San Francisco

The state of California produces more than half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. Still, U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics from the last few years show that more than 14 percent of Californians are food insecure. Food security is a term that describes a person or family’s access...
Until 2002, Adrian Allen was working a good paying job in construction. “I went to school for construction,” she says. “Graduated at the top of my class. I was the only female on an all-men’s crew.” But then she developed thoracic outlet syndrome, a rare condition that creates terrible...
Josephine Tolbert’s house is locked. It has a “No Trespassing” sign posted on the front door, but through the small lace-curtained windows at the front of the house, she can still see her daycare business. It might seem like the worst of the foreclosure crisis is over, but the San Francisco...
Living in San Francisco, one becomes familiar with the variety in culture, each one seeming to have its own neighborhood. For Hispanics and Latinos, this neighborhood is the Mission. If you haven't been to Mission Street in a while, there have been many changes. The biggest change is in the people...
Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park is set to become Hellman Meadow if the Recreation & Park Department approves the plan unanimously passed last week by the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. The name change would honor Warren Hellman, the financial and spiritual force behind the three...
In the audio clip above, you can listen to Misisipi Mike Wolf, a prolific San Francisco singer-songwriter, who plays in – as he says – “as many bands as it takes to rock your socks off.” If you missed his sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall back in the summer, you have a chance to hear...
Looking back at 2011, it was a year for earthquake awareness. The world witnessed the devastating effects of earthquakes in Japan earlier this year, and on Haiti and Chile in previous years. This past October, two earthquakes struck the Bay Area on the 22nd anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake...
The KALW news team and guests took the stage at the Polish Club SF on December 3rd for an evening of multimedia storytelling as part of the Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP). The theme of the night was “Beginnings and Endings.” Performers included Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington, John...
As part of last Saturday's live edition of "Crosscurrents," KALW's Ben Trefny interviewed Nikki Silva on stage at the Polish Club in San Francisco. *     *     * BEN TREFNY: And with me today is one of the famous radio-producing sisters. It’s Nikki Silva....
Long before Beyonce decided to redefine “diva” for pop culture, the term was associated with high culture. Nevertheless, divas of then and now have maintained a reputation, as late comedian Anna Russell explains, “…you would need to be a glorious-voiced, independently wealthy, sexy, politically...
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