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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was only the second Black woman and the second Asian American to have ever served in the U.S. Senate. She gained a reputation for her tough questioning style and her progressive voting record. But before that, she was San Francisco’s “top cop.” Today, we’re bringing you another episode from the San Francisco Chronicle podcast Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? 

Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? / Uncuffed

Nov 23, 2020

Vice President elect Kamala Harris surprised the people closest to her when she chose her career. Today, in another episode from the new podcast Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? we hear why she went down that path. Then, we hear a story from Uncuffed about what happens when a wild turkey lands on a prison yard.

Who Is Kamala Harris? Ep. 3 - That Little Girl Was Me

Nov 19, 2020

Today, we're continuing a new series from the San Francisco Chronicle looking at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's early life and career as a prosecutor to her rise to the national stage. It's Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Karris? In this episode, we hear how Harris’ early life in Berkeley shaped her worldview and her politics.

Who Is Kamala Harris? Ep. 2 - Bigger Job, Bigger Fights

Nov 18, 2020

Today, we're bringing you a new series from the San Francisco Chronicle that looks at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's early life and career as a prosecutor to her rise to the national stage. It's Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Karris? In this episode, as California’s Attorney General, Harris takes on Wall Street.

Who Is Kamala Harris? Ep. 1 - Top Cop

Nov 17, 2020

San Francisco is a city of just seven by seven miles, but it's produced some of the nation’s biggest political names — most recently Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. She was the first woman and the first person of color to serve as the City's district attorney. But, she had a reputation for being tough on crime. Now, her politics are being scrutinized on the national stage and the country wants to know: Who’s the real Kamala? Today, we're bringing you the first episode of the San Francisco Chronicle's new podcast Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Karris?

At the beginning of the pandemic, San Francisco rented over 2,000 hotel rooms to move unhoused people off the street. Today, we hear how they plan to move people into more permanent housing. Then, we learn the meaning behind singer Valerie Troutt’s new album, "The Oakland Girl." And, in a story from Uncuffed, an incarcerated musician changes his tune after a visit from his sister.

Progressive candidates won big in the city of Richmond — we discuss what those election results mean. Then, a Black author talks about growing up with albinism in East Oakland. And, a new book looks at the history of protest through the lens of young people.

San Francisco voters have had their say, so what do the election results mean for Bayview-Hunters Point? We hear post election analysis from Hoodline reporter Meaghan Mitchell. Then, we find out how an Oakland dance group became one of the biggest African dance troupes in the country. And, we go to Solano State Prison, where a man teaches a class on truck driving using a model dashboard he made by hand.

Today, we go to Oakland to check on election results and how they will change the city. Then, we hear about a band that’s always switching things up. And, we meet the editors of an anthology filled with stories of mystery and murder set in Berkeley.

Local Elections / East Palo Alto / New Arrivals

Nov 4, 2020

While we’re still glued to our screens waiting for a final verdict on the presidential race, we're also looking at local elections results. We hear how people in the Bay Area are feeling. Plus, we talk to El Tecolote’s editor-in-chief about local Latino communities. And, we take a break from the elections with a reading from a local poet.

Today's local music features a new album from Naked Roommate from Berkeley. It’s called "Do the Duvet."

Homelessness During An Election / Poll Workers

Nov 2, 2020

As voters cast their ballots, intimidation and suppression tactics are emerging, and those experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable. Today, we take a closer look at the unhoused community, and some of the California propositions meant to help them. And, we hear from the people on the front lines of the election — poll workers and officials who are making sure this important day runs smoothly. Plus, we made a voter guide. Check it out.

tbh: Athletes And Activism

Oct 29, 2020

This year has marked a turning point in how American athletes have engaged in political issues. Today, we’ll hear from our teenaged reporters from the podcast "tbh" about how the next generation is engaging in the movement for racial justice.

Residents in the City of Alameda are debating over building more dense housing. We learn more about Measure Z. Then, we head to Bayview, an area with historically low voter turnout, to hear what’s getting them to the polls next week. And, we hear about a new sci-fi thriller that takes you on a dystopian journey. Plus, today's local music features Oakland-based artist Greg Ashley with a new record called "Death of a Ladies Man."

The election is just a week away, and Californians will decide on a measure that could allow people on parole to vote. Today, we learn more about Prop 17. Then, Californians move to Texas and change the local political scene. And, we get spooky with one filmmaker who takes us on a haunted tour of the Bay Area. Plus, today's local music features a new album from Dingbat Superminx

San Francisco bond measures are usually planned out years in advance, but this year, Proposition A got a last minute edit. Today, we hear about a bond focusing on mental health, homelessness, and street repair. Then, we find out some of the reasons why East Palo Alto has a low voter turnout rate. And, a new children’s book is set in the time of the California Gold Rush. Plus, today's local music comes from Oakland-based band Memory Theater.

tbh: Discipline In Schools

Oct 22, 2020

America’s entrenched institutional racism has roots in its schools. Today, we hear first-hand stories of how prejudice has impacted the education of Black students, and what’s being done about it. Teenagers from around the Bay Area share their thoughts on this year’s racial reckoning in a new episode of the podcast tbh.

Recent wildfires have made grapes in wine country unfit for consumption. Today, we hear from winemakers in Sonoma. Then, the managing editor of The Oaklandside discusses voter engagement in The Town. And, a long-time Oakland poet discusses the theme of spirituality in her first book.

The aunt of a man shot and killed by police in 2017 wants people to know about the family he left behind. Today, we’re looking at the aftermath of police violence. Then, we go to Richmond to ask people what’s on their minds this election season. Plus, an episode from our podcast New Arrivals. And, today's local music features a new album by Maya Songbird from San Francisco. 

tbh: Diversity ≠ Integration

Oct 15, 2020

Segregation is a common scene in Bay Area high schools. When children are separated by race, voluntarily or involuntarily, how does that impact the way our country sees itself? In the next epsiode of tbh, with less than three weeks to go until Election Day, we’re turning to young people to see how their lives are shaped by American race relations. 

The race for East Oakland’s District 7 is on. We talk about the issues on the table — and there are a lot of them. Then, what are the health effects of all the smoke we’ve been breathing? Plus, we meet a fire chief who says we actually need more fires — of the right kind. 

Today's local music is hardcore Bay Area band Gulch. Their new album is "Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress."

With Election Day just three weeks away, we talk about the effort to get out the vote in the lowest voter turnout precincts. Then, actor Brian Copeland brings back his one of his solo shows to help people cope with the pandemic And, an episode from our New Arrivals reading series. Plus, today's local music features the latest single from San Francisco's Sally Mango.

tbh: Wheelchair Basketball Is Just Basketball

Oct 8, 2020

Finding your place can be hard. Just ask a high schooler. Today, we hear from young people about how they build community and confidence — even during a pandemic. And we hear the story of one who found his joy in wheelchair basketball. It’s a new episode from tbh: by, about, and for teenagers.

Some of the most powerful art in Oakland isn’t on a canvas in a gallery, it’s on plywood covering store windows — and many of these temporary murals honor the memories of Black people killed by police. We find out what will happen to the art when the plywood comes down. Then, we hear about an instagram account that chronicles experiences of racism at a Bay Area high school. And, we meet a man who is working to keep a movie theater alive during the pandemic.

Today, we take a look back at a powerful act of civil disobedience that changed the San Francisco Police Department: The Frisco Five hunger strike. Then, we look at the Bay Area art scene. A local musician brings a classical touch to bluegrass.

tbh: Cancel Culture

Oct 1, 2020

Young people are struggling with a tech world that can quickly turn somebody from an influencer into an outcast. In the next episode of tbh, we're taking a fresh look at “cancel culture."

Pregnancy And Pesticides: Doctors And Lawyers Team Up

Sep 30, 2020

In Monterey County, mothers who worked in farm fields during their pregnancies worry about the effect it’s had on their children. We hear about a lawsuit that aims to help mothers who were exposed to pesticides during their pregnancy. Then, we meet a doctor-lawyer team trying to find protections for farmworkers.

For two decades, researchers have been studying the effect on women in Salinas Valley who work in the fields while pregnant. We meet one young woman who's been part of the study for her entire life. Then, we find out why the Oakland Roots soccer team honors The Town through music.

tbh: Representation In Video Games

Sep 24, 2020

Gender bias can start early and have lasting effects. Today, we’re passing the mic to the next generation, to hear how sexism and other inequities play out early in life. Like, for example, in video games. It's the latest episode of season two of tbh: a podcast by, about, and for teenagers ... and anyone else who wants to hear what’s on their minds.

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For most of her life, Neets’aii Gwich’in leader Sarah James has worked to protect her homelands, including the coastal plain of the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But, now the U.S. government wants to lease some of the area for oil exploration and drilling. In this story from The Spiritual Edge we hear how the Gwich’in tribal government is challenging those plans, which threaten land that they call sacred. 

It’s crunch time for census 2020 — there's only nine days left and the focus on reading "hard to count" populations. We get an update on the progress in Alameda County. Then, Oakland DJ Nina Sol talks about her love for spinning and how she’s now getting the party started—virtually. And, the Folsom Street Fair is going virtual this weekend, but did you ever wonder how it got its start?