Audio Academy

Rachel Wong

One of the first things you hear when you enter the East Bay Vivarium is lots of scratching. It's coming from inside a large cage -- its a giant lizard that’s nearly as long as I am tall. “His name is Elmo, he’s a good guy. People love him,” says Owen Maerks, one of the co-owners here at the Vivarium.

Claire Stremple

If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you know about Golden Gate Park. But you might not have heard about San Francisco’s second largest park: McLaren.

A secret community of gardeners in Portola tends to the land

Mar 15, 2017
Kanwalroop Kaur Singh

Most reviews on Yelp are of restaurants. But there’s one that’s a little bit different. It begins like this.

Nicole Grigg

Imagine walking into the Avenue Theater and settling in to watch Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance, Humphrey Bogart search for the Maltese Falcon, and Judy Garland and her dog journey from black and white Kansas to technicolor Oz.  

Cari Spivack

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.

Trump supporters march in Berkeley

Mar 5, 2017
Cari Spivack

It was business as usual Saturday morning, at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market. Romanesco is in season. Troubadour Mark Ray played his guitar for tips. Then, just a few steps away, at around one o’clock, hundreds of Trump supporters and Trump protesters gathered.

The Bay Area's "Day Without Immigrants"

Feb 16, 2017
Josiah Luis Alderete

 


At his press conference today, President Trump reiterated his motivation for strictly enforcing and enhancing U.S. immigration policy.

Rich Blaisdell

You’ve just given birth to the most perfect little human. You name him after your father, and his father before him. On the birth certificate, you spell it just like it’s always been spelled, with an accent mark over the i. Then Gisela Sanchez comes along.

Jeremy Jue

 

Right now, in such a divided country, how we connect with others is on many people’s minds. Maybe you go to church every Sunday, maybe you’re in a book club, or a hiking group, or have a favorite yoga class. Or maybe you spend your weekends dueling friends at a small shop in San Francisco’s Portola district.

Portola neighborhood book club excludes no one

Feb 14, 2017
Marie-France Ladine

A field trip is on the horizon. Billy and his teacher are boarding a bus with the rest of his classmates, to travel from Burton High School library to the Portola Library for a book club. 

CC Flickr user Kim Unertl, resized and cropped

Many students, parents, staffers, and administrators associated with schools throughout the Bay Area have expressed concerns about how President Trump’s executive order to increase enforcement of federal immigration laws may affect undocumented students.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Casting Club

Jan 26, 2017
Photo by Ian Lewis

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it. 

 

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked 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

Dec 12, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

In his campaign, President-elect Trump attacked the program that resettles refugees in the United States. He singled out Syria in particular, saying he would "suspend" the admission of Syrian refugees.

 

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Nov 29, 2016

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

Photo courtesy of John Sasaki

It’s not only football players protesting during the national anthem. Members of the Oakland Unified School District Honors Band also discussed ways to take part.

Photo courtesy of Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group

On September 10, football players from Mission High School in San Francisco were headed to a game in Redwood City. They were led by San Francisco Chronicle 2015 football player of the year Niamey Harris, a 17-year-old senior quarterback from Bayview.

Modern Times, iconic bookstore in the Mission District, is closing

Nov 10, 2016

 

In the back of Modern Times Bookstore Collective, there’s an image of Charlie Chaplin gumming up the works of a machine in his movie Modern Times.

 

StoryCorps: Our Mission No Eviction

Oct 26, 2016

Roberto Hernandez is a leader of the "Our Mission No Eviction" campaign, and he's seen plenty of change come to his neighborhood. A lot of people in his community have been forced to leave the Mission over the last few years. 

Here's this sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess exactly what it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it. 

Cari Spivack

 

At 8:30 on Monday morning, instead of taking her son Jasper to preschool, Jennine Jacob and her three-year-old set up a tent on the sidewalk in front of San Francisco’s City Hall.

Nosing around the roses in Golden Gate Park

Sep 15, 2016
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.

Photo by Truc Nguyen

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.

From tough neighborhoods to life-saving health careers

Aug 2, 2016
Tammerlin Drummond

I’m with emergency responders Nicolas Kinney and Chris Channell in a green and white Paramedics Plus ambulance racing to a 911 call in Fremont. We bump over train tracks and swerve through mid-afternoon traffic.

A new kind of battery

Jun 23, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 


Harumi Fuji McClure and her husband live in a nice, two-story house in Morgan Hill south of San Jose. It gets pretty hot there in the summers, so they have a large swimming pool and air-conditioning in the whole house. But her electricity bill isn’t high: it’s negative five dollars a month.

Clean power for San Francisco

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Robin Scheswohl

 

Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.

Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue

Growing up with family members who have migrated to the U.S. after severe trauma is something that many Americans face. 

How do you say 'I'm gay' in Vietnamese?

Jun 22, 2016
Photo by Ash Ngu / Resized and cropped

Finding the words to express ourselves can be tricky. Finding the words to describe our sexual identities, in a second language where some words aren’t fully translatable? That’s even more challenging.

San Francisco is in a different place than much of the rest of the country when it comes to trans awareness.

The gender-neutral bathroom debate

Jun 21, 2016

 

Sam Bass is the principal at Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco. He’s often talking with parents, and he says he once had a conversation about how some students on the gender spectrum were not comfortable going to the bathroom at Miraloma.

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