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Today's local music pick is the San Francisco Opera. This Sunday, their free "Opera in the Park" program is San Francisco's official civic observance of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, on September 11, 2001. Music by composers ranging from Mozart to John Williams will...
Last week in Sacramento, lawmakers narrowly rejected SB9, a bill that would have impacted hundreds of prison inmates who were sentenced as juveniles to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole. After some slight adjustments, it’s up for reconsideration, as early as next week. KALW’s...
Libya, London, Egypt – the map of unrest and revolution around the world right now is vast. In Sudan, it led to the country separating in two. Now Jeff Stone, a county supervisor from Riverside, wants something similar to happen, right here in California. NEWSCASTER: Stone wants to form a new state...
The state Senate has voted against dissolving the Southern California city of Vernon. Assembly speaker John Perez initially proposed the bill because Vernon is home to a mere 100 residents, but boasts 1,000 businesses, making it a historic hotbed of corruption. He’s disappointed that the bill did...
Just three years ago, Oakland resident Beth Newell didn’t know how to ride a bike, but she’s recently become a bicycling star. When her car died behind a Safeway dumpster, she grabbed a rusty, abandoned Schwinn and raced off to work. Now, Newell has competed in state and national championships and...
A note for our listeners: the following story has been rewritten for print In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared drug users public enemy number one. Young, white, middle-class kids were openly using recreational drugs, and long-held stigmas about drug use were shrinking, especially in the Bay...
Most artists work with a design in mind – architects have their blueprints, actors have their screenplays – a plan for how their project will proceed. But for improv comics, art is making people laugh without a script or even a clue of how you’ll go about doing it before you hit the stage. You...
In new film “Gun Hill Road,” actor Esai Morales plays Enrique, a man from the Bronx who just came home after three years in prison. The film follows Enrique as he begins to discover how his family has changed over the past three years – including his wife’s fidelity. Enrique also finds that his...
When we imagine Antarctica, we often think of an empty place: big expanses of ice, almost no other people on the entire continent. It might even seem like a quiet place. But it’s not. There’s the colony of Adélie penguins with their chicks, the elephant seals, and of course, the sounds of the ice...
BAY AREA BOOK WORLD BREAKING NEWS To honor the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse, Moe's Bookstore in Berkeley is offering 10% discounts throughout August ... if you eat at Chez Panisse. So if you eat there everyday for ten days, that's a 100% discount! Please note: That’s not really true. But you...
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