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How should we reconcile conflicts between the state’s responsibility to properly educate minors and the parents’ rights to influence their children's values and ideals? 

A mother reflects on raising her daughter in America

Jun 30, 2015
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Over the past six months student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Erika Monico, a mother who explains what she’s gained and lost by moving from Brazil and raising her daughter in the U.S.

A Brazilian immigrant returns home to start a family

Jun 29, 2015
Andre Havro

Feeling homesick is something a lot of new immigrants experience. People often seek out the familiar in the foreign -- like with food. But while taste can build a bridge, sometimes people need more than flavor to connect to home. Mills College reporter Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Denize Wells. In America, she found love, but to find a child, she returned to her native Brazil.

StoryCorps: Keeping family traditions alive

Jun 17, 2015

It’s not always easy to pass down family traditions, especially when they don’t match mainstream American culture. But that’s what Maria Sanchez and Roberto Vargas are trying to do. For both, Danza Azteca traditions have been important for honoring their Mexican and Nicaraguan cultural heritage. The couple sat down with their children, ages 12 and 14, for a talk about ethnic identity and why Danza is so important to them.

According to Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.” But is love always unconditional? Should it be? If unconditional love means that we love no matter what our beloved’s actions or traits are, doesn’t that suggest we should love everyone in this way? If not, how do we select just a few to love unconditionally? Perhaps the feeling we reserve for those we cherish most in the world is better described as selfless rather than unconditional love, in which case we are confronted with another challenge.

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William Bennett

A note to our readers: this is part 3 of our series on reentry. The names of formerly incarcerated men and their families in this story have been changed to protect their identities.

It’s a long drive from Oakland to the Deuel Vocational Institution, a prison in Tracy, California. For Brianna Bennett, growing up, that meant she rarely saw her father, William. He had never picked her up from school or gone with her to a movie. In fact, they had never stepped outside of the prison gates together.

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The shooting at Seattle Pacific University marks the latest gun-related tragedy in the U.S. It follows the attacks in Isla Vista at UC Santa Barbara. The country is talking about whether or not to require treatment for the severely mentally ill. In California, this has been an ongoing conversation, ever since the creation of Laura’s Law.

StoryCorps: Overcoming mental illness together

Feb 19, 2014
San Francisco StoryCorps


California Revels Singers Live Sat. 3 pm

Sep 11, 2013

Folk Music & Beyond welcomes the California Revels Solstice Ensemble this coming Saturday 3 pm.  Eight singers from the ensemble will perform festive and seasonal songs and they'll give us a sneak preview of the Revels' upcoming performance "The Spirits Of Haddon Hall."

Radio Ambulante: Yadira, Javier y Lucía

May 27, 2013
Rosa M. Ramirez

Javier and Yadira met, they fell in love, and they created a life together. But sometimes, relationships change in a way people don't expect. Rosa M. Ramirez investigated this story, and it is narrated by Nancy López.

Javier y Yadira se conocieron, se enamoraron e hicieron una vida juntos. Pero a veces, las relaciones cambian de la manera más inesperada. Esta historia fue investigada por Rosa M. Ramirez, y está narrada por Nancy López.

A marker in the woods

May 9, 2013
photo by Julie Caine

A few years ago, I got a phone call.

It was about my mother. She had died suddenly. Her next door neighbor found her slumped in the doorway of her apartment in Roanoke, Virginia. Although it had been 20 years since I last saw my mother, I was the next of kin, so it was up to me to decide what to do. I called the local mortuary, Oakey's. I chose cremation (it was the cheapest option). I didn't go to Virginia. I didn’t attend the funeral. Someone else cleaned out her apartment.