San Francisco

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with comedian Colin Quinn, who is in town for the San Francisco debut of his all-new stand-up show, ‘One in Every Crowd’, at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater.

Audrey Dilling


This story originally aired in January of 2016. The next affordable housing lottery in San Francisco will take place on January 18, 2018. It’s for 28 units in the Alice Griffith Apartments. There's an information session for Wednesday, December 13. For more information, click here.


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  What is the state of organized religion in the Bay Area?  A pair of 2015 surveys found that Americans increasingly identify as "spiritual but not religious" and that San Francisco is the nation's second most religiously unaffiliated metro area.  


More cities ready for New Year deadline ... Police won’t take guns from medical patients ... Confusing times in Indiana ... and more.

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Adult use OK in SF but not in Marin ... Medical users asked to give up their guns ... Legal marijuana could help curb opiod crisis ... Cheech Marin’s bio ... and more

Phil Daley

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band started its life as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corp in 1978. 

Call this hotline if ICE is at your door

Nov 27, 2017
Tom Levy

The San Francisco Rapid Response Network hotline, (415) 200-1548, supports people faced with imminent deportation or immigration issues, and is part of a wave of regional support for immigrants living in the Bay Area.

You can get a full list of rapid-response hotlines for the greater Bay Area and adjacent regions at the end of this article. This story originally aired in March of 2017, and has been updated online. 

Detour Dance's Eric Garcia: Sights & Sounds

Nov 23, 2017
Chris Begley

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Co-director of Detour Dance, Eric Garcia, is premiering Fugue in San Francisco on 12/1, and he stopped by KALW to tell Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.


California issues emergency rules ... San Francisco won’t meet New Year’s deadline ... Obama era cannabis rules still honored ... Business, Health and more.


Berkeley ready for adult sales ... Smoking lounges may come to San Francisco ... State banking group considers armored cars ... Health, Opinion and more. 

Did you know that you have the power to hit the pause button on new construction projects in San Francisco?

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In 1976, there was a classified ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. It read, “SIGN Mr. PEANUT for sale. 20ft. tall as see [sic] from Bayshore Fwy. Eves. 364-5005.” That’s the last record of the huge Mr. Peanut sign that once marked the spot of the Planters Peanut factory.

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Bay Area makes progress on adult use permits ... “Campfire pot” could save growers in North Bay fire zone ... Medical guidelines enhanced ... FDA puts CBD distributors on notice ... Ten years of higher ed ... and more.

Who is Karl the Fog?

Nov 2, 2017
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KALW listener Janet Basu wanted to know; just who is this Karl the Fog, anyway? 

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San Francisco's iconic Green Apple Books grew from a 750-square-foot storefront on Clement Street in 1967, to a space of over 8,000 square feet today.

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The latest edition of the San Francisco Public Press includes a story about one possible solution to homelessness — hotels.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with RAWdance's Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith about ‘Double Exposure’, the company’s critically acclaimed program of duets by more than a dozen West Coast choreographers.

Ben Trefny

People around the Bay Area, the state, and the nation are thinking about what they can do to help victims of the North Bay fires. For a pair of socially minded artists, it turned out their efforts were worth much more than they’d ever imagined.

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The Summer of Love was San Francisco’s most celebrated party — but it came with a massive collective hangover. Free love had a hidden cost: sexually transmitted diseases. Gonorrhea spread through the nation in the late 1960s and '70s. Now it’s back, 50 years later.

Cal Bach

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Paul Flight, Artistic Director of the California Bach Society, about upcoming performances in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley (Oct 20-22), featuring the ‘Missa Brevis in G Major, BWV 236’; Cantata  ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’, BWV 21 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), plus ‘Tristis est anima mea’ by German composer Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722), was Bach’s predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig.

California slowly prepares for adult use sales ... Bureau of Cannabis Control plans emergency rules ... Truffle Man goes brick & mortar ... Remembering Tom Petty  and more.

Painter and Muralist Ira Watkins: Sights & Sounds

Oct 5, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Ira Watkins, the new artist-in-residence at Hunters Point Shipyard Studios, will be showing his work on October 14 and 15 during the Shipyard's Fall Open Studios. He told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Ben Yalom

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors Michelle Haner and Debórah Eliezer, who star in ‘Role Call’, a double bill of highly personal one-woman plays presented by FoolsFURY at NOH Space (2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco). Director Ben Yalom will be joining the conversation.

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State regulatory agency has new name //

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is no more. It is now named the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Poet Dean Rader: Sights & Sounds

Sep 28, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Poet and professor Dean Rader, who will be reading at Tell No One at this year's LitCrawl San Francisco, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three amazing arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

It’s been decades since this country has had anything like a tenants' movement. If you’re young enough you might not even be familiar with the phrase. But today a movement is forming to fight for policies that preserve and create affordable housing. Last week, renters and their advocates coordinated more than 50 political actions in 45 states as part of national renters' week of action. In the Bay Area, Alameda hosted a weekend-long, statewide gathering of over 400 California tenants and organizers in the movement.

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San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change.

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Host Joseph Pace delves into the Mission District’s colorful political, cultural and artistic history with author, professor and San Francisco native, Cary Cordova.

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Hawaii’s plan for cannabis banking ... Kidnapped dispensary worker still missing ... Senator’s punny medical bill announcement ... Teen pot use continues to drop ... and more.

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As American cities recover from floods, hurricanes and violent political demonstrations, we take a look at one of San Francisco’s more unusual tools for disaster response.