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When I'm King

By Ilyas Abdolcader, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

I'll be staring down at my town

While wearing my beautiful crown

Humble will be our game

Our town will have no shame

We'll have nothing sloppy

I make negative things things not exist

No homeless on our list


By Pamela N. Alvarez Sosa, Junipero Serra

Happyness is when you have a lot of joy.

It's when your mom comes back from Mexico.

It's when you go somewhere for the first time.


On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with local youth about the changes they want to see.

Peg Hunter / cropped and resized

Ever since California declared itself a so-called ‘sanctuary state’ by passing SB54 late last year, the tension between the federal government and local officials over immigration issues has been mounting.


Our immigration reporter, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, catches us up on what’s been happening in this stand-off between California and the Trump administration, and also gives us a sense of some perspectives from south of the border.


Click the audio player above to listen to the full story


Micia Mosely joins Joseph Pace for a conversation about how to speak with Bay Area youth - and adults - about race.  

Courtesy of Sarita Ocón

When theater artist Sarita Ocón started working as an actor in the Bay Area, she felt like something was missing, especially for a new generation of female, queer, and gender-expansive artists of color in the Bay Area.

RJ Muna

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, host David Latulippe talks with Liss Fain, artistic director of San Francisco based dance company Liss Fain Dance, about the premiere of ‘I Don’t Know and I Never Will’, an evening-length immersive performance installation, based on the verbatim text of letters from a college boyfriend.

Eli Wirtschafter

What if a bicyclist could turn a traffic light from red to green — just by having the right app in their pocket? Or what if a driverless car could take you to the hospital?

CC Flickr User Steve Rhodes, resized and recropped


More than two dozen journalists and support staff at the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News are out of work this week.

Marco Borggreve

On this week’s Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe meets with virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter, who performs at SF Jazz’s Miner Auditorium on his digital custom-built International Touring Organ, a one-of-a-kind electronic instrument and elaborate speaker system that brings the pipe organ tradition into the 21st century.

Cameron's interview was edited for inclusion in the full show, above.  Here is the full interview, in 2 parts:

ep_jhu / Flickr Creative Commons


Elected officials throughout the state have made it clear that they do not agree with federal immigration policy.

Tess Dixon / Flickr/Creative Commons


The tolls for driving on Bay Area bridges could go up by three dollars in the coming years. On Wednesday the Bay Area Toll Authority approved the increase, meaning it will go before Bay Area voters in June.

A Discussion of Legal Help for Survivors of the Southern California Wildfires. Guests: Members of the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative (BARC) who are cooperating with Southern California providers of Legal Help for Survivors. Questions for Chuck's guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

That's my song: Under Pressure

Nov 30, 2017
"QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE UNDER PRESSURE (LOW TITLE)" by CC Flickr user Richard Harris, resized and recropped

Max Hsing, a high-schooler from San Francisco, tells the story of an uncle who died of AIDS, and why the song "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen  reminds him to "give love one more chance."

The Bay Area Resilience Collaborative (BARC) -- Providing Legal Help for California North Bay Wildfire Survivors. Guests: Carole Conn -- Director of Public Service Programs at the Bar Assn. of San Francisco (BASF); Tiela Chalmers -- CEO of the Alameda County Bar Assn. and the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative; Gloria Chun -- Director of the Pro Bono Legal Services program at the Justice & Diversity Center of the BASF; and Dan Wade -- insurance attorney, and Vice Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services Program.

Comedian Karinda Dobbins: Sights & Sounds

Nov 16, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Comedian Karinda Dobbins will be performing at Comedy Night at Shiba Ramen in Oakland. She told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay Area this week.

Anthony Mogli Maureal

Sights & Sounds is your guide to the Bay Area arts scene. This week, Michael Morgan, conductor and music director of the Oakland Symphony, tells KALW's Jen Chien about three amazing arts events you shouldn't miss. 

Keith Sutter

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa about the West Coast premiere of her transcendent piece ‘Requiem for a Rose’, which is part of Smuin Ballet’s 24th season opener, ‘Dance Series 01’, to be presented at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco September 29-October 7.

Thizz What It Is: A look into hyphy with Nump

Aug 31, 2017


In order to fully understand the sound of beat makers today, it’s important to understand their influences.

DJ Celskiii and DJ Deeandroid: Bay Area Beats

Aug 31, 2017
Courtesy of DJ Celskiii and DJ Deeandroid


You know what scratching sounds like, right? It’s the "ziggah ziggah" noise that happens when a DJ moves vinyl records back and forth under the needle.

Your Call: How should we talk about race and class in the Trump era?

Aug 27, 2017


In the wake of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and this weekend’s events in the Bay Area, we are having a much-needed conversation about race in this country.

Guests flock to San Francisco's Bird Hotel

Aug 24, 2017
courtesy of Birgit Soyka


Birgit Soyka stands in a large warehouse amongst 68 bird cages, each holding an exotic bird. The walls are covered in photos of brightly colored parrots, and bird-shaped tchotchkes dot the room. She cradles Boogie, a Congo African gray, and a regular guest at the San Francisco Bird Hotel, a spa and resort for birds.


Officials in Berkeley and San Francisco are bracing themselves for competing political rallies planned for this weekend.

By lucious lyon, used under CC license/ resized and cropped

Since 1991, teen pregnancies have declined by 67% in the United States. However, rates remain higher in the US than in other industrialized nations, and teen pregnancies have significant social and economic repercussions.

How to prepare for next week's eclipse

Aug 15, 2017
"annular solar eclipse" from CC Flickr User Takeshi Kuboki, resized and recropped

People all across the country are getting ready for next week’s solar eclipse, seeking out the best spots to see it, buying their safe viewing glasses, and learning up on what exactly an eclipse is.

Guess this Bay Area sound! July 22, 2017

Jul 24, 2017
Illustration by Rich Black / cropped and resized

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with Charlotte Moraga, artistic director of the newly formed Chitresh Das Institute, about this weekend’s inaugural season of the institute, featuring the world premiere of ‘The Art of Kathak’, a traditional Kathak solo performance by Charlotte Moraga, accompanied by tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, who will also join us in the studio.

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist Eric Zivian about the upcoming Valley of the Moon Music Festival, of which they are co-founders, and artistic and music directors, respectively. Also joining in the studio is clarinetist Eric Hoeprich - and there will be live music!

Sonia Paul

These days, it’s known mostly as a techie destination, but the Bay Area has a long history with analog gaming. There are several dozen social board gaming groups in the region.