The 39th annual Frameline Film Festival, which features films and shorts about the LGBTQ experience, starts tomorrow in San Francisco.

One short film, The Typist, reaches back 60 years to tell the story of Otto Bremerman, a closeted gay Navy man who served as an office clerk during the Korean War. He was responsible for typing up dishonorable discharges of colleagues outed for being gay. Filmmaker Kristine Stolakis discovered Bremerman’s story in the oral history archives at the San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. She joined KALW’s Audrey Dilling in our studio to talk about the process of bringing an audio story to life on the screen.

Your Call: What dangers do whales face today?

Aug 21, 2014


On the August 21st, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Joshua Horwitz, author of “War of the Whales.” Horwitz looks at the US Navy’s submarine surveillance system that floods the ocean with high-intensity sound. In 2008, the Supreme Court backed the Navy’s use of sonar, in spite of its deadly and effects on whales. And the Obama Administration recently OK’d the use of sonar for oil exploration off the East Coast. What impact does sonar have on whales? And what can be done to protect them? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Ashleyanne Krigbaum

After World War Two, Suisun Bay was a west coast port for the navy’s largest ships. The first grey goliaths arrived in the bay in 1946, and continued coming in over the following decades. They were meant to be a reserve fleet – so in theory, if the Navy ever needed extra ships, this is where they would get them. But for the most part, they never have needed them. And over time, the fleet has become a graveyard – a graveyard that needs a lot of upkeep.