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
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)
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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
A Taser For Every Cop
San Francisco is one of the last major U.S. cities to arm police officers with Tasers. The city’s Police Commission approved a Taser policy on Wednesday. The fight over this weapon has been ongoing for more than a decade. What happened? -
7 min
‘Not Scared of Guns Anymore’
What if you saw gun violence all the time? Some Bay Area students do. We check in with high schoolers in Oakland where shootings are common, as other students around the country walkout to protest gun control. - Guest: Vanessa Rancano,
8 min
Eight Stories Tall
The housing bill that could remake Bay Area neighborhoods. SB 827 would make it easier to build higher near transit. It pits city versus state. We break it down from North Berkeley BART. - Guest: Bay Area News Group transportation reporter Erin Baldas...
8 min
Invisible Scars
Combat veterans fight invisible but very real battles at the Pathway Home in Yountville. We talk to a reporter who visited the facility months before last Friday’s deadly shooting to see how veterans struggle with the hidden scars of PTSD. -
9 min
BONUS EPISODE: A ‘Vulture’ in the Newsroom
Journalists cover protests. They don't organize them. So it's rare when they pick a side. That's what a group of Bay Area journalists did this week, to protest the gutting of their newsroom by the "secretive, vulture" hedge fund that owns them. -
6 min
‘No Fire Engines Here’
Delayed evacuations, communication gaps, the North Bay on fire. KQED investigated emergency alerts during the North Bay fires. Today, we trace the first eight hours of October 8. - Guest: KQED News reporter Sukey Lewis.
10 min
How DARE You
The U.S. attorney general calls out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf after filing a lawsuit against California over its sanctuary state laws. During a speech in Sacramento, Jeff Sessions targeted The Town, specifically. Today,
7 min
A Lesson in How to Protest Guns
One Bay Area school is preparing students to join a national movement for stricter gun laws following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We’ll take you inside a San Francisco classroom where students and teachers talk tactics for next week’s nat...
7 min