The Bay

181 EpisodesProduced by KQED

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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Apple Gets A Cool Image, What Do Artists Get?

March 22nd, 2019

11:58

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 …

A Parking Spot for the Homeless: Oakland Churches Open Their Lots

March 20th, 2019

9:09

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 …

Corporate Influence on the Bay Area’s Music Scene

March 18th, 2019

9:37

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 …

What Bay Area Students Think About the #CollegeAdmissionScandal

March 15th, 2019

11:04

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 …

Berkeley’s ‘Welcome’ Signs Acknowledge Ohlone Land and the Bay Area’s Original People

March 13th, 2019

15:27

Berkeley unveiled new city limit signs this week that say “Welcome to the City of Berkeley – Ohlone Territory.” Colonizers have wiped away much …

NIMBY. YIMBY. Now PHIMBY? The Housing Debate’s Newest Slogan

March 11th, 2019

13:05

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 …

No Charges For Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark. Will There Ever Be?

March 8th, 2019

14:01

People are outraged that two Sacramento police officers will not face criminal charges for killing 22-year old Stephon Clark last year, an unarmed …

It’s The Bay’s One-Year Anniversary!

March 6th, 2019

8:24

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 …

Oakland Teachers Strike Ends, But Not Everyone Is Happy

March 4th, 2019

15:17

In the Bay Area, Deadly Heat Waves Are For Real

March 1st, 2019

12:15

Three Taser-Related Deaths and San Mateo Activists Demand Changes

February 27th, 2019

14:34

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 …

‘Unwavering Belief in Justice’: San Francisco’s Public Defender Jeff Adachi Dies

February 25th, 2019

12:47

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 …

Empty Halls and Picket Lines: Oakland Teachers Strike

February 22nd, 2019

10:39

It’s Day 1 of the Oakland Unified school teacher strike. Teachers, parents and students began picketing Thursday for more pay, support, and smaller …

Skimming Off the Tips: InstaCart Changes Its Tipping and Pay for App Shoppers

February 20th, 2019

8:54

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 …

Can PG&E Be Trusted to Not Start a Fire This Summer?

February 15th, 2019

13:37

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 …

Meth on Monday, Heroin on Friday: San Francisco Sees A New Drug Wave

February 13th, 2019

11:28

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 …

#10YearChallenge: What Has Changed in the Bay Area?

February 11th, 2019

11:18

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 …

No More Ridin’ the Rails at 4 A.M. — BART Ends Early-Morning Service

February 8th, 2019

12:32

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 …

Hyphy Music Legend Keak Da Sneak Says Prisons ‘Have No Compassion’ For Disabilities

February 6th, 2019

14:00

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 …

A Teen’s Fight to Save TPS for Her Family

February 4th, 2019

12:35

High school freshman Crista Ramos had no idea her mom was living under Temporary Protected Status, a federal humanitarian program that allows about …

How the Camp Fire Made Chico’s Housing Problem Even Worse

February 1st, 2019

8:51

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 …

Oakland Unified’s Hella Hard Week Dealing With School Closures

January 30th, 2019

15:11

Bye, Bye Vinnee and Good Luck!

January 28th, 2019

12:52

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 …

How S.F. Helped Make Kamala Harris

January 25th, 2019

12:48

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 …

CASA and the Push for a Regional Housing Solution

January 23rd, 2019

11:46

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 …

Can Gavin Newsom Broker a Deal Between Gig Workers, Tech and Unions?

January 18th, 2019

10:31

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 …

PG&E’s Road to Bankruptcy

January 16th, 2019

16:32

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 …

Big Oil, Small Town: Valero’s Election Influence in Benicia’s Politics

January 14th, 2019

12:10

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 …

How Housing Prices Are Hurting Salinas Schoolkids

January 11th, 2019

13:58

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 …

Documents Show Fired Police Officer Asked for Sex From Woman He Arrested

January 9th, 2019

10:58

The San Mateo County district attorney is looking to reopen an investigation against a fired Burlingame police officer. The cop was accused by three …

Why S.F. Chronicle’s New Food Critic Is Focusing on Race and Identity

January 7th, 2019

14:54

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 …

Bay Area Leading Fight to Make Police Records Public

January 4th, 2019

14:14

Getting access to police records has never been easy. Especially when the records involve allegations of police wrongdoing. A new California law – SB …

Happy New Year! From The Bay

January 2nd, 2019

8:47

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 …

Oscar Grant: A Killing That Changed How We View Police Shootings

December 31st, 2018

19:37

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 …

New Bay Area Bridge Tolls Begin Jan. 1. Here’s What That Means

December 28th, 2018

11:38

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 …

Remember Oakland’s Response to #GrillingWhileBlack? Electric Slide

December 26th, 2018

11:15

#WhileBlack was a popular hashtag in 2018. This year we watched several videos on social media that included white people harassing black people …

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is What A Lot of People Have Been Waiting For in 2018

December 24th, 2018

12:14

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 …

Who Created the Bay Area’s Mess? One Urban Planner’s Argument

December 21st, 2018

10:48

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 …

Two Years Later, Still No Answers for Mission District Double Killing

December 19th, 2018

14:06

In December 2016, Lindsay McCollum and Eddie “Tennessee” Tate were shot and killed in San Francisco’s Mission District. The two were homeless and …

What Electric Scooters and Shopping Carts May Soon Have in Common

December 17th, 2018

10:14

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 …

Oakland Parents Want ‘Opportunity Tickets’ If Schools Close

December 14th, 2018

9:46

‘No Section 8’

December 12th, 2018

8:30

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 …

Waiting in Pinole: A Mother’s and Son’s Migrant Caravan Journey to the Bay Area

December 10th, 2018

18:44

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 …

Homes on Top of Buses

December 7th, 2018

9:42

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 …

SB 827 Revived: A Failed Housing Bill Gets a Second Try

December 5th, 2018

11:32

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 …

A $220 Million Google ‘Village’ in the Bay Area’s Largest City

December 3rd, 2018

10:10

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 …

Homelessness in San Francisco: ‘It Doesn’t Take Miracles … It Takes Money’

November 30th, 2018

9:56

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 …

Homeless Oaklanders Take Over City-Owned Lot

November 28th, 2018

11:05

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. …

‘You Got To Give Them Hope,’ Harvey Milk’s Lasting Words, 40 Years Later

November 26th, 2018

11:01

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 …

Waiting in the Rain: What Paradise Fire Victims Need In Addition to Shelter

November 21st, 2018

15:03

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, …

What Silicon Valley Could Lose If Trump Revokes H-1B Spousal Work Visas

November 19th, 2018

12:31

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 …

Trauma Before and After the Camp Fire

November 16th, 2018

15:43

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 …

Paradise Prepared for Fire — But It Wasn’t Enough

November 14th, 2018

11:17

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 …

For Here or To Go? The Rise of Food Delivery Apps in SF

November 12th, 2018

10:57

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 …

Bay Curious: How Do You Define the “Bay Area?”

November 9th, 2018

9:30

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 …

Bay Voters Bring Outrage and Hope to Midterms

November 7th, 2018

12:11

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 …

Voters Love School Bonds. But Should They?

November 5th, 2018

13:03

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 …

Google Employees Say ‘Time’s Up’ for the Patriarchy

November 2nd, 2018

9:07

Silicon Valley Is Trying To Prevent Hate Speech. Is It Working?

October 31st, 2018

13:43

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 …

How Much Do You Get Paid? *Crickets*

October 29th, 2018

10:07

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 …

A Building Burns. Oakland Suspects Arson.

October 26th, 2018

9:13

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 …

Priest Abuse and an Exorcism: One Santa Clara Woman’s Story

October 24th, 2018

10:21

We don’t often hear about priests abusing their adult parishioners. As advocates renew calls for accountability for priests accused of abusing …

Should S.F.’s Big Businesses Be Taxed to Pay for Homelessness?

October 22nd, 2018

10:40

A Raised Arm and a Clenched Fist at the 1968 Olympics

October 19th, 2018

11:20

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 …

Who Has Power and Who Doesn’t: Changes at PG&E

October 17th, 2018

8:06

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 …

Fighting Homelessness in Oakland, One Vacant Lot at a Time

October 15th, 2018

11:41

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 …

Should We Rebuild Where Fire Could Happen Again?

October 12th, 2018

12:00

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 …

Struggling to Return Home After the Fire

October 10th, 2018

10:39

Kayla Swaim lived in Coffey Park, the Santa Rosa neighborhood that was destroyed a year ago in the Tubbs Fire. She lost everything, including her sense of safety. It’s been a year of rebuilding. She has since gotten …

Proposition 5: Extending Tax Breaks for Homeowners

October 8th, 2018

11:18

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 …

Live Event: The Bay Interviews Pulitzer-Winning Fire Reporters

October 5th, 2018

16:35

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 …

One Crack Too Many for SF’s Salesforce Transit Center

October 3rd, 2018

13:07

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 …

Yosemiteland! El Capitan With a Latte

October 1st, 2018

9:35

‘I Believed He Was Going to Rape Me:’ The Hearing That Gripped the Bay Area

September 28th, 2018

9:59

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 …

Judge To Decide Whether Mario Woods Civil Case Moves Ahead

September 26th, 2018

12:31

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 …

From $250,000 to $0: Taxi Medallions in S.F.

September 24th, 2018

12:16

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 …

How the SF Schools ‘Lottery’ Failed

September 21st, 2018

9:38

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 …

Can Oakland Out-Regulate S.F. on Scooters?

September 19th, 2018

8:04

A Dark History of Silicon Valley

September 17th, 2018

9:36

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 …

Are Electric Cars Too Uncool?

September 14th, 2018

9:08

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, …

Yoga and #MeToo: ‘I Trusted Yoga, So I Trusted Him.’

September 12th, 2018

12:50

Imagine attending a yoga class and finding yourself in a situation where your instructor has violated your personal space by sexually abusing you. …

The Whitening and Erasure of the Asian-American Identity

September 10th, 2018

12:14

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 …

The Bay’s 100th Episode. What?!

September 7th, 2018

10:01

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 …

The Drug With No Street Name: Fentanyl

September 5th, 2018

12:31

Fentanyl is partly to blame for a rise in *drug* overdose deaths, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control report. Officials say the …

Bay Area Women Candidates and ‘The Long Run’ For Political Office

September 3rd, 2018

11:49

Trump may have been the catalyst for some California women seeking political office, but their campaigns are driven by local issues. The KQED special …

Bay Curious: Hetch Hetchy Water’s Epic Journey, From Mountains to Tap

August 31st, 2018

9:49

MindShift: Can Inviting Teachers Over to Your Home Improve How Kids Learn?

August 29th, 2018

13:33

Q’ed Up: The West Oakland Teacher Everyone Knows

August 27th, 2018

7:35

LuPaulette Taylor has worked for decades at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. McClymonds is a school where only around 15 percent of teachers …

Verizon Squeezes the Internet Hose on Firefighters During Mendocino Fire

August 24th, 2018

9:19

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 …

‘Cover the Important Bits’: Alameda Schools Change Their Dress Code

August 22nd, 2018

10:19

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 …

Fight for Water Makes Strange Bedfellows: Farmers…and San Francisco

August 20th, 2018

8:16

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 …

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is What A Lot of People Have Been Waiting For

August 17th, 2018

11:03

Mansions. A multimillion-dollar wedding. Sexy characters in swank settings. The release of Crazy Rich Asians is a cultural event onscreen and off. …

Back to the Future: SF’s New Transbay Terminal

August 15th, 2018

10:13

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 …

A Lesson in How to Die

August 13th, 2018

13:32

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 law in California since June 2016. The …

These Fires Break All the Old Rules

August 10th, 2018

12:06

Fire drip torches, dozers, and prevailing winds – just some of the tools firefighters are using to battle the blazes engulfing California. With fires …

One Bay Area City Preps for More Rent Control; Aaand…It’s Berkeley

August 8th, 2018

10:42

California voters are going to make the biggest rent control decision ever in November. If Proposition 10 is approved, it would repeal a law known as …

How the DMV Got Worse

August 6th, 2018

8:53

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 …

Are Democratic Socialists a Thing Now?

August 3rd, 2018

12:05

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 …

How a Schoolteacher’s Letter Led to the Creation of Schulz’s ‘Franklin’ Character

August 1st, 2018

7:31

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 …

The Conflicted Capitalist: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

July 30th, 2018

9:59

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 Orwellian Take on San Francisco’s Informal ‘Caste’ System

July 27th, 2018

11:21

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 …

How Bay Area Activists Harness the Power of White Privilege in Border Protests

July 25th, 2018

11:48

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 …

Fire Clean-Up Mostly Done, but Now It’s Time to Fix Some Mistakes

July 23rd, 2018

11:27

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 …

Oakland Is Having a Moment at the Movies

July 20th, 2018

8:41

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 …

A Bay Area Newspaper Publisher Uses the N-Word and Then Steps Down

July 18th, 2018

12:15

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. …

Raising Sam: A Story of Seizures, Marijuana and American Health Care

July 16th, 2018

16:08

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 …

East Palo Alto: Bank Desert

July 12th, 2018

12:16

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 …

Get to Know London Breed, San Francisco’s New Mayor

July 11th, 2018

9:59

When Ed Lee died on Dec. 12, 2017, London Breed was suddenly thrust into acting as San Francisco’s mayor. Six weeks later, she was booted from that …

Is This the Beginning of a Tech Worker Revolution?

July 10th, 2018

9:09

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 …

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Why Some Oakland Fans Have a Complicated Relationship With the Warriors

July 5th, 2018

11:23

The Golden State Warriors have not always been the golden team. Oakland fans supported the Warriors through decades of losing seasons and rode the …

The History of the Oakland Sideshow (via Bay Curious)

July 4th, 2018

11:25

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 …

The People Who Work in America’s Most Famous Burrito Shop

July 3rd, 2018

8:11

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 …

Man on the Street: A Story of Homelessness in San Francisco

June 28th, 2018

15:20

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, …

Lake County Hit By Wildfire 4th Straight Year

June 27th, 2018

10:28

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 …

Richmond Asks How It Should Alert Residents in Emergency

June 26th, 2018

10:25

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 …

Trump v. California Over Sanctuary Policy

June 21st, 2018

7:35

The Trump administration’s fight against sanctuary policies is now being litigated in federal court. The first hearing was Wednesday in Sacramento. …

Leaving the Bay Area: Where People Are Going and Why

June 20th, 2018

7:50

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 …

When Oil Refineries Flare, What Happens To The Air?

June 19th, 2018

8:44

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 …

‘Misleading Statements, Otherwise Known as a Lie’

June 14th, 2018

9:46

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 …

Warriors: ‘They Bounce the Ball in Oakland’

June 13th, 2018

10:17

The Golden State Warriors have not always been the golden team. Oakland fans have supported the Warriors through decades of losing seasons and rode …

‘Money Flows North, the Green Goes South’

June 12th, 2018

10:40

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 …

San Francisco: 2. Big Tobacco: 0

June 8th, 2018

11:09

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 …

Total Recall: Judge Aaron Persky Voted Out

June 7th, 2018

9:26

#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 …

Inside the KQED Newsroom on Election Night

June 6th, 2018

10:56

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 …

Your Identity, Your Vote

June 5th, 2018

10:23

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 …

Fire Inspections Go Undone: An Investigation by the Bay Area News Group

June 1st, 2018

10:07

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 …

From ‘Just Say No’ to ‘Delay, Delay, Delay’

May 31st, 2018

9:44

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 …

Waiting For BART in Antioch

May 30th, 2018

6:54

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 …

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

May 29th, 2018

11:10

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, …

Reasonable vs. Necessary: What Keeps the S.F. District Attorney From Prosecuting Officers

May 25th, 2018

12:49

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 …

East Bay Candidates Get A Little Woo-Woo

May 24th, 2018

11:19

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.

Journalists in Carpools Talking Bridge Tolls

May 23rd, 2018

11:33

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 …

‘A Severe Inability to Pay’ Criminal Processing Fees in S.F.

May 22nd, 2018

8:43

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 …

Can Cultural Districts in San Francisco Really Stop Gentrification?

May 18th, 2018

10:04

Calle 24. Japantown. The Leather District. These are all neighborhoods in San Francisco that the city has formally recognized as cultural districts. …

Oakland Loses Battle With Developer Phil Tagami Over Coal

May 17th, 2018

6:32

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 …

Hunter’s Point Gets a Hearing at SF City Hall

May 16th, 2018

9:21

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 …

Oakland’s Response to #GrillingWhileBlack: Electric Slide

May 15th, 2018

11:12

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 …

The Toxic Site in Our Backyard

May 11th, 2018

14:56

For a housing starved San Francisco, Hunters Point might look like a developers dreamland. The area has large plots of land, a waterfront and …

Black Women Who Code and the Culture That Eats Strategy

May 10th, 2018

10:09

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 …

What’s So Wrong With Recalling Judges?

May 9th, 2018

9:18

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 …

What Does One UC Berkeley Gardener Make?

May 8th, 2018

8:58

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 …

Renaming Julius Kahn Playground

May 4th, 2018

13:50

San Francisco named the Julius Kahn Playground located in the Presidio after the congressman who represented the city in the early 1900s. But his …

Fighting For 80 Square Feet In Chinatown

May 3rd, 2018

10:19

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 …

The ABCs of California’s Gig Economy

May 2nd, 2018

7:59

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 …

Can You Find the Cameras Above Street Lights? They See You

May 1st, 2018

10:37

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 …

Costa Hawkins: The Housing Law That Renters Hate

April 27th, 2018

10:31

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 …

Golden State Killer Suspect Is Arrested Near Sacramento

April 26th, 2018

8:16

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 …

Teens Get Personal About the Crazy, Rich Bay Area

April 25th, 2018

9:27

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 …

Straws Upon Request

April 24th, 2018

9:13

Some Bay Area cities want plastic straws out. Oakland and Berkeley are both considering ordinances on Tuesday that would force people to request …

BONUS EPISODE: Elmwood Cafe Closes

April 21st, 2018

6:20

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 …

Race and Coffee

April 20th, 2018

10:44

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 …

The Big (Hayward) One

April 19th, 2018

6:36

The Hayward Fault — geologists warn this Bay Area fault line that runs through several East Bay cities could unbuckle an earthquake more dangerous, …

NSFSchool

April 18th, 2018

12:07

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 …

Silicon Valley Meets Motor City

April 17th, 2018

8:35

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 …

Locked Out

April 13th, 2018

8:32

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 …

Where Were You Last Time?

April 12th, 2018

8:47

Scoot Scoot

April 11th, 2018

9:17

First came dockless bikes. Now — scooters. These zippy, motorized, human transporters have descended upon San Francisco sidewalks. Local politicians …

Black Mirror IRL

April 10th, 2018

8:25

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 …

The Real of Hip Hop

April 6th, 2018

10:12

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 …

Coal Dust

April 5th, 2018

9:25

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 …

Active Shooter

April 4th, 2018

9:22

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, …

Sanctuary Loophole

April 3rd, 2018

10:47

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 …

‘Righteous Black Rage’

March 30th, 2018

15:01

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 …

Section 149

March 29th, 2018

9:01

For Sale (But Not For You)

March 28th, 2018

8:41

Out of the Fire & Into the Street

March 27th, 2018

9:55

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 …

The Judge Who Wanted To Be Atticus Finch

March 23rd, 2018

14:16

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 …

Sans Driver

March 22nd, 2018

9:55

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 …

Smash and Grab

March 21st, 2018

10:02

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 …

We Reserve The Right

March 20th, 2018

8:56

An Oakland coffee shop that refuses to serve uniformed police officers attracts pro-Trump protesters. Coffee shops are often seen as symbols of …

A Taser For Every Cop

March 16th, 2018

7:35

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 …

‘Not Scared of Guns Anymore’

March 15th, 2018

8:55

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 …

Eight Stories Tall

March 14th, 2018

8:55

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 …

Invisible Scars

March 13th, 2018

9:25

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 …

BONUS EPISODE: A ‘Vulture’ in the Newsroom

March 10th, 2018

6:17

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, …

‘No Fire Engines Here’

March 9th, 2018

10:27

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. …

How DARE You

March 8th, 2018

7:48

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. …

A Lesson in How to Protest Guns

March 7th, 2018

7:31

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 …

What Happens After An ICE Arrest

March 6th, 2018

9:00

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.

Guests: Alex Emslie, KQED criminal justice reporter …

Two Types of Homeless

February 27th, 2018

10:02

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 …

Death of the Taxi Cab

February 21st, 2018

7:17

The San Francisco taxi driver is going extinct. And it seems nothing cab companies try is enough to survive the competition of app-based ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The recent suicide of a driver in New …

Introducing The Bay

February 17th, 2018

2:04
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