Oakland

Dan Roth

On Thursday, March 17th, Kamau Right Now! was broadcast live from Impact Hub in downtown Oakland.  Joining W. Kamau Bell were social justice leader Lateefah Simon, journalist and hip hop historian Dave "Davey D." Cook, poet-comedian Bucky Sinister.  Plus, an "awkward talk" with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and music from Bhi Bhiman.   

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mar 16, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Bay Area reservoirs still far from full: Conservation experts hope that drought lessons last // San Mateo Daily Journal

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We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around our Bay Area this weekend.

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For decades, development investors didn’t want to touch Oakland. In 1997, one economist called the city an “ugly duckling in a bay of swans.” But these days, Oakland is one of the “hottest,” or fastest-growing, real estate markets in the country.

Daily News Roundup for Monday March 7, 2016

Mar 7, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers // Oakland North

"Guests were met with the soft and periodic sound of whizzing traffic on one side and ferry boats on the other as they made their way up the steps into the new Oakland offices of Sunset Magazine in Jack London Square. A smiling security guard opened the door with a small whoosh and let them enter the 110,000-square foot office space with white cubicles and office chairs on one end and tables for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and party bags on the other."

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Sure, it's going to be stormy outside this weekend, but we've lined up some unique and fun, indoor events to check out this weekend in the Bay Area.

Chris Hambrick

Here in the Bay Area, rents are rising, and housing inventory is shrinking. It’s forcing many here to decide -- either you have to leave the area completely, or you have to get creative about your housing situation.

A poem from Youth Radio: "Rose Flower"

Feb 22, 2016
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Darelle Brown is a participant in Remix Your Life, an arts program run by Youth Radio. Brown grew up in Oakland, and he imagines what it's like to be a rose pushing it's way up through his city's soil.

Happy Friday, everybody! We have a few recommendations of what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

Check out our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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The husky voice you’re hearing now belongs to singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him “Oakland’s sweet little secret.”

Ira Marlowe will perform solo at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Saturday (02.13) It’s a small place, so arrange for tickets ahead of time.

StoryCorps: Dancing despite disability

Feb 10, 2016

Twenty eight years ago, Bonnie Lewkowicz got a phone call from someone wanting to know what she thought about the idea of disabled people dancing. That question set her on an improbable odyssey.

Looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend? Check out our suggestions for the weekend of February 5, 2016.

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 3, 2016
Renata Gray

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Daily news roundup for Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Super Bowl 50’s crazy ticket prices drop slightly, but Niner fans still left out // Mercury News

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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.

Your Call: Working to reduce violence in the Bay Area

Jan 25, 2016
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On the January 25th edition of Your Call, we are going to be discussing these programs working to make a difference in the Bay Area to halt gun violence and provide victims of violence with resources to keep them from the revolving cycle of gang violence. 

A Poem from Youth Radio: “Gumbo”

Jan 19, 2016
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Shyra Gums grew up in Oakland and she’s a participant in Remix You Life an arts program run by Youth Radio.

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Take a peek at our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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NAACP supports AUMA… More cities pass marijuana bans… Oakland dispensary to go public… Migraines and epilepsy… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

NAACP gives support to AUMA // Sacramento Bee “Legalizing marijuana is an important civil rights issue because pot-related arrests are ‘racially biased’ and disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos,” says the president of the California chapter.

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Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

We’d love your feedback, and your ideas. Do you know any specialists? Are you a specialist? Email specialistpodcast@gmail.com. 

Click the audio player above to hear the piece.

Sound design of this piece by Seth Samuel, who also wrote all the music. 

Oakland steps into nationwide gun debate

Jan 13, 2016
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When President Barack Obama announced his executive order tightening rules on selling guns last week, he called on local governments around the country to step up, saying, “all of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make our community safer.”

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One year into her term as mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the city's affordability crisis, the rising tech industry, public safety, education, police training and what will happen with the Raiders and the A's.

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In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. That neighborhood is Oakland's Jingletown.

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Towns and counties vote for local control… Oklahoma still suing neighbors… Columbia legalizes medical marijuana… Concentrates are medicinal…  What “Trumbo” doesn’t tell you… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

With the holiday season clearly upon us, here are some suggestions for fun things to do around our Bay Area this weekend, whether you loathe or love celebrating winter holidays.

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Nextdoor.com is a website designed to bring neighbors together by helping them ask questions, get to know each other, and post local recommendations.

Dancing in and escaping from wartime Liberia

Nov 25, 2015
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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.

Dancing with Mama Diouf

Nov 25, 2015
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Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

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 percent 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. 

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