Tue September 25, 2012

Hear Here: Meet John Stangl

John Stangl is Principal of Laurel Elementary School in Oakland.

Finding food can be hard for some families in the Bay Area. The producers of Hear Here, KALW’s community storytelling project, paid a visit to Oakland’s Laurel Elementary School during a monthly food distribution service for Laurel families. Hear Here producer Audrey Dilling spoke with Laurel Elementary Principal John Stangl about the challenges his students have getting enough to eat – a challenge he experienced firsthand as a child.

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Thu September 20, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Serendipity on the airwaves

East Oakland fifth grader Lita Hernandez shows off the ID badge given to her by her new mentors at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Audrey Dilling

The 81st Avenue Library is connected to two small elementary schools. So you can imagine how this place is abuzz with loud voices and tiny feet.

“I’ve been able to meet all these wonderful children and fifth graders, and I don’t have children of my own, so it’s a pleasure for me to be able to be a part of a child’s life and to meet kids and to just experience how wonderful they can be, especially the fifth graders,” says Senior Library Assistant, Anthony Propernick.

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Tue September 4, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Visalia Stanley

Oakland resident Visalia Stanley describes how she forages for food in her urban neighborhood.
Erica Mu

There's one issue that both the Democratic and Republican parties are dealing with in this upcoming election: the economy. In San Francisco, the unemployment rate surpassed 7.5% in July – just short of the national average. But across the bay in Oakland, unemployment has reached a startling 14.5%. KALW's Hear Here community storytelling team recently met one Oakland resident who lost her job, but found a new way to feed herself.

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Wed August 29, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Barbara Lindsey

KALW's community storytelling team Hear Here met Barbara Lindsey at the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library.
Erica Mu

KALW's new community storytelling team Hear Here has been popping up all over San Francisco and Oakland to capture real life stories of people living in different neighborhoods. They've met residents of all ages and backgrounds, and together, their stories create a human portrait of these two Bay Area cities.  

In June, the Hear Here producers met Oakland native Barbara Lindsey at the Temescal Library. At the time of the recording, Lindsey was living out of her car, and she shared her thoughts on what it's like to survive on the streets of the town she grew up in.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Thomas Reeve

San Francisco resident Thomas Reeve shared his story with KALW's community storytelling team, Hear Here.

San Francisco is home to a long line of comedians. “The earliest job I ever wanted was a standup comedian,” remembers San Francisco resident Thomas Reeve. “I did standup in elementary school or junior high, but I was always building stuff in the background. Like, I'd build model rockets and RC cars.”

Reeve has long since abandoned his standup comedy dreams, but all that building he was doing in the background as a kid – well, it's paid off. Reeve is now a mechanical engineer, and he's also the subject of this Hear Here story.

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