KALW News

5:09pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

Lesley Philips and Sharena Thomas.
The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, TheRaceToAnEmergency.org.

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  

9:58am

Tue October 8, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

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6:06pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Politics

SF's federal employees close up shop indefinitely, tourists change plans

San Francisco Federal Building
Flikr user: D Earl

More than 48,000 federal employees work here in the Bay Area – many of them at San Francisco’s Federal Building downtown, where federal offices like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor are housed. These regional offices administer federal programs for large portions of the entire West Coast. 

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2:12pm

Fri May 24, 2013
KALW & NFCB

KALW's Martina Castro at NFCB

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is having its 38th annual conference right here in San Francisco May 29th through June 1st.  KALW will be well-represented on the opening afternoon for a special session called “recipe for good listening.”  Among the panel participants: KALW’s Martina Castro, co-founder and senior producer of Radio Ambulante, the spanish-language podcast that features compelling, sound-rich radio stories from everywhere Spanish is spoken.  Details at nfcb.org.