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Afropop Worldwide's "San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay" tells the unlikely story of how a group of superb African musicians-from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa-landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and early '80s.

If you are sticking around the Bay Area this weekend, here is our shortlist of things worth checking out.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aug 18, 2015
Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news.

SFUSD school year to begin with unique classes, new middle school // SF Examiner

"The start of the 2015-16 school year on Monday is bringing many firsts to the San Francisco Unified School District.

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to actress  Cassie Silva, who plays the part of Mrs. Wormwood in 'Matilda, the Musical', currently at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Bay Area Playwrights Festival producer Karen Altree Piemme about the 38th edition of the Festival, and with playwright Kara Lee Corthron, whose play 'Welcome to Fear City' is one of the seven finalists being performed at the Festival. Plus, cellist and founding Artistic Director David Finckel shares details about the 13th Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, which focuses on the music of Franz Schubert, with fifty events on three stages in Atherton and Menlo Park. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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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 exactly it is, then call us 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.

Black Virgins are Not for Hipsters

Jul 9, 2015
Alexis Keenan

Art often shines  a light on bigger issues in neighborhoods, in our society, and in our personal lives. Local playwright, Echo Brown explores identity, empowerment, race, gender and Beyonce, in her new play "Black Virgins are not for Hipsters." 

"The whole play is me revealing myself in these intimate ways"-Echo Brown 

 

Click the audio player above to hear the entire interview. 

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

If you are not looking for a good spot to view fireworks this weekend, we have some alternative ideas on what to do around the Bay Area.

Flickr user Brooke Anderson

 

It’s a bright spring afternoon in Oakland’s Northgate district, and a half dozen Yemeni-American students from Oakland International High School, or OIHS, are leading a group of their teachers and counselors on a tour of places they go when they’re not in school. Outfitted in brightly colored head scarves, they’re walking to one of their first stops: the Bee Healthy Honey shop on Telegraph Avenue.

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 Black Sheep

Jun 23, 2015

 

The next time you're in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, if you look carefully you’ll see a symbol of this support: a black cross drawn in marker. It’s the coat of arms for the Black Sheep, the area’s unofficial homeless first aid squad.

 

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

Marlo McKenzie

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.

Angela Johnston

This is Part 2 of a three-part series looking at what’s happened in the five years since the NUMMI auto plant closed. Read Part 1 and Part 3, or (we recommend) listen to the whole radio show!

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

Courtesy of Dan Harper

Sacred Harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music. It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the South. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, Sacred Harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015
Evan Ducharme / SF Examiner

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Major expansion approved for Bay Area Bike Share // SF Examiner

Jeremy Dalmas

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.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we tell you the story behind our weekly mystery sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

Listen above for the full answer...

San Francisco Himalayan Film Festival

When the San Francisco Himalayan Film Festival kicks off Friday at the 9th Street Independent Film Center, many of those profiled on screen will still be coping with disaster. On Saturday, a catastrophic magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocked Nepal, more than 4,600 people dead and 9,000 injured, including a small handful of visitors from the Bay Area who were trekking up Mount Everest. Casualties continue to mount. Nearly ten million people have been impacted – more than a third of the country – and large sections of the capital, Kathmandu, are in ruins.

A Patchwork Quilt

Apr 17, 2015
bayareastorytellingfestival.org

This Saturday at 5pm, we'll talk about the Bay Area Storytelling Festival happening next weekend in Orinda, we'll celebrate Record Store day by playing lots of folk vinyl, and Happy Earthquake Day!

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Apr 2, 2015
Daniel Mondragón / Mission Local

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California Drought: Governor Orders First-Ever Water Restrictions // SFist 

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us 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. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015
Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group

As Google soars, a mobile home park feels the heat // Mercury News

"MOUNTAIN VIEW -- If Google gets to build a new office complex north of Highway 101, no one will feel the "Googly" aura of the canopied tech wonderland quite like the people living along Space Park Way.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 2015
Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate // SF GATE

"Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them.

Poster designed by R Black

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 exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

Poster designed by R Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

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