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Demonstrations against police brutality and the criminal justice system are continuing tonight in the Bay Area, following a weekend of protests that resulted in violent clashes in several locations. Significant protests took place in Berkeley Saturday night, when demonstrators blocked a freeway onramp. At some point police responded with batons and tear gas. The Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter sent a letter to Berkeley officials today condemning the actions of police officers who allegedly used batons to beat photojournalists.

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Soda is so tasty, but so not good for you. One can of coke has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, and too much sugar leads to obesity, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

Widespread diabetes compelled Mexico to pass a national tax on sugary soft drinks last year, but in the U.S. it has yet to happen. That may change tomorrow, if Berkeley or San Francisco passes respective measures that would levy taxes on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Judy Silber

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.

Rhian MIller


Every time news of another school shooting hits the headlines, so does the debate about how to keep children safe. After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Berkeley Unified School District asked itself: “How prepared are we to protect our students and staff against someone with a gun?” 

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Cannabis news from another week in the land of the free and the home of the brave…

LEGALIZATION

Legalization petitions submitted by New Approach Oregon // The Oregonian       Boxes with 145,000 signatures delivered to Oregon Secretary of State’s office. (Also see next item.)

This week, conversations with Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, who shares details about the boys’ upcoming concerts here and at Carnegie Hall; Bay Area actress Sharon Rietkirk talks about her role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little” at Theatreworks in Mountain View; Hershey Felder is back in town, this time as Leonard Bernstein, in a one-man show called “Maestro” at Berkeley Rep.  Also, a talk with Rob Bailis of Cal Performances and composer Uri Caine about the Ojai North concerts this weekend in Berkeley.   Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/12/14 at 1pm.

A new play in in Berkeley is trying to capture and preserve the diverse character of the city through the stories of its people. Playwright Dan Wolf interviewed hundreds of people from all around Berkeley and asked them these three questions: when did you come to Berkeley, why do you stay in Berkeley and what’s magical about Berkeley?

Green pathways to youth employment

May 27, 2014
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More Than Just a Summer Job

Pazhae Horace has a summer job with California Youth Energy Services, or CYES. It’s a program that hires youth aged 15-22 to do free “green house calls” in their communities. They go into people’s homes to evaluate energy and water efficiency, and then help install things like water-saving shower heads, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. Horace is 22, and this is her third summer working for the CYES site in Berkeley and Emeryville. She says that, at first, she was worried about talking to strangers, but now she really likes meeting new people, and helping them become more green.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe meets with actor Rod Gnapp and Founding Artistic Director JoAnne Winter to talk about “36 Stories by Sam Shepard” which theater company Word for Word is presenting at Z Below; Artistic Director of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Robert Cole discusses this year’s festival, which is co-produced with The San Francisco Early Music Society; baritone Michael Todd Simpson is in studio to talk about his leading role in the San Francisco Opera’s company production of “Show Boat”, and director, writer and producer Helen de Michiel discusses her film "Lunch, Love, Community", which screens at the San Francisco Green Film Festival and offers an overview of other offerings at the festival.   Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast live on May 29, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Final broadcast:  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the Berkeley Symphony in the Bay Area Premieres of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx, and Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Songs with mezzo soprano Laura Krumm.  Plus, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.  David Latulippe hosts.  (This final concert of the Berkeley Symphony's 2013-14 season was recorded 5/1/14 in Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.)  Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9pm.

Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the Berkeley Symphony in Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite,” Felix Mendelssohn’s 3rd symphony, and the World Premiere of Samuel Adams’ “Violin Concerto,” with Anthony Marwood as soloist.  David Latulippe is your host.  (Recorded on February 6, 2014 in Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.)  Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9pm.

Throughout the month of May, KALW will broadcast the full 2013-14 season of the Berkeley Symphony, hosted by David Latulippe. This week, Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Australian composer Brett Dean’s “Carlo,” Haydn’s Cello Concerto #1 with guest soloist Peter Wyrick, Associate Principal Cellist of the SFSymphony, and the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 of Johannes Brahms.  Monday at 9pm.

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This week, during the Public Radio Party Edition of Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Rebecca Seeman, director of Chamber Chorus Sacred & Profane, about their upcoming Spring concert, which is a tribute to the late and great Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson; also stopping by is Joana Carneiro, music director of the Berkeley Symphony; and Steven Haines, executive director of Stern Grove Festival will talk about the upcoming season of Grove offerings; and director Amy Glazer shares her vision of “Seminar” currently at the San Francisco Playhouse.  Plus, regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson offers some cultural reviews and a preview of the Tiburon Film Festival.  Open Air on KALW, originally broadcast on May 8, 2014; listen now or anytime...

Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the orchestra in Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with pianist Alessio Bax, and the World Premiere of Edmund Campion’s “Ossicles.”  David Latulippe is your host for these broadcasts, which will continue through the month of May.  Monday 5/5 at 9pm.

KALW is a media sponsor for the Berkeley Symphony, which presents its final concert of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, May 1st at 8pm in Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.  Music Director Joana Carneiro will lead the orchestra for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the Bay Area Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Nyx,"  and Kaija Saariaho's "Adriana Songs," with soprano soloist Laura Krumm.  More information at berkeleysymphony.org.  KALW will broadcast the orchestra's entire 2013-14 season of concerts beginning Monday May 5 at 9pm, continuing through

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Brian Copeland has a weekly  radio show on KGO. Today he is a radio personality, actor, comedian, writer, and performer, but like many of us, he says he got to where he is today thanks to a series of coincidences.

Copeland tells the story of his life in an acclaimed show called “Not a Genuine Black Man.”

From our partners at the East Bay Express

Jeremy Dalmas

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.

Laura Flynn

 

 

Titicut Follies was Frederick Wiseman’s first and most famous documentary movie. The controversial 1967 film details the degrading treatment of patients at a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane.

East Bay Express: Measuring food waste

Dec 5, 2013

From our partners at the East Bay Express.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with stage director Andrew Nance and actor Robert Rushin about the US stage premiere of My Beautiful Laundrettewhich is set in the tumultuous years of Margaret Thatcher's England, at the New Conservatory Theatre Center; San Francisco Symphony's Associate Principal Cellist Peter Wyrick shares his thoughts on taking a solo turn with the Berkeley Symphony in Haydn's Cello Concerto no. 1; the SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman discusses his musical picks for the month of December; and Open Air's critic at large Peter Robinson contributes a segment on Tin Pan Alley. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on December 5, 2013 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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Earlier this year, demonstrators staged a “camp-out” on the steps of Berkeley Post Office building, which dates to 1914. Residents don’t want to see it go, but it’s part of a much larger plan by the US Postal Service to sell some of its $85 billion real estate portfolio.

Investigative reporter Peter Byrne has written an e-book that explores the rationale behind the sales, taking on the behind-the-scenes issues that are forcing the Postal Service toward bankruptcy. The e-book is called “Going Postal: US Senator Diane Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post Offices to his Friends...Cheap.”

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KALW is pleased to continue its exclusive broadcast partnership with the Berkeley Symphony by presenting its concert from March 28, 2013.  For that final concert of their 2012-13 season, music director Joana Carneiro led the orchestra in the world premiere of Steven Stucky's "The Stars and the Roses" with tenor Noah Stewart singing orchestral settings of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, and Anton Bruckner's epic Symphony No.4 "Romantic".  KALW's David Latulippe hosts the broadcast.  Monday, September 16 at 9pm.

The Video Room survives a mass extinction

Aug 26, 2013

With Netflix and other ways to watch movies online growing ever more popular, it’s become rare to see an old-fashioned video rental store. The Video Room, on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, though, has been going strong for 30 years. KALW’s Dora Finkelstein dropped in to see what’s showing.

The artist's journey: Solvitur Ambulando

Aug 14, 2013
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Solvitur Ambulando is the name of the performance piece that’s part of an artist in residency program at the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

“It translates into it ‘is solved by walking,’” says Edward Schocker, a musician and collaborator in the group. “Just constantly moving because they have to move because of political situation or adoption or because of their choosing.”

Step inside Berkeley's Dark Carnival of books

Aug 13, 2013

Berkeley’s Dark Carnival Book Store is hidden on a small commercial strip on Claremont Avenue. Inside it’s a sci-fi and fantasy lover’s dream. The owner for 37 years, Jack Rems, guesses that the store houses 25,000 books, lining the walls, staircases, and floor of the small store. KALW’s Dora Finklestein stopped by Dark Carnival and got a tour.

This upbeat tune is by Oakland’s Tri Tip Trio. They’ll be kicking off The Tenth Annual Berkeley World Music Festival on Saturday (06.22). 

Today's Local Music: Pacific Mozart Ensemble

Jun 4, 2013

Today's local music is the Bay Area a-cappella choir known as The Pacific Mozart Ensemble. You'll find this group does not limit themselves to Mozart. The Pacific Mozart Ensemble will be performing their Jazz & Pop concert on Sunday, June 9 at the Berkeley City Club. The concert begins at 5p.m.

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