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More than 350,000 Californians remain without electricity today. The shutdowns were part of an effort by utility companies to prevent their equipment from sparking fires. Pacific Gas & Electric says more than 100,000 people remain without power here in the Bay Area.

Thursday Night Special: Audio Academy Spotlight

Oct 24, 2019
David Boyer

 

  

For the last few weeks, we’ve been featuring work made by KALW’s Audio Academy. It’s a program funded in part by the Association For Continuing Education. And also, in part, by listeners like you who care about hearing people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We’re in a membership campaign right now, so we thought it was a great time to highlight the work our Audio Academy graduates have produced over the last 7 years! This show focuses on Bay Area places, big and small.

Take Aim At Golden Gate Park's Archery Range

Oct 24, 2019
Photo by Luisa Cardoza

For today's Audiograph, we're headed to a tucked away area in a popular park.

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Let’s start with a little backstory. More than $15 million was raised for last year’s elections in San Francisco, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. That’s a lot of cash! About a third of it came from independent groups that raise private money to influence voters. The concern with these political action committees or PACs is that, because they’re private, you don’t really know who’s behind them. 

Thursday Night Special: Audio Academy Spotlight

Oct 17, 2019
Eli Wirtschafter / KALW

 

In 2013, KALW started the Audio Academy. Since then, we’ve trained more than 50 people to be radio journalists. Some were seasoned print journalists who wanted to transition to radio. Some had audio production experience but had never reported a story. And others had never spoken into a microphone or picked up a reporter’s notebook. After nine months, they could all write, record, and edit a feature story.

Thursday Night Special: Audio Academy Spotlight

Oct 16, 2019
Bo Walsh / KALW

In 2013, KALW started the Audio Academy. Since then, we’ve trained more than 50 people to be radio journalists. Some were seasoned print journalists who wanted to transition to radio. Some had audio production experience but had never reported a story. And others had never spoken into a microphone or picked up a reporter’s notebook. After nine months, they could all write, record, and edit a feature story.

Lindsay Fox / Flickr / Creative Commons

 

If you’ve spent any time walking around San Francisco lately you’ve probably seen signs in corner stores about Proposition C.  It's about e-cigarettes and it’s sparked one of the most impassioned debates going on in the city this electoral season.

Flickr Creative Commons / King County, WA

San Francisco's Proposition B would change the name of the Department of Aging and Adult Services to the Department of Disability and Aging Services.

For today’s Audiograph, we’re headed to the rodeo.

Nosing Around The Roses In Golden Gate Park

Oct 8, 2019
Chris Hambrick

The Golden Gate Park Rose Garden is an oasis of color and smell, popular among both tourists and honeybees. Fuchsia, red, peach, yellow and white blooms explode everywhere.

KALW’s Audio Academy class of 2020 just got started. It’s my pleasure to present them, in their own words and photos:

Sona Avakian (she/her/hers) – I don’t have any radio experience, but I have some print journalism experience. For a while I did a Q&A with authors and artists having events in SF for examiner.com and I’ve done a few interviews for The Rumpus. Issues that I’m interested in are: housing and the cost of living in SF; how to survive as an artist/musician in San Francisco; environmental issues; and local history. I’m looking forward to the Audio Academy. 

The Art Of Sound Healing

Sep 23, 2019
Truc Nguyen

Eric Cetnarski works as a sound healer in Oakland. Sound healing can be many things: from listening to our favorite songs to using our voices. 

A Taste Of The Long History Of Bay Area Chocolate

Sep 4, 2019
Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News

The Bay Area’s long history of chocolate spans all the way back to the Gold Rush. Since then, the region has been a source for chocolate innovation again and again, from a Berkeley-based revolution in chocolate desserts to a craft chocolate revolution in the ‘90s that turned the industry on its head.

Zeina Nasr / KALW News

There’s a long history of chocolate making in the Bay Area that goes all the way back to the Gold Rush. Over a century later, a new guard of chocolate makers is picking up where a previous generation of innovators left off, and they’re leading a small but potent revolution in the chocolate industry.

Courtesy of Market Street Railway Archives

San Francisco’s oldest working streetcar is a survivor. Car 578, sometimes called “The Dinky,” has a Cinderella story. Once the laughingstock of the fleet, it went on to inspire Muni’s collection of historic cars. 

On A Corner In San Rafael, Day Laborers Wait — And Worry

Aug 21, 2019
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

You’ve probably seen them: groups of men looking for work, standing in front of Home Depot or waiting on corners of busy thoroughfares. These men are day laborers, looking for short-term work ranging from gardening to painting. 

What am I supposed to do after an earthquake?

Jul 8, 2019
Eli Wirtschafter

  

We all know we’re supposed to prepare for earthquakes, but how many of us really have a plan?

 

ADVISORY: This story contains mature content.  

In the 1960s, the Tenderloin was a center for the LGBT community in San Francisco. But even there, they faced discrimination and harassment, often from the police. Felicia Elizondo first came to the Tenderloin from San Jose as a teenager in 1963. It was there that she took part in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966, one of the first transgender riots in the country.

For this week’s Audiograph, we’re going somewhere that’s unusually quiet.

The history of California's sexual education

May 29, 2019
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According to a Harvard study, more than 40 percent of parents didn’t have “the sex talk” with their kids. But California — especially San Francisco — is leading the way in making sure kids get the sex education they need. Things weren’t always this way.

Courtesy of MEDA

San Francisco’s Mission District was once a neighborhood known for being home to working-class immigrants. Now, it’s a hipster haven thanks to the tech boom. 

The San Francisco International Film Festival is in full swing, featuring films inspired by the spirit and values of the Bay Area.  One documentary showing this week is called “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America.” It introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria.

Gay and Syrian: One refugee’s journey to San Francisco

Apr 16, 2019
Eli Wirtschafter

 


San Francisco Film Festival's “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria. The Syrian man in that film, Subhi Nahas, was taken in by a couple in Oakland when he first arrived. 

The Bay Area is a roadkill hotspot

Mar 7, 2019
State Farm

California is home to lots of wild animals, but one of the most likely places to encounter them is on the road. Thousands of collisions are reported every year, and some of the deadliest stretches of highway are here in the Bay Area.

Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind

Mar 6, 2019
Jeremy Jue

 

“Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind” reports on legacy letters and how they are helping people prepare for death, say goodbye, and grieve loved ones after they are gone.  

Gabe Grabin / KALW

If Freddie Mercury & David Bowie had a star child her name would be Kat Robichaud. She is an over-the-top, theatrical rocker whose career got a boost when she participated on the TV hit “The Voice.”

Pria Mahadevan / KALW

San Francisco voters banned all flavored tobacco sales last June, and full enforcement of that law began on January 1st. But what happens when small businesses have to pull these products off their shelves, and how is the city helping with the transition?

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 5, 2019

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Resilience and hope at Oscar Grant vigil

Jan 8, 2019

This month is the tenth anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a BART officer on January 1, 2009. Every New Year’s Day since, his family has held a vigil at Fruitvale Station in his honor.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

Navy veteran Ron Ekika Riveira Jr. says that when you first see him and all his tattoos, you might see a “big bad scary-looking Hell’s Angels guy.” But if you look closer, you'll see that the ink tells a different, much more surprising story.

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