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State lawmakers have approved 1.4 million dollars to track and stop hate crimes against Asian Americans.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the ongoing rise of attacks and violence against the Asian American community. The Bay Area is receiving national attention after several Asian elders were violently attacked in San Francisco and Oakland.

Ten candidates are vying to fill four seats in November’s election for the San Francisco School Board. We’ll delve into the most pressing issues the school district faces and hear how candidates say they’ll meet the challenges ahead. 

We’ll also get an update on San Francisco's tightening budget from Mission Local's Joe Eskenazi and find out how darkened theaters have inspired local actors to revive the old-fashioned radio drama.


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Today is the first day of the new school year for thousands of K-12 students around the Bay. All classes are online-only. But, there is a push to get kids back into real classrooms.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll get an update on relief for small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program most recently gave out over $518B after many small businesses were shut out of the first round. But even for those who got a loan, there’s no guarantee their business will survive.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes back to our Corona Radio Theater, artists from The Marsh, San Francisco’s breeding ground for new performance. Judith Dambowic and Jessica Litwak both present excerpts from their respective solo shows, Welcome to the Cancer Café, and 50,000 Mice

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Five Bay Area counties should be forced to repay millions to a state education fund, according to the California Department of Finance. What was once a windfall for several Bay Area counties may now be a curse as California seeks to reclaim the millions in the midst of a COVID-19 induced fiscal nightmare.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from young people who’ve been protesting across the Bay Area over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. On Wednesday, an estimated 30,000 people attended a youth-led protest in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Artists, drag queens, and members of the queer and trans community gathered together to mourn the closing of San Francisco’s oldest LGBT bar, The Stud. 

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Bay Area counties reported a total of 263 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations over the weekend. That’s a more than forty percent decrease in the number of cases since last month, when the region was at its peak.

Economic Life Recovering after Coronavirus

May 13, 2020

This fourth, and final, show in our series on how the coronavirus has affected our lives, our institutions, and planning.  Tonight, we look to economic life recovering after the coronavirus pandemic, addressing such questions as whether commercial frustration will allow tenants to terminate the lease without recourse -- because it cannot operate due to a stay at home order – and when will insurance cover your coronavirus losses?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with small business owners about how they’ve been affected by COVID-19.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how and where people in the Bay Area can get tested for COVID-19. Later in the show, we’ll discuss the overwhelming requests for test kits across the country. As the country ramps up testing, the number of cases will drastically increase, according to public health officials.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with clarinetist Sarah Bonomo, flutist Sasha Launer and violinist Emily Kriner, co-founders of conductorless, collaborative, chamber orchestra One Found Sound (pictured), about the ensemble’s upcoming concert on February 21 (8pm) at Heron Arts (7 Heron St.) in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. Joining the conversation is soprano Julie Adams. 

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we speak with one of the founders of the upcoming Bay Area International Children's Film Festival and one of the filmmakers and youth climate activists featured in this year’s program.

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This award-winning documentary explores the lives of Sikh youth in America, and how they confront and respond to violence, sometimes with humor.

Fire Crews Take Advantage Of Calmer Weather In California

Nov 1, 2019
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Calmer weather allowed crews to increase containment of wildfires after a three-week siege of gusts fanned blazes across California and led utilities to cut power to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting an inferno.

The Heart Of UC Berkeley: Sproul Plaza

Oct 3, 2019

In this Audiograph, we go to a popular gathering spot on a historic campus.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with cast members Michelle Beck (pictured, center) and Rosie Hallett (left) of Top Girls, the season opener at the American Conservatory Theater, ongoing through October 13.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actress Joy Franz (pictured, with Victoria Bingham as Little Anastasia), who plays the Dowager Empress in the touring production of Anastasia, the musical, which runs through September 29 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. 

19th-Century Baseball Lives On In Bay Area Parks

Aug 14, 2019
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Bay Area Vintage Baseball — a game devoted to playing by 19th-century rules, with uniforms and equipment from the same era — attracts players seeking a sport that looks beyond wins and losses.

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In this week's Audiograph, we go dancing in Oakland. Contra is a social dance with roots in the kind of English country balls that you might have seen in "Pride and Prejudice," mixed with lots of moves familiar to square dancers, all set to live string band music.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Leah Garchik talks with cellist David Finckel,  founding artistic director of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute (pictured, with pianist and M@M co-founder Wu Han). Now in its 17th season, the festival presents more than fifty concerts, master classes and other events, on three stages in Atherton and Menlo Park, through August 3. 

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On this edition of Your Call, Bay Area high school students join us to discuss issues they care about, including education, social media, politics, and more.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with cellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Eric Zivian (pictured), artistic directors of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival,which opens on July 14 and runs through the 28that the Hanna Center Auditorium in Sonoma.  

Soundbox: San Francisco Symphony's experimental space

Apr 25, 2019
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In this Audiograph, we go to Soundbox, the San Francisco Symphony’s experimental music space. First launched in 2014, each concert at Soundbox has a theme, and is put together by curators. These concerts feel totally different than going to the symphony — and they’re supposed to.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Host David Latulippe talks with Tony Award winning  actor and San Francisco native BD Wong (above), who plays the lead in the A.C.T production of The Great Leap, by award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee. 

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with actor Keith Larson (pictured above, left), and artistic director Betsy Kruse Craig, about the world premiere of the comedy  Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, currently at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View. 

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From Audiograph, signature sounds of the Bay Area:

The Bay Area has a rich pro sports scene with distinctive voices who bring us all the action.

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After a year and a half of negotiations, a diverse group of Bay Area officials, housing advocates, and other stakeholders have signed off on what they’re calling a “grand bargain” on housing.