The Bay

Bay Area-raised host Ericka Cruz Guevarra talks with local journalists about what’s happening in the greatest region in the country. It’s the context and analysis you need to make sense of the headlines, with help from the people who know it best. New episodes drop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

Daily News
The Exploitation of Creative People and Their P...
It’s hard enough to live, work and survive in the Bay Area. But people whose work is their passion often make additional sacrifices to do what they love. Many of you shared stories of “passion exploitation” after KQED Arts published an article in March...
12 min
Mental Healthcare for All?
It's not uncommon to see people struggling with mental health in San Francisco. People experiencing the trauma of homelessness often have their worst days unfold on city streets. San Francisco supervisors plan to introduce a November ballot proposal th...
11 min
The New Resistance to Vallejo Police Violence
This month, Vallejo Police released body camera footage from the February 2018 shooting death of Ronnell Foster. Vallejo police fatally shot Foster after attempting to stop him for a minor traffic infraction.
15 min
A Prescription Your Doctor Can’t Write: Housing...
When Bay Area cities clear homeless encampments, proponents of such plans often say they're trying to fix a public health issue. But some are making the case that treating housing as an issue of public health is more effective.
16 min
Why We Need ‘Truth Be Told’: A New KQED Advice ...
When Tonya Mosley thinks about conversations she's had with friends and family about race, she's usually asking for advice. Now, there's a podcast for that -- and Tonya is hosting it. Truth Be Told is a show about race created for people of color,
14 min
Why San Jose Ain’t San Jose Without the Sharks
So much has changed in San Jose since the Sharks first came to the city in 1993. Its population has spiked to more than 1 million, the median home price is around $1 million, and the SAP Center (aka the Shark Tank) isn't the only development getting at...
7 min
Why Is My Restaurant Server Always White?
When you get your check at a restaurant, there’s a good chance your server is white. There’s an even better chance that the cooks and dishwashers in the back of the house are POC who get considerably less money,
11 min
PG&E Blamed For Sparking Deadly Camp Fire. Now ...
It's confirmed: A PG&E transmission line sparked the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history last November in Butte County. Cal Fire announced Wednesday the result of its investigation into the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and dest...
17 min
San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
We use facial recognition technology to unlock our cell phones, doors, and find friends on social media apps. But there's a real fear about how tech companies and government is recording our faces and tracking our movements.
10 min
Would You Stop Driving Through Downtown San Fra...
Driving through downtown San Francisco has always been hell (good luck getting across Market Street). Traffic has gotten worse with job growth and the advent of ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. Could congestion pricing help?
13 min
Should SF’s Chinatown Muni Station Be Named Aft...
The legacy of Rose Pak returns to San Francisco. A proposal to name a future Muni rail station after the late Chinatown activist provoked a protest at City Hall this week, and debates over how to recognize her achievements for Chinatown.
15 min
In Silicon Valley, the Color of Your Badge Is A...
Uber drivers are planning to strike Wednesday by turning off their apps ahead of the company's public offering, which is expected to be the largest of the new tech IPOs this year. Drivers say they want higher pay and benefits.
13 min
Oakland Ghost Ship Trial: What We Learned From ...
A new narrative surfaced about what could have caused the deadly Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 that killed 36 people. Defense attorneys have introduced the possibility that the fire was caused by arson. As testimony begins this week,
14 min
Why Are There No Filipina Disney Princesses? #Y...
Filipinos are huge part of life and culture in the Bay Area. But the spotlight rarely falls on them, especially in media. - El Cerrito High School senior Rachel Manila doesn't remember seeing anyone who looked like in her in movies,
13 min
Basically, Nothing in the Bay Area is Affordabl...
We all know it's expensive to live in the Bay Area. But just how unaffordable is it? Reporters with the Mercury News and the East Bay Times looked at how high rents and mortgages have climbed since 2012, and it will blow your mind. People making $100,
11 min
The Bay Live: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
High rent. Long commutes. Expensive food. Childcare. Sea level rise. Gentrification. These are just some of the challenges of living in the Bay Area. Many are asking, should I stay or should I go? Or more pointedly, can I stay? If it’s not you,
51 min
Why You Can’t Talk About Food Without Talking A...
The San Francisco Chronicle's newest food critic has been on the job for about three months now. Since starting, Soleil Ho has written about ethical eating in the age of #MeToo, and how much we're willing to pay for human interaction at restaurants.
15 min
Report Validates Women’s Sexual Misconduct Alle...
More women came forward after KQED published an investigation last year showing sexual misconduct allegations against Manouso Manos, a prominent international yoga teacher based in San Francisco. The reporting prompted an investigation by the Iyengar Y...
12 min
#Rightnowish: KQED’s Newest Show Spotlights Art...
There are a ton of artists, creators and thinkers in the Bay Area who have messages for society. KQED's newest radio show Rightnowish highlights them. Author and KQED Arts writer Pendarvis Harshaw brings us into conversations as he embeds himself in Ba...
12 min
Will High-Speed Rail Ever Make It to the Bay Area?
California’s bullet train project was designed to get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours. But after years of legal and financial battles, the future of that full project is unclear. For now,
16 min
The Fight Over Building a Homeless Navigation C...
Neighbors of San Francisco's Embarcadero waterfront community were fired up when the city proposed building a 225-bed navigation center for the homeless. First, competing Go Fund Me pages were set up to raise money for litigating the matter. Then,
11 min
How Screwed is the Bay Area Because of Tech IPOs?
First it was Lyft. Next is Pinterest. Eventually, Uber, Slack, Airbnb and Postmates. All these tech companies are expected to go public this year. There's wide speculation that these IPOs are going to make San Francisco even more expensive and impossib...
10 min
Does East Bay Presidential Candidate Eric Swalw...
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell doesn’t have the name recognition or the money that the other presidential candidates have. As the 18th Democratic candidate entering the race, he's starting a little behind. But the 38-year-old,
11 min
Watching Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier Die
As a geologist, Greg Stock never imagined he'd witness the death of a glacier. The Lyell Glacier is Yosemite National Park's largest ice mass, and Stock has been researching it for more than a decade. The famed California scientist John Muir first stud...
11 min
It’s Baaack! Controversial Housing Bill SB 50 P...
Unlike its epic failure last year, SB 50 passed its first test this week in the state Senate Housing Committee hearing. The bill introduced by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener would allow developers to build taller,
12 min