First Stories by KALW Audio Academy ’19 Fellows Broadcast
By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW
Last week, KALW‘s Crosscurrents showcased the work of every member of our current Audio Academy class — Pria Mahadevan, Lance Gardner, JoAnn DeLuna, Alyia-Renee Yates, Magnolia McKay, Kevin McLean, Porfirio Rangel, and Lisa Wang — plus our honorary member, Sara Nora Koust, an intern from Denmark who worked with us over the last six months.
The first storytelling assignment that each received was based on a question asked by somebody in the Bay Area. They’re part of our audience-generated project called Hey Area, which is source for many of the most intriguing, insightful, and entertaining stories we tell. And for this assignment, we asked each fellow to answer the question in the space of two minutes.
These are those stories. Enjoy!
• Is San Francisco Really Sinking?
• Why are there so many eucalyptus trees in the Bay Area?
• How Did Folsom Street become the center of “sexy times”?
• Who is the most influential Latino in the Bay Area?
• Where are all of the Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco?
• When and why did the drum circles start at Lake Merritt?
• Why are there so many sand dollars on Ocean Beach?
• What is the steepest street in San Francisco?
• What is San Francisco’s oldest running streetcar?