Hear Here

Hear Here Community Engagement Specialist Anne Huang interviews Esther Goolsby at the 81st Avenue East Oakland Library.

Hear Here is KALW’s local community storytelling project. We seek out the stories of people who live and work in San Francisco and Oakland neighborhoods – and share what we hear on air and online!

Hear Here is currently recording stories in the Visitacion Valley, SF and East Oakland neighborhoods.

Take a listen to some of the stories we’ve collected below…

We've heard stories of immigration...

...and family...

...and work...

...and more.

Making Connections

Sometimes the stories we collect don't just stop at the radio.

How it Works

Hear Here partners with public libraries and community organizations to capture the often untold stories of the surrounding neighborhoods. We set up a date to show up at the library with our microphones and sit down for short, recorded conversations with participants. Every participant receives a CD copy of their interview. Some stories will air on KALW 91.7FM!

Want to share your story or partner with Hear Here to share the stories of your community?

Email hearhereradio@gmail.com or call (415) 264-7106.

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6:21pm

Wed February 26, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Carolyn Brandy's mysterious dream

Under CC license from Flickr user Mr.TinDC

Caroyln Brandy started playing the conga drum in the late 1960s.

“It was something that women didn’t really do back in those days,” Brandy says. “You didn’t grow up and think, ‘I’m gonna be a conga drummer.’ I started just being really mesmerized by the conga.”

Ever since she was a young girl, Brandy has also been mesmerized by a mysterious dream. She shared that story with our Hear Here community storytelling project.

Click the audio player above to hear the story. 

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5:45pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Astor Lee finds community in an ancient Chinese art

Astor Lee
Audrey DIlling

Astor Lee shared her story with KALW's Hear Here project at the Visitacion Valley library branch. She told us about how the art of Tai Chi helped create a sense of community for recent immigrants to the neighborhood.

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5:24pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet DaJuan Simpson

Visitacion Valley resident DaJuan Simpson gives KALW's Hear Here producers a tour of his library.
Erica Mu

If you’ve visited your local library recently, you might have seen some kids listening to story time ... teenagers seated in front of  computers ... adults reading on couches ... somebody sleeping. Libraries aren’t just for quiet reading anymore.

“If we’re quiet, hush places with books only, we’re not relevant to this community,” says Oakland’s 81st Avenue Senior Library Assistant, Anthony Propernick. “I think we have to provide a safe place; we have to provide a place where people can come and hang out and exchange ideas and develop a sense of community.”

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4:48pm

Thu January 16, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Kiana Sezawar's gardening discovery

Nine-year-old Kiana Eigahi and her mother Shahrzad.
Audrey DIlling

Third-grader Kiana Sezawar is learning to care for plants at the Visitacion Valley Greenway community garden.

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5:17pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Eric Hannan remembers working at 81st Ave. Library in Oakland

Eric Hannan, former Teen Service Director of the 81st Avenue Library in East Oakland. Hannan is now the Teen Librarian for San Francisco's Main Branch.

Eric Hannan was only supposed to work as the 81st Avenue Library's Teen Service Director for a few weeks. He ended up staying two years.

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