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12:00am

Thu March 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

Your Call: Who are your favorite rad American women?

Who are your favorite rad American women? On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about City Lights’ first children’s book Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!  Writer by Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl chose 26 famous and unsung heroines. A is for Angela Davis, E is for Ella Baker, and P is for Patti Smith. Who would you add to the list? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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4:56pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Immigration

Angel Island's Historic Treasure Restored

The immigration station at Angel Island
angelisland.org

The San Francisco Bay has long been a gateway for immigrants. Between 1910 and 1940, more than a million people from 80 different countries entered the United States through the immigration station on Angel Island. 

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4:51pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Arts & Culture

The gains and losses of racial "code switching"

Stanford Professor Allyson Hobbs' latest book, 'A Chosen Exile.'

 


On today’s episode of “Crosscurrents,” we are talking about identity. We have heard how people, whether intentionally or not, can “pass” as another race, just by the sound of their voice. Passing can also be a full-time, physical endeavor. The United States has a long history of African Americans who chose to live as white in their daily lives. 

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6:51pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

Walk like a Radical: A tour through a century of progressive South Asians in the Bay Area

A recreation of protests by South Asian Berkeley students against emergency in India.
Berkeley South Asian Radical Walking Tour


There are a thousand hidden histories in the Bay Area – stories in the cement, just beneath the surface of our routes to work or school or play. There are also a handful of guided walking tours that aim to pull these stories from the pavement: Architecture tours, neighborhood tours, literary tours. And then, there is the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. In 2012, Barnali Ghosh began the tour with her husband, Anirvan Chatterjee.

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5:24pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Economy/Labor/Biz

Navigating San Francisco’s pretzel bureaucracy

Stanley Roth with his first cart in 1974. To throw off city regulators, Stanley indicated that his pretzels were "delicious, but not intended for human consumption."

Starting a small business in the Bay Area can be quite a chore. To be successful, you have to twist yourself into unusual shapes.

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