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A new kind of battery

Jun 23, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 


Harumi Fuji McClure and her husband live in a nice, two-story house in Morgan Hill south of San Jose. It gets pretty hot there in the summers, so they have a large swimming pool and air-conditioning in the whole house. But her electricity bill isn’t high: it’s negative five dollars a month.

Clean power for San Francisco

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Robin Scheswohl

 

Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.

Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue

Growing up with family members who have migrated to the U.S. after severe trauma is something that many Americans face. 

How do you say 'I'm gay' in Vietnamese?

Jun 22, 2016
Photo by Ash Ngu / Resized and cropped

Finding the words to express ourselves can be tricky. Finding the words to describe our sexual identities, in a second language where some words aren’t fully translatable? That’s even more challenging.

San Francisco is in a different place than much of the rest of the country when it comes to trans awareness.

The gender-neutral bathroom debate

Jun 21, 2016

 

Sam Bass is the principal at Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco. He’s often talking with parents, and he says he once had a conversation about how some students on the gender spectrum were not comfortable going to the bathroom at Miraloma.

By Tony Webster/ under CC license/ cropped and resized

 

When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Eli Wirtschafter

 

The VTA Flex pilot program ended on July 1. VTA's Chief Technology Officer Gary Miskell says they are examining other ways to deploy on-demand transit. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing such transit were already visible. 

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

California primaries: Who decides?

May 31, 2016

June 7, 2016 is primary election day in California, and as a California voter, it can be frustrating to watch as the results come in from primaries in other states. 

StoryCorps: Paint and pride in the Mission

May 24, 2016
StoryCorps

 

The Mission District is famous for its vibrantly colored murals, and some of the oldest murals can be found in Balmy Alley.

Luisa Cardoza

There’s a lot of graffiti at 60th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland. Tags in various colors are thrown up on storefronts all along the street, but the mural on the side of Aswad, Inc., screenprinting shop remains untouched.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The BART operator

May 5, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Can Oakland hotels help catch sex traffickers?

Apr 21, 2016
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In recent years it has become more and more common for arrangements to buy and sell sex to be made online and behind closed doors. A lot of the time it’s not among consenting adults — it’s forced prostitution or sex trafficking.

‘Yes means yes’: Teaching teens affirmative consent

Mar 30, 2016
Photo taken by Christopher Pepper

Jordan Diaz-Boutte is a sophomore at Phillip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco. From her perspective, consent is still an ambiguous issue.

Are tiny homes a solution to homelessness?

Mar 23, 2016
"Dignity Village Tour5," by Flickr user Seattle City Council/Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

Last month, San Francisco city workers cleared a large tent encampment of homeless people on Division Street.  Citing complaints about urine, feces and blocked sidewalks, the city’s Public Health Department declared the area unsafe and a public health hazard.

Eli Wirtschafter

The East Bay’s congressional representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced a bill last year that would greatly expand access to abortions. It gets rid of what’s called the Hyde Amendment, the restriction on abortion spending by the federal government.

Twenty-year-old Christine Abiba's ultimate dream is to open a center where teens and older adults can exchange life experiences in order to connect. 

In this piece from StoryCorps, she and 70-year-old Frank Kingman dive deep into a conversation about their views on the meaning of life. 

SF punk Penelope Houston adds a very important track to My Mixtape.

Think Candlestick Park is gone forever? Think again

Mar 9, 2016

 

 

In September 2015, San Francisco lost one of its iconic symbols—its sports cathedral, Candlestick Park, where the 49ers of the 80’s dominated football, winning 5 super bowls in 14 seasons under Joe Montana and Steve Young.

 

San Francisco's bail system on the stand

Mar 2, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 

Dora Torres is spending the better part of a hot Monday afternoon at Bail Hotline Bail Bonds trying to get her boyfriend Mark Mabutas out of jail. He was arrested in October, charged with mayhem, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. It has taken Torres months of raising money to try and bail him out today.

 

Courtesy Edward Miguel

Some scientists are saying that you can’t talk about the global refugee crisis without talking about another crisis: climate change.

StoryCorps: Dancing despite disability

Feb 10, 2016

Twenty eight years ago, Bonnie Lewkowicz got a phone call from someone wanting to know what she thought about the idea of disabled people dancing. That question set her on an improbable odyssey.

Storycorps


Marcy Fraser and Michelle Francis worked together in hospice care in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1988. Just after the decade came to a close, around 5,000 San Franciscans had died from the disease. Together, the pair look back on their experiences during that time and the moment their friendship was cemented for life.

 

Dancing with Mama Diouf

Nov 25, 2015
diamanocoura.org

Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

StoryCorps: A friendship lost and found, 40 years later

Nov 24, 2015
Joe Chan and Pak Yan

 

 

Nearly 40 years ago, two best friends said goodbye to each other by holding on to different ends of a paper streamer.

 

Navigating San Francisco’s pretzel bureaucracy

Sep 17, 2015

Starting a small business in the Bay Area can be quite a chore. To be successful, you have to twist yourself into unusual shapes.

Jack Detsch / KALW

Three dollars and 25 cents won’t buy you a lot in today’s marketplace, but try to imagine what it might mean if you were a business owner in Oakland’s Chinatown, and you had to bump wages by that much for every hour worked.

Prospects for a regional minimum wage

Jun 24, 2015
Cecille Isidro

KALW's Jack Detsch spoke with opponents and proponents of a regional minimum wage in the Bay Area. He and Hana Baba sat down to talk about at what's next.

The trouble with garbage in San Francisco

Jun 22, 2015
CC license Flickr Brad Greenlee

 

The most heavily used neighborhood park in San Francisco is Dolores Park. According to Sarah Ballard, with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, that comes with a high cost.  

Young adults with disabilities prepare for the workforce at Fairyland

May 6, 2015

Intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults have few options after they leave high school. In the Bay Area, nearly 60% of these young people are unemployed or don’t make enough to earn a living. In Alameda County, a new program is making an effort to change that.

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