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16 minutes | 2 days ago
A Filipino Nurse and The Patients She Won’t Forget
When Evelyn Legarte migrated from the Philippines to the Bay Area in 1980, she was part of a growing number of Filipinos that now make up about 20% of nurses in California. As the holidays approach, we want to acknowledge the many Filipino nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic who are caring for people like they’ve done in past public health crises. This episode originally ran on May 22, 2020.Guest: Evelyn Legarte, retired Bay Area nurse Subscribe to our newsletter here!Read the transcript here.
18 minutes | 4 days ago
By The People: Young, Queer Candidates of Color are Changing the Bay Area Political Scene
One way to change your hometown? Run for office. That’s what Alex Lee, James Coleman, and Lucy Shen decided to do in the 2020 elections. All three are among a number of young, queer candidates of color who ran in local races this year.They’re from different parts of the Bay Area – with unique relationships to their hometowns – but they all found themselves looking for change and diving into politics.This is the first episode of By The People, The Bay’s new series highlighting the way democracy shows up in the places around us, and how we can all plug in.Guest: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED Silicon Valley reporterSubscribe to our newsletter here!Read the transcript here.
14 minutes | 7 days ago
Some Hotels for Unsheltered People Are Closing. Where Will They Go?
When the pandemic hit, thousands of unsheltered people were moved into hotels under a plan known as Project Roomkey. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the goal was to eventually move people into permanent housing. But early data from eight Bay Area counties analyzed by KQED shows that most people discharged from hotels have not found a more secure home.Now, some of those hotels are closing, and as coronavirus cases surge again the question still remains: where will the unhoused go?Guest: Erin Baldassari, KQED housing reporter and co-host of Sold Out, a podcast about the challenges and solutions to our housing crisis.Read the transcript here. And sign up for our newsletter here!
17 minutes | 9 days ago
California's COVID-19 'Emergency Brake'
On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that California has seen the fastest two-week increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started. Now, most counties, including six in the Bay Area, are under the state’s most restrictive pandemic mandates.Guest: Katie Orr, KQED politics and government reporterRead the transcript: https://bit.ly/2UzUKpp
20 minutes | 11 days ago
Why Some Seniors Are More Resilient During the Pandemic
We've heard a lot about how older people are vulnerable during this pandemic. And it's true that they're more vulnerable to the virus and that loneliness and depression among seniors has been rising.But there's another part of the story we don't hear much about: how and why some seniors are finding ways to be more resilient right now.Guest: Lesley McClurg, KQED Science ReporterRead the transcript here: https://bit.ly/32IXaXt
16 minutes | 14 days ago
With Prop. 22 Approved, Regulating Gig Companies Just Got A Lot Harder
California Proposition 22 was a big win for tech companies. Its passage allows a handful of corporations — like Uber and Lyft — to create a new "gig" contractor category for their workers that doesn’t have to include employee protections and benefits, like unemployment insurance and workers compensation. Now, those same companies that won in California want to expand beyond the state.Read the transcript: https://bit.ly/3eSSCCw Guest: Sam Harnett, Silicon Valley reporter for KQEDListen to our special series 'How We Got Here' with Sam here. And sign up for our newsletter here!
14 minutes | 16 days ago
What Measure P in Sonoma County Says About Police Accountability
The Bay Area passed a number of local measures related to civilian oversight of police this election. This means an increase in access for what citizens get to know, and get to do, about issues within their local police departments – including policy changes and police misconduct. We look at the recently passed Measure P, out of Sonoma County, which increases the powers of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO). And the public outcry for police accountability, dating back to the 2013 fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez. Guest: Alex Emslie, KQED Criminal Justice EditorRead the transcript here: https://bit.ly/3pd5tEF
16 minutes | 18 days ago
Laughing Through the Tears With Luna Malbroux
Things are still really stressful right now. But comedian Luna Malbroux navigates that stress but choosing laughter and joy in a time of extreme anxiety.Today, we're sharing an interview with Luna on an episode of Rightnowish, hosted by KQED columnist and host Pendarvis Harshaw.Read the transcript: https://bit.ly/3kb2QzeSign up for The Bay's newsletter: https://bit.ly/2Ij412e
14 minutes | 21 days ago
How Voting Went Down in the Bay Area
Voting in the Bay Area seemed to go smoothly on Tuesday, thanks in part to California's efforts to get people to vote early and by mail. That says a lot, in an election where there's been so much misinformation about the process, and where a pandemic threatened the health and safety of people voting in person.Guest: Guy Marzorati, KQED Politics and Government reporterGuy is following up with Bay Area counties to see what more we can learn about voting this election. If you experienced problems either voting by mail or at the polls let Guy know by tweeting him @GuyMarzorati or email him at gmarzorati@KQED.org.Read the episode transcript here: https://bit.ly/3p17qns
24 minutes | 23 days ago
The Poll Workers Who Made Election Day in the Bay Area Possible
California may have mailed all voters a ballot, but a lot of people still chose to cast their ballots in person. And thousands of people worked long hours to make sure voters could do just that.Today, we're bringing you the stories of three poll volunteers from different corners of the Bay Area.Guests: Amy Mar, Thuc Nguyen, and Ronak Chakraborty, poll volunteers in Hayward, San Jose, and San Ramon
25 minutes | 25 days ago
The Generational Political Divide in South San Francisco
The killing of George Floyd led to protests in South San Francisco, and the creation of a youth-led activist group called Change SSF.These last few months have also exposed a generational divide about how quickly the city should make changes — and how sweeping they should be. And that divide is also showing itself in South San Francisco's race for city council, where a 22-year-old political newcomer is running against the city's longtime mayor.Guest: Adhiti Bandlamudi, Silicon Valley reporter for KQED NewsThis episode is part of our series on how protests on policing and racial justice are showing up on Bay Area ballots and beyond. Click here to listen to the story of the local police shooting at the center of this year's city council race in Walnut Creek. And click here to listen to how Martinez residents are growing an infrastructure for activism in their community.
29 minutes | a month ago
The Seeds of Activism in Martinez
Martinez isn't known for its activism. But after George Floyd was killed, and after a white couple defaced a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, many residents decided it was time for that to change.Now, they've started a conversation about race in Martinez that hasn't really happened in public before. That conversation has been difficult, especially with local leaders — but activists say this is just the beginning of a long struggle to build the Martinez they want.Guest: Devin Katayama, The Bay host and reporterThis episode is part of how protests on policing and racial justice are showing up on Bay Area ballots and beyond. Tap here to listen to the story of the local police shooting at the center of this year's city council race in Walnut Creek.
28 minutes | a month ago
The Police Shooting That Motivated Walnut Creek Residents to Run for City Council
Miles Hall was shot and killed by Walnut Creek police a year before many residents joined national protests supporting Black lives this past summer. The Hall family and friends have been showing up at City Council meetings demanding justice for a year, but it wasn't until George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police that more people began pressuring local politicians.Now half of the eight City Council candidates in Walnut Creek are running because of what happened to Hall, and some activists see this election as a referendum for how much this wealthy, mostly white Bay Area suburb supports Black lives.Guest: Ericka Cruz Guevarra, producer and reporter for The Bay
21 minutes | a month ago
What It's Like to Have Parents Who Are Essential Workers
Bela Gonzalez and Louie Licea are 15. Both of their parents are essential workers and need to leave the house every day.It's all pretty stressful. And it's also brought more responsibility: while their parents are gone, Bela and Louie take care of their little sister, Mia.Guests: Sasha Khokha, host of The California Report Magazine, Bela Gonzales and Louie LiceaThis episode originally ran in April 2020.Click here for info about power shutoffs. You can also check to see if your address will be affected.
14 minutes | a month ago
The Beginnings of San Quentin's COVID-19 Outbreak
On Tuesday, a California court ruled that officials at San Quentin State Prison have to either transfer or release half of the facility's population. That's because the outbreak at San Quentin got so bad that roughly 2,200 people got sick with COVID-19. 28 people have died.Today, we're revisiting how the outbreak first started at the beginning of the summer — and what incarcerated people and their loved ones were warning and worrying about at the time.Guest: Kate Wolffe, KQED reporterThis episode originally aired on June 26, 2020.
22 minutes | a month ago
What Would it Mean to Make Housing a Human Right?
Housing is not a human right in the United States. But more people are saying it should be.That growing movement has roots here in the Bay Area, where it's been nearly a year since the mothers behind Moms 4 Housing first occupied a house on Magnolia Street in West Oakland. Earlier this month, the moms announced that the home would soon be used for transitional housing.In the latest episode of the KQED podcast Sold Out: Rethinking Housing in America, hosts Molly Solomon and Erin Baldassari dive deep into what it would actually mean to make housing a right.
15 minutes | a month ago
Armenians Came to SF to Escape Genocide. Now, Fears of That History Are Resurfacing
Generations of Armenians and descendants of those who escaped the Armenian Genocide have found refuge in San Francisco. That’s the epicenter of a robust church community center and where Armenian Americans can celebrate their culture, history and heritage. It’s also where a recent spate of suspected hate crimes are raising fears about the current border conflict — and painful memories of violence.Guest: Nastia Voynovskaya, KQED Arts and Culture editor and reporter
17 minutes | a month ago
What Mutual Aid Means — And Why It’s Worth Protecting
Community fridges have been popping up all over the Bay since the pandemic began as a form of mutual aid, which has deep roots here. There's a long history of this kind of community care, especially around food insecurity.Private companies have also used similar language to describe some of their own efforts. But KQED food writer and columnist Ruth Gebreyesus writes that the values of mutual aid are distinct — and worth protecting.Guest: Ruth Gebreyesus, food reporter and columnist for KQED Arts and Culture
15 minutes | a month ago
Is Prop 25 California's Best Chance to End Cash Bail?
Proposition 25 is the culmination of a long fight over the bail system in California. A win for the "Yes" vote would uphold a law that abolishes cash bail and replaces it with a system that uses "risk assessment" algorithms to help judges decide whether to keep people locked up before trial. A win for the "No" vote would stop these changes and keep cash bail in place.The bail industry is in the "No" camp, but so are some progressive groups who think this new system would also be unjust and want the state legislature to go back to the drawing board on bail reform. That's why the campaign around Prop 25 isn't just about the merits of cash bail — it's about whether or not this is the state's best chance to end it for good.Guest: Marisa Lagos, KQED politics correspondent and co-host of the Political Breakdown podcastClick here to check out KQED's California Voter Guide, which includes information on statewide propositions, local measures, and voting.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
The Digital Divide for Latino Immigrant Families in Oakland
Distance learning is hard enough. And once you get past acquiring the technology needed to make it happen, there’s an additional step for many immigrant families and Indigenous-language speakers: figuring out how to log on and communicate with your teachers. In Oakland Unified School District, where about half of students speak a language other than English at home, supporting all students has been a struggle.Guests: Madeleine Bair, founding director of El Tímpano and Ashley McBride, Education Equity reporter for The OaklandsideYou can find the full story at The Oaklandside.
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