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San Francisco is steeped in history. It’s easy to find its Italian history, its Spanish and Chinese history, and even to some extent its Native American history. But the city’s French heritage is less celebrated.

Interview with children's author Stacey Lee

Jul 13, 2015
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When she was a child, author Stacey Lee wanted to read stories about more people like her. She’s a fourth-generation Chinese-American whose ancestors came to California during the heyday of the cowboys. Her new young adult novel, Under a Painted Sky, is about a Chinese girl and an African-American girl traveling the Oregon Trail together, disguised as boys. They’re trying to get to California during the gold rush. 

Navigating the Delta: The Roots of Agriculture

May 26, 2015
Lisa Morehouse

Major California rivers drain into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and over decades of building dams and reservoirs and pumps, it’s become the major hub of the state’s water system. It’s not just the water flow that’s been transformed here, however. This land used to be made up of tidal wetlands and marshes of tullies. Today, there are nearly 60 islands surrounded by levees. Most of the land here is used for farming, and it’s some of the richest farmland in the state.