Dancing with Mama Diouf

Nov 25, 2015

Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Dancing in and escaping from wartime Liberia

Nov 25, 2015

Karsumo Massaquoi is one of Diamano Coura’s former dancers. He’s a man who loves, and lives, to dance. But, he almost did not survive to do either.

Get off your cell phone, dad!

Nov 24, 2015

Did you get a text? A new email? Maybe you’re emoji-ing your friends right now just for fun. Ninety percent of adults have a cell phone and almost 65% have smartphones. Nearly three quarters of teens have a smartphone or have access to one. Almost a quarter of them say they are online "almost constantly." Some teens, though, feel like they get in trouble for using their phones while parents get off scot-free. 

MAYA ESCOBAR: See you’re even holding your phone now. What are you looking at?

Stevie Evans has been a special education teacher for four years.

“I feel like when I first started this job, I was just thrown into the lions den,” she says. “I mean, I came into teaching through teach for America – and they really prepare you well for teaching.”

11/23 - Teachers

Nov 23, 2015
  • A woman on a mission to make the teaching profession glamorous once again.
  • We visit a housing complex in Santa Clara, designed specifically for teachers.
  • A peek into a special education class in Oakland.

Proposed cuts at Mills spark protest

Nov 18, 2015
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

The Mills College Campus is beautiful – wide sweeping lawns, and tree-lined boulevards. It’s a tranquil place where I can picture myself reading a book in the warm sunshine, or maybe even doing interpretive dance in front of the student union – which is exactly what’s happening when I walk onto campus. 

Leila Day

In the past few months, one particular issue has become a flashpoint around gentrification in Oakland: noise.  

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  


                                                 Bay Area Book World Breaking News 

Image by Flickr user Daniel Arauz, with Creative Commons license. This photo was resized and cropped.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article contained errors that have been corrected, below:

* We stated that Brian Hofer had been working for a decade to scale back Oakland's Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The public became aware of the DAC in 2013, and Hofer began his work on the DAC in January of 2014.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
Image by Flickr user 1Flatworld, used under the Creative Commons license. This picture was resized and cropped.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

Angela Johnston

Ellen Frankel slips the last of her quarters into the Medieval Madness pinball machine and wipes the sweat off her forehead. It’s her second game of the night, and she’s trying to get a new high score. Although she is shy to admit it, Frankel is a real pinball wizard.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland awaiting new Raiders stadium plan // Bay Area News Group

"There’s a new proposal from Oakland’s newly hired stadium consultant to help build a $900 million facility for the Raiders that could include creating a special tax district for infrastructure improvements, developing land surrounding the Coliseum site as well as the city potentially issuing tax-exempt bonds."

Under CC license from Flickr user: U.S. National Archives, Marc St. Gil, photographer (1973

Justice Dept. must follow Congressional rule on dispensaries… Taxi testing in San Francisco… Oakland ready to cash in on cannabis… Our neighbors consider legalization… and more.


Daily news roundup for October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Supervisors say S.F.’s sanctuary city policies are just fine // San Francisco Chronicle


“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors sent a strong message Tuesday about the sanctuary city policies that came under attack after the July killing of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an immigrant with no legal standing: The existing policies are just fine.

Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, and it's neon. 

Daily News roundup for Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct 8, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news:

California poised to be 1st state to outlaw human antibiotics in livestock // San Francisco Chronicle


We have a few recommendations on what to do and where to go around the Bay Area this weekend, especially if you’re looking to get away from the Hardly Strictly crowded heart of San Francisco.

Colin Peden

  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.

It’s practically the weekend, and if you’re wondering how you’re going to spend it, here are a few suggestions on what to do and where to go around the Bay Area.

A reminder that this weekend, BART’s Transbay Tube will be closed between Embarcadero and West Oakland stations. To help you out, we have put together a short set of recommendations of things to do, no matter what side of the tube you find yourself. Here are your Weekend Go-Tos.

Hana Baba

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.

Daily news roundup for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015
Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test // The New York Times

"Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena."

If you are sticking around the Bay Area this weekend, here is our shortlist of things worth checking out.

Todd Whitney

For over a decade, Oakland has attempted to abate the illegal dumping of mattresses, electronics, furniture, and other large items onto city streets. The phenomenon is a problem throughout the Bay Area, but noticeably worse in Oakland.

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Cannabis bill shelved due to cost… Harborside: good news and bad news… Pesticides in concentrates… and more.


California’s statewide medical cannabis bill put on hold // EastBayExpress   The widely supported bill was tabled because of it’s $20 million estimated implementation cost.

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Oakland considers official pot farms, again… Oakland union official is a suspect in kickback scheme… Slimmer waists for smokers… Shakespeare’s garden… and more.


GOP looks to cannabis for possible revenue // Pressreader.com   “No new taxes” doesn’t extend to medical marijuana, and the proposal has the support of Humboldt  growers group.

Christopher Chan

If you are looking for unique suggestions on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend, you are in luck! We have a few hand-picked choices, just for you. 

We have handpicked a few suggestions on how to spend your weekend here in our lovely Bay Area.

Poet laureates reign across the country, representing different cities and states like kings and queens of the written word. Often, they’re college professors with knee-deep resumes. Not so in Oakland, where being a professor would actually disqualify you: Oakland’s poet laureate has always been a high school student. 


This year, Tova Ricardo earned the title of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. From a young age, she was taught never to censor herself. That attitude caught the judges' attention. Now that she’s Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, she wants to show the rest of Oakland’s young literary community that they shouldn’t be afraid to speak out, either.