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In the summer of 1967, more than 150 riots broke out in Black communities across the country, protesting racial injustice. President Johnson then called a special commission to investigate, which produced an unusual document, called the Kerner Report, which analyzed the reasons why Black communities were frustrated and rising up.

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'Free speech week' an expensive, provocative bust at UC Berkeley

Sep 26, 2017
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Carol Christ called this a "free speech" year when she took over as the UC Berkeley chancellor. But a conservative student group called Berkeley Patriot co-opted that language in advertising a "free speech week" – which was supposed to be taking place right now.

 

Angela Johnston

Three years ago a major earthquake rattled the Bay Area. Napa Valley was hit the hardest: 200 people were injured, one person died and the total financial damage in the area was almost a billion dollars. It was also the first time an experimental early warning system called Shake Alert notified researchers of a major quake before it actually happened. If researchers secure enough funding, we may have more time to duck, cover and hold on before the next big one.

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Wednesday marks the first day of classes at the University of California, Berkeley, which means it’s also the first day of classes for new Chancellor Carol Christ.

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The Migration Policy Institute estimates that the number of immigrant workers in the U.S. has tripled since 1970. As foreign born workers and their children make homes in the U.S., they often face a society that sees them as 'other.'

Anthony Tusler

 

Ever wonder what that building is connected to the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley?

 

Clerical workers at the University of California went on strike across the state on Tuesday to push forward contract negotiations.

Can copying plants curb climate change?

Nov 17, 2016
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Imagine that cars that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Instead of gasoline, they’d run on a new fuel—called butanol—that’s made, with the help of bacteria, from three simple ingredients: sunlight, air and water.

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

Tom Levy

 


Western literature’s most important books have been translated, not once, but many times. The book at the top of the charts is the Bible: more than 100 translations, and that’s just in English.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Sproul Plaza

Sep 1, 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.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
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San Jose police rolls out first wave of body cameras in department milestone // San Jose Mercury News

Bonnie Chan

Chris Peeples is president of the AC Transit Board of Directors. He takes the bus to get to work and to doctor’s appointments; he had a stroke five years ago and doesn’t walk easily, even with a cane. In the last year, his professional and medical lives have collided in an unexpected way.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Apr 12, 2016
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Yahoo: Why would Daily Mail or anyone else buy net firm? // BBC News

“Recently, there have been more stories about Yahoo shutting bits of its business than celebrating successes.

“The firm's own internet services are now valued to be worth a fraction of its stake in the e-commerce giant Alibaba.”

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The key to happiness? It's in the science

Mar 29, 2016

 

U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. 

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Feb 24, 2016
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City Workers Begin Clearing Division Street Homeless Despite 72-Hour Notice // CBS SF Bay Area

“Residents of a large homeless encampment along Division Street in San Francisco were given 72-hours notice to relocate Tuesday, but many people said they were being forced to move immediately.

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Some scientists are saying that you can’t talk about the global refugee crisis without talking about another crisis: climate change.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015
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California Governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions // Sacramento Bee

"Gov. Jerry Brown heads to the U.N. Climate Change conference in Paris  this week to urge other states and provinces to sign onto California’s pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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It’s Friday morning at Lighthouse Charter School in East Oakland, and the kids in Ms. Baumert’s ninth grade class have a visitor. 

If you’re looking for suggestions of interesting things to do around the Bay Area this weekend, search no further, we’ve collected a few recommendations just for our KALW audience.

Nicole West

 

 

It’s a sunny, April afternoon at Richmond College Prep School. Around 20 fourth graders fidget at their tables near their outdoor garden. Each table is covered with placemats, bowls, cutting boards, and a recipe.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sep 23, 2015

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Buying Support for Coal // East Bay Express 

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sep 2, 2015
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Lawsuit filed by California drivers against Uber gets class-action status // CBS SF

“SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A federal judge has granted class-action status to a case in California against Uber over payment of drivers.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
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California legislature passes strict school vaccine bill // KRON

 

“State lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial vaccine bill that would impose one of the strictest school immunizations laws in the country.

Isabel Angell

Throughout film history, the Golden Gate Bridge has been leveled in earthquakes, ripped apart by apes, melted, and even bitten in half by a mega-shark.

But how would the iconic span fare in more realistic disaster scenarios? We're going to take a close look at three very real situations – overcrowding, a tsunami, and an earthquake – and find out if those disasters could bring down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hassan Astaneh is a professor of structural engineering and bridge engineering at UC Berkeley.

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California death penalty: New execution method will be proposed // San Jose Mercury 

"California's death penalty system, dormant for nine years, might soon move slowly toward resuming executions.

KALW is a media sponsor for the Berkeley Symphony, which presents "Homage," the third concert of its 2014-15 season at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on Thursday, April 30th at 8pm.  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Mozart's "Requiem" and choruses from "The Death of Klinghoffer" by John Adams with the University and Chamber Choruses of the University of California Berkeley and soloists Jacquiline Piccolino, Zanda Švēde, Michael Dailey, and Anthony Reed.

The LA Times recently published an editorial that reported that California’s reservoirs are currently storing only about a year’s worth of water supply. Significant storms could still add to that supply, but it’s daunting data, coming at the tail end of the traditional wet season.

There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area.

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW's Hana Baba wanted to find out the formula, so she went to the center and sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good.

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