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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...
While demonstrations have been shutting down rapid transit in the Bay Area, protesters gathered for a very different reason last month on the other side of the country – they were marking the two year anniversary of the detainment of two Berkeley students imprisoned in Iran. Last week, they were...
At the end of the month, the state of Texas will do something it’s never done before – it will close down a prison. Spurred by budget cuts and a shrinking prison population, Texas will close its second oldest prison, Central Unit in Houston. Thirteen other states are also in the process of shutting...
Take a listen to BART’s radio stream, and aside from the occasional protest, BART communications is a little boring. But when you add one more layer of sound, it becomes a live experience that’s both simple and unexpected. On the web, it’s called “You Are Listening To,” and it’s built out of three...
By Rachel James and Sharon Mashihi We live in a consumer culture. The trappings of capitalism are everywhere – even on non-commercial entities. You can’t escape. Drive down the 101 and you'll see billboards hawking the iPad2. Flip through the San Francisco Chronicle, and you might find half the...
About a century ago, thousands of immigrants coming to America from the Far East made their first stop at Angel Island. The way station for newcomers was known as the Ellis Island of the West. Today, we’re going to take you to New York – to Ellis Island itself – where Larry Rand immigrated...
For many artists, creating works of art is a deeply personal process –not a lucrative one. But for others, it’s an opportunity to make money. A lot of money. Take today’s pop music artists – you can hear commercially promoted music by tuning into America’s Top 40. But if you want to find emerging...
KALW News has been covering the potential closure of most of Oakland’s 18 public libraries in the coming weeks. Well, Oakland libraries aren’t alone – the nation’s 17,000 public libraries are also in jeopardy. According to Library Journal, nearly three-quarters of all public libraries in the U.S....
WILL DURST: Hey guys, Will Durst here with a few word about the Republican plan to reform Medicare, which is a lot like saying the Tornado Plan to Reform Trailer Courts. Of course I’m talking about Paul Ryan’s budget, in which he uses a chain saw to perform major surgery on Medicare without benefit...
WILL DURST: Hey guys, Will Durst here and trust me – I really wanted to avoid the whole crotch-tweeting thing altogether but it’s like trying to ignore a bullfight in a broom closet. The unfortunately named Anthony Weiner has sucked all the oxygen out of the news cycle. It’s almost impossible to...
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