What threats do dolphins and other marine mammals face? 

Radiolab: Did this whale say thank you?

Sep 8, 2015
Commercial Fisheries Review (1946)

Whales: their intelligence, size and elegance grab people’s attention.  But few people get to experience them close up and in the wild. Here's the story of a one-of-a-kind whale encounter off the coast of the San Francisco Bay, brought to us by WNYC’s Radiolab. It asks the question - just how much of a connection can humans and whales have? 

Jon Stern

Marine biologist Jon Stern studies cetaceans: porpoises, dolphins and whales. Stern is a professor at San Francisco State and also leads field studies on the Northern California coast for the non-profit Golden Gate Cetacean Research. So he’s gotten up close and personal with his fair share of dead whales.

Back in April, a 48 foot-long sperm whale was found on a beach in Pacifica called Mori Point. A lot of people had gathered around the whale to bear witness to its death. They inspected the animal’s internal organs, nervously poked its cracked flesh when no one was looking, and took a few selfies in the process. Mostly though? People want to know how this animal died - and if we had anything to do with it.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

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

The High School Inside a Jail // Mission Local

"Mission resident Annelise Wunderlich and San Francisco filmmaker Richard O’Connell have finished principal photography on their documentary “The Corridor,” a film about Five Keys,  the first-ever high school within an adult jail – the San Francisco County Jail. To raise finishing funds, they’ve launched a kickstarter campaign.

Ralph Lee Hopkins

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

Your Call: What dangers do whales face today?

Aug 21, 2014


On the August 21st, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Joshua Horwitz, author of “War of the Whales.” Horwitz looks at the US Navy’s submarine surveillance system that floods the ocean with high-intensity sound. In 2008, the Supreme Court backed the Navy’s use of sonar, in spite of its deadly and effects on whales. And the Obama Administration recently OK’d the use of sonar for oil exploration off the East Coast. What impact does sonar have on whales? And what can be done to protect them? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.