Health Reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch gave some pointers for navigating the chaos.

What happens to the plastic bags we recycle?

Nov 2, 2017
Victor Andronache / cropped and resized

KALW listener Mimi Manning wanted to know what happens to the plastic bags that are dropped off to be recycled at grocery stores.