Oakland

3:47pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

The record store at the root of Michael Chabon's Oakland-based novel


Berigan Taylor dropped by KALW to tell Executive Editor (and fellow Jazz fan) Ben Trefny the story behind Berigan’s, a little record shop in Oakland. Berigan’s was the inspiration for Michael Chabon’s new novel, Telegraph Avenue.  Taylor is a life-long record collector and still one of the Bay Area’s biggest jazz enthusiasts. As in, he could probably name every musician on every jazz recording you have ever heard.

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2:29pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The People’s Library continues despite city crackdown

A neighborhood mom and her daughter sort through newly donated books.
Kyung-Jin Lee

Book lending and community gardening continues in front of an abandoned library in Oakland’s San Antonio district despite a police raid earlier this month. The historic building, a gift from Andrew Carnegie to the city back in 1918, was a branch library until 1976. Two other ventures have come and gone, but the building’s been vacant since 2001. The city says it’s not safe to use.

The blighted property has since attracted drug use, prostitution, and violence. So when activists moved in to reclaim it, local residents enthusiastically joined the effort.

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6:00pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

What's up with the whirlybirds?!

Maybe you've just seen The Bourne Legacy and have nagging feeling that you're being watched at all times. Maybe you related a little too much to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So if you see low-flying helicopters crisscrossing the skies this week, you might think the government is after you, or that the aliens have finally arrived. But the more likely explanation is that you've caught a glimpse of the federal effort to measure "naturally occurring background radiation."

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5:43pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Reviving America's first slave autobiography

Courtesy: Documenting the American South

Genealogy is becoming an easier field to navigate these days, with websites and organizations encouraging people to discover their family heritage.

That’s what Oakland’s Regina Mason did, but on her own. In the upcoming film Gina’s Journey, Mason chronicles her adventure in searching for her family history. Being an African American, that meant she would surely encounter slavery, which she did.

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3:18pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Archie Johnson

Under CC license from Marcus Walker. http://www.flickr.com/photos/markjwumaurader2124/7775166396/

Driving a bus can be a stressful, thankless job – just ask AC Transit driver Robert Hawkins, who told us in this recent Crosscurrents story: “It's like a switch turns on in your head because you know that you're getting ready to deal with a bunch of mess. Or the potential for a bunch of mess out here.”

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