San Francisco

A reminder that this weekend, BART’s Transbay Tube will be closed between Embarcadero and West Oakland stations. To help you out, we have put together a short set of recommendations of things to do, no matter what side of the tube you find yourself. Here are your Weekend Go-Tos.

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Making a Modern Family: Josh Gamson

Sep 3, 2015

Making a baby isn't easy if you're two gay men. But that's what author Joshua Gamson and his husband, Richard, set out to do. Twice. Those stories and four others are what makes up his new book, "Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship." Marilyn explores with him the complexities, physically, legally, and politically, of what these parents went through and why. Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 7pm Pacific at, 91.7fm in San Francisco. 

If you are sticking around the Bay Area this weekend, here is our shortlist of things worth checking out.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aug 26, 2015
Kendrick Brinson at SF Chronicle

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How to solve San Francisco's homeless pooping problem // SF Gate

"While Mayor Ed Lee announced this week that 'the homeless must leave the street' for Super Bowl 50, it's more what they leave behind on the street that is a concern for the million or so people who have to walk a few blocks or a few miles in the city every day.

Do you know where you’ll be this weekend? If you are hoping to find some fun without traveling too far, we have a few highlights on what to see and do over the weekend here in the Bay Area.

On the August 14th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the recent toxic spill in Colorado.

Christopher Chan

If you are looking for unique suggestions on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend, you are in luck! We have a few hand-picked choices, just for you. 

Meet California State Senator Mark Leno

Aug 13, 2015


Conversion Therapy Persists

Aug 6, 2015

The June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage changed consciousness. But right wing zealots keep practicing 'conversion therapy' on minors, trying to make them not be LGBT.  Marilyn Pittman takes a look at this unethical and dangerous practice with activists Joe Rodriguez and Jim Walker. Just when you thought gay rights was over! Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 7pm, the award-winning show, "Out In The Bay." 

We have handpicked a few suggestions on how to spend your weekend here in our lovely Bay Area.

Bridging the generational gap in Japantown

Jul 29, 2015
Suite J-Town

On Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown, there’s a building that doesn’t look like its neighbors. It’s modern, and covered in chrome and glass. Inside, Japanese pop music pumps through speakers.

The New People building is dedicated to Japanese pop culture -- street fashion like the frilly “Lolita” style, or manga and anime, Japanese comics and animated cartoons. But just up the street lives the older, slower Japantown -- where it’s more about bonsai and taiko than robots and platform boots.

Holly McDede

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.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Jul 23, 2015
Treasure Island Development Authority

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City plans to transform Treasure Island with $50 million for public art // KQED

"In an art-themed version of the movie axiom, 'if you build it, they will come,' the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) hopes to draw locals and tourists alike to Treasure Island — and not just for its views.

Daily News roundup for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
Rich Pedroncelli / AP


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

Supes move forward with jail that we might not need // 48 Hills

"The San Francisco supervisors today moved forward a proposal for a new $240 million county jail – although it’s not clear yet what the project will actually look like or whether the city needs it.

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LGBTQ rights made huge strides recently with the supreme court’s historic decision on same-sex marriage. But an ongoing situation in San Francisco’s Mission District shows that there’s still pushback, even in the most liberal of cities.

Tonight is opening night for the The Tenderloin Museum, and they’re celebrating with a panel discussion titled ‘The Screaming Queens, Then and Now,’ featuring transgender activists Tamara Ching, Veronika Fimbres, and filmmakers Susan Stryker & Victor Silverman. 


On the July 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on solutions to California’s drought by talking about recycling and reusing wastewater.

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Writer Kevin Smokler shared his pick - The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin - with Ninna Gaensler-Debs.

Derek Bridges

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

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

How the sausage gets made

Jul 8, 2015

Drewes Meats (soon to be known as E & J Fine Meats) in San Francisco is one of the oldest butcher shops in all of California -- it’s been at its current location on Church Street in Noe Valley since 1889. In this audio postcard, butcher Joseph Napier gives us a peek behind the scenes to show us “how the sausage gets made.”

Blank on Blank: Jerry Garcia on the Acid Tests

Jul 2, 2015

It’s been 50 years since the original band members of The Grateful Dead began playing together in clubs around Palo Alto and San Francisco. In that time they’ve sold 35 million records. But more importantly, they inspired an unprecedented culture of fandom – 

Today's Local Music: Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono

Jul 1, 2015

Today’s local music is by Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono. They’ve been working together since last year, and have put together a program of original music that combines indie rock and contemporary jazz.  The Natalie Cressman – Mike Bono Duo will be sharing their sounds on Friday (07.03) at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. You can expect the music to begin around 7:30pm. 

The weekend is just around the corner, and I have some suggestions on how to spend your time, making most of the very summery-feeling heat here in the Bay Area.


The music you’re hearing now is by The Hot Club of San Francisco.

The Hot Club of San Francisco will be opening for Randy Newman on Sunday (06.28) at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. It’s the festival’s 78th year, and it’s free, as always. But get there early for good seats. Music starts at 2pm.

The Black Sheep

Jun 23, 2015


The next time you're in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, if you look carefully you’ll see a symbol of this support: a black cross drawn in marker. It’s the coat of arms for the Black Sheep, the area’s unofficial homeless first aid squad.


The trouble with garbage in San Francisco

Jun 22, 2015
CC license Flickr Brad Greenlee


The most heavily used neighborhood park in San Francisco is Dolores Park. According to Sarah Ballard, with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, that comes with a high cost.  

Zero waste in San Francisco is a 2020 vision

Jun 22, 2015
Adam Teitelbaum

“The goal is Zero Waste by 2020, and we think that is an achievable goal.”

Those words from former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom back in 2009 promoted the idea of diverting all waste from landfills. It was actually an official resolution passed back in the Willie Brown Administration. Now in 2014, Mayor Ed Lee claims the city has reached 80% diversion. Whether or not that debatable claim is true, there’s a long way to go to reach the goal. So what’s it going to take to achieve zero waste by 2020?