San Francisco

Ben Trefny

People around the Bay Area, the state, and the nation are thinking about what they can do to help victims of the North Bay fires. For a pair of socially minded artists, it turned out their efforts were worth much more than they’d ever imagined.

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The Summer of Love was San Francisco’s most celebrated party — but it came with a massive collective hangover. Free love had a hidden cost: sexually transmitted diseases. Gonorrhea spread through the nation in the late 1960s and '70s. Now it’s back, 50 years later.

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State regulatory agency has new name // bcc.ca.gov

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is no more. It is now named the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

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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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Hawaii’s plan for cannabis banking ... Kidnapped dispensary worker still missing ... Senator’s punny medical bill announcement ... Teen pot use continues to drop ... and more.

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As American cities recover from floods, hurricanes and violent political demonstrations, we take a look at one of San Francisco’s more unusual tools for disaster response.

Was there ever an exotic zoo in Glen Canyon?

Sep 7, 2017
From the San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 1897. Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library, Articles and Databases.

KALW listener Richard Goldman wanted to know if there was ever an exotic zoo in Glen Canyon, and whether there was a railroad that connected the canyon to downtown San Francisco. 

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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.

Sights & Sounds: Thao Nguyen

Aug 31, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Musician Thao Nguyen told KALW’s Ninna Gaensler-Debs about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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S.F. dispensary moratorium sends wrong signal, says state senator ... Oaksterdam offers scholarships ... Desert “cannabis paradise” faces big obstacles ... health, opinion, and more.

Guests flock to San Francisco's Bird Hotel

Aug 24, 2017
courtesy of Birgit Soyka

 

Birgit Soyka stands in a large warehouse amongst 68 bird cages, each holding an exotic bird. The walls are covered in photos of brightly colored parrots, and bird-shaped tchotchkes dot the room. She cradles Boogie, a Congo African gray, and a regular guest at the San Francisco Bird Hotel, a spa and resort for birds.

“Hi Boogie,” Soyka says; the bird coos in response.

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Officials in Berkeley and San Francisco are bracing themselves for competing political rallies planned for this weekend.

  

What’s the best response to this weekend’s rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley, which are expected to attract white supremacists and armed militia groups?

  

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common -- including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

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Legalization no cure for black market ... Berkeley leads in quality control ... Toxic waste at grow sites more worrisome than first thought ... opinion, health, and more. 

Sights & Sounds: Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Aug 10, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer and performer Baruch Porras-Hernandez told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Sights & Sounds: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Aug 3, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Stand-up comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan told KALW’s Ninna Gaensler-Debs about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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Senate committee ignores Attorney General ... Sunset district dispensary to see court date ... “Mother’s little helper” for the 21st century ... Watch Jay Leno drive a hemp car ... and more. 

Sights & Sounds: Dwayne Morgan

Jul 27, 2017

 

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dwayne Morgan from the Sons of Soul Revivers told KALW’s Devon Strolovitch about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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Marijuana is legal in Uruguay ... San Francisco approves Office of Cannabis ... A.G. Sessions quietly tightens rules ... and more.

Sights & Sounds: Lucía Sanromán

Jul 20, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Curator Lucía Sanromán told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Teetering on the edge of San Francisco's development boom

Jul 13, 2017
Claire Stremple

 

It seems as though you can’t look up at the sky without seeing the long neck of a construction crane.

Sights & Sounds: Erika Chong Shuch

Jul 13, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Choreographer and director Erika Chong Shuch told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Peter Belanger

 

This weekend, a long-awaited, brand new housing development will open up in San Francisco.

Buskers of San Francisco: Ron

Jul 6, 2017
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If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Buskers of San Francisco: Dillard

Jul 5, 2017
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If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Dillard, an accordion player at Sutter and Stockton. 

Buskers of San Francisco: Cordell

Jun 29, 2017
Photo by CC Flickr user Yutaka Seki, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Cordell, a bassist at the Powell street cable car turnaround.

 

  

Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
photo by flickr user Eric Richardson

  

In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

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The real story behind the Summer of Love

Jun 27, 2017
Photo by CC Flickr user Jennifer Boyer, resized and recropped

 

Understandably, many of us assume the Summer of Love was the pinnacle of the Hippie movement in the Bay Area and beyond. But the reality is a lot more complicated.

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