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Shelton Johnson brings the hidden history of Blacks in the American West to life through a storytelling project at Yosemite National Park. In his performance, he channels that past, and transforms into the fictional role of Buffalo Soldier Elizy Bowman. And, as a note for our listeners, this story contains some racially-charged language.

Walking the Philosopher’s Way

Mar 29, 2016


If you know San Francisco, you’ll know the newly remodeled Dolores Park, where people gather to eat ice cream in the sun.

You’ll also know the Presidio, the former military complex now designated a National Park. And you’ll easily name the city’s largest park, since it’s twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York: it’s Golden Gate Park. But can you name the city’s second largest park? 

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oct 14, 2015
Photo by flickr user Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious

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

Experts urge quick action to protect Bay Bridge cable // SF Chronicle

“An international group of bridge maintenance experts is urging the immediate retrofit of the $6.4 billion new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to protect the main cable from corrosion and to allow for inspections of other potentially vulnerable areas on the structure.

When SF needs money, it holds an auction

Jul 8, 2015
Under CC license from Flickr user Wally Gobetz


Public infrastructure – parks, libraries, roads, and sidewalks – surrounds us. But have you ever wondered how any of it actually came into being? A lot needs to happen to create a park – from coming up with the idea in the first place, to environmental reviews, construction, and of course, getting the money to pay for it. In San Francisco, funding for these projects needs to be approved by voters, as was the case with 2012’s Proposition B, which gave the city permission to borrow $195 million to renovate parks, including Golden Gate Park

Why some Bay Area dogs are tied up in controversy

Jul 31, 2014
Tiffany Camhi


Just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, a few miles from Muir Woods, lies Muir Beach. The beautiful and peaceful waterfront is a favorite among locals, travelers and man’s best friend.

Mary Willis

On Tuesday, San Francisco supervisors will consider legislation to close the city’s parks overnight. If passed, no one will be allowed in parks run by the city's recreation department between midnight and 5am.