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Every good story starts local. So that’s where we start. The Bay is storytelling for daily news. KQED host Devin Katayama talks with reporters to help us make sense of what’s happening in the Bay Area. One story. One conversation. One idea.
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‘I Believed He Was Going to Rape Me:’ The Hearing That Gripped the Bay Area

09:59 | Sep 28th, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford’s and Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony riveted Americans to their screens on Thursday. People gathered in Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco and elsewhere to watch the historic Supreme Court nomination hearing. Some of whom were so co...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: Elmwood Cafe Closes

06:20 | Apr 21st, 2018

We published an episode on Friday featuring comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell who told us about a racist incident he suffered in 2015 when he was told to leave a Berkeley cafe for being black. Early on Friday morning that restaurant -- Elmwood Cafe...Show More
Race and Coffee

10:44 | Apr 20th, 2018

Comedian W. Kamau Bell knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of some racism. His experience at Berkeley's Elmwood Cafe in 2015 is a prelude to what we saw last week, with the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. The c...Show More
Banning RV Life in the Heart of Silicon Valley

15:05 | Jun 28th

Google pledged $1 billion earlier this month to help ease Silicon Valley’s housing crisis. That crisis is playing out in Google’s home city of Mountain View, where city leaders want to ban RVs from parking overnight on city streets. RV dwellers say t...Show More
How Gay Activists in San Francisco Educated the World About AIDS

15:16 | Jun 26th

A San Francisco nurse named Bobbi Campbell was the first person to publicly announce he had a cancer associated with AIDS in 1981. Around this time, he convinced a Castro drugstore to display pictures of his lesions to educate other gay men in the ci...Show More
A Mural That Doesn’t Age Well: The Debate Over the George Washington Murals in S.F.

14:39 | Jun 24th

Can an artist’s original intentions withstand the test of time and modern sentiment? A mural at George Washington High School in San Francisco that intended to depict America's founding father in true light and criticize the country's racist past has...Show More
A Migrant’s Journey from El Salvador to the Bay Area

19:02 | Jun 21st

President Trump on Monday announced that federal immigration officers were gearing up for deportations next week. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responded by urging her community to be prepared. It’s unclear whether the federal government is even capable...Show More
The Woman Who Kept Juneteenth Alive in San Francisco

11:57 | Jun 19th

San Francisco's Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery, is one of the largest gatherings of African Americans in California every year. This year's Juneteenth parade was named in honor of Rachel Townsend, a leader in San Francisco's black ...Show More
The Price of Owning the Power Grid

13:34 | Jun 17th

Environmental activists in San Francisco have long called for the city to have its own public power system. The idea never took off until PG&E went bankrupt, again, in January. The private utility company owns most of the power grid that delivers the...Show More
From Quentin to the Kitchen: Preparing for Life After Prison in the Bay Area

13:48 | Jun 14th

Formerly incarcerated people who can’t find work after prison face a 50 percent chance of returning to prison. Those who do find work have a better chance of staying out. San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest prison, has several programs such...Show More
Why San Francisco Wants to Stop Charging Inmates for Phone Calls

11:16 | Jun 12th

The cost of going to prison is both personal and financial. That’s exacerbated by the price of phone calls from the inside. In San Francisco, a 15-minute phone call can cost $2.10. Other jails charge about $5. And it's often the family and friends of...Show More
A ‘Surreal’ and Emotional Graduation for Paradise High

17:53 | Jun 10th

“Surreal” is the word Paradise High School seniors used over and over again to describe their graduation months after the deadly Camp Fire that leveled most of the town. Most of the students lost homes in the fire, the most deadly and destructive fir...Show More
Teachers Strike Close to Graduation Leaves Students in Limbo

11:27 | Jun 7th

The teachers strike at the New Haven School District in Union City and South Hayward has been going on for two weeks now. Unlike more recent teachers strikes around the Bay Area, New Haven’s comes at the end of the school year when students are suppo...Show More
The Exploitation of Creative People and Their Passions

12:42 | Jun 5th

It’s hard enough to live, work and survive in the Bay Area. But people whose work is their passion often make additional sacrifices to do what they love. Many of you shared stories of “passion exploitation” after KQED Arts published an article in Mar...Show More
Mental Healthcare for All?

11:22 | Jun 3rd

It's not uncommon to see people struggling with mental health in San Francisco. People experiencing the trauma of homelessness often have their worst days unfold on city streets. San Francisco supervisors plan to introduce a November ballot proposal ...Show More
The New Resistance to Vallejo Police Violence

16:04 | May 31st

A series of police shootings in Vallejo over the last few years has mobilized residents to city hall in protest. This week, the families of Angel Ramos, Willie McCoy, and Ronnell Foster -- three men of color shot and killed by Vallejo police -- deman...Show More
A Prescription Your Doctor Can’t Write: Housing as Health Care

16:45 | May 29th

When Bay Area cities clear homeless encampments, proponents of such plans often say they're trying to fix a public health issue, or that encampments have become too unsafe or unhealthy. But some are making the case that treating housing as an issue o...Show More
Why We Need ‘Truth Be Told’: A New KQED Advice Podcast About Race for People of Color

15:55 | May 24th

When Tonya Mosley thinks about conversations she’s had with friends and family about race, she’s usually asking for advice. Now, there’s a podcast for that — and Tonya is hosting it. Truth Be Told is a show about race created for people of color, by ...Show More
Why San Jose Ain’t San Jose Without the Sharks

08:06 | May 22nd

San Jose has undergone dramatic change since the Sharks first came to the city in 1993. The population has spiked to more than 1 million, the median home price is $1 million, and the SAP Center (Shark Tank) isn't the only development getting attentio...Show More
Why Is My Restaurant Server Always White?

11:21 | May 20th

When you get your check at a restaurant, there’s a good chance your server is white. There’s an even better chance that the cooks and dishwashers in the back of the house are POC who get considerably less money, according to a new study that evaluate...Show More
PG&E Blamed For Sparking Deadly Camp Fire. Now What?

17:23 | May 17th

It's confirmed: A PG&E transmission line sparked the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history last November in Butte County. Cal Fire announced Wednesday the result of its investigation into the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and de...Show More
San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

10:52 | May 15th

We use facial recognition technology to unlock our cell phones, doors, and find friends on social media apps. But there’s a real fear about how tech companies and government is recording our faces and tracking our movements. That’s one reason why the...Show More
Would You Stop Driving Through Downtown San Francisco if You Had to Pay to Do It?

14:06 | May 13th

Driving through downtown San Francisco has always been hell (good luck getting across Market Street). Traffic has gotten worse with job growth and the advent of ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. Could congestion pricing help? San Francisco is stu...Show More
Should SF’s Chinatown Muni Station Be Named After Rose Pak?

15:21 | May 10th

The legacy of Rose Pak returns to San Francisco. A proposal to name a future Muni rail station after the late Chinatown activist provoked a protest at City Hall this week, and debates over how to recognize her achievements for Chinatown. Although she...Show More
In Silicon Valley, the Color of Your Badge Is A Status Symbol

13:16 | May 8th

Uber drivers are planning to strike Wednesday by turning off their apps ahead of the company’s public offering, which is expected to be the largest of the new tech IPOs this year. Drivers say they want higher pay and benefits. Uber has avoided having...Show More
Oakland Ghost Ship Trial: What We Learned From Opening Statements

14:47 | May 6th

A new narrative surfaced about what could have caused the deadly Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 that killed 36 people. Defense attorneys have introduced the possibility that the fire was caused by arson. As testimony begins this week the trial is reo...Show More
Why Are There No Filipina Disney Princesses? #YouthTakeoverKQED

13:47 | May 3rd

Filipinos are huge part of life and culture in the Bay Area. But the spotlight rarely falls on them, especially in media.  El Cerrito High School senior Rachel Manila doesn't remember seeing anyone who looked like in her in movies, on TV or in books....Show More
Basically, Nothing in the Bay Area is Affordable to Someone Making $64,000

11:46 | May 1st

We all know it's expensive to live in the Bay Area. But just how unaffordable is it? Reporters with the Mercury News and the East Bay Times looked at how high rents and mortgages have climbed since 2012, and it will blow your mind. People making $100...Show More
The Bay Live: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

51:36 | Apr 29th

High rent. Long commutes. Expensive food. Childcare. Sea level rise. Gentrification. These are just some of the challenges of living in the Bay Area.  Many are asking, should I stay or should I go? Or more pointedly, can I stay? If it’s not you, it’s...Show More
Why You Can’t Talk About Food Without Talking About Identity, According To S.F. Food Critic Soleil Ho

15:48 | Apr 26th

The San Francisco Chronicle’s newest food critic has been on the job for about three months now. Since starting, Soleil Ho has written about ethical eating in the age of #MeToo, and how much we’re willing to pay for human interaction at restaurants. ...Show More
Report Validates Women’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against S.F. Yoga Guru

13:11 | Apr 24th

More women came forward after KQED published an investigation last year showing sexual misconduct allegations against Manouso Manos, a prominent international yoga teacher based in San Francisco. The reporting prompted an investigation by the Iyengar...Show More
#Rightnowish: KQED’s Newest Show Spotlights Artists With a Message

12:44 | Apr 19th

There are a ton of artists, creators and thinkers in the Bay Area who have messages for society. KQED’s newest radio show Rightnowish highlights them. Author and KQED Arts writer Pendarvis Harshaw brings us into conversations as he embeds himself in ...Show More
Will High-Speed Rail Ever Make It to the Bay Area?

16:19 | Apr 17th

California’s bullet train project was designed to get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours. But after years of legal and financial battles, the future of that full project is unclear. For now, the California High-Speed Ra...Show More
The Fight Over Building a Homeless Navigation Center on San Francisco’s Embarcadero

11:45 | Apr 15th

Neighbors of San Francisco's Embarcadero waterfront community were fired up when the city proposed building a 225-bed navigation center for the homeless. First, competing Go Fund Me pages were set up to raise money for litigating the matter. Then, Ma...Show More
How Screwed is the Bay Area Because of Tech IPOs?

10:28 | Apr 12th

First it was Lyft. Next is Pinterest. Eventually, Uber, Slack, Airbnb and Postmates. All these tech companies are expected to go public this year. There’s wide speculation that these IPOs are going to make San Francisco even more expensive and imposs...Show More
Does East Bay Presidential Candidate Eric Swalwell Stand a Chance?

11:28 | Apr 10th

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell doesn’t have the name recognition or the money that the other presidential candidates have. As the 18th Democratic candidate entering the race, he’s starting a little behind. But the 38-year-old, Iowa-born congressman is a fre...Show More
Watching Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier Die

12:15 | Apr 8th

As a geologist, Greg Stock never imagined he’d witness the death of a glacier. The Lyell Glacier is Yosemite National Park’s largest ice mass, and Stock has been researching it for more than a decade. The famed California scientist John Muir first st...Show More
It’s Baaack! Controversial Housing Bill SB 50 Passes First Test

13:00 | Apr 5th

Unlike its epic failure last year, SB 50 passed its first test this week in the state Senate Housing Committee hearing. The bill introduced by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener would allow developers to build taller, denser housing near certain tran...Show More
SF’s Transgender Nightclub Closes: ‘If Divas Wasn’t There, I Wouldn’t Be Here’

09:01 | Apr 3rd

Divas celebrated 31 years of serving the trans community before closing its doors for good on March 30. Some trans people say the club represented a space of inclusion and community in a city that’s becoming more mono-cultural. Today we bring you one...Show More
These Are the Bays of Our Lives

13:16 | Apr 1st

The Bay Area bubble is real. Sometimes living in the bubble means have tunnel vision on how the rest of the country lives. So today, we thought we’d leave this bay and visit some others. Travel with us as we hop around and show you other “Bay Areas.”...Show More
It’s Expensive to Keep Juvenile Detention Centers Open, Especially When They’re Nearly Empty

14:42 | Mar 29th

An investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle found juvenile detention centers across California were nearly empty but the costs to run these facilities have skyrocketed. In San Francisco, it cost $266,000 to keep a kid locked up at juvenile hall. ...Show More
More than 30 Newsrooms Join KQED’s Police Records Project

19:40 | Mar 27th

Dozens of reporters across California have been working to obtain records from police departments on misconduct and accountability under a new state law, SB 1421, that went into effect this year. But they’re having a hard time. Police unions are suin...Show More
Can’t Park Here. Berkeley Votes to Ban RV Parking Overnight

08:17 | Mar 25th

When a group of RVs was forced to leave Berkeley’s marina last year, many moved to West Berkeley, near Gilman Street where RVs line the sidewalks. Business owners and residents complain that the wheeled-homes leave garbage and take up parking space. ...Show More
Apple Gets A Cool Image, What Do Artists Get?

11:58 | Mar 22nd

Local bands and artists are being asked to perform at San Francisco’s Apple store in Union Square. As payment they get Airpods, Apple TV,  or a watch. Not money. It’s a story that KQED Arts music editor Nastia Voynovskya first broke. Some artists lik...Show More
A Parking Spot for the Homeless: Oakland Churches Open Their Lots

09:09 | Mar 20th

Nearly a quarter of the people experiencing homelessness in Oakland are living out of a car, truck or some type of vehicle. That’s why four Oakland churches announced a new plan this week to allow homeless people to park cars overnight on their prope...Show More
Corporate Influence on the Bay Area’s Music Scene

09:37 | Mar 18th

The Bay Area’s eccentric reputation is built from its arts and culture. Music is a centerpiece. So it’s no wonder some in the music scene worry about the impact of large national promoters on independent venues that were once booked by local promoter...Show More
What Bay Area Students Think About the #CollegeAdmissionScandal

11:04 | Mar 15th

Many people were not surprised that 13 of the 50 people charged in the college admission scandal this week are from the Bay Area. Among those not surprised that money and power impact who gets into colleges and who doesn’t are three  high school seni...Show More
Berkeley’s ‘Welcome’ Signs Acknowledge Ohlone Land and the Bay Area’s Original People

15:27 | Mar 13th

Berkeley unveiled new city limit signs this week that say “Welcome to the City of Berkeley – Ohlone Territory.” Colonizers have wiped away much Native American history in the Bay Area, but a few burial shellmounds are still around. Another sign that ...Show More
NIMBY. YIMBY. Now PHIMBY? The Housing Debate’s Newest Slogan

13:05 | Mar 11th

Fights over housing policies in the Bay Area often include these two sides: The NIMBYs (not in my backyard) and the YIMBYs (yes in my backyard). Let me introduce you to the PHIMBYs, who are bringing another level of nuance to the housing debate. They...Show More
No Charges For Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark. Will There Ever Be?

14:01 | Mar 8th

People are outraged that two Sacramento police officers will not face criminal charges for killing 22-year old Stephon Clark last year, an unarmed Black man holding a cell phone. The state attorney general and the district attorney both say the offic...Show More
It’s The Bay’s One-Year Anniversary!

08:24 | Mar 6th

The Bay officially launched on March 6, 2018. Since then, we’ve covered some of the biggest Bay Area stories: elections, ICE raids and all kinds of housing laws. Plus, we’ve had some real conversations about Bay Area culture. But one of our favorite ...Show More
Oakland Teachers Strike Ends, But Not Everyone Is Happy

15:17 | Mar 4th

The Oakland teachers strike is over. Teachers and other educators approved an agreement Sunday night to end the seven-day strike and give parents a reason to send their kids back to school. The agreement offers teachers a pay increase. But school boa...Show More
In the Bay Area, Deadly Heat Waves Are For Real

12:15 | Mar 1st

It’s cold in the Bay Area now. But in 2017, two heat waves killed 14 people in the Bay Area. KQED reporting has found that most of those people who died started getting sick from the heat while inside some place, instead of outside in the sun. State ...Show More
Three Taser-Related Deaths and San Mateo Activists Demand Changes

14:34 | Feb 27th

Chinedu Okobi died last October after being tased by San Mateo sheriff deputies. His death was one of three that happened last year involving tasers and police officers from different departments. Activists and the family of those killed in taser-inv...Show More
‘Unwavering Belief in Justice’: San Francisco’s Public Defender Jeff Adachi Dies

12:47 | Feb 25th

Jeff Adachi died suddenly Friday night. While details of how he died are still under investigation, many are remembering Adachi and his tireless efforts as a public defender who provided fair legal representation to the people who needed it most. Ada...Show More
Empty Halls and Picket Lines: Oakland Teachers Strike

10:39 | Feb 22nd

It’s Day 1 of the Oakland Unified school teacher strike. Teachers, parents and students began picketing Thursday for more pay, support, and smaller class sizes. The strike directly affects thousands of families that must decide whether to send their ...Show More
Skimming Off the Tips: InstaCart Changes Its Tipping and Pay for App Shoppers

08:54 | Feb 20th

Lots of gig workers earn tips. So, when InstaCart started paying its full-service shoppers and deliverers on a sliding scale based on how many tips they got, the workers were pissed off. They took to Reddit and Facebook to complain and gained the nat...Show More
Can PG&E Be Trusted to Not Start a Fire This Summer?

13:37 | Feb 15th

PG&E is under pressure to not spark a wildfire this summer. A federal judge overseeing the investor-owned utility’s probation case is demanding they take prevention measures. This week, PG&E presented its wildfire safety plan to state regulators, whi...Show More
Meth on Monday, Heroin on Friday: San Francisco Sees A New Drug Wave

11:28 | Feb 13th

The opioid crisis has dominated the news, but there is growing evidence that methamphetamine has made a return to San Francisco. Overdoses from meth have more than doubled and about half the people admitted to San Francisco General Hospital with a ps...Show More
#10YearChallenge: What Has Changed in the Bay Area?

11:18 | Feb 11th

Ten years is a lot of time. For the Bay Area, it’s meant more money, new problems, and getting more serious about climate change. Today on the podcast, we apply the #10YearChallenge to the Bay Area and see how the past ten years has treated the polit...Show More
No More Ridin’ the Rails at 4 A.M. — BART Ends Early-Morning Service

12:32 | Feb 8th

BART will stop offering its 4 a.m. train service on Feb. 11 in order to retrofit the Transbay Tube to better withstand major earthquakes. Workers will install a new liner in the 3.6-mile underwater structure to prevent flooding after a big quake, a p...Show More
Hyphy Music Legend Keak Da Sneak Says Prisons ‘Have No Compassion’ For Disabilities

14:00 | Feb 6th

East Bay rapper Keak Da Sneak is credited with pioneering the Hyphy style. This Thursday he has to turn himself in to serve a 16-month state prison sentence. Since being shot in 2017, he’s confined to a wheelchair and needs round the clock care. He c...Show More
A Teen’s Fight to Save TPS for Her Family

12:35 | Feb 4th

High school freshman Crista Ramos had no idea her mom was living under Temporary Protected Status, a federal humanitarian program that allows about 260,000 immigrants from El Salvador to lawfully live and work in the U.S. But when the Trump administr...Show More
How the Camp Fire Made Chico’s Housing Problem Even Worse

08:51 | Feb 1st

Chico is bursting at the seams right now. The ripples of displacement from the Camp Fire, which killed at least 86 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes, are far from over as people cram into Chico to stay living close to family, jobs and schools. ...Show More
Oakland Unified’s Hella Hard Week Dealing With School Closures

15:11 | Jan 30th

School closures. Teacher strike. Budget cuts. It hasn’t been a great week for Oakland Unified. The school board voted to close Roots International Academy and will be deciding soon whether to merge two other schools. Plus, teachers – who want more mo...Show More
Bye, Bye Vinnee and Good Luck!

12:52 | Jan 28th

If you’re a fan of The Bay, you can thank Vinnee Tong. She helped launch the podcast last year and has helped shape the shows from choosing what we cover and how we talk about it, especially around race, identity and class. Vinnee starts her new role...Show More
How S.F. Helped Make Kamala Harris

12:48 | Jan 25th

Kamala Harris announced this week she’s running for president. She’s certainly not the first Californian to be groomed by Bay Area politics for the national stage. Harris has had to walk a line between left-leaning politics and her status as a former...Show More
CASA and the Push for a Regional Housing Solution

11:46 | Jan 23rd

What if we looked at solving the Bay Area’s housing crisis from a regional lens? Could we come up with solutions that actually work? It’s often said that solving the housing crisis requires a regional approach but no one has tried to define what that...Show More
Can Gavin Newsom Broker a Deal Between Gig Workers, Tech and Unions?

10:31 | Jan 18th

The debate over whether gig workers are employees or contractors has been a slow, messy conversation. Now, California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is trying to help broker a deal between the two sides. But some drivers aren’t happy about where they ...Show More
PG&E’s Road to Bankruptcy

16:32 | Jan 16th

PG&E says it has no choice but to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and that it’s going to file papers around Jan. 29. A lot of things led to this: from deregulation in the 1990’s, to the fatal San Bruno explosion in 2010 that put the utility on...Show More
Big Oil, Small Town: Valero’s Election Influence in Benicia’s Politics

12:10 | Jan 14th

Valero spent $200,000 in last year’s Benicia city council election to help elect two candidates who were less critical of the company than others. That’s created tension between the oil refiner and the city, leading people to question how much influe...Show More
How Housing Prices Are Hurting Salinas Schoolkids

13:58 | Jan 11th

About 40 percent of students in the Salinas City Elementary School District are considered homeless. This can mean living in a shelter or living in an overcrowded home, like multiple families co-existing in a single place. It’s a problem that hurts s...Show More
Documents Show Fired Police Officer Asked for Sex From Woman He Arrested

10:58 | Jan 9th

The San Mateo County district attorney is looking to reopen an investigation against a fired Burlingame police officer. The cop was accused by three women of asking them for sex in exchange for help with their alleged crimes. The case was made public...Show More
Why S.F. Chronicle’s New Food Critic Is Focusing on Race and Identity

14:54 | Jan 7th

Food says a lot about who we are. It can identify where we come from and what we like. In some cases, it may even let us know when we’re being racist. In a way, that’s a starting point for the San Francisco Chronicle’s new restaurant critic Soleil Ho...Show More
Bay Area Leading Fight to Make Police Records Public

14:14 | Jan 4th

Getting access to police records has never been easy. Especially when the records involve allegations of police wrongdoing. A new California law – SB 1421 – introduced by a Bay Area state senator, is supposed to give the public access to documents re...Show More
Happy New Year! From The Bay

08:47 | Jan 2nd

See ya, 2018. What up, 2019! We’ve produced almost 150 episodes of The Bay covering all kinds of local news from e-scooters, to housing policies and #GrillingWhileBlack. Today, we want to pause a moment to say thanks for hanging with us. And to give ...Show More
Oscar Grant: A Killing That Changed How We View Police Shootings

19:37 | Dec 31st, 2018

Ten years ago, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, Oscar Grant was shot and killed by Bart police officer, Johannes Mehserle. This was one of the first police shootings caught on cell phone video and spread around the world. It began a deca...Show More
New Bay Area Bridge Tolls Begin Jan. 1. Here’s What That Means

11:38 | Dec 28th, 2018

We jump into a stranger’s car and take a ride over the Bay Bridge in the “casual carpool lane” to talk about higher bridge tolls. Our carpool driver and rider join in on a discussion about Regional Measure 3, which 55 percent of voters approved in th...Show More
Remember Oakland’s Response to #GrillingWhileBlack? Electric Slide

11:15 | Dec 26th, 2018

#WhileBlack was a popular hashtag in 2018. This year we watched several videos on social media that included white people harassing black people doing just about everything. Oakland had a couple of racist moments at Lake Merritt this year, including ...Show More
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is What A Lot of People Have Been Waiting For in 2018

12:14 | Dec 24th, 2018

This was a big year for people of color in lead movie roles — especially for culture, language and accents that are not English or American. One of those films was Crazy Rich Asians, which resonated with the Bay Area, and our host Devin Katayama and ...Show More
Who Created the Bay Area’s Mess? One Urban Planner’s Argument

10:48 | Dec 21st, 2018

What happens when the people most invested in trying to make the Bay Area a better place decide to LEAVE entirely? Gabriel Metcalf is the outgoing president of the Bay Area think tank SPUR, and he’s moving to take a similar job in Sydney, Australia. ...Show More
Two Years Later, Still No Answers for Mission District Double Killing

14:06 | Dec 19th, 2018

In December 2016, Lindsay McCollum and Eddie “Tennessee” Tate were shot and killed in San Francisco’s Mission District. The two were homeless and living together. Lindsay’s mother, Carrie McCollum, reached out to a KQED reporter one year after he wen...Show More
What Electric Scooters and Shopping Carts May Soon Have in Common

10:14 | Dec 17th, 2018

Mention electric scooters and people usually react with an eye roll. It’s associated with the newness of the tech culture of the Bay Area. Some see scooters as a “micro-transit” tool; others simply see them as a nuisance. The city of San Jose thinks ...Show More
Oakland Parents Want ‘Opportunity Tickets’ If Schools Close

09:46 | Dec 14th, 2018

Oakland is considering closing 24 schools. Most of these schools are likely in East Oakland, where many of the poorest students live. A group of parents is demanding that if Oakland Unified closes their kids’ schools that they be given first dibs of ...Show More
‘No Section 8’

08:30 | Dec 12th, 2018

Most landlords in San Jose don’t take Section 8 housing vouchers. And housing advocates see the vouchers as a proxy for race, or keeping out people of color. As a possible remedy, the San Jose city council wants to tweak the law to encourage more lan...Show More
Waiting in Pinole: A Mother’s and Son’s Migrant Caravan Journey to the Bay Area

18:44 | Dec 10th, 2018

Veronica Aguilar crossed the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum from El Salvador earlier this year. She’s staying with a host family in Pinole while she waits for an immigration court hearing. Today, one family’s story of immigration. Guest: Farida Jh...Show More
Homes on Top of Buses

09:42 | Dec 7th, 2018

Here’s a new one: stacking homes on top of a city bus yard. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to build housing on top of its Potrero bus yard right across the street from KQED studios. Their idea is that the housing would help p...Show More
SB 827 Revived: A Failed Housing Bill Gets a Second Try

11:32 | Dec 5th, 2018

We need homes near transit. But the first time state Sen. Scott Wiener introduced a bill, SB 827, that would have required cities to approve dense housing near transit corridors, it died a quick death. This week he announced a new version. The bill, ...Show More
A $220 Million Google ‘Village’ in the Bay Area’s Largest City

10:10 | Dec 3rd, 2018

This isn’t supposed to be your traditional tech campus. Google says it wants to build a village inside San Jose that will be open to the public, different from how most tech campuses operate. It’s expected to have public parks, restaurants and other ...Show More
Homelessness in San Francisco: ‘It Doesn’t Take Miracles … It Takes Money’

09:56 | Nov 30th, 2018

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced a $6 million donation he is making to subsidize five years of rent for formerly homeless residents who will move into a renovated apartment building in the Tenderloin next yea...Show More
Homeless Oaklanders Take Over City-Owned Lot

11:05 | Nov 28th, 2018

The city of Oakland wasn’t pleased when a group of homeless people moved to a vacant lot in East Oakland in October. After the city posted a notice to vacate, the homeless residents went to court to stop the eviction. Now a judge must decide if the g...Show More
‘You Got To Give Them Hope,’ Harvey Milk’s Lasting Words, 40 Years Later

11:01 | Nov 26th, 2018

Harvey Milk and the city of San Francisco gives many people the “permission” they need to fight for gay rights in other places. The Castro became a symbol of this permission and Milk’s legacy has since spread across the world. Today, a day before the...Show More
Waiting in the Rain: What Paradise Fire Victims Need In Addition to Shelter

15:03 | Nov 21st, 2018

When rain begins to fall on Butte County this week, some will be sleeping on the streets. The Camp Fire displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom are struggling to do basic things: find shelter, see a doctor, pay the bills. Today, we’ll sho...Show More
What Silicon Valley Could Lose If Trump Revokes H-1B Spousal Work Visas

12:31 | Nov 19th, 2018

A small number of people — spouses of H1B visa holders — were given the right to work under a special type of visa created under President Obama in 2015. Now President Trump wants to eliminate those spousal visas. How doing so threatens Silicon Valle...Show More
Trauma Before and After the Camp Fire

15:43 | Nov 16th, 2018

Paradise was a city where a lot of people already carried more than their share of trauma from childhood. Now, as many work to piece their lives back together they have the added weight of trauma from the Camp Fire. Our reporter was in Paradise this ...Show More
Paradise Prepared for Fire — But It Wasn’t Enough

11:17 | Nov 14th, 2018

After two fires burned right up to the edge of town in 2008, the town of Paradise made a plan. It divided itself into evacuation zones. It went so far as to hold a mock evacuation during morning rush hour. People knew what they were supposed to do if...Show More
For Here or To Go? The Rise of Food Delivery Apps in SF

10:57 | Nov 12th, 2018

Caviar, Postmates, Uber Eats…the Bay Area’s tech family gave us food delivery apps. And there are plenty of gig workers willing to drive us this food. These delivery apps allow us to hole up in our office, work harder, faster and avoid human interact...Show More
Bay Curious: How Do You Define the “Bay Area?”

09:30 | Nov 9th, 2018

People from the Bay Area or those who live here are a proud bunch. But how do you define this magical place? Do you use geography to draw the boundaries? Maybe it’s about sports teams and their fan bases or where BART goes? The hosts of the Bay Curio...Show More
Bay Voters Bring Outrage and Hope to Midterms

12:11 | Nov 7th, 2018

Resistance. That’s been the call of many, including those in the Bay Area who have led the country in resisting President Trump’s attacks on marginalized people and the state’s liberal ideals. We’ll hear from those who turned up at the polls, and oth...Show More
Voters Love School Bonds. But Should They?

13:03 | Nov 5th, 2018

School bond measures almost always pass. More money for schools – and by extension, kids – seems like an obvious yes. But less attention is given to how that bond money gets spent and who is on the receiving end. One powerful lobbying group, nickname...Show More
Google Employees Say ‘Time’s Up’ for the Patriarchy

09:07 | Nov 2nd, 2018

About 1,000 Google employees walked out of work Thursday and staged a rally on the company’s main Mountain View campus. The impetus was a New York Times report published last week about dozens of sexual misconduct allegations and some very large exit...Show More
Silicon Valley Is Trying To Prevent Hate Speech. Is It Working?

13:43 | Oct 31st, 2018

Gab.ai is like Twitter without any restrictions. Gab is also where a man named Robert Bowers posted comments before allegedly shooting and killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Today: what Silicon Valley is doing to prevent hate speech online....Show More
How Much Do You Get Paid? *Crickets*

10:07 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are you embarrassed to share your salary? Yeah, a lot of us are. Software engineer Jackie Luo makes the case that we can’t improve the pay gap (for women or people of color) in industries like tech without being more transparent. So, she asked men in...Show More
A Building Burns. Oakland Suspects Arson.

09:13 | Oct 26th, 2018

A big construction site of new housing went up in flames early Tuesday morning, and people immediately suspected arson. Some Oaklanders say it’s motivated by anger against gentrification. The five-alarm fire in West Oakland isn’t the first time new c...Show More
Priest Abuse and an Exorcism: One Santa Clara Woman’s Story

10:21 | Oct 24th, 2018

We don’t often hear about priests abusing their adult parishioners. As advocates renew calls for accountability for priests accused of abusing children, we hear the story of a woman in Santa Clara who came to her priest for help overcoming sex addict...Show More
Should S.F.’s Big Businesses Be Taxed to Pay for Homelessness?

10:40 | Oct 22nd, 2018

A Twitter fight between two of San Francisco’s biggest, and wealthiest, tech leaders says a lot about the city’s problem with homelessness. Proposition C calls for taxing the city’s most profitable companies to double the $300 million already spent o...Show More
A Raised Arm and a Clenched Fist at the 1968 Olympics

11:20 | Oct 19th, 2018

John Carlos and Tommie Smith both won medals in the same track event at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City. On the medal stand, both raised clenched fists in a salute to Black power. The backlash that followed cost them the rest of their running c...Show More
Who Has Power and Who Doesn’t: Changes at PG&E

08:06 | Oct 17th, 2018

Power is important. Both the kind that lets us switch on the lights and the kind that gives people the ability to make decisions for us. Tens of thousands of Northern California residents lost power over the weekend after PG&E cut electricity for saf...Show More
Fighting Homelessness in Oakland, One Vacant Lot at a Time

11:41 | Oct 15th, 2018

Oakland sure has a lot of vacant properties, despite being in the middle of a housing crisis. In November, voters will decide whether the city should tax owners of those properties to help raise millions of dollars for homeless services. But how Meas...Show More
Should We Rebuild Where Fire Could Happen Again?

12:00 | Oct 12th, 2018

New homes are popping up in Santa Rosa one year after the Northern California fires. Some are rebuilding in the exact same spots. Others are worried about losing everything again when the next fire comes, including firefighters who live there. They k...Show More
Struggling to Return Home After the Fire

10:39 | Oct 10th, 2018

Kayla Swaim's home was destroyed a year ago in the Tubbs Fire. She lost everything, including her sense of safety.
Proposition 5: Extending Tax Breaks for Homeowners

11:18 | Oct 8th, 2018

Do you ever wish you had a coupon that would give you a discount on what you pay for your house? Proposition 13 is kind of like that. Now Proposition 5 would give homeowners over the age of 55, and a few others, the ability to take their lower proper...Show More
Live Event: The Bay Interviews Pulitzer-Winning Fire Reporters

16:35 | Oct 5th, 2018

Most people run from a fire. Some journalists go toward it. Two reporters at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, winner of a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the North Bay fires, did just that. The Bay host Devin Katayama interviewed those reporter...Show More
One Crack Too Many for SF’s Salesforce Transit Center

13:07 | Oct 3rd, 2018

First there was one crack. Then two. Now San Francisco’s new $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center could be shut down for weeks. In an earlier episode, we covered the opening of the transit center (called by some the Grand Central Station of the Wes...Show More
Yosemiteland! El Capitan With a Latte

09:35 | Oct 1st, 2018

Airbnb, caramel macchiatos and luxury dining. Yosemite is starting to feel more and more like the Bay Area. There are more visitors, more traffic, and now a Starbucks. Today, we'll introduce you to Yosemiteland, a podcast from Capital Public Radio th...Show More
Judge To Decide Whether Mario Woods Civil Case Moves Ahead

12:31 | Sep 26th, 2018

After a police killing, it can be hard to get a clear picture of what exactly happened. Like the case of Mario Woods, who was shot and killed by San Francisco police in 2015. Nearly three years later, as the civil case is being prepared for trial, we...Show More
From $250,000 to $0: Taxi Medallions in S.F.

12:16 | Sep 24th, 2018

If you use Uber or Lyft in San Francisco, you're no doubt helping to kill the taxi cab industry. But the city didn't help either when it started charging $250,000 for taxi medallions as the ride service companies were getting started. Here's a story ...Show More
How the SF Schools ‘Lottery’ Failed

09:38 | Sep 21st, 2018

Parents hate it, for sure. But more than that, the schools selection process has created even more segregated student bodies. The goal was the exact opposite. And now there’s a proposal to get off the so-called “lottery” and try something new. Guest:...Show More
Can Oakland Out-Regulate S.F. on Scooters?

08:04 | Sep 19th, 2018

First came electric scooters. Then came policies to regulate them. The Oakland City Council passed new rules Monday with an eye on equity, requiring that scooters be made accessible in areas of the city that need more transit options and that people ...Show More
A Dark History of Silicon Valley

09:36 | Sep 17th, 2018

Silicon Valley got its start with a man who was regarded as a genius and won a Nobel prize. But William Shockley was also a racist and eugenicist who promoted sterilizations of black Americans. A new monument in Mountain View celebrates Shockley's wo...Show More
Are Electric Cars Too Uncool?

09:08 | Sep 14th, 2018

Your car says a lot about you. It can tell people how much money you have. It can say, "I care about the environment." And while we know that the adoption of electric cars is key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, most consumers still aren't buying...Show More
Yoga and #MeToo: ‘I Trusted Yoga, So I Trusted Him.’

12:50 | Sep 12th, 2018

Imagine attending a yoga class and finding yourself in a situation where your instructor has violated your personal space by sexually abusing you. Today, we'll hear about KQED's on-going #MeToo series, where women say they've been sexually abused by ...Show More
The Whitening and Erasure of the Asian-American Identity

12:14 | Sep 10th, 2018

Writer Iris Kuo knows what it feels like to forget her wallet and still walk out of a fancy department store with a bag full of merchandise: It feels white. Experts predict that some ethnically Asian and Latino people are going through a sociological...Show More
The Bay’s 100th Episode. What?!

10:01 | Sep 7th, 2018

We can't freakin' believe it! The Bay has produced 100 episodes that represent the moment in time the Bay Area's going through. Today, Devin, Erika and Vinnee (The Bay team) talk about some of their favorite episode moments of the last six months. ...Show More
The Drug With No Street Name: Fentanyl

12:31 | Sep 5th, 2018

Fentanyl is partly to blame for a rise in *drug* overdose deaths, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control report. Officials say the synthetic and undetectable opioid Fentanyl is being mixed into all types of drugs from heroin to cocaine and...Show More
Bay Area Women Candidates and ‘The Long Run’ For Political Office

11:49 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Trump may have been the catalyst for some California women seeking political office, but their campaigns are driven by local issues. The KQED special series The Long Run is about women who are running for office this November. Today, we’ll hear about...Show More
Bay Curious: Hetch Hetchy Water’s Epic Journey, From Mountains to Tap

09:49 | Aug 31st, 2018

We know San Francisco cherishes its pristine water source, which comes from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir located in Yosemite. The Bay recently told you about how the city has something in common with more conservative parts of the state over their wate...Show More
MindShift: Can Inviting Teachers Over to Your Home Improve How Kids Learn?

13:33 | Aug 29th, 2018

A teacher visit at home can be intimating - for everyone. Today on The Bay, we're featuring the latest episode of KQED's education podcast MindShift, which launched its third season this week. The show is tackling the intangible elements of academic ...Show More
Q’ed Up: The West Oakland Teacher Everyone Knows

07:35 | Aug 27th, 2018

LuPaulette Taylor has worked for decades at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. McClymonds is a school where only around 15 percent of teachers stay on for a third year. So what keeps Taylor around? This week The Bay is taking off to go over list...Show More
Verizon Squeezes the Internet Hose on Firefighters During Mendocino Fire

09:19 | Aug 24th, 2018

Imagine fighting the largest wildfire in California history and Verizon says you'd have to upgrade your plan if you want faster internet to get your maps and documents. That's what happened to a couple of Santa Clara County firefighters that were hel...Show More
‘Cover the Important Bits’: Alameda Schools Change Their Dress Code

10:19 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Midriffs, pajamas, and ball caps are all allowed this year at Alameda schools. A group of middle school students worked for three years to change a dress code that they say unfairly targeted girls. Now, decisions on what boys and girls can and cannot...Show More
Fight for Water Makes Strange Bedfellows: Farmers…and San Francisco

08:16 | Aug 20th, 2018

Green bins, blue bins, black bins. San Francisco is known for being super progressive when it comes to the environment. But some say the city's behind the curve on this one thing: water. This week state water officials discuss a revolutionary new pla...Show More
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is What A Lot of People Have Been Waiting For

11:03 | Aug 17th, 2018

Mansions. A multimillion-dollar wedding. Sexy characters in swank settings. The release of Crazy Rich Asians is a cultural event onscreen and off. More so for Asians and Asian-Americans, who make up about a quarter of the Bay Area's population. What ...Show More
Back to the Future: SF’s New Transbay Terminal

10:13 | Aug 15th, 2018

There aren't that many people riding buses into San Francisco's new $2 billion transbay terminal. At least not when compared to the city's first terminal that opened in 1939. So how will the new transit hub that opened for service this week be differ...Show More
A Lesson in How to Die

13:32 | Aug 13th, 2018

Kelly Johnson’s last days were his final act. He was a Bay Area musician, a dancer, a vaudeville act -- a performer for life. Johnson used the End of Life Option Act that has been legal in California since June 2016. The decision to end one's life ha...Show More
These Fires Break All the Old Rules

12:06 | Aug 10th, 2018

Fire drip torches, dozers, and prevailing winds – just some of the tools firefighters are using to battle the blazes engulfing California. With fires that start earlier in the year, spark up overnight, and are more extreme in their size and speed, fi...Show More
One Bay Area City Preps for More Rent Control; Aaand…It’s Berkeley

10:42 | Aug 8th, 2018

If California voters approve Prop. 10 in November, the debate over rent control will continue. Read more from Guy Marzorati on that debate in the Bay Area.
How the DMV Got Worse

08:53 | Aug 6th, 2018

Waiting at the DMV can be hell, but you gotta go. Over the last year, wait times at Bay Area DMVs increased 48 percent. We take a trip to the DMV (it's more fun than it sounds) and look at what's causing these delays and what's being done to improve ...Show More
Are Democratic Socialists a Thing Now?

12:05 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Some people in the Bay Area paid hundreds of dollars to see a speech by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new liberal Democratic star from New York. She stumped in the Mission to raise money for her Congressional campaign, and also to rally what some are...Show More
How a Schoolteacher’s Letter Led to the Creation of Schulz’s ‘Franklin’ Character

07:31 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week, the first black "Peanuts" cartoon character turns 50, marking the first time that Charlie Brown and Franklin met. It all started with a schoolteacher and mother of three who wrote a letter to Charles Schulz. She encouraged him to let black...Show More
The Conflicted Capitalist: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

09:59 | Jul 30th, 2018

Can big tech companies call themselves progressive? One of Silicon Valley's biggest CEOs says he has identified as progressive. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says he felt conflicted once about whether to charge people to use the company's platform. His ans...Show More
The Orwellian Take on San Francisco’s Informal ‘Caste’ System

11:21 | Jul 27th, 2018

Do you work in tech? Have you bought a home recently? Use Uber? Postmates? And you live in San Francisco? Well then, you might be part of the so-called Outer Party, one of the four informal "castes" in San Francisco that a Wired writer believes makes...Show More
How Bay Area Activists Harness the Power of White Privilege in Border Protests

11:48 | Jul 25th, 2018

No one knows how to run a protest like Bay Area activists. In fact, faith leaders and Black Lives Matter activists from the Bay brought their strategies to the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego to protest family separation at a detention facility for...Show More
Fire Clean-Up Mostly Done, but Now It’s Time to Fix Some Mistakes

11:27 | Jul 23rd, 2018

It cost $1.3 billion for the federal government to clean up after the fires that devastated Northern California last October. Through the process, one worker died, others were injured, and many homeowners still have giant holes where their houses use...Show More
Oakland Is Having a Moment at the Movies

08:41 | Jul 20th, 2018

Oakland is having a moment on the big screen. This weekend Blindspotting will be released, the third movie this year featuring the city that is drawing national attention. It follows the releases of Black Panther and Sorry to Bother You earlier in 20...Show More
A Bay Area Newspaper Publisher Uses the N-Word and Then Steps Down

12:15 | Jul 18th, 2018

A journalist at the East Bay Express wrote about Napa’s BottleRock music festival and criticized it for being by and for white people. Then the paper's publisher took down the stories and used the N-word in a meeting. Today, the story of Express repo...Show More
Raising Sam: A Story of Seizures, Marijuana and American Health Care

16:08 | Jul 16th, 2018

Sam Vogelstein was having as many as 100 seizures a day. His parents tried more than 20 different medications. Then they stumbled on research showing the benefits of a marijuana-based drug. After trying to buy and make the CBD (cannabidiol) drug unde...Show More
East Palo Alto: Bank Desert

12:16 | Jul 12th, 2018

There are no banks in East Palo Alto – a city surrounded by some of the wealthiest communities in the Bay Area. There is one lone ATM, though. We’ll take you there and meet some people who say being ignored by banks is a long-standing problem in this...Show More
Get to Know London Breed, San Francisco’s New Mayor

09:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

Learn more about London Breed and how she became the person and politician she is today by reading Jamilah King's article in Mother Jones.
Is This the Beginning of a Tech Worker Revolution?

09:09 | Jul 10th, 2018

A standing room-only crowd of tech workers from the most iconic Silicon Valley companies met last week in the Mission District of San Francisco. They were there to talk about how to organize against the very companies that're paying their paychecks. ...Show More
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Why Some Oakland Fans Have a Complicated Relationship With the Warriors

11:23 | Jul 5th, 2018

The Golden State Warriors have not always been the golden team. Oakland fans supported the Warriors through decades of losing seasons and rode the high toward three NBA Championships. Now as the team plans to move across the Bay to The City, some peo...Show More
The History of the Oakland Sideshow (via Bay Curious)

11:25 | Jul 4th, 2018

The original sideshows were pop-up parties -- part car show, part block party. They first bubbled up in mall parking lots of Deep East Oakland in the 1980s. Over time the sideshows began to change and the Oakland Police Department began to take notic...Show More
The People Who Work in America’s Most Famous Burrito Shop

08:11 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The lines at La Taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District are long. Business picked up after getting named the No. 1 burrito in the country back in 2014. But some workers say the company wasn’t properly compensating them even before the taqueria g...Show More
Man on the Street: A Story of Homelessness in San Francisco

15:20 | Jun 28th, 2018

Homelessness in Bay Area has become a common sight; one we even try to avoid. When KQED reporter Dan Brekke interviewed one man named Perry Foster, he didn’t think it would lead him on a search for more details about who this person is, his accomplis...Show More
Lake County Hit By Wildfire 4th Straight Year

10:28 | Jun 27th, 2018

More than a thousand people have evacuated their homes because of the Pawnee Fire in Lake County. The wildfire that started Saturday has destroyed at least 22 buildings. It’s a reoccurring nightmare; wildfires have burned through Lake County year aft...Show More
Richmond Asks How It Should Alert Residents in Emergency

10:25 | Jun 26th, 2018

The fire that ignited at the Sims Metal Management scrap yard site in January alarmed a lot of people who live in the city of Richmond. It got them thinking: How do residents get told when there's a big fire or other emergency? The city council meets...Show More
Trump v. California Over Sanctuary Policy

07:35 | Jun 21st, 2018

The Trump administration's fight against sanctuary policies is now being litigated in federal court. The first hearing was Wednesday in Sacramento. And the consequences of the court case affects sanctuary policies, which were pioneered first by the c...Show More
Leaving the Bay Area: Where People Are Going and Why

07:50 | Jun 20th, 2018

A recent survey showed nearly half of Bay Area residents say they'll likely leave the region in a few years. KQED wanted to know where you're going, why and how you feel about that. These are your answers and phone calls. Guest: Tonya Mosley, Seni...Show More
When Oil Refineries Flare, What Happens To The Air?

08:44 | Jun 19th, 2018

On May 5th, 2017 the power went out at the Valero oil refinery in Benicia. Above the refinery, flares blazed and released thick clouds of black smoke. The surrounding areas were evacuated and nearby schools were ordered to shelter-in-place. In the da...Show More
‘Misleading Statements, Otherwise Known as a Lie’

09:46 | Jun 14th, 2018

When ICE raided Northern California cities in February, they arrested more people than they expected. But you wouldn't have known that from the Trump administration's outcry after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the raids ahead of time. How ICE ...Show More
Warriors: ‘They Bounce the Ball in Oakland’

10:17 | Jun 13th, 2018

The Golden State Warriors have not always been the golden team. Oakland fans have supported the Warriors through decades of losing seasons and rode the high toward three NBA Championships. Now as the team plans to move across the bay to The City, som...Show More
‘Money Flows North, the Green Goes South’

10:40 | Jun 12th, 2018

Huedell Freeman was hauling 47 pounds of marijuana from a farm in Mendocino County to a medical dispensary in Los Angeles when two Rohnert Park police officers pulled him over. They took his weed, gave him a citation and let him go. Freeman was never...Show More
San Francisco: 2. Big Tobacco: 0

11:09 | Jun 8th, 2018

Flavored tobacco gets booted out of San Francisco. On Tuesday, voters passed Proposition E with 69 percent of the vote, making the city the first in the nation to pass such a comprehensive ordinance banning all flavored tobacco products from every st...Show More
Total Recall: Judge Aaron Persky Voted Out

09:26 | Jun 7th, 2018

#TBT on The Bay: Sixty percent of voters decided to remove Aaron Persky from his judgeship in Santa Clara County. He's the judge who handed a six-month sentence to former Stanford athlete Brock Turner after Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting...Show More
Inside the KQED Newsroom on Election Night

10:56 | Jun 6th, 2018

Hang out with The Bay team as we wait for results from the June 5 primary. It’s time to eat newsroom pizza and hit the refresh button over and over on all our browser tabs. For updated results, find full coverage at kqed.org/elections. Guests: Guy...Show More
Your Identity, Your Vote

10:23 | Jun 5th, 2018

The three top candidates running for mayor in San Francisco will have the chance to be the city's "first" in some way. But does a candidate's identity sway people's votes? And how does a voter's identity play a role at the polls? We ask these questio...Show More
Fire Inspections Go Undone: An Investigation by the Bay Area News Group

10:07 | Jun 1st, 2018

Many of the Bay Area's largest fire agencies are failing to inspect apartment buildings and schools. An analysis by the Bay Area News Group looked at fire inspection records over an eight-year span and found nearly one quarter of the apartment buildi...Show More
From ‘Just Say No’ to ‘Delay, Delay, Delay’

09:44 | May 31st, 2018

Billboards adorned with giant pot leaves line Bay Area freeways. This can make it hard for parents to ignore that awkward coming of age conversation about drugs. Our health editor, who's also a parent, says drug education is radically different from ...Show More
Waiting For BART in Antioch

06:54 | May 30th, 2018

Antioch has waited decades for a BART station. The city has seen a population boom led by the Bay Area's housing crisis, which has pushed people farther and farther out. Last weekend, BART officially began train service to Antioch. We talk to residen...Show More
Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

11:10 | May 29th, 2018

If you’re voting in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley or San Leandro ... you get three votes! Kind of. Today, we explain how ranked-choice voting works, why some people like it, why some people hate it, and how politicians can win even if they come in...Show More
Reasonable vs. Necessary: What Keeps the S.F. District Attorney From Prosecuting Officers

12:49 | May 25th, 2018

Two deaths by police. Zero charges. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said Thursday that his hands are tied and he won't be prosecuting the officers who killed two men of color in high-profile cases. But he calls the shootings of Mario Wo...Show More
East Bay Candidates Get A Little Woo-Woo

11:19 | May 24th, 2018

District 15 isn’t your normal district. At a forum in Berkeley, East Bay candidates for State Assembly are asked to do something they almost never do on the campaign trail: validate their opponent's point of view. Guest: Guy Marzorati, KQED Politi...Show More
Journalists in Carpools Talking Bridge Tolls

11:33 | May 23rd, 2018

We jump into a stranger's car on the Bay Bridge in the "casual carpool lane" to talk about raising bridge tolls. Our carpool driver and rider join in on a discussion about Regional Measure 3, which voters will decide in the June 5 primary election th...Show More
‘A Severe Inability to Pay’ Criminal Processing Fees in S.F.

08:43 | May 22nd, 2018

The costs of processing crime in San Francisco has left the city’s convicted criminals with millions of dollars in unpaid debt. Many people can’t afford to pay the extra administrative fees that accompany the criminal court fines. The Board of Superv...Show More
Can Cultural Districts in San Francisco Really Stop Gentrification?

10:04 | May 18th, 2018

Calle 24. Japantown. The Leather District. These are all neighborhoods in San Francisco that the city has formally recognized as cultural districts. Not so much for tourism as an attempt to save them from gentrification. But will it work? Guest: C...Show More
Oakland Loses Battle With Developer Phil Tagami Over Coal

06:32 | May 17th, 2018

Oakland has lost a battle with coal. A judge ruled Tuesday to uphold a contract that lets a developer ship coal through an Oakland port. Developer Phil Tagami had sued the city after the council had voted to ban the shipment of coal. Guest: Dan Br...Show More
Hunter’s Point Gets a Hearing at SF City Hall

09:21 | May 16th, 2018

San Francisco supervisors were not happy with answers they got on Monday from the company accused of falsifying soil data at Hunters Point. In recent weeks, we learned two pleaded guilty to faking reports, and there is suspicion about whether the par...Show More
Oakland’s Response to #GrillingWhileBlack: Electric Slide

11:12 | May 15th, 2018

Oakland’s Lake Merritt is supposed to be a public space for everyone. But it doesn't feel that way when white residents complain about the way black residents use the park. So how did people respond when a white woman recently called the cops on two ...Show More
The Toxic Site in Our Backyard

14:56 | May 11th, 2018

For a housing starved San Francisco, Hunters Point might look like a developers dreamland. The area has large plots of land, a waterfront and beautiful vistas. But the land has been making headlines lately with news of pollution, botched tests and ra...Show More
Black Women Who Code and the Culture That Eats Strategy

10:09 | May 10th, 2018

There are few women in tech. There are even fewer women of color in tech, which can be isolating. At a women's mixer in Mountain View for Google partners, two black women connect over their career experiences. They've seen how corporate culture gets ...Show More
What’s So Wrong With Recalling Judges?

09:18 | May 9th, 2018

Judge Aaron Persky is facing a recall election in June after sentencing a former Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman back in 2015. The Santa Clara County Superior Co...Show More
What Does One UC Berkeley Gardener Make?

08:58 | May 8th, 2018

Thousands of University of California union employees are on strike this week amid failed contract negotiations. Among them are gardeners, janitors, nurses aides and food service workers who say the Bay Area's expensive costs demand higher wages. Tod...Show More
Renaming Julius Kahn Playground

13:50 | May 4th, 2018

San Francisco named the Julius Kahn Playground located in the Presidio after the congressman who represented the city in the early 1900s. But his racist past as the politician who disparaged immigrants and advocated for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1...Show More
Fighting For 80 Square Feet In Chinatown

10:19 | May 3rd, 2018

Chinatown is one of the few San Francisco neighborhoods where lower income residents can still afford to make rent. The tenants living in one Single Room Occupancy - where rooms are 80 square feet - are the latest to sue their landlords over what the...Show More
The ABCs of California’s Gig Economy

07:59 | May 2nd, 2018

Working without a boss has its perks. But many gig workers, like those who drive for Uber and Lyft, say they're treated more like employees than contract workers. The California supreme court ruled this week that misclassifying workers as independent...Show More
Can You Find the Cameras Above Street Lights? They See You

10:37 | May 1st, 2018

There are license plate readers all over the Bay Area that law enforcement can use to track vehicles coming in and out of a particular area. Many of these devices have hung above street lights for a few years, but now some East Bay cities are beginni...Show More
Costa Hawkins: The Housing Law That Renters Hate

10:31 | Apr 27th, 2018

The debate over rent control is at a new crossroads. Tenant advocates say they've collected enough signatures to ask voters in November to repeal Costa Hawkins, a state law that curbs rent control polices in some cities. We ask ... what exactly is Co...Show More
Golden State Killer Suspect Is Arrested Near Sacramento

08:16 | Apr 26th, 2018

The so-called Golden State Killer raped more than 50 women and murdered a dozen people. Law enforcement officials said Wednesday that they'd arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, the man suspected of terrorizing parts of the Bay Area, Southern California a...Show More
Teens Get Personal About the Crazy, Rich Bay Area

09:27 | Apr 25th, 2018

What's it like to be a teenager living through the Bay Area's affordability crisis? Today, as part of KQED's Youth Takeover week -- when we hand the mic to the generation that will save us all -- the team asks San Francisco high schoolers about going...Show More
Straws Upon Request

09:13 | Apr 24th, 2018

Some Bay Area cities want plastic straws out. Oakland and Berkeley are both considering ordinances on Tuesday that would force people to request plastic straws at restaurants. How Bay Area is that? Guest: Jeremy Siegel, KQED reporter
The Big (Hayward) One

06:36 | Apr 19th, 2018

The Hayward Fault -- geologists warn this Bay Area fault line that runs through several East Bay cities could unbuckle an earthquake more dangerous, more destructive than the widely-feared San Andreas Fault.  The U.S. Geological Survey released a rep...Show More
NSFSchool

12:07 | Apr 18th, 2018

Some parents in Fremont don’t want comprehensive sex ed to be taught to their fourth and fifth graders in schools. They’ve flooded school board meetings to say the curriculum does not respect their parental and cultural choices around sex. Guest: San...Show More
Silicon Valley Meets Motor City

08:35 | Apr 17th, 2018

Long hours, lots of injuries: That’s the story some Tesla workers tell about a factory in Fremont. Elon Musk’s electric car company says it’s fixed its problem and improved worker safety. But a new story by Reveal from The Center For Investigative Re...Show More
Locked Out

08:32 | Apr 13th, 2018

Buying a house while black or brown is tough, especially in Vallejo. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that white people are more likely than black people to be approved for a conventional home loan when all else is equal -- 50...Show More
Where Were You Last Time?

08:47 | Apr 12th, 2018

A San Francisco doctor grabbed headlines right after the YouTube shooting last week. Trauma surgeon Andre Campbell took the press to task for showing up that day but not for other shootings in the community. Guest: Laura Klivans, KQED heath reporter ...Show More
Scoot Scoot

09:17 | Apr 11th, 2018

First came dockless bikes. Now -- scooters. These zippy, motorized, human transporters have descended upon San Francisco sidewalks. Local politicians (and some residents) seem annoyed enough to want to regulate them. Guest: Dan Brekke, KQED transp...Show More
Black Mirror IRL

08:25 | Apr 10th, 2018

I know your name. Your face. The way you walk. And what you like. But should I? While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington D.C. this week, we turn to some Stanford professors and students who are creating an ethics course for computer...Show More
The Real of Hip Hop

10:12 | Apr 6th, 2018

How has the Bay Area shaped and defined hip hop? A new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California looks at the legacy of the music and culture. We take a field trip to the museum, then cross the Bay Bridge to meet an emerging rapper from Bayview-Hun...Show More
Coal Dust

09:25 | Apr 5th, 2018

Oakland has banned coal from being shipped through its East Bay port. But well-known (and well-connected) developer Phil Tagami says he has the right to export what he wants. A federal judge could decide who wins soon. Guest: Darwin BondGraham, staff...Show More
Active Shooter

09:22 | Apr 4th, 2018

On Tuesday afternoon there were reports of an active shooter on the campus of YouTube in San Bruno. In the moments after a potential mass shooting it can be hard to know what has happened, even as first responders, witnesses, and journalists scramble...Show More
Sanctuary Loophole

10:47 | Apr 3rd, 2018

It’s now easier for ICE to arrest immigrants in Contra Costa County. The sheriff’s office is making public the names and release dates of inmates inside their jails. Some suspect this new policy has to do with the 27 women who’ve claimed abuses in th...Show More
‘Righteous Black Rage’

15:01 | Mar 30th, 2018

Stephon Clark. Family, friends and the Sacramento community buried the 22 year-old who was shot at at least 20 times by police. We talk to one Bay Area activist before she headed to Sacramento on the day of his funeral. Guest: Cat Brooks, co-founder ...Show More
Section 149

09:01 | Mar 29th, 2018

The Raiders and Warriors are leaving Oakland. But the A’s say they’re committed to staying. The team is choosing between two locations for a new stadium. We talk to a reporter who happens to be a superfan. Guest: Nina Thorsen, KQED producer Subscribe...Show More
For Sale (But Not For You)

08:41 | Mar 28th, 2018

Buying a home in the Bay sucks. That's why Sally Kuchar is tweeting about it. And her message has gone viral. Here's her story. Guest: Sally Kuchar, editor for Curbed, @sallykuchar
Out of the Fire & Into the Street

09:55 | Mar 27th, 2018

A year ago today, a West Oakland fire killed four people, displaced dozens and destroyed a halfway house that was the very last housing option for people living there. We follow one man’s story who went from tenant to tent. Guest: Matthias Gafni, ...Show More
The Judge Who Wanted To Be Atticus Finch

14:16 | Mar 23rd, 2018

A San Francisco judge wearing a space tie (yes, outer space) is setting the tone for future climate change court battles. But who is he? We learn about Judge William Alsup. Guests: Sarah Jeong, senior writer for The Verge and Molly Peterson, KQED ...Show More
Sans Driver

09:55 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Cars without humans are coming. On April 2, California will allow tech companies to test driverless cars that don't have people behind the steering wheel. Should the Bay Area be concerned? Guest: Aarian Marshall, Wired transportation staff writer
Smash and Grab

10:02 | Mar 21st, 2018

San Francisco's got a problem with car break-ins. Police have been trying to solve it and the first month of the year is looking good. But the city has a lot more work to do. Today, we hand it off to Bay Curious, KQED's podcast that answers your ques...Show More
We Reserve The Right

08:56 | Mar 20th, 2018

An Oakland coffee shop that refuses to serve uniformed police officers attracts pro-Trump protesters. Coffee shops are often seen as symbols of gentrification. This one is trying not to be that. Guest: Janelle Bitker, East Bay Express staff writer
A Taser For Every Cop

07:35 | Mar 16th, 2018

San Francisco is one of the last major U.S. cities to arm police officers with Tasers. The city’s Police Commission approved a Taser policy on Wednesday. The fight over this weapon has been ongoing for more than a decade. What happened? Guest: Ale...Show More
‘Not Scared of Guns Anymore’

08:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

What if you saw gun violence all the time? Some Bay Area students do. We check in with high schoolers in Oakland where shootings are common, as other students around the country walkout to protest gun control. Guest: Vanessa Rancano, KQED educatio...Show More
Eight Stories Tall

08:55 | Mar 14th, 2018

The housing bill that could remake Bay Area neighborhoods. SB 827 would make it easier to build higher near transit. It pits city versus state. We break it down from North Berkeley BART. Guest: Bay Area News Group transportation reporter Erin Bald...Show More
Invisible Scars

09:25 | Mar 13th, 2018

Combat veterans fight invisible but very real battles at the Pathway Home in Yountville. We talk to a reporter who visited the facility months before last Friday’s deadly shooting to see how veterans struggle with the hidden scars of PTSD. Guest: ...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: A ‘Vulture’ in the Newsroom

06:17 | Mar 10th, 2018

Journalists cover protests. They don't organize them. So it's rare when they pick a side. That's what a group of Bay Area journalists did this week, to protest the gutting of their newsroom by the "secretive, vulture" hedge fund that owns them. Gu...Show More
‘No Fire Engines Here’

10:27 | Mar 9th, 2018

Delayed evacuations, communication gaps, the North Bay on fire. KQED investigated emergency alerts during the North Bay fires. Today, we trace the first eight hours of October 8. Guest: KQED News reporter Sukey Lewis. Sukey reported this story wit...Show More
How DARE You

07:48 | Mar 8th, 2018

The U.S. attorney general calls out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf after filing a lawsuit against California over its sanctuary state laws. During a speech in Sacramento, Jeff Sessions targeted The Town, specifically. Today, how Oakland became a defender...Show More
A Lesson in How to Protest Guns

07:31 | Mar 7th, 2018

One Bay Area school is preparing students to join a national movement for stricter gun laws following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We’ll take you inside a San Francisco classroom where students and teachers talk tactics for next week’s n...Show More
What Happens After An ICE Arrest

09:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

Immigration officials made mass arrests of hundreds of undocumented Bay Area residents last week. Today, we’ll walk you through an ICE arrest and what happens next.
Two Types of Homeless

10:02 | Feb 27th, 2018

The Tubbs Fire in the North Bay created a whole new group of homelessness in Santa Rosa. Since October, those who lost their homes have received most of the attention but many people were already living on the streets. Guest: Jennielynn Holmes, Di...Show More