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Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Feb 12, 2018
Bo Walsh

 

Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

Bringing bhangra to the Bay

Feb 8, 2018
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By now many Westerners have been exposed to Bollywood, the lively cinematic musical soap-operas iconic to the movie industry in Mumbai. Today Bollywood films are regular shown in cinemas around the Bay. Some people though have gone beyond the screen to experience first-hand the infectious music and dance that inspire some of the famous scenes from Bollywood films.

  

Did you know that Richmond, Milpitas, and Palo Alto all had sub-divisions where it was illegal for African Americans to own a house? On this edition of Your Call, Richard Rothstein discusses The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which details how laws and policy decisions promoted the very discriminatory patterns that continue today.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

San Francisco-based writer and performer Paul S. Flores began his artistic life as a spoken word artist and teacher. He was one of the founding staff members of nationally recognized youth poetry organization Youth Speaks.

But over the years his career has taken a turn toward theater, especially a kind of theater that draws its stories from real life and the words of real people.

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Everyone in San Francisco seems to have a story about a car break-in. It’s expensive, frustrating — and predictable.

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On this edition of Your Call: Now that marijuana is legal in California, who will benefit? And how will racially biased drug laws change?

Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News

 

Alemany Farmers Market started during WWII to support rural farms near San Francisco. Throughout the market’s evolution, its maintained modest prices, diverse customers, and a “local first” attitude towards selling produce. You’ll find an assortment of Latin and Southeast Asian ingredients unlike anywhere else, and it’s open every Saturday, all year long.

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As the mayor that presided over a wave of gentrification and displacement, Ed Lee took a lot of heat from the public. But, he also easily won reelection.

 

Ramekon O’Arwisters is a fabric and social practice artist who likes to say he has “no reverence for systems of control.” He is best known for creating a series of public art events called crochet jams, where he makes a space for people to create a communal work of art.

 

Bay Area Beats: DiaPa’Son

Jan 31, 2018
Courtesy Maria De La Rosa.

 

Son Jarocho is a style of Mexican folkloric music that’s been growing roots here in California for at least 50 years. The music grew out of the historical mix of Indigenous, Spanish, and African cultures in the state of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico. It’s often practiced at a type of gathering called a fandango, where the community shares music, dance, poetry, and food.

 

Courtesy of UCSF

 

Babies being born early is the No. 1 cause of infant mortality in the United States. After years of decline, it’s back on the rise, particularly for Black women. Now mothers around the Bay Area are demanding solutions.

 

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Elizabeth Rogers is the Associate Clinical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with her to hear more about what technologies and medical techniques are being used to save the most vulnerable premature babies.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full story. 

Cari Spivack

 

Sheila McLaughlin lived in the same San Francisco neighborhood for over 20 years. She had friends, raised a son, and felt connected to her neighbors. But by 2013, things around her had quickly changed.

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This story originally aired in February of 2017

An estimated three million people worldwide took to the streets to participate in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.

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On stage you can find comedian Jesús U. BettaWork dressed in gold sequins, dancing, and telling jokes with vaudevillian and burlesque flair.

But he only started doing stand-up five years ago. He spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about the ups and downs of becoming a comic.

Jesús U. BettaWork will be performing at the White Horse Inn, 6551 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland on Thursday, January 25, and at the Stud Bar SF, 399 Ninth St. in San Francisco on Sunday, January 28.

 

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Since 2013, San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle partners with local schools to create and perform an original opera.

Liza Veale / KALW News

Many San Franciscans have the impression that homelessness has been growing in recent years. In 2016, residents called 311 to complain about encampments five times more than in the previous year.

What’s confusing is — the population of homeless people in San Francisco has actually stayed relatively flat.

12/14: Combatting chronic absenteeism

Dec 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How one Bay Area school district is offering families extra support so kids get to school on time every day.
  • Inside Real Guitars, the oldest vintage guitar shop in the city.

Truc Nguyen

 

When Metallica, the Rolling Stones, or other big rock acts come to the Bay Area, and they need their guitars fixed, there’s a good chance you can find them down at 15 Lafayette Street in San Francisco.

Audrey Dilling

 

This story originally aired in January of 2016. The next affordable housing lottery in San Francisco will take place on January 18, 2018. It’s for 28 units in the Alice Griffith Apartments. There's an information session for Wednesday, December 13. For more information, click here.

 

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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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Adult use OK in SF but not in Marin ... Medical users asked to give up their guns ... Legal marijuana could help curb opiod crisis ... Cheech Marin’s bio ... and more

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California issues emergency rules ... San Francisco won’t meet New Year’s deadline ... Obama era cannabis rules still honored ... Business, Health and more.

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

Did you know that you have the power to hit the pause button on new construction projects in San Francisco?

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In 1976, there was a classified ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. It read, “SIGN Mr. PEANUT for sale. 20ft. tall as see [sic] from Bayshore Fwy. Eves. 364-5005.” That’s the last record of the huge Mr. Peanut sign that once marked the spot of the Planters Peanut factory.

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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.

Who is Karl the Fog?

Nov 2, 2017
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KALW listener Janet Basu wanted to know; just who is this Karl the Fog, anyway? 

Public art expected to change San Francisco skyline

Nov 2, 2017
Projected Completion, January 2018
Courtesy of the artist and Boston Properties

 

As the tallest building in San Francisco, Salesforce Tower is the new center of the city skyline. And as soon as January, the top of the tower will also become a work of public art, created by San Francisco artist Jim Campbell.

 

Green Apple Books celebrates 50 years in SF

Oct 30, 2017
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San Francisco's iconic Green Apple Books grew from a 750-square-foot storefront on Clement Street in 1967, to a space of over 8,000 square feet today.

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