Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

5:56pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Viola Rusca's memories of San Francisco

Viola Rusca at the Visitacion Valley library

Viola Rusca has been watching San Francisco evolve for over nine decades. She shared some of her childhood memories from growing up in Visitacion Valley with our Hear Here community storytelling project. 

"Well everything was dirt," Rusca remembers about the streets in her neighborhood. "Because I remember my father... the Italians liked to play bocce ball.  Because our street was dirt, his friends would come on Sunday and play bocce ball."

Click the audio player above to hear the story.

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5:45pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Astor Lee finds community in an ancient Chinese art

Astor Lee
Audrey DIlling

Astor Lee shared her story with KALW's Hear Here project at the Visitacion Valley library branch. She told us about how the art of Tai Chi helped create a sense of community for recent immigrants to the neighborhood.

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5:24pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet DaJuan Simpson

Visitacion Valley resident DaJuan Simpson gives KALW's Hear Here producers a tour of his library.
Erica Mu

If you’ve visited your local library recently, you might have seen some kids listening to story time ... teenagers seated in front of  computers ... adults reading on couches ... somebody sleeping. Libraries aren’t just for quiet reading anymore.

“If we’re quiet, hush places with books only, we’re not relevant to this community,” says Oakland’s 81st Avenue Senior Library Assistant, Anthony Propernick. “I think we have to provide a safe place; we have to provide a place where people can come and hang out and exchange ideas and develop a sense of community.”

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4:48pm

Thu January 16, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Kiana Sezawar's gardening discovery

Nine-year-old Kiana Eigahi and her mother Shahrzad.
Audrey DIlling

Third-grader Kiana Sezawar is learning to care for plants at the Visitacion Valley Greenway community garden.

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5:17pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Eric Hannan remembers working at 81st Ave. Library in Oakland

Eric Hannan, former Teen Service Director of the 81st Avenue Library in East Oakland. Hannan is now the Teen Librarian for San Francisco's Main Branch.

Eric Hannan was only supposed to work as the 81st Avenue Library's Teen Service Director for a few weeks. He ended up staying two years.

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