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New podcast highlights KALW's best Bay Area stories

Jun 16, 2016
Kyle Trefny

KALW Public Radio is proud to introduce The Bridge, a new podcast featuring the station's best Bay Area stories.

Our suggestions for what to do in the Bay Area this weekend span the cinematic, the aerodynamic, and the pop-tastic. 

Every morning in the Tenderloin, when people all around San Francisco are starting to wake up, around 30 people gather at St. Boniface Church, waiting to go sleep. This is the story of one morning.

5/24: Stories from San Francisco

May 24, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

Your Call: Preparing for California's primary

May 23, 2016

On the May 23rd edition of Your Call we will be discussing California's primary. 

Your Call: Media coverage of homelessness

May 19, 2016

  On the May 20th edition of Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of homelessness in California.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

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

Mayor Lee put on public display over SF police reforms - San Francisco Examiner

“With beefed up security at City Hall and a room full of protesters, Mayor Ed Lee was taken to task Tuesday by members of the Board of Supervisors who sought answers for how San Francisco will address a beleaguered police department.

Used under license from Google Images

Fight ISIS through legal pot … Cannabis cafes coming to Alaska? … Native tribes pull back from “green rush” … “Sisters of the Valley” chastised … and more.


Legalize cannabis and fight ISIS, Italian mafia // Reuters

Ben Trefny

After decades of dreaming, planning, and delays, Treasure Island is set to be transformed.

So here’s a question for you: Would you want to rent or buy on Treasure Island? KALW will be reporting on this question over the coming months,  and we need your help to sharpen the focus and deepen the conversation.

KALW would like to hear your input to help us with our reporting. Please click here. The deadline is June 5, 2016.

SF Urban Adventure Club

Whether you’re looking to dance in commiseration to Prince jams, or celebrate environmental protection work done by people here in the Bay Area, we have you covered in this edition of Weekend Go-Tos.

Here's our cherry picked selection of community events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Photo cropped and resized with permission from Dan Brekke


On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

StoryCorps: Facilitating a 'good death'

Apr 11, 2016
San Francisco StoryCorps

As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, Alastair Shanks sits at the bedsides of people who are dying at the Laguna Honda, a public hospital in San Francisco that serves the indigent and homeless. Many of those he accompanies are lost to the world through dementia. In this installment of StoryCorps, Shanks speaks with fellow volunteer Mary Doane about the care he takes to make sure each person has a “good death.”

The weekend is upon us, and we’ve wrangled a few suggestions of events and things worth doing around the Bay Area.

Tim Hussin



Talking to peers can be a vital tool for making it through dark times. But what happens when your friends and loved ones aren’t around anymore? That’s the situation for many older gay men in San Francisco, whose community was decimated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Happy April 1st! If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do over the weekend, we’ve mined a few suggestions with no tricks, just treats. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Twin Peaks

Mar 24, 2016


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.

Looking for something fun and unique to do around the Bay Area this weekend? Don't fret. We have you covered.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Cable Car Barn

Mar 17, 2016
Norbert Feyling

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.

Photo courtesy of Ana Biocini

Oakland Tribune crime reporter David DeBolt still remembers when his paper got the call from the Oakland Police Department. They wanted local reporters like him to come to police headquarters to watch police body camera footage of two recent officer-involved shootings.

Courtesy of Negativland

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

Courtesy San Francisco Public Defender's Office / cropped and resized


On July 1st last year, Kate Steinle was shot and killed. An undocumented man, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is currently on trial for her murder. The shooting spurred anti-immigrant groups nationwide, who rallied to end Sanctuary City policies – polices that limit how much city employees may help Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Critics say they protect undocumented people from being handed over to immigration authorities – even when they commit a crime.

Sure, it's going to be stormy outside this weekend, but we've lined up some unique and fun, indoor events to check out this weekend in the Bay Area.

Audrey Dilling


An unusual scene has been playing out at Ocean Beach over the past few weeks.

What housing stories should KALW cover?

Mar 3, 2016
Illustration by Cal Tabuena-Frolli.

Just over a month after the launch of Hey Area, KALW's collaborative journalism project, the response has been overwhelming. You submitted just shy of 100 urgent, thoughtful questions about the Bay Area — thank you!

StoryCorps: Our Mission No Eviction

Feb 29, 2016

Roberto Hernandez is a leader of the "Our Mission No Eviction" campaign, and he's seen plenty of change come to his neighborhood. A lot of people in his community have been forced to leave the Mission over the last few years. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Casting Club

Feb 25, 2016
Photo by Ian Lewis

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.

Photograph by David Boyer.


THE INTERSECTION looks at change in the Bay Area through physical intersections and street corners — where different cultures, desires and histories meet every day. 

Season one focuses on Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that some feel is changing, while others feel it’s getting worse. What you’ll hear this is season is what producer David Boyer found while spending the better part a year getting to know the people who live and work nearby. This is episode one — listen to more

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

Looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend? Check out our suggestions for the weekend of February 5, 2016.