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Sights & Sounds: Jesselito Bie

May 18, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer and choreographer Jesselito Bie told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

James Hardy

 

 

It was 1854 when the first patent for a breast pump was issued to an inventor in New York State. Since then, the device Lea Hardy is about to use to pump breast milk hasn’t changed much.

Beatrice L. Thomas

 

Forty-plus seniors both in and out of wheelchairs socialize in groups of twos and fours in the lobby of AgeSong University. Friday afternoons are happy hour time at the Portola eldercare facility, and the scene is complete with a caterer, and a singer performing lite rock hits. 

Sights & Sounds: Francis Wong

May 11, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Francis Wong, co-founder of Asian Improv aRts told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Photo by Joen Madonna

 

If you’ve read the San Francisco Chronicle in the last 15 or so years, you probably saw something unique. Once a week, the paper published an illustration called “All Over Coffee” that showed a fresh view of San Francisco, accompanied by words of random insight. 

Jeremy Dalmas

 

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the U.S. 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.

The blocky Vaillancourt Fountain near San Francisco's Ferry Building has been controversial since its installation in the 1970s. One issue that's dogged the fountain for decades? It's often dry. Listener Ingrid Roseborough wrote to Hey Area wondering why. Click the player above the hear the answer. 

A regal statue keeps watch of San Francisco Main Library's Fulton Street entrance. Who is he and why is he there? 

By Wikimedia user Monpirri. Used under license from Commons.wikimedia.org (cropped).

“Marijuana sanctuary” bill before Assembly ... Homeland Security chief changes his mind ... the fate of 4/20 event ... Scratch & sniff book for tokers ... and more

Credit: Library of Congress

 

President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

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Do you have questions to ask, and stories to tell? Do you love going behind the scenes, and learning how things really work? Are music and sound a big part of your life? If so, the KALW Public Radio summer internship for high school students is for you!

 

Dancer and choreographer Rulan Tangen believes that “to dance is to live, to live is to dance.” You can see this idea manifested in her dance company, Dancing Earth, which she founded in 2004 after surviving cancer.

 

What will the next four years look like for public education? Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, has spent years successfully working to privatize education in Michigan, and Donald Trump's budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the Department of Education.

Listener Holley Wysong wanted to know why new street signs in San Francisco use a typeface with upper and lowercase letters. She asked KALW's collaborative news project Hey Area to find the answer.

Sights & Sounds: Rulan Tangen

Mar 23, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dance artist Rulan Tangen told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Chava Kronenberg is on a manhole hunt.

“Oh! Wow! There it is! We have a winner!” she exclaims near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 5th Avenue in San Francisco.

McLaren Park in southeastern San Francisco is home to an amphitheater, seven miles of walking trails, sweeping views of San Bruno Mountain and — according to listener Danny Yanow — some "giant birds nests." Yanow wrote into KALW's collaborative reporting project Hey Area asking what kind of birds built them. 

Hey Area: Where are the Mission's buried waterways?

Mar 13, 2017
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Does a river run through it? 

That's the question that listener Milena Fiore posed to KALW's collaborative news project Hey Area. In this short-answer segment, she speaks with Ginny Stearns, an amateur historian and Mission Creek Creek Conservancy board member, to learn the answer.

Cari Spivack

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

COURTESY OF JOSE ARTIGA

 

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order promising to halt federal funding for cities that limit cooperation with immigration agents. Some mayors from across the country vowed to remain so called “sanctuary cities” anyway. 

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

Liza Veale

 

Cheap rental housing can feel like a vanishing resource in San Francisco. Property owners are selling buildings for multiples of what they originally bought them for, and who can blame them? But the consequence is that almost all the units are getting fixed up and turned into luxury housing. It’s the way of the market, and it can seem inevitable. But what if it’s not?

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: SoundBox

Feb 23, 2017
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All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

The Bay Area's "Day Without Immigrants"

Feb 16, 2017
Josiah Luis Alderete

 


At his press conference today, President Trump reiterated his motivation for strictly enforcing and enhancing U.S. immigration policy.

photo courtesy of The Good Bad

Today’s local music is by a San Francisco band — The Good Bad. They’ve been playing “new grass/bluegrass” since 2010 and pride themselves on having “a mesmerizing stage presence.”

Rich Blaisdell

You’ve just given birth to the most perfect little human. You name him after your father, and his father before him. On the birth certificate, you spell it just like it’s always been spelled, with an accent mark over the i. Then Gisela Sanchez comes along.

Jeremy Jue

 

Right now, in such a divided country, how we connect with others is on many people’s minds. Maybe you go to church every Sunday, maybe you’re in a book club, or a hiking group, or have a favorite yoga class. Or maybe you spend your weekends dueling friends at a small shop in San Francisco’s Portola district.

We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around our Bay Area this weekend.

Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

StoryCorps

In 1996, when San Francisco's Presidio was decommissioned as an army base and turned into a national park, a man named Eric Blind came to work there as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Blind recalls at the time that the dilapidated Presidio was like a “ghost town.” 

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