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Nursing Care Expected To Worsen As California Ages

Sep 16, 2019
Laura Wenus / KALW

Advocates warn that people who need nursing care may increasingly be sent far away from San Francisco in a developing shortage of affordable nursing home beds linked in part to the cost of doing business and the cost of living in the Bay Area

Under CC license from Flickr user Beatrice Murch

In San Francisco’s Richmond District, where Geary Boulevard meets Park Presidio, there stands a bright, white, defunct Christian Science church. There are big white columns out front, with pink steps leading up to iron double doors.

But what goes on inside this church is not quite what you’d expect.

Segregation During The Era Of Rosie The Riveter

Sep 11, 2019
From the Storycorps booth

If you've ever visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront, chances are you have heard of its most celebrated ranger.

Sergio De La Torre / Cropped

When Sergio De La Torre first moved to San Francisco, he was struck by the variety of colors that dressed the city’s homes. In his neighborhood, houses were painted with every color of the spectrum. Today, though, one color is taking over the rest: Gray.

Opera At The Powell Street Turnaround

Sep 5, 2019
Julie Caine

In this week's Audiograph, one man shares his talent in an unlikely place.

It's Chocolate O'Clock

Sep 4, 2019

Today, we have a show that may make your mouth water — it's about the Bay Area’s long history of chocolate connoisseurs. And, we’ll meet local artisans who are changing the way we consume it.

Courtesy of Market Street Railway Archives

San Francisco’s oldest working streetcar is a survivor. Car 578, sometimes called “The Dinky,” has a Cinderella story. Once the laughingstock of the fleet, it went on to inspire Muni’s collection of historic cars. 

How Many Ships Are Buried Under San Francisco?

Aug 29, 2019
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, National Park Service / cropped

Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Nastassya Saad wanted to know how many ships are buried under San Francisco.

Bo Walsh / KALW

From the series It Takes A School:

Life experience prepared Jean Osbay-Bell her for a second career as a counselor at Phillip and Sala Burton High School. Bell spent twenty-five years as a flight attendant while also working in the San Francisco Unified School District.

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From the series It Takes A School:

Longtime Hunters Point resident Jeanine Kennard is better known by her students as Miss Princess. She’s been working at Bret Harte Elementary School for twenty-five years, starting when her own children were students there. 

Bo Walsh / KALW

In the first installment of  our new series "It Takes a School," meet Zack Rollins of Buena Vista Horace Mann. For more than thirty years, the longtime security guard has greeted students every morning.

Lee Romney / KALW

In classrooms nationwide, students are learning to pay attention to the present moment. Focus on their breathing. Notice if they’re bored. And consider what that feels like in the body. One San Francisco volunteer walks kids through mindfulness practice. 

How Bad Is The Air Quality In The Bay Area?

Aug 22, 2019
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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know how bad the air quality is in the Bay Area. 

Evan Vucci / AP Photos

San Francisco and Santa Clara counties became the first in the nation last week to sue the Trump Administration over its controversial "public charge" rule. 

For the person accustomed to playing a factory model, a guitar from the hand of a skilled luthier is always a revelation. The tone, action, craftsmanship, and finish make playing such an instrument a unique pleasure.

Haight Ashbury Music Center's Last Dance

Aug 13, 2019
Sean Murdock / Haight Ashbury Music Center

The Haight Ashbury Music Center is selling off its gear. The store’s been around for some 40 years — it was opened by the brother of Janis Joplin’s bassist. And it’s been a centerpiece of the Haight Street experience ever since. So what happens when a place known for culture and counterculture loses its music?

Who Are The Hells Angels Of San Francisco?

Aug 13, 2019
Taylor Caldwell / KALW

Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know about the infamous motorcycle club, the Frisco Hells Angels.

Lee Romney / KALW

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning while black: The fight for equity in San Francisco schools.”

San Francisco Unified Superintendent takes our reporter on a tour of his hometown — to explain why he’s so passionate about boosting the academic success of black students here.

Was There Ever An Exotic Zoo In Glen Canyon?

Aug 6, 2019
From the San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 1897. Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library, Articles and Databases.

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. 

Jazz meets spirituality at the St. John Coltrane Church

Jul 25, 2019
Freimut Bahlo / Wikimedia Commons

In this week's Audiograph we head to San Francisco's Fillmore district, once known as the 'Harlem of the West,' jammed with clubs overflowing with song. While the district has changed over the decades, reverance for one musician in particular has not — a tenor saxophonist who has been canonized and praised for half-a-century. The St. John Coltrane Church celebrated it's 50th anniversary this month. 

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The Trump Administration has announced a wave of harsh immigration policies this month, and civil rights groups are fighting back with lawsuits. One of these legal battles began Wednesday morning in San Francisco, where a case filed by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and other organizations could help determine the fate of thousands of asylum seekers.

Sara Nora Koust / KALW

In the past decade, over 1,800 trans and gender-diverse people have been reported murdered in Latin America. Probably hundreds more were never reported.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KALW

When we first interviewed Elizabeth Chan, she was standing in front of San Francisco’s immigration building, saying goodbye to her only son. She’s been fighting his deportation order ever since and told us how that fight has changed her.

AP Photo

Last month, the Trump Administration argued before the Ninth Circuit that the government is not required to provide toothbrushes, soap or beds to the migrant children it detains. That argument was relentlessly criticized by the three-judge panel presiding over the case, and their comments quickly viral.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $2 billion transit terminal in San Francisco that shut down shortly after its inauguration last year has partially reopened.

The terminal's lobby and its 5.4-acre rooftop park re-opened Monday to the public but bus service won't resume until later this summer.


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In the 1960s, the Tenderloin was a center for the LGBT community in San Francisco. But even there, they faced discrimination and harassment, often from the police. Felicia Elizondo first came to the Tenderloin from San Jose as a teenager in 1963. It was there that she took part in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966, one of the first transgender riots in the country.

Marlena’s was a Hayes Valley gathering place that helped knit the city together through good cheer and glitzy drag numbers. It was a popular gay bar, featuring lip-synched drag shows, community fundraisers, and lots and lots of regulars. The spot was around for a couple of decades, right in the heart of the up-and-coming Hayes Valley, which, these days, has up-and-come with trendy restaurants and boutique shops. But, no longer, Marlena’s.

Drag queens bring a 'slice of fabulous' to libraries

Jun 20, 2019
Corinne Smith

In this Audiograph, we go to the San Francisco Library in Bernal Heights on a Saturday afternoon. It's packed with excited, brightly clad kids and caregivers here for story time. Instead of a librarian, they’re circled around a tall figure. Wearing a black sequined gown, stilettos, and a platinum blonde wig, and seated with a book in her long painted nails, it's Yves St. Croissant, aka Sean Santos, one of San Francisco’s beloved Drag Queens.

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The First Offender Prostitution Program is like traffic school, except the goal is to educate people who have been arrested for soliciting prostitutes.

Gabe Grabin / KALW

The Stud, a gay bar and performance space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, turned 50 in 2016. But, it was also in the news that year for another reason: The owner was calling it quits after a new landlord upped the rent by nearly $6000 — from $3800 a month to $9500.