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Joshua Sirotiak


Joshua Sirotiak is a native of Chicago and Cleveland who moved to San Francisco in 2001. He's a working tuba player, a father, and a self-proclaimed nerd who’s worked as a line cook, general contractor’s apprentice, substitute teacher, camp counselor, bar back and bouncer, and has spent nearly a decade and a half working for one upscale natural foods grocer in particular. 

In 2013, while living in Chicago, Joshua participated in a seven week program run by (an affiliate of WBEZ) where he produced a ten minute piece about Second Line music and culture. Currently primarily employed (musically) in Balkan Brass and Second Line styles, Joshua has toured across the United States and Europe for audiences from all walks of life ranging in size from two to 20,000. He currently lives and works in Sacramento, and his reporting interests include music as a lens into culture, race in the United States, technological solutions to climate change, and environmental sustainability/justice.

Joshua is a fellow in KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020.

Miriam Locke

Walter Parentau and his housemates run an all-volunteer soup kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their goal is to provide hospitality for anyone who walks through the door, but how are they dealing with the changes that the coronavirus brings? 

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According to a letter sent yesterday by California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state’s students should not expect to return to campus this academic year.

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Six Bay Area counties announced extending school closures today. They are now tentatively scheduled to remain closed through May 1.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Britt Byrd wanted to know, “Why does San Francisco have the Farallon Islands? They’re thirty miles off the coast, but they’re legally part of San Francisco. What’s up with that?” 

An update from KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020:

“Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

“A person’s work need not define them.”

These two ideas, possibly in conflict with each other, kick around in my head a lot.