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.

Comedian Karinda Dobbins: Sights & Sounds

Nov 16, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Comedian Karinda Dobbins will be performing at Comedy Night at Shiba Ramen in Oakland. She told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay Area this week.


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

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Cheryl Fabio covers a lot of ground in her documentary, Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy.

Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio: Sights & Sounds

Nov 9, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio will be screening her documentary, Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy at the African American Museum And Library In Oakland, on Friday, 11/10. She told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay Area this week.

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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This week brings with it Día de los Muertos.

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AC Transit is building a faster, more reliable bus line on International Boulevard in East Oakland. But some locals are worried that the project will be one more thing forcing them out of the city.

Michael Morgan celebrates his 28th season at the Oakland Symphony

Oct 19, 2017
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Maestro Michael Morgan has been leading the Oakland Symphony since 1990.

Courtesy of Pendarvis Harshaw

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.

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Sights & Sounds is your guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week, Michael Morgan, conductor and music director of the Oakland Symphony, tells KALW's Jen Chien about three amazing arts events you shouldn't miss. 

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.

Jeremy Dalmas

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.

Harpist Destiny Muhammad: Sights & Sounds

Sep 14, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene.  Self-proclaimed harpist from the hood Destiny Muhammad, who'll be performing at SF Music Day, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

In the new documentary The Force, an Oakland police officer tells new recruits, “I don’t want bad cops. Period. I don’t need them.” In the film, director Peter Nicks follows the Oakland Police Department over two years.

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.



California is going through something of a black bear boom. At any given moment, there are more than 25,000 black bears roaming the state’s forests with their narrow heads, small ears, and tan, brown and black bellies.


But that also means there has been increased contact between bears and people.

Mapping West Oakland pollution, block by block

Aug 14, 2017
Laura Wenus / KALW

West Oakland has had an air pollution problem for years, and it’s taken a toll on residents. Emergency room visits for asthma are highly concentrated in West Oakland and Emeryville, but they drop off dramatically when you get to other parts of Oakland.