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Toni Morrison once said that in chaotic times is when artists must go to work. Theaters, concert halls, and other event venues are shut down. But that isn't stopping Bay Area artists from shining on the virtual stage.

Most of us are working from home, including the staff of KALW. In fact, this show was put together using apps like Slack, Zoom and a variety of recording and file sharing services. It’s been an adjustment, but many of us are realizing how much we can communicate and do without meeting in person.

Philosophy Talk: The Internet of Things

Feb 14, 2020

What will life be like when every road you travel, every device you own, every building you enter is connected to the internet?


Megan Crum

From Facebook’s new privacy features, to Uber’s worker policies, the tech companies in our backyard are changing the way people around the world live every day. Rex Crum, senior business editor at the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, gives us an update on what’s going on in Silicon Valley, and what should be on our radar. 

Is It Time To End The Iowa Caucus After Last Night's Disaster?

Feb 3, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss what happened at last night's Iowa Caucus. The results never came in and there are reports of caucus chairs being on hold for up to two hours after calling to report problems with Iowa's new vote-reporting app. What happened?

Sandip Roy 317: JOMO

Jan 15, 2020

Sandip Roy reflects on the fast paced decade that defined “Social Media.”

Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

Impossible Foods has something new on its plate. The California plant-based meat company is unveiling Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Dec 6, 2019

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?


Photo courtesy of Tiffany Shlain/modified from original

Turn off, and turn on!

Courtesy of Muslim Advocates

Facebook has been highly criticized for what it allows on its platform. Erroneous political ads and also what civil rights groups are calling violence-inciting hate speech. 

Marissa Ortega-Welch / KALW

Smartphones are making the wilderness easier to access, but no longer a place to escape and unplug.


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Matt Stoller’s new book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy.

Impact Hub Khartoum

The Innovate for Africa Conference connects African entrepreneurs and innovators to Silicon Valley to create partnerships that can help the continent grow its already booming tech field. Cities like Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya have rapidly growing tech sectors. 

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the recent BuzzFeed News investigation about how Amazon’s decentralized, next-day delivery service has brought chaos, exploitation, and danger to communities across America.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Governor Gavin Newsom, last week, signed AB5: that’s legislation that transforms the way workers are identified and get paid in California.

Ariella Markowitz / KALW

Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know, what’s the history behind the street fire alarm boxes around the city? Are they functioning today?

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.

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. 

Ed Schipul / Flickr creative commons

The idea of robots taking over our jobs has been part of our popular culture for decades. And, it’s generally true. As we advance, machines increasingly do the work that people used to do. 

Oakland Tech Centers Give Locals A Shot At Jobs In The Industry

Jul 29, 2019
Cinque Mubarak

Jobs in tech are growing in Oakland, but will Oakland residents be able to compete for these jobs in their own backyards, particularly in East Oakland, where the unemployment rate is about 8%?

Eric Risberg / AP Images

The Oakland City Council voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology last week. The software is used by police around the country to find wanted suspects and find missing children. But civil liberties advocates say the technology can lead to wrongful arrests and convictions.

Jim Mone / AP Images

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Amazon's labor practices. Amazon workers are planning to strike in a Minnesota fulfillment center next Monday, the first day of Prime Day, and one of Amazon’s busiest shopping days. 

An ode to Morse code

May 2, 2019
Julie Caine / KALW

This is an Audiograph, a radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Audiograph tells the story of where you live and the people who live there with you. 

Mickey Capper / KALW

More than 25,000 game developers descend on San Francisco for GDC, their annual conference. In an industry that is overwhelmingly male, women complain that the social environment at the conference doesn’t always feel professional. 

The Bay Area braces for Uber & Lyft IPOs

Mar 20, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, how many millionaires can the Bay Area sustain? When Uber and Lyft go public this year, thousands of employees will become incredibly wealthy overnight. Home prices are expected to go up, making the Bay Area even more unaffordable for working class people.

Philosophy Talk: The Creative Life

Nov 23, 2018

What does questioning everything have to do with being creative?


Photo courtesy of Dr. safiya Noble/modified from original

What if our reliance on search engines is perpetuating oppressive ideas and hateful ideologies--even swaying elections?

Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Algorithms

Aug 14, 2018

Can algorithms be truly objective decision-makers, or do they necessarily pick up the biases of their human programmers?


Philosophy Talk: Will Innovation Kill Us?

Aug 7, 2018

Can we ever escape the innovation loop? Should we try before it kills us?


On the Aug 2, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: From the sundial to the hourglass to the Rolex, Timex to the Atomic Watch to the Apple Watch, we've been keeping track of time. And in today's ever more pressured lives, we seem ever more preoccupied with time. My guest makes a living helping people tell time. He's Paul Seregin who repairs, buys, and sells fine watches in San Francisco.

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