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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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Housing is Healthcare: One Doctor’s Prescription for Solving Homelessness

September 18th, 2019


President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited the Bay Area on Tuesday. Trump attended a fundraiser but made time to call attention to the state’s housing and homeless crisis. Carson toured a public housing …

Living With Parents (Cause the Rent is Too Dang High)

September 16th, 2019


In California, living with parents has become necessary for many young adults trying to save money on rent. Around 37 percent of young people ages 18 …

The Gig is Up: Lawmakers Pass AB 5 to Protect Gig Workers

September 13th, 2019


Tech companies like Lyft and Uber have introduced America to a new way of working. They’ve touted a flexible, be-your-own boss work model — though without benefits or worker protections. This week, California lawmakers …

Out of the Blocks Takes Us On A Listening Tour Through West Oakland

September 11th, 2019


Heritage and gentrification intersect in West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms neighborhood. That’s the historical headquarters of the

Black Panther Party, and the last train stop in the East Bay before San Francisco. The …

The Conception Had An Excellent Reputation. One Bay Area Diver Asks ‘What Happened?’

September 9th, 2019


The tragedy of the Conception boat fire off the Santa Barbara coast has rippled throughout the diving community. Several of the 34 people who died on Labor Day were from the Bay Area. The boat and Truth Aquatics …

‘I’m in Shock’: What the Ghost Ship Verdict Means to Those Who Survived

September 6th, 2019


The Ghost Ship trial is over, for now. The jury acquitted Max Harris, one of the two men accused of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the 2016 …

Local Officials Calling to Bring Home SF Activist Shot in Philippines

September 4th, 2019


San Francisco Supervisors Matt Haney and Gordon Mar introduced a resolution Tuesday supporting the immediate evacuation of a San Francisco activist …

‘There’s a Lot of Mistrust and Fear on Both Sides.’ Vallejo Residents React to Police Violence

August 30th, 2019


Police violence can have a rippling effect in a community. Not only does it touch the families of people shot and killed by police, but also the …

My Kid Has Anxiety. Can Their Schools Help?

August 28th, 2019


Brianna Sedillo is a student at El Cerrito High School in the East Bay. After her grandfather passed away, the pressures of high school intensified …

The Oakland Property Owners Who Chose Ethics Over Money

August 26th, 2019


When the Cabellos listed their Oakland property for sale, they got offers from developers and corporate businesses. The property sits in the gentrified Temescal neighborhood, which is part of the reason they closed …

How Did Things Get So Bad Between Vallejo and Its Police?

August 23rd, 2019


Vallejo police officers have shot and killed 21 people since 2005, and residents and families of those victims have returned to City Hall repeatedly …

One Night, Two Narratives

August 21st, 2019


The recent wave of protests for police accountability in Vallejo started back in 2017. That’s when Angel Ramos, 21, was fatally shot by an officer …

The Life and Death of Willie McCoy

August 19th, 2019


Before Willie McCoy became the latest name behind a police accountability movement in Vallejo, he was a rising young rapper who made music that was, …

There’s Something Wrong in Vallejo

August 16th, 2019


In February, Vallejo police officers shot a young black man 55 times after he was found unconscious in his car. Another was killed last year after an …

Bay Area Filipinos Stand Up For Activist Shot in the Philippines

August 14th, 2019


A San Francisco native was shot in the Philippines earlier this month in what friends and family believe was an attempted extrajudicial assassination by the Philippine government. Brandon Lee became an activist through …

The Long, Hard Search for a Missing and Homeless Loved One

August 12th, 2019


More than 34,000 people are homeless in the Bay Area, according to this year’s annual point-in-time count. There’s not enough housing or resources to help them all. Some have friends or family who have been searching …

From El Paso to the Bay: Latinos Look for Community After Shootings

August 9th, 2019


Latinos this week have expressed fear, anger and unity after a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The suspect wrote a racist manifesto blaming immigrants and Hispanics for economic changes …

Young People Fighting For Gun Control Want to Know: What Will It Take?

August 7th, 2019


The three victims from the Gilroy Garlic Festival were young — ages 6, 13 and 25. Many of the victims from the shootings in El Paso and Dayton were …

When The Media Descended On Gilroy

August 5th, 2019


After the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28,  a local newspaper photographer criticized how media quickly descended on the small city …

Banning RV Life in the Heart of Silicon Valley

June 28th, 2019


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 …

How Gay Activists in San Francisco Educated the World About AIDS

June 26th, 2019


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 …

A Mural That Doesn’t Age Well: The Debate Over the George Washington Murals in S.F.

June 24th, 2019


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 …

A Migrant’s Journey from El Salvador to the Bay Area

June 21st, 2019


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 …

The Woman Who Kept Juneteenth Alive in San Francisco

June 19th, 2019


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 …

The Price of Owning the Power Grid

June 17th, 2019


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 …

From Quentin to the Kitchen: Preparing for Life After Prison in the Bay Area

June 14th, 2019


Formerly incarcerated people who can’t find work within the first year of their release face a 52 percent chance of returning to prison. Those who do find work have a better chance of staying out.

“Coming out, it’s kind …

Why San Francisco Wants to Stop Charging Inmates for Phone Calls

June 12th, 2019


The cost of going to jail 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 …

A ‘Surreal’ and Emotional Graduation for Paradise High

June 10th, 2019


“Surreal” is the word Paradise High School seniors used over and over again to describe their graduation months after the deadly Camp Fire that …

Teachers Strike Close to Graduation Leaves Students in Limbo

June 7th, 2019


The New Haven Teachers Association rejected an offer Thursday from district leaders hoping to put an end to a 14-day teachers strike at the East Bay …

The Exploitation of Creative People and Their Passions

June 5th, 2019


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 …

Mental Healthcare for All?

June 3rd, 2019


It’s not uncommon to see people struggling with mental health in San Francisco. People experiencing the trauma of homelessness often have their worst …

The New Resistance to Vallejo Police Violence

May 31st, 2019


This month, Vallejo Police released body camera footage from the February 2018 shooting death of Ronnell Foster. Vallejo police fatally shot Foster …

A Prescription Your Doctor Can’t Write: Housing as Health Care

May 29th, 2019


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 unsafe and unhealthy.

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City …

Why We Need ‘Truth Be Told’: A New KQED Advice Podcast About Race for People of Color

May 24th, 2019


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 …

Why San Jose Ain’t San Jose Without the Sharks

May 22nd, 2019


So much has changed in San Jose since the Sharks first came to the city in 1993. Its population has spiked to more than 1 million, the median home …

Why Is My Restaurant Server Always White?

May 20th, 2019


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, …

PG&E Blamed For Sparking Deadly Camp Fire. Now What?

May 17th, 2019


It’s confirmed: A PG&E transmission line sparked the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history last November in Butte County. Cal …

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

May 15th, 2019


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 …

Would You Stop Driving Through Downtown San Francisco if You Had to Pay to Do It?

May 13th, 2019


Driving through downtown San Francisco has always been hell (good luck getting across Market Street). Traffic has gotten worse with job growth and …

Should SF’s Chinatown Muni Station Be Named After Rose Pak?

May 10th, 2019


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 …

In Silicon Valley, the Color of Your Badge Is A Status Symbol

May 8th, 2019


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 …

Oakland Ghost Ship Trial: What We Learned From Opening Statements

May 6th, 2019


A new narrative surfaced about what could have caused the deadly Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 that killed 36 people. Defense attorneys have …

Why Are There No Filipina Disney Princesses? #YouthTakeoverKQED

May 3rd, 2019


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 …

Basically, Nothing in the Bay Area is Affordable to Someone Making $64,000

May 1st, 2019


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 …

The Bay Live: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

April 29th, 2019


High rent. Long commutes. Expensive food. Childcare. Sea level rise. Gentrification. These are just some of the challenges of living in the Bay Area. …

Why You Can’t Talk About Food Without Talking About Identity, According To S.F. Food Critic Soleil Ho

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Report Validates Women’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against S.F. Yoga Guru

April 24th, 2019


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 …

#Rightnowish: KQED’s Newest Show Spotlights Artists With a Message

April 19th, 2019


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 …

Will High-Speed Rail Ever Make It to the Bay Area?

April 17th, 2019


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 …

The Fight Over Building a Homeless Navigation Center on San Francisco’s Embarcadero

April 15th, 2019


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 …

How Screwed is the Bay Area Because of Tech IPOs?

April 12th, 2019


First it was Lyft. Next is Pinterest. Eventually, Uber, Slack, Airbnb and Postmates. All these tech companies are expected to go public this year. …

Does East Bay Presidential Candidate Eric Swalwell Stand a Chance?

April 10th, 2019


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 …

Watching Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier Die

April 8th, 2019


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 …

It’s Baaack! Controversial Housing Bill SB 50 Passes First Test

April 5th, 2019


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 …

SF’s Transgender Nightclub Closes: ‘If Divas Wasn’t There, I Wouldn’t Be Here’

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

These Are the Bays of Our Lives

April 1st, 2019


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 …

It’s Expensive to Keep Juvenile Detention Centers Open, Especially When They’re Nearly Empty

March 29th, 2019


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 …

More than 30 Newsrooms Join KQED’s Police Records Project

March 27th, 2019


Dozens of reporters across California have been working to obtain records from police departments on misconduct and accountability under a new state …

Can’t Park Here. Berkeley Votes to Ban RV Parking Overnight

March 25th, 2019


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 …

Apple Gets A Cool Image, What Do Artists Get?

March 22nd, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

In the Bay Area, Deadly Heat Waves Are For Real

March 1st, 2019


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 …

Three Taser-Related Deaths and San Mateo Activists Demand Changes

February 27th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


School closures. Teacher strike. Budget cuts. It hasn’t been a great week for Oakland Unified. The school board voted to close Roots International …

Bye, Bye Vinnee and Good Luck!

January 28th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


#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


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


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


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


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


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 …

‘No Section 8’

December 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 …

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

December 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 …

Homes on Top of Buses

December 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 …

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

December 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 …

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

December 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 …

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

November 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 …

Homeless Oaklanders Take Over City-Owned Lot

November 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. …

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

November 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 …

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

November 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, …

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

November 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 …

Trauma Before and After the Camp Fire

November 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 …

Paradise Prepared for Fire — But It Wasn’t Enough

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

Bay Voters Bring Outrage and Hope to Midterms

November 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 …

Voters Love School Bonds. But Should They?

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

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

October 31st, 2018

13:43 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


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


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


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


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 …

A Raised Arm and a Clenched Fist at the 1968 Olympics

October 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 …

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

October 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 …

Fighting Homelessness in Oakland, One Vacant Lot at a Time

October 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 …

Should We Rebuild Where Fire Could Happen Again?

October 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 …

Struggling to Return Home After the Fire

October 10th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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 …

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

September 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 …

Judge To Decide Whether Mario Woods Civil Case Moves Ahead

September 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 …

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

September 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 …

How the SF Schools ‘Lottery’ Failed

September 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 …

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

September 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 …

A Dark History of Silicon Valley

September 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 …

Are Electric Cars Too Uncool?

September 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, …

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

September 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. …

The Whitening and Erasure of the Asian-American Identity

September 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 …

The Bay’s 100th Episode. What?!

September 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 …

The Drug With No Street Name: Fentanyl

September 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 …

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

September 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 …

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

August 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 …

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

August 29th, 2018


A teacher visit at home can be intimidating — 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 …

Q’ed Up: The West Oakland Teacher Everyone Knows

August 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 …

Verizon Squeezes the Internet Hose on Firefighters During Mendocino Fire

August 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 …

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

August 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 …

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

August 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 …

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

August 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. …

Back to the Future: SF’s New Transbay Terminal

August 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 …

A Lesson in How to Die

August 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 law in California since June 2016. The …

These Fires Break All the Old Rules

August 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 …

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

August 8th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


#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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


April 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 …

Silicon Valley Meets Motor City

April 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 …

Locked Out

April 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 …

Where Were You Last Time?

April 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.


Scoot Scoot

April 11th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

For Sale (But Not For You)

March 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

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Out of the Fire & Into the Street

March 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 …

The Judge Who Wanted To Be Atticus Finch

March 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 …

Sans Driver

March 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 …

Smash and Grab

March 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 …

We Reserve The Right

March 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 …

A Taser For Every Cop

March 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 …

‘Not Scared of Guns Anymore’

March 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 …

Eight Stories Tall

March 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 …

Invisible Scars

March 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 …

BONUS EPISODE: A ‘Vulture’ in the Newsroom

March 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, …

‘No Fire Engines Here’

March 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. …

How DARE You

March 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. …

A Lesson in How to Protest Guns

March 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 …

What Happens After An ICE Arrest

March 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.

Guests: Alex Emslie, KQED criminal justice reporter …

Two Types of Homeless

February 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 …

Death of the Taxi Cab

February 21st, 2018


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


Hey! Welcome to The Bay, KQED’s latest podcast for daily news in the Bay Area. Host Devin Katayama walks you through the biggest story of the day with reporters and newsmakers.

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