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Jonathan Davis lives half a mile from the Emeryville Amtrak station and he’s a little obsessed with the trains that drive through his neighborhood at night. Specifically the sounds they make as they go. He says some drivers lean hard on the horn, while others barely honk at all. He has gone so far as to create personalities for certain drivers who he’s formed imaginary relationships with. 

Who is the ancient king looking down on Civic Center?

May 14, 2019

A regal statue keeps watch of San Francisco Main Library's Fulton Street entrance. Who is he and why is he there? 

Why is Oakland’s flag green and gold?

Feb 26, 2019
Marco Siler-Gonzales

The Oakland A’s may have popularized the color scheme of green and gold. But the origin of Oakland’s colors dates back before the A’s even arrived.

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Listener Ruta Aiono wanted to know: “Why are there so many eucalyptus trees in the Bay Area?”

What is the steepest street in San Francisco?

Feb 20, 2019
Alyia Renee Yates / KALW

KALW listener Stephanie Stathanos wanted to know, what is the steepest street in San Francisco? KALW Audio Academy Fellow Alyia Renee Yates headed to Market Street in the early morning to find the answer.

Lance Gardner / KALW

Listener Katie Taylor asked us to find out how San Francisco’s Folsom Street became “the center of sexy times.” KALW Audio Academy Fellow Lance Gardner went to find out.

What is San Francisco's oldest running streetcar?

Feb 20, 2019
Magnolia McKay / KALW

San Francisco is home to a fleet of colorful historic streetcars. They run on Market Street and the Embarcadero, as the F and E lines. We got the question “What is the oldest running streetcar in San Francisco?” KALW Audio Academy Fellow Magnolia McKay found the answer.

How dirty is BART, actually?

Feb 12, 2019
Selene Ross / KALW

After disagreeing whether or not the seats on BART were clean enough to sit on, KALW listeners Chloe Hinkson and Nadine Sebai had to ask: “How dirty is BART, like, actually?”

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San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest in North America, myths and stories have always surround it. Among those is the story of an underground network of tunnels under Chinatown. But is there evidence the tunnels exist? Listener Tristan Brotherton wanted to know what might be underneath San Francisco.

What are the seven hills of San Francisco?

Feb 12, 2019
Emma McAvoy / KALW

San Franciscan Andre Duque wanted to know more about the seven hills of San Francisco. He asked “What are the seven hills of San Francisco? And can you really see them all if you stand atop any one of them?” KALW reporter Emma McAvoy and Andre Duque visited Twin Peaks with San Francisco hill expert Dave SchweIsguth to see if they could find the seven hills of San Francisco.

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Brittany Bare moved to San Francisco just over a year ago. She wants to know: in the event of an earthquake, where in San Francisco is the single safest place to be?

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If you’ve ever spent time in the Berkeley Hills, you may have noticed staircases winding between houses or disappearing into the trees. KALW listener and Berkeley Hills resident Ansley Luce wanted to know how and why these staircases came to be.

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Listener Chris Macintosh wanted to know: How will the SalesForce Tower affect birds and other animals? But as KALW’s Sara Harrison found out, the answer isn’t clear.

Where can we find water after the Big One?

Feb 12, 2019
Marissa Shieh / KALW

After the next big earthquke, many Bay Area residents will find themselves without water. What’s next, and where should they expect help?