San Francisco

Eli Wirtschafter

It’s a sunny Friday afternoon. Three guys riding bicycles meet on a corner in downtown San Francisco, where they disguise themselves as city employees. Sort of.

Sights & Sounds: Cathie Caraker

Jun 22, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dance artist and teacher Cathie Caraker told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

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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.

Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, the NPR News Quiz, is coming to San Francisco for two live tapings at Davies Symphony Hall -- Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th at 7:30pm.

Be part of the show with Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, the panel and their special guests.  Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am at City Box Office. 

(Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan & Margaret Miles)
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  The song you’re hearing now is by Ed Sheernan, being sung by Yes M’am! This a-cappella trio (Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles) sings traditional folk songs, along with music that might never be considered “folk” … until you hear their version. Yes M’am! takes part in the 41st annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which is happening this year at Everett Middle School on Saturday, June 10 from Noon until 10pm. 

Claire Stremple

 

“Oh, my god!”

 

Erica Deeman gasps as she walks into her solo exhibition for the first time.

 

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself. It is the first time I’ve seen them all in a room together, all thirty pieces framed.”

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Pot ban in cars considered ... Monterey commercial greenhouses to grow new crop ... The return of Lynnette Shaw ... Marley son invests in High Times ... Events, health, and more. 

Sights & Sounds: Lyz Luke

Jun 1, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Lyz Luke, Executive Music Enabler at UnderCover Presents, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Brotherhood Way

May 25, 2017
Truc Nguyen

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.

In the Bay Area, summer weather usually begins in the fall. Why is that? In this short-answer segment, San Francisco State meteorology professor Oswaldo Garcia explains our "peculiar" climate.

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? 

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

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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.

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