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
Costa Hawkins: The Housing Law That Renters Hate
The debate over rent control is at a new crossroads. Tenant advocates say they've collected enough signatures to ask voters in November to repeal Costa Hawkins, a state law that curbs rent control polices in some cities. We ask ...
10 min
Golden State Killer Suspect Is Arrested Near Sa...
The so-called Golden State Killer raped more than 50 women and murdered a dozen people. Law enforcement officials said Wednesday that they'd arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, the man suspected of terrorizing parts of the Bay Area,
8 min
Teens Get Personal About the Crazy, Rich Bay Area
What's it like to be a teenager living through the Bay Area's affordability crisis? Today, as part of KQED's Youth Takeover week -- when we hand the mic to the generation that will save us all -- the team asks San Francisco high schoolers about going o...
9 min
Straws Upon Request
Some Bay Area cities want plastic straws out. Oakland and Berkeley are both considering ordinances on Tuesday that would force people to request plastic straws at restaurants. How Bay Area is that? - Guest: Jeremy Siegel, KQED reporter -
8 min
BONUS EPISODE: Elmwood Cafe Closes
We published an episode on Friday featuring comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell who told us about a racist incident he suffered in 2015 when he was told to leave a Berkeley cafe for being black. Early on Friday morning that restaurant -- Elmwood Cafe -...
6 min
Race and Coffee
Update: Berkeleyside reports that Elmwood Cafe is closed as of Apr. 20. - Articles by W. Kamau Bell:
10 min
The Big (Hayward) One
The Hayward Fault -- geologists warn this Bay Area fault line that runs through several East Bay cities could unbuckle an earthquake more dangerous, more destructive than the widely-feared San Andreas Fault. The U.S.
6 min
Some parents in Fremont don't want comprehensive sex ed to be taught to their fourth and fifth graders in schools. They've flooded school board meetings to say the curriculum does not respect their parental and cultural choices around sex. -
11 min
Silicon Valley Meets Motor City
Long hours, lots of injuries: That's the story some Tesla workers tell about a factory in Fremont. Elon Musk's electric car company says it's fixed its problem and improved worker safety. But a new story by Reveal from The Center For Investigative Repo...
8 min
Locked Out
Buying a house while black or brown is tough, especially in Vallejo. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that white people are more likely than black people to be approved for a conventional home loan when all else is equal -- 50 y...
8 min
Where Were You Last Time?
A San Francisco doctor grabbed headlines right after the YouTube shooting last week. Trauma surgeon Andre Campbell took the press to task for showing up that day but not for other shootings in the community. - Guest: Laura Klivans,
8 min
Scoot Scoot
First came dockless bikes. Now -- scooters. These zippy, motorized, human transporters have descended upon San Francisco sidewalks. Local politicians (and some residents) seem annoyed enough to want to regulate them. - Guest: Dan Brekke,
9 min
Black Mirror IRL
I know your name. Your face. The way you walk. And what you like. But should I? While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington D.C. this week, we turn to some Stanford professors and students who are creating an ethics course for computer s...
8 min
The Real of Hip Hop
How has the Bay Area shaped and defined hip hop? A new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California looks at the legacy of the music and culture. We take a field trip to the museum, then cross the Bay Bridge to meet an emerging rapper from Bayview-Hunte...
10 min
Coal Dust
Oakland has banned coal from being shipped through its East Bay port. But well-known (and well-connected) developer Phil Tagami says he has the right to export what he wants. A federal judge could decide who wins soon. - Guest: Darwin BondGraham,
9 min
Active Shooter
On Tuesday afternoon there were reports of an active shooter on the campus of YouTube in San Bruno. - In the moments after a potential mass shooting it can be hard to know what has happened, even as first responders, witnesses,
9 min
Sanctuary Loophole
It's now easier for ICE to arrest immigrants in Contra Costa County. The sheriff's office is making public the names and release dates of inmates inside their jails. Some suspect this new policy has to do with the 27 women who've claimed abuses in the ...
10 min
‘Righteous Black Rage’
Stephon Clark. Family, friends and the Sacramento community buried the 22 year-old who was shot at at least 20 times by police. We talk to one Bay Area activist before she headed to Sacramento on the day of his funeral. - Guest: Cat Brooks,
14 min
Section 149
The Raiders and Warriors are leaving Oakland. But the A’s say they’re committed to staying. The team is choosing between two locations for a new stadium. We talk to a reporter who happens to be a superfan. - Guest: Nina Thorsen, KQED producer -
8 min
For Sale (But Not For You)
Here’s the link to the Twitter thread:
8 min
Out of the Fire & Into the Street
A year ago today, a West Oakland fire killed four people, displaced dozens and destroyed a halfway house that was the very last housing option for people living there. We follow one man’s story who went from tenant to tent. - Guest: Matthias Gafni,
9 min
The Judge Who Wanted To Be Atticus Finch
A San Francisco judge wearing a space tie (yes, outer space) is setting the tone for future climate change court battles. But who is he? We learn about Judge William Alsup. - Guests: Sarah Jeong, senior writer for The Verge and Molly Peterson,
14 min
Sans Driver
Cars without humans are coming. On April 2, California will allow tech companies to test driverless cars that don't have people behind the steering wheel. Should the Bay Area be concerned? - Guest: Aarian Marshall, Wired transportation staff writer
9 min
Smash and Grab
San Francisco's got a problem with car break-ins. Police have been trying to solve it and the first month of the year is looking good. But the city has a lot more work to do. Today, we hand it off to Bay Curious,
9 min
We Reserve The Right
An Oakland coffee shop that refuses to serve uniformed police officers attracts pro-Trump protesters. Coffee shops are often seen as symbols of gentrification. This one is trying not to be that. - Guest: Janelle Bitker, East Bay Express staff writer
8 min