Holly McDede

In San Francisco, Fillmore-based Marcus Books has been a hub for the neighborhood’s black community since it opened in 1959. Founders Julian and Raye Richardson believed it was the first African American bookstore in America. A lot has changed since it opened – these days, the Narrative of the Life...
Who would have thought that Borders, the corporate bookselling behemoth that had stores in practically every mini mall across America, would now be shutting its doors? Some blame the Borders breakdown on the end of books as we know them. The cause? Technology. SARAH BIERMAN: I buy books off of...
These past few months, Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland City Council have been searching for the cure to the city’s $58 million deficit.The cures Mayor Quan has proposed come – as most medicines do – with side effects, including union concessions, pay cuts, and, in some cases, even death...death for...
Last November, hundreds took to the streets of San Francisco to protest the Burmese election. According to the U.S. Census, there are more than 9,000 Burmese refugees in the Bay Area, many of whom consider the election a fraud. President Barack Obama weighed in, saying that the pro-democracy...
Although some economists claim that the recession is officially over, California is still experiencing a 12% unemployment rate – the second highest in the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that job openings are steadily on the rise, but many of these jobs are both low-skill and...
If a town’s success is determined by the number of laundromats it has, the East Bay city of Richmond is set. They’ve got Teddy Bear Wash n Dry, Oasis Laundry, Maxwell the Cleaner, Launderland, Fluffy Bear Coin Laundry. Let’s just saw there’s probably one within walking distance of most homes. But...
For young people, this difficult economic time comes just as they are dreaming of what is possible in their future. We decided to take our microphone to the hallways of KALW’s home school, Phillip and Sala Burton High, to ask some students how they deal with these economic times. KALW’s Holly...
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