San Francisco

Jeremy Dalmas

This story originally aired in May of 2017.

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the United States. And with business booming, a lot of eyes are on local corporations to see if they are giving back to the local community by paying their fair share in taxes.

Lydia Daniller

 

Sean Dorsey is a trailblazing transgender choreographer, and the founder of Fresh Meat Productions, an annual transgender and queer performance festival.

 

Sean has a new show premiering in San Francisco this week called Boys In Trouble. The show comes out of two years of research, during which Sean traveled across the country, hosting community forums about masculinity and interviewing people about gender.

 

Courtesy of Brava Center For The Arts

 

Artist Beatrice Thomas performs in drag as soulful death-metal diva Black Benatar at Drag Queen Story Time at the San Francisco Public Library — and all over the Bay.

 

She’ll be hosting Black Benatar’s Black Magic Cabaret as part of So Soul San Francisco at Brava Theater this week.

 

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The redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard is slated to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake.

 

The Shipyard is a former naval base and nuclear-weapons testing lab — and the cleanup of radioactive materials used there has been ongoing for decades.

 

Reimagining life and death in San Francisco

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy of ReImagine

 

On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with UC Berkeley geophysicist Roland Bürgmann about his recent report, which explores the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area.

Amber Miles

 

It’s Friday night on the corner of 16th and Valencia in San Francisco’s Mission District. Shops are closing up and folks that live out here are settling into vacant doorways. The traffic on the street sounds frustrated; revving, waiting, and beeping as the last of the commuters surface from the BART station and breeze by.

 

Most of them don’t even notice a man in a poofy red and white mushroom hat, sorting through a tangled web of colored wires and extension cords.

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Eight years ago, there was no such thing as Uber or Lyft. Taxis were around, but they only made around one percent of all vehicle trips in San Francisco. Fast forward to now, and ride hailing companies make up around 15 percent of all trips that start and end within the city — an estimated 170,000 rides per day.

Student voices on school safety: Nicole O.

Mar 15, 2018

Student voices on school safety: Ana S.

Mar 15, 2018
Photo credit: Eli Wirtschafter / KALW News

 

San Francisco has made a sweeping change in how much it costs to park in the city.

Eli Wirtschafter

San Francisco has helped lead a nationwide trend of using the space by the curb for things besides parking — such as restaurant seating, extra sidewalk space, and bike-share stations. You can see all that happening at once on a single narrow, crowded street: Valencia, in the Mission. The curb space there is precious. But could you put a price tag on it?

COURTESY OF JOSE ARTIGA

It's been over a year since President Donald Trump issued an executive order promising to halt federal funding for cities that limit cooperation with immigration agents. After the order was made, mayors from across the country vowed to remain so called “sanctuary cities” anyway. 

Stories Behind the Fog: George

Mar 5, 2018
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George came out to San Francisco in the 90s, and worked at a computer company. But after his health started to deteriorate, he lost his job, and ended up homeless and panhandling.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

This story originally aired in August of 2016. 

There’s a warehouse in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood stuffed with the severed legs of aging mannequins, screws of various sizes, and large pieces of real fur.

 

Garaje Gooch

 

The Stud is a queer bar in San Francisco with a long and storied history. It was founded in 1966, the same year as the historic Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in the Tenderloin, three years before the Stonewall uprising in New York. It survived the AIDS crisis, the dot com boom, and bust and boom again — all the while building a reputation as a quirky, welcoming place for all visitors.

The Guardian

One of our listeners, Consuelo Faust, recently asked us a question through our Hey Area project: “Is it fact or urban legend that other cities or even States send their homeless people to San Francisco?”

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
"TEDx SF 2011 Alive - Vicki Virk with Non Stop Bhangra ©Suzie Katz #4836" by CC Flickr user Tedx SF, resized and recropped

 

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.

flickr user Dank Depot via creative commons

  

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.

Liza Veale / KALW News

 

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.

 

Courtesy of UCSF

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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