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This series of audio documentaries—a production of KALW—explores the contours of change in San Francisco and the Bay Area. One corner, one person and one story at a time. THE INTERSECTION is produced by David Boyer.

This series of audio documentaries—a production of KALW—explores the contours of change in San Francisco and the Bay Area. One corner, one person and one story at a time. THE INTERSECTION is produced by David Boyer.
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San Francisco, CA

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This series of audio documentaries—a production of KALW—explores the contours of change in San Francisco and the Bay Area. One corner, one person and one story at a time. THE INTERSECTION is produced by David Boyer.

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English


Episodes

S02 E08 - The Future of Googleville

3/12/2018
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What will Googleville look like in 2030? And why did it take almost a decade for Mountain View's city council to decide? In the season finale, we explore how a city crafts a plan for the future while dealing with a housing shortage, a transportation crisis—and the demands of one of the powerful companies in the world. Ever wonder how local governments work? Go on, press play. Donate: paypal.me/THEINTERSECTION // Hear more: www.theintersection.fm // Twitter: @IntersectionFM // Facebook:...

Duration:00:32:12

S02 E07 - You Don't Fight Googzilla

1/15/2018
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When Google bought the land under the Sports Page Bar, the property tax skyrocked from less than $10K to more than $100K. And, technically, it's the bar owner's responsibity. What happens next just may shape the future of Googleville. In this episode, hear what it's like to negotiate with one of the largest, most powerful companies in the world...when that company also happens to be your landlord. Donate: paypal.me/THEINTERSECTION // Hear more: www.theintersection.fm // Twitter:...

Duration:00:15:15

S02 E06 - Is this Mountain View or Googleville?

1/4/2018
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Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs and owns more land than anyone else. So, is Mountain View a new version of the old company town? In this episode we talk to locals, experts, journalists and officials about the rise of Google—and what would happen to the town if the company falls. Donate: paypal.me/THEINTERSECTION // Hear more: www.theintersection.fm // Twitter: @IntersectionFM // Facebook: fb.com/IntersectionFM --- Producer: David Boyer Editor: Ben Trefny Engineer: Chris Hoff and David...

Duration:00:29:20

S02 - HOLIDAY SPECIAL 02 - Marlena's at Hayes & Octavia (2013)

12/25/2017
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We'll head back to Googleville in the New Year. But first, THE INTERSECTION has a gift for you. It's the story of a San Francisco drag bar known for two things: owner Marlena (a.k.a. Gary) and her Christmas display of 1400 Santas. That is, until the bar closed in 2013. We captured the final days as fans and regulars grappled with the end of an era at this drag institution at the corner of Hayes & Octavia in the now upscale Hayes Valley neighborhood. "Marlena's Curtain Call" originally aired...

Duration:00:19:28

S02 - HOLIDAY SPECIAL 01 - A Look Back at 3rd & Jerrold in Bayview

12/18/2017
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This week, while you're buzzing all over the country, THE INTERSECTION is digging into our archive and presenting the story of a corner that originally aired on KALW in 2014. It's about 3rd & Jerrold in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. The corner is home to a Black Baptist church, a KFC/Taco Bell, a tutoring non-profit (started by Steve Jobs' widow) and an organic pizza joint. Enjoy the trip back to a simpler time...when change was welcomed by some longtime residents. Hear more:...

Duration:00:36:28

S02 E05 - Homeless in Googleville

12/11/2017
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Home, Sweet...RV? More than 100 Mountain View residents are living in their vehicles. Meet three of them, who are parked just steps away from our corner: a Google engineer in a deluxe RV parked on campus, an older Google shuttle driver in a leaky trailer on the street, and a guy living in a van while he's on the outs with his family. Plus, hear how the city of Mountain View is responding. Hear more: www.theintersection.fm Twitter: @IntersectionFM Facebook:...

Duration:00:27:59

S02 E04 - The Sea Also Rises...in Googleville

12/5/2017
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Global warming may have some hyper-local consequences at our intersection. Journalist Kevin Stark writes about the impact of climate change on the San Francisco Bay, especially low-lying areas in Silicon Valley that are being developed as land becomes scarcer and more valuable. He explains why Google’s plan to develop North Bayshore may be risky in the long-term, as well as what the city and developers should be considering now—before they put a shovel in the ground. Hear more:...

Duration:00:12:11

S02 E03 - Don't Call it a Trailer Park

11/28/2017
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It's Googleville's only housing. And it's a mobile home park built 50 years ago. Here, Googlers live alongside their blue-collar neighbors, new immigrants and seniors on fixed incomes. But when rent increases and a greedy owner threaten their quirky utopia, the residents of Santiago Villa Mobile Home Park band together and take action. Hear more: www.theintersection.fm Twitter: @intersectionfm Facebook: fb.com/IntersectionFM --- Producer: David Boyer Editor: Ben Trefny Engineer: Chris...

Duration:00:30:37

S02 - VIDEO - Tour THE INTERSECTION

11/27/2017
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We're trying something a little different this week: In addition to a new episode, we've created a video tour of the neighborhood around North Shoreline Boulevard and Space Park Way. And it's all done using Google Maps. Give a look and a listen. And let us know what you think on Twitter at @intersectionfm or Facebook fb.com/IntersectionFM

Duration:00:03:14

S02 E02 - Before it was Googleville

11/19/2017
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a.k.a. The twisted history of this corner. Before it was Silicon Valley, this area was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. The farms eventually gave way to nondescript office parks. And on this corner, the office park will soon be replaced by Google's answer to Apple's spaceship headquarters. In this episode, you'll hear all about the history of this intersection from the days of the California Gold Rush to the arrival of Google. You'll tour a 150-year-old mansion (Google bike shop now...

Duration:00:27:15

S02 E01- Getting to Googleville

11/6/2017
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We're spending this season at North Shoreline Boulevard and Space Park Way in the middle of Google's HQ in Mountain View. But first we have to get there. Over the course of this season, we'll break down how history, culture, money and politics come together—and apart—at this one dot on the map. Want to know more? Go to www.theintersection.fm Produced by David Boyer with KALW. Editor: Ben Trefny / Engineer: Chris Hoff and David Boyer / Music: Erik Pearson

Duration:00:26:11

PREVIEW - S02 - Welcome to Googleville

10/11/2017
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Googleville awaits. This season, we're heading to a corner in the middle of Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley: North Shoreline Blvd & Space Park Way. Starting November 7, we'll connect the dots between the past, present and future of this intersection. In the meantime, subscribe: goo.gl/k1uP8S Or learn more about the podcast: www.theintersection.fm

Duration:00:02:10

SUMMER SPECIAL - Haight & Ashbury (1967)

6/30/2017
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Many assume the Summer of Love was the pinnacle of the Hippie movement. But the reality is a lot more complicated. KALW and THE INTERSECTION’s David Boyer dug into the archives of the 1960s and the memories of folks who were there. The goal: To separate the history and myths around the Summer of Love and it’s supposed epicenter, the corner of Haight & Ashbury. www.theintersection.fm

Duration:00:24:20

S01 E06 - Coda - Magic Wand

2/25/2016
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"What would you do with a magic wand on this corner?" In the last of episode of the season, we ask folks passing through Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth in SF's Tenderloin to imagine what can be... Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:06:42

S01 E05 - Change

2/18/2016
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The G word. Gentrification. This week, we look at change on the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in San Francisco's Tenderloin. And we hear why the Tenderloin will never be the next Mission. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:21:47

S01 - Sound Portrait - Carolynn

2/11/2016
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Meet Carolynn, a 69-year-old, who is just one of the more than 4000 senior citizens living in the Tenderloin. We're met a lot of amazing people at the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth. Before we release the last two episodes of the season, we want to introduce you to some more of them in these bite-size SoundPortraits. Want to hear more from THE INTERSECTION? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:03:41

S01 E04 - Drugs

2/3/2016
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There's an open-air drug market on the corner. This episode of THE INTERSECTION looks at it from many different perspectives: the dealers, the police, the neighbors, the addicts. Find out why the dealers are there and how the community responds to the drug dealing on their doorsteps. It's another complex look at a complicated situation at Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth in SF's Tenderloin. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:20:06

S01 E03 - Labor

1/28/2016
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"It's the home of the American Dream...right here on the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth." The hospitality union has been here for 40 years. And in the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco, UNITE HERE remains a sign of hope and possibility for the Tenderloin's new immigrants and working poor. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:15:48

S01 E02 - Family

1/21/2016
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Most people don't think of kids when they think of San Francisco's Tenderloin. But there are more than 3000 children in the neighborhood. This episode of THE INTERSECTION explores what it's like to grow up here and to raise kids. You'll meet the Pirring family and their daughter Britney, who goes to school at De Marillac Academy, just steps from the corner. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at http://apple.co/1R6qNXL

Duration:00:14:12

S01 E01 - Home

1/14/2016
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Welcome to THE INTERSECTION and to the corner of Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth St in the Tenderloin. While the neighborhood has the highest density of kids and seniors in San Francisco, it's associated more with its many homeless residents. We'll hear from a woman who sleeps in a tent—and cooks—on the sidewalks. And another woman who found a home in an innovative supportive housing project just steps away from the corner. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the podcast at...

Duration:00:20:49