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For the past year, KALW has focused in on East Oakland. We've hosted live community events and took our collaborative journalism project Hey Area there to answer your questions about East Oakland. One of the most popular questions we’ve received is: What are the boundaries of East Oakland? KALW’s Oakland reporter Jeneé Darden went searching for the answer.

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Studies have shown that proper nutrition can help improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs. However, starting healthy eating habits can be challenging for any new family, and for low-income families in the East Oakland flatlands, which has long been considered a food desert, that challenge is even harder to overcome. Through our crowd-sourced journalism project, Hey Area, one listener asked, "Where is the best place in East Oakland to buy fresh produce with WIC vouchers?"

Bo Walsh


If you’ve ever attended a professional sporting event, there’s a good chance at some point you have found yourself rising to your feet with hands raised in rhythm with thousands of other fans. It’s a phenomenon known simply as “the Wave. ”

Hey Area: What is the Emergency Alert System testing?

Jul 17, 2018
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You ask, we answer.

One listener wanted to know, “What is this ‘test of the emergency system we hear now and then on the air?” Reporter Christine Nguyen has the answer.

Hey Area: Why doesn't BART go to Marin?

Jul 17, 2018
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KALW listener Lori from El Cerrito wrote in to ask why BART doesn’t go to Marin.

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San Francisco’s Bush and Pine Streets efficiently get drivers from Point A to B. Or as some like to say, “From Bush to the Bay, Pine to the Pacific.” KALW listener Steve Greenberg wanted to know when these two streets became one-way. But more importantly, why?

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There are stars in East Oakland. Not just the ones in the sky, but homegrown, right in the community.

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A massive, multi-year transit project is transforming International Boulevard in Oakland — and financial aid for local businesses affected by the project is tangled up in red tape.

 

Jeremy Dalmas

This story originally aired in May of 2017.

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the United States. And with business booming, a lot of eyes are on local corporations to see if they are giving back to the local community by paying their fair share in taxes.

Jenee Darden

If you’ve ever been to Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, chances are that you’ve seen Cesar Chavez’s name somewhere.

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Listener Mark Eastman from East Palo Alto contacted KALW’s collaborative reporting project, Hey Area. He wants to know, “What happens to cars that get donated to charitable organizations?”

Jeff Waldman

One listener wanted to know: “What’s the true story behind the Hunters Point Crane?” We sent a reporter from our collaborative reporting project Hey Area to find out.

Was there ever an exotic zoo in Glen Canyon?

Sep 7, 2017
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KALW listener Richard Goldman wanted to know if there was ever an exotic zoo in Glen Canyon, and whether there was a railroad that connected the canyon to downtown San Francisco. 

 

Almost everyone who flies into San Francisco or San Jose airport has seen it -- a vibrant patchwork quilt of colorful water. There, on the southern edge of the San Francisco Bay, you can see bright pinks, pumpkin oranges, neon greens and deep magentas, contrasted against the dark blues of the natural bay water. The last time KALW listener Donna Staton peered out an airplane window, she saw it, too.

 

The blocky Vaillancourt Fountain near San Francisco's Ferry Building has been controversial since its installation in the 1970s. One issue that's dogged the fountain for decades? It's often dry. Listener Ingrid Roseborough wrote to Hey Area wondering why. Click the player above the hear the answer. 

In 1925, Redwood City's real estate board offered a $10 prize for the best slogan for the growing city. The winning submission? "Climate Best by Government Test." In this Hey Area short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm digs into whether the claim is true. Click the player above to hear the answer.

Hey Area: Is Lake Merritt really a lake?

Apr 3, 2017

Is Lake Merritt actually a lake? The answer is no!

A more accurate name might be Lagoon Merritt or Slough Merritt, as it's connected to the salty ocean water of the Bay. In this short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm dives into the history of Oakland's heart-shaped body of water. 

Geraldine Ah-Sue

 

Lake Merritt is often referred to as the Jewel of Oakland. By day, you can see fitness enthusiasts running and birds splashing in the water. But as the sun begins to set, the crowd thins out, and a string of 3,400 pearly light bulbs begin to glow. 

McLaren Park in southeastern San Francisco is home to an amphitheater, seven miles of walking trails, sweeping views of San Bruno Mountain and — according to listener Danny Yanow — some "giant birds nests." Yanow wrote into KALW's collaborative reporting project Hey Area asking what kind of birds built them. 

Hey Area: Where are the Mission's buried waterways?

Mar 13, 2017
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Does a river run through it? 

That's the question that listener Milena Fiore posed to KALW's collaborative news project Hey Area. In this short-answer segment, she speaks with Ginny Stearns, an amateur historian and Mission Creek Creek Conservancy board member, to learn the answer.

Angela Johnston

 

Austin Newsom is an Amtrak ticket agent at the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. On his lunch breaks, he takes walks along the Embarcadero.

“It’s really nice, and people usually, when they’re walking along the waterfront, for whatever reason they have big smiles on their faces. I think it makes people happy.”

 

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When Heather Hernandez saw that KALW was seeking questions from listeners via Hey Area, she wrote in and asked, "Who has worked at KALW the longest?" We invited Heather to the station to interview some of our longest-standing employees. Steven Short — the original KALW newsroom volunteer — helped. 

Hey Area: Will BART damage my hearing?

Sep 22, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

Every morning, Michael Mackin gets on BART with two bags. There’s a satchel where he keeps all his work stuff, and a backpack where he carries Cooper and Jetta, his two adorable papillions.

Angela Johnston

 

In 2018, Bay Area commuters will be able to go a little bit farther on BART. The transit agency is building a 10-mile extension from the Pittsburgh station, to Antioch.

Audrey Dilling

 

Marie-Jo Fremont pays a lot of attention to the sky these days.

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On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

KALW News is launching a new, crowdsourced reporting project called Hey Area. What is crowdsourced reporting? And how does fit in KALW’s mission? General manager Matt Martin sat down with reporter-producer Audrey Dilling and digital strategist Olivia Henry to learn more.