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Ying Liu doesn’t just tell ghost stories, she shows them. Liu is creator of the documentary series "The Haunted Bay," where she and her team investigate haunted places around the Bay Area from gay bars to old ships.

Fog City Blues: All Hallow's Eve... Eve

Oct 30, 2019

On the eve of All Hallows Eve, Fog City Blues gets scared with some old-school ghosts, graveyards, and ghoulish goings-on. Wednesday 10/30 at 9 pm.


From mortuary to music venue: Is The Chapel haunted?

Oct 31, 2018
Nathan Bennett / Courtesy of The Chapel

In the late 1800s, San Francisco started to get crowded. To make more room, the city outlawed burials, and it moved all of its cemeteries south, to Colma. The business of funerals, however, stayed in San Francisco. The Southern Pacific Railroad cut through the Mission on its way to Colma and new mortuaries started opening up along Valencia Street. Including in the building that’s now The Chapel.

From gold rush to ghost town: A trip to Port Costa

Oct 30, 2018
Devin Earthman

Thirty miles northeast of Oakland, just across the Carquinez Strait from Benicia sits the town of Port Costa. It was built just after the Gold Rush as a ferry landing for the busy Central Pacific Railroad. But trucking made both ferries and railroads unnecessary, and things slowed down in Port Costa.

A visit to the haunted USS Hornet in Alameda

Oct 29, 2018
Zoë Ferrigno / KALW News

A visit to the USS Hornet in Alameda is like taking a trip back in time. The ship served in both World War II and Vietnam, and it famously recovered the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific after the 1969 moon landing.

Halloween through the eyes of a spirit medium

Oct 31, 2017
"Crows" by CC Flickr user Jennifer C.,

For many of us, Halloween is a day we get to depart from reality. But for Sandra Belanger, ghosts, the afterlife, and death are part of everyday life. That’s because she’s a “spirit medium.” 

Dealing with ghosts in Japan’s disaster zone

Oct 31, 2017
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Garry Welch/Released. Used under license from Google Images (noncommercial reuse with modification / cropped from original)

The Spot: Monsters & Myths

Oct 29, 2017
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The Specialist: Blood Girls

Oct 31, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Sandhya Dirks


Happy Halloween! Walking around today, you might hear a lot of recorded, ghoulish screaming. Today it's supposed to be all in fun. But there are some people who hear those screams a lot — and whose job is to create hellish situations all year around. Casey Miner and Sandhya Dirks tell us more in this installment from The Specialist.


The Spot: Strange Enough Things

Oct 30, 2016

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Weekend Go-Tos for October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016
Artwork by Dave Gibbons & John Higgins

We have a few suggestions for you on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend.

FSFSF: Sean Keane's Castro Halloween

Mar 2, 2015

The Spot: In 'Creepy' Hands

Oct 30, 2014

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Beware the Bhoots!

Oct 30, 2013

Sandip Roy is haunted in India.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Rosanna Gamson, creator of 'Layla Means Night', a provocative new work based on the Scheherazade legend that creates a Middle Eastern haunted house over all three floors of ODC Theater. The original score is created by Persian master musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar, who will be performing live in the studio, together with singer Alireza Shahmohammadi. Plus, conductor Joshua Gersen and producer and journalist Steven C. Smith, who is an expert on film composer Bernard Herrmann,  discuss live performances by the San Francisco Symphony accompanying classic Hitchcock films.  And Peter Robinson offers some background on the Halloween holiday and traditions.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 31 -Halloween- at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.