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When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Eli Wirtschafter

In February, new express lanes opened on Interstate 580 near Pleasanton. These express lanes are just like carpool lanes – in most ways. They’re free for buses, motorcycles, and cars with more than one rider. But in an express lane a single driver can get in too, for a price.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

VTA has announced that the Flex pilot program will end on July 1. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing on-demand transit were already visible.

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

StoryCorps: Paint and pride in the Mission

May 24, 2016
StoryCorps

 

The Mission District is famous for its vibrantly colored murals, and some of the oldest murals can be found in Balmy Alley.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The BART operator

May 5, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

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.

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.

 

‘Yes means yes’: Teaching teens affirmative consent

Mar 30, 2016
Photo taken by Christopher Pepper

Jordan Diaz-Boutte is a sophomore at Phillip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco. From her perspective, consent is still an ambiguous issue.

Are tiny homes a solution to homelessness?

Mar 23, 2016
"Dignity Village Tour5," by Flickr user Seattle City Council/Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

Last month, San Francisco city workers cleared a large tent encampment of homeless people on Division Street.  Citing complaints about urine, feces and blocked sidewalks, the city’s Public Health Department declared the area unsafe and a public health hazard.

What am I supposed to do after an earthquake?

Mar 21, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

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

Eli Wirtschafter

The East Bay’s congressional representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced a bill last year that would greatly expand access to abortions. It gets rid of what’s called the Hyde Amendment, the restriction on abortion spending by the federal government.

Twenty-year-old Christine Abiba's ultimate dream is to open a center where teens and older adults can exchange life experiences in order to connect. 

In this piece from StoryCorps, she and 70-year-old Frank Kingman dive deep into a conversation about their views on the meaning of life. 

SF punk Penelope Houston adds a very important track to My Mixtape.

Think Candlestick Park is gone forever? Think again

Mar 9, 2016

 

 

In September 2015, San Francisco lost one of its iconic symbols—its sports cathedral, Candlestick Park, where the 49ers of the 80’s dominated football, winning 5 super bowls in 14 seasons under Joe Montana and Steve Young.

 

Photo by Luisa Cardoza

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.

San Francisco's bail system on the stand

Mar 2, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 

Dora Torres is spending the better part of a hot Monday afternoon at Bail Hotline Bail Bonds trying to get her boyfriend Mark Mabutas out of jail. He was arrested in October, charged with mayhem, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. It has taken Torres months of raising money to try and bail him out today.

 

Enrollment now open for the KALW Audio Academy!

KALW is calling for applicants for our 9-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production education, tuition-free.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Casting Club

Feb 25, 2016
Photo by Ian Lewis

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.

Gay and Syrian: One refugee’s journey to San Francisco

Feb 10, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

Subhi Nahas remembers the exact day when he knew he’d have to leave Syria. It was the Spring of 2012. He was twenty four, on a bus, going to university take a final exam. It was the last exam he needed to graduate.

Courtesy Edward Miguel

Some scientists are saying that you can’t talk about the global refugee crisis without talking about another crisis: climate change.

StoryCorps: Dancing despite disability

Feb 10, 2016

Twenty eight years ago, Bonnie Lewkowicz got a phone call from someone wanting to know what she thought about the idea of disabled people dancing. That question set her on an improbable odyssey.

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 3, 2016
Renata Gray

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

The fast and the furious world of pigeon racing

Jan 27, 2016
Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue

Bill Milestone says you can tell when a pigeon is happy. They get frisky with energy. They squabble with each other. They get, he says, a sparkle in their eye.

Milestone is training his flock of forty for an upcoming race. They live in a small white house on stilts in the backyard of his San Francisco home, cooing over each other. 

 

ADVISORY: This story contains mature content.  

In the 1960s, the Tenderloin was a center for the LGBT community in San Francisco. But even there, they faced discrimination and harassment, often from the police. Felicia Elizondo first came to the Tenderloin from San Jose as a teenager in 1963. It was there that she took part in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966, one of the first transgender riots in the country.

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Marcy Fraser and Michelle Francis worked together in hospice care in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1988. Just after the decade came to a close, around 5,000 San Franciscans had died from the disease. Together, the pair look back on their experiences during that time and the moment their friendship was cemented for life.

 

Dancing with Mama Diouf

Nov 25, 2015
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Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

StoryCorps: A friendship lost and found, 40 years later

Nov 24, 2015
Joe Chan and Pak Yan

 

 

Nearly 40 years ago, two best friends said goodbye to each other by holding on to different ends of a paper streamer.

 

Photo by Flickr user john curley, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Cropped from the original

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.

Navigating San Francisco’s pretzel bureaucracy

Sep 17, 2015

Starting a small business in the Bay Area can be quite a chore. To be successful, you have to twist yourself into unusual shapes.

Nosing around the roses in Golden Gate Park

Aug 26, 2015
Chris Hambrick

The Golden Gate Park Rose Garden is an oasis of color and smell, popular among both tourists and honeybees. Fuchsia, red, peach, yellow and white blooms explode everywhere.

 “The rose garden's divided into 64 beds, each with a different variety of rose,”  says Andy Stone, the Rose Garden supervisor, “Usually 12 roses to a bed and then there's the beds on the side that have the climbers and the old fashioned roses.”

 

 

 

 

Jack Detsch / KALW

Three dollars and 25 cents won’t buy you a lot in today’s marketplace, but try to imagine what it might mean if you were a business owner in Oakland’s Chinatown, and you had to bump wages by that much for every hour worked.

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