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Hana Baba

This story originally aired in 2015. 

Through much of their history, Sunni and Shia Muslims have lived peacefully together in countries like Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. But since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, sectarian conflict has escalated in the region. Here in the Bay Area,  around 75% of Muslims identify as Sunni, just four percent identify as Shia.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Chapel of the Chimes Solstice Concert

Jun 11, 2018
Julie Caine

This story originally aired in 2015.

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Lee Romney

Destiny Shabazz grins as she opens the door to the West Oakland home where she rents a room. But she can’t show a reporter inside. Her housemates like their privacy. She’s barely ever here anyway, Destiny explains — mostly just to sleep on an air bed inside a small converted office.

Jeremy Dalmas

It’s been a year and a half since the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in East Oakland killed 36 party-goers. And new information about the tragedy is still coming out.

Bay Area Beats: Oakland Future Trio

May 17, 2018
Courtesy of the Oakland Future Trio

Ari Carpenter, Caleb Sankoh, and Mikhi Woodley became best friends and bandmates in middle school. They’ve been playing together as the Oakland Future Trio for the past seven years.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

Oakland resident Shaniesa Williams wrote to Hey Area — KALW’s community-journalism project — to ask why there are so few traffic signals on International Boulevard.

Ninna Gaensler-Debbs / KALW News

 

A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security proposes to make it more difficult for immigrants who use public services to remain in the United States.

Think of a ghost town, and San Francisco Bay is not likely to come to mind. Yet the remnants of such a place are currently sinking into the marshes near Fremont. Back in the 1920s, the settlement of Drawbridge boasted about 90 buildings, most having some connection to duck hunting.

Eli Wirtschafter / KALW News

 

A massive, multi-year transit project is transforming International Boulevard in Oakland — and financial aid for local businesses affected by the project is tangled up in red tape.

 

Courtesy of the artist

Oakland-based singer/songwriter Madeline Kenney released her debut album, “Night Night at the First Landing," last year, and has since taken it on tour around the country. To support her music, she’s worked as a bread baker, a nanny, a piano teacher, and a volunteer at the Women's Audio Mission in San Francisco.

Jenee Darden

If you’ve ever been to Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, chances are that you’ve seen Cesar Chavez’s name somewhere.

Cinque Mubarak

 

Ivan Garcia is only 15 years old, but he’s already working with Oakland city officials, and was appointed by Mayor Libby Schaaf to the city’s Youth Advisory Commission.

 

Next Tuesday, more than thirty students from Oakland will get on a plane for South Africa. Some have never even been on a plane; most are Oakland teens; all but one is African American.

Courtesy of Mar Velez

 

Second Fridays at the Legionnaire Saloon in downtown Oakland are not just any bar night. It feels more like a backyard party or a family reunion.

Curator Ashara Ekundayo: Sights & Sounds

Mar 8, 2018
Courtesy Ashara Ekundayo

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Ashara Ekundayo told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Courtesy of Faisal Zedan

 

Oakland’s Faisal Zedan is a musician from a village in southern Syria. Growing up, his family loved music, and he grew to be obsessed with Arabic drums called darabukkas.

Liza Veale

An East Oakland warehouse is ground zero of a unfortunate standoff between art and marijuana. Over 30 artists are facing possible eviction, after a cannabis investment fund bought their building—one of Oakland’s oldest live/work artist housing.

Marissa Ortega-Welch

 

Biologists are trying to lure herons that have been nesting in downtown Oakland to move to Lake Merritt instead. Will it work?

East Oakland youth share stories of resistance and resilience

Feb 26, 2018
Selena Wilson

In the fall of 2017, KALW and East Oakland Youth Development Center teamed up to present a series of audio storytelling workshops for East Oakland youth. Taught by KALW reporter Eli Wirtschafter and Snap Judgment producer Adizah Egan, the students learned the basics of audio storytelling and created their own pieces, which you can listen to below. 

You're invited to Sights & Sounds of East Oakland Live!

Join KALW, Oakland Voices, Eastside Arts Alliance & LiveArts in Resistance for this event celebrating the community and the artists who live, work, and create in East Oakland. 

Photo courtesy of Laura Oda

Stand outside Yaelisa’s East Oakland dance studio on a quiet night and you can hear the sound of dancers practicing their footwork. Inside the studio, about ten women in long skirts are standing in line behind their teacher.  She sings throughout her class and calls out guidance to her students as she keeps the rhythm with her hands and feet. The dancers move in unison. The sounds of their stomps take on the quality of a drum.

Courtesy of Snap Judgment

In 2017, there were 77 homicides in Oakland. Our friends at the podcast Snap Judgment reported on each one.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Oakland writer Chizu Omori and her family were among the near 120,000 Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes and relocate to incarceration camps during World War II. Omori was just 12 years old when she was sent to Poston, a camp in the desert of Arizona.

Jeremy Dalmas / KALW News

 

The city of Oakland is in the middle of the putting together a document that will decide the future of its downtown.

Combatting sexual harassment in Oakland schools

Feb 14, 2018

Girls of color who attend Oakland public schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault, according to a recent report issued by the district. The question is: What is being done about it?

Lee Romney

Girls of color who attend Oakland Unified schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault. That’s according to a report commissioned by the district.

flickr user Dank Depot via creative commons

  

On this edition of Your Call: Now that marijuana is legal in California, who will benefit? And how will racially biased drug laws change?

Sara Sandhu

A program aimed at tripling the number of Oakland students who graduate from college is entering its second year.

Jacob Albert

 

On a warm Sunday afternoon, a group of people gather for a tour around Oakland’s Lake Merritt. It isn’t just any tour – it’s a Witches’ Walking Tour.

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