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Chris Ghazaleh

The Bay Area is known for its mural art. Vibrant colors, intricate details, and a variety of styles tell the stories of San Francisco’s diverse communities. This summer a new mural in San Francisco went up. It’s called “Humanity is Key” and tells the story of an artist’s homeland: Palestine. KALW’s Mira Nabulsi visited the mural and talked to the artist behind it.

"Faith", by Evan Howe, used under CC license/ resized and cropped

Should businesses be doing more to help with the housing shortage? Some San Francisco residents think so. Host Grace Won and guests explore the pros and cons of San Francisco’s Proposition C, a proposal to tax large businesses in order to fund housing and mental health services for the city’s most vulnerable. 

How a Beatlemaniac busked her way into her own blues band

Sep 25, 2018
Yoko Arimichi

Yoko Arimichi and her Powell Street Blues Band are celebrating their 40th anniversary at The Saloon in North Beach.  The band formed when Yoko was busking around Powell and Market Streets in the late 70s.  

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Many advocates say the Bay Area needs to build a lot more housing to solve its affordability crisis. Of course, that’s easier said than done, and the high cost of labor is often cited as one of the obstacles. But construction trades workers also need to live in this expensive area and they say wages, though higher than elsewhere, still barely cut it.

Amber Miles / KALW News

SF’s housing crisis is complicated. Yes, there’s a shortage of housing, but also a shortage of skilled workers. CityBuild has a mission; train local San Franciscans to fill those lucrative and much needed positions.

City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?

Sep 14, 2018

July 13, 2018: Restaurants are big business in San Francisco. The city boasts 55 Michelin starred restaurants and has more restaurants per resident than any other major metropolitan area in the United States. This town loves to eat out, and its chefs are often celebrities in their own right. But what are the challenges of running a restaurant in San Francisco?

Guests:

Gwyneth Borden, Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

Charles Bililies, Founder and Owner, Souvla.

Resources:

www.ggra.org

www.souvla.com

Ben Trefny / KALW News

The Global Climate Action Summit will be hosted here in San Francisco. World leaders will evaluate how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement. The three-day event is co-chaired Governor Jerry Brown.

The eyes of the environmental world are on San Francisco, this week, where global leaders are gathering to talk about climate change. It’s a few years after the Paris Climate Agreement, and a year since President Donald Trump said the U.S. would pull out of the accord.

Last Labor Day at the Lusty Lady

Sep 5, 2018

When the Lusty Lady peep show in North Beach closed on Labor Day weekend in 2013, it was the only unionized, worker-owned sex club in the United States. To mark the five-year anniversary of the Lusty Lady’s closing, we revisit its closing days with Princess Pandora Noir, the Lusty’s former CEO, and some of the Lusty’s last customers.

Lee Romney / KALW News

Teaching can be tough — especially for educators who work in schools where families are scraping by, lots of kids face challenges at home and in the community, and they often score low on standardized tests. Add to that isolation and high staff turnover and you’ve got a recipe for a revolving door. That’s been a problem for years in San Francisco Unified schools in the city’s Bayview district. But SFUSD administrators have been working hard to stabilize the workforce, and there are signs of success.

Ben Trefny / KALW News

Earlier this month, the man known as the federal homelessness czar visited the Bay Area. Matthew Dougherty met with San Francisco homeless programs director Jeff Kositsky and Mayor London Breed, discussing a nine-million dollar boost to grants provided for the city. The meeting drew media coverage, but as we know, money won’t necessarily bring lasting solutions. We know that in part because we read Street Spirit.

Buskers of San Francisco: Cordell

Aug 21, 2018
Photo by CC Flickr user Yutaka Seki, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Cordell, a bassist at the Powell street cable car turnaround.

Buskers of San Francisco: Larry

Aug 21, 2018
CC Flicker user Cristina Tosi, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Larry, a drummer performing at the corner of 3rd and Market.

by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, used under CC BY-SA 4.0 / cropped

 

London Breed took over the top office in San Francisco just over a month ago. The same election that made her mayor put a majority of political progressives on the Board of Supervisors. What does this all mean for the city and county, and how does it fit into a larger narrative about race, class, and politics?

Andreas Zhou

 

Every Lunar New Year, Chinese American women from across the country travel to San Francisco to participate in the Miss Chinatown USA pageant — an ethnic beauty pageant that’s been a national event since the late fifties.

Kristi Coale / KALW News

The San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am League has featured college players, former high school stars, and even some pros for 40 years, giving fans a chance to see high-quality, competitive basketball for free all summer long.

Courtesy of Zen Hospice Project

 

For nearly three decades, the guest house of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project has helped the dying live out their last days with dignity. In a large, immaculately kept Victorian-style home, caregivers paid attention to patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It was known as a special place. But due to a lack of funds, the guesthouse closed in June. And unless a donor steps up, the closure could be permanent. As a way of remembering the guesthouse, we’re re-airing an interview with BJ Miller, former director of the Zen Hospice Project.

Courtesy of Glide Memorial Methodist Church

 

For months now, tensions have been brewing between Glide and the United Methodist Church. The two groups are entering talks to discuss next steps in their relationship. Reporter Marco Siler-Gonzales went to find out what that might mean for Glide.

Riding the California high-speed rail in virtual reality

Aug 12, 2018
Cropped and used with permission from TaylorHerring / Flickr / Creative Commons

People wanting to ride California's high-speed railroad have been stymied by many project setbacks. But people attending the August 11th opening of the Salesforce Transit Center got the next best thing — a virtual reality experience simulating a high-speed rail journey, complete with stylish stations and train car designs.

Courtesy of the International Congress of Youth Voices

 

The International Congress of Youth Voices is taking place this weekend in San Francisco. It’s the brainchild of author and educator Dave Eggers along with Amanda Uhle, bringing together 100 students to talk with famous writers, activists, and elected officials. Youth delegates are coming from Honduras, Iceland, Iraq, Syria, Zambia and other countries around the world.

A revolutionary poet fans the Bay's literary fires

Jul 30, 2018

From prison activism to revolutionary poetry, author and educator Tongo Eisen-Marten's work has taken him from San Francisco to South Africa, with a stop at Riker's Island and Columbia University along the way.

Hana Baba / KALW News

 

Earlier this month, the East African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal, after decades of severed relations. The two nations fought a war in the 1990s after which all connection was cut off. No diplomatic ties, no trade, no transport — not even phone lines — despite a shared heritage and decades of intermarriage and close cultural ties.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

Bethany Snyder and Kristian Maul want their six-year-old daughter to know the importance of family because theirs is a little different: Kristian is trans. They sat down at the StoryCorps booth in San Francisco to tell their story.

The corpse flower blooms again

Jul 25, 2018
Zoe Ferrigno


San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is usually closed on Mondays, but on July 23rd, the conservatory opened its doors to a stream of visitors, eager to see — and smell — a rare botanical phenomenon: the blooming of an amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower.

Honoring Jerry Garcia's little-known past with Jerry Day

Jul 24, 2018
Used by permission from CC Flickr account humboldthead

 

You might expect that a Jerry Garcia-themed event in San Francisco would be founded by a Deadhead. You know, a stereotypical Grateful Dead mega-fan who followed the band around the country for years, dropping acid, wearing tie-dye, and talking about world peace.

kgroovy / Flikr Creative Commons

 

The Shipyard is supposed to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake. It’s slated to have affordable housing, office and retail space, and parks. But this year, the shipyard development has been infamously dubbed “The biggest case of eco fraud in US history.”

Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Jul 19, 2018
Bo Walsh

 

Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

quinn norton from Excellent Question, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped

 

When the travel ban was first announced, many people were outraged — nationally and here in the Bay Area. At SFO, people brought signs and stood in the arrivals hall chanting to make their point against the ban. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the ban, it’s become harder for activists, human rights lawyers, and community organizers to help those affected by it.

Courtesy of Josiah Luís Alderete

Josiah Luís Alderete will tell you he is “a full-blooded Pocho Indio who refries his beans and poesia in Spanglish.”

Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News

 

In the past few weeks, the Bay Area has had one protest after another over the country’s immigration policies. There were thousands of people who took to the streets to march in protest of family separation.

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