Oakland

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Back in 2013, two high-school kids were riding an AC Transit bus when one of them set the other on fire. Eighteen-year-old Sasha Fleischman — who identifies as agender — leapt up, skirt in flames, but survived with the help of two passengers.

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A long legal battle over shipping coal out of the new Oakland export terminal is headed to trial.

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More cities ready for New Year deadline ... Police won’t take guns from medical patients ... Confusing times in Indiana ... and more.

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A recent county-wide survey in Alameda reported that homelessness has increased 39 percent over the last two years.

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Oakland’s very own Sheila E. is revered by many as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

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Another look at California’s new regulations ... Hundreds apply for Oakland permits ... No more cannabis bus ads ... Can mega-farms be stopped? ... and more.

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Berkeley ready for adult sales ... Smoking lounges may come to San Francisco ... State banking group considers armored cars ... Health, Opinion and more. 

Fog City Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy

Nov 8, 2017

Evolutionary Blues … West Oakland’s Music Legacy is a new film documenting the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.

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One KALW listener wanted to know why there are no sound walls along either Highway 24 or Highway 980.

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Bay Area makes progress on adult use permits ... “Campfire pot” could save growers in North Bay fire zone ... Medical guidelines enhanced ... FDA puts CBD distributors on notice ... Ten years of higher ed ... and more.

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Oakland author Pendarvis Harshaw's latest memoir OG Told Me isn’t just a book, it’s a survival guide. When Pendarvis was growing up without his father, he was always seeking wisdom from Black elders in his community. As he grew out of adolescence and found work as a teacher and journalist, he decided to get serious about sharing the tips he’d gathered — advice about making it in the streets of Oakland, and just generally being a good person.

Revolutionary breakfast in West Oakland

Oct 4, 2017
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At its height, the Black Panther party fed tens of thousands of school children every morning across the country with their Free Breakfast Program.

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2551 San Pablo Avenue had been getting code complaints for years. After it burned down, some residents had to move onto the street.

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San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change.

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It’s not only football players protesting during the national anthem. Members of the Oakland Unified School District Honors Band also discussed ways to take part.

Incidents of police misconduct here in the Bay Area and nationwide have fueled widespread public concern. That’s what inspired filmmaker Pete Nicks to make his documentary movie “The Force,” which is out right now.

The art of sound healing

Sep 12, 2017
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Eric Cetnarski works as a sound healer in Oakland. Sound healing can be many things: from listening to our favorite songs to using our voices. 

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City insider heads San Francisco Office of Cannabis ... Oakland SWAT team saves grow site ... California has cannabis jobs ... Lawsuits loom over cannabis copyright infringements ... and more.

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At the corner of 17th and Broadway in Oakland, there’s a large neon green sign with black letters that reads “Youth Radio.” Its graduates have have worked with some of the Bay’s biggest rappers and engineered some of the most popular local songs of the last decade.

Bruce Lee's Bay Area roots

Aug 29, 2017
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Bruce Lee is admired around the world for his legendary martial artistry, and his film and TV roles — but less known are his early years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sights & Sounds: Sanaa Khan

Aug 24, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Illustrator, printmaker and artist Sanaa Khan told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

 

When Oakland native Terrie Odabi begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

Sights & Sounds: Dwayne Morgan

Jul 27, 2017

 

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dwayne Morgan from the Sons of Soul Revivers told KALW’s Devon Strolovitch about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Sights & Sounds: Lucía Sanromán

Jul 20, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Lucía Sanromán told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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Cannabis coming to Alameda ... Oakland’s “pot equity” ... Humboldt growers shun permits ... Teen use drops again ... and more.

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African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated for marijuana charges. That’s true nationwide, and in Oakland, too.

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Earlier this year, Oakland City Council voted to stop banking with JPMorgan Chase because of the corporation’s investment in causes like the Dakota Access Pipeline and private prisons.

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The Oakland Police Department’s own investigation into the Bay Area police sexual exploitation scandal was “wholly inadequate” and “defective.”

Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
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In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

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