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Bay Curious is a show about your questions – and the adventures you find when you go looking for the answers. Join host Olivia Allen-Price to explore all aspects of the San Francisco Bay Area – from the debate over "Frisco", to the dinosaurs that once roamed California, to the causes of homelessness. Whether you lived here your whole life, or just arrived, Bay Curious will deepen your understanding of this place you call home.

Bay Curious is a show about your questions – and the adventures you find when you go looking for the answers. Join host Olivia Allen-Price to explore all aspects of the San Francisco Bay Area – from the debate over "Frisco", to the dinosaurs that once roamed California, to the causes of homelessness. Whether you lived here your whole life, or just arrived, Bay Curious will deepen your understanding of this place you call home.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Networks:

KQED

Description:

Bay Curious is a show about your questions – and the adventures you find when you go looking for the answers. Join host Olivia Allen-Price to explore all aspects of the San Francisco Bay Area – from the debate over "Frisco", to the dinosaurs that once roamed California, to the causes of homelessness. Whether you lived here your whole life, or just arrived, Bay Curious will deepen your understanding of this place you call home.

Language:

English

Contact:

(415) 864-2000


Episodes

Crumbling Tunnels to Nowhere: The Story Behind Santa Cruz's Mountain Route

4/15/2021
How did a cutting edge railroad become crumbling tunnels to nowhere? This week, the story of the Mountain Route, a long lost rail line that once cut through the Santa Cruz Mountains. In it's heyday, the line provided an easy way for Bay Area residents to get to the beaches of Santa Cruz. Additional Reading: The Story Behind Those Old Train Tunnels in the Santa Cruz Mountains The Island Ghost Town in the Middle of San Francisco Bay Help us decide what to cover next by casting your vote!...

Duration:00:13:50

Lightning Round! Ch-ch-changes Around the Bay Area

4/8/2021
We’re answering your questions in a Bay Curious lightning round. We tackle changes you’ve noticed this past year on our bridges, on the water, and in how we consume. Additional Reading: End of an Era: No More Toll Takers on Bay Area Bridges It's Not Just You, There Are More Cargo Ships in the Bay Than Usual How the Bay Area Is Using Water, Power and Landfill Space During the Pandemic San Francisco Bay Is Filled With Boats, But What Do They Do? Reported by Katrina Schwartz. Bay Curious is...

Duration:00:13:42

Why There’s a Cross on San Francisco’s Highest Peak

4/1/2021
For years, Bay Curious listeners Julia Thollaug and Phil Montalvo have wondered the same thing: "What's the deal with the cross on Mount Davidson?" This week, how a 103-foot tall concrete cross ended up on the city's highest peak. It's a story that goes back almost 100 years. Additional Reading: Why There's A Cross on San Francisco's Highest Peak Sign up for our newsletter where we answer even more of our questions. Reported by Suzie Racho. Bay Curious is made by Katrina Schwartz, Suzie...

Duration:00:12:35

The Wacky Lumberjack Frat Behind 'Hoo Hoo Way'

3/25/2021
Bay Curious listeners Peter Caravalho and Sarah Caravalho Khan live in Cupertino. While wandering around their neighborhood they wondered where the street name "Hoo Hoo Way" came from. Turns out, it's a long story. Additional Reading: This Lumberjack Frat Once Had the Coolest Clubhouse in S.F. Sign up for the Bay Curious newsletter! Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Kyana Moghadam,...

Duration:00:11:00

Your Stories From the Year of COVID

3/18/2021
We asked you to send us reflections on how your life has changed in the year since Bay Area leaders first issued a shelter-in-place order —the emotional beginning of the pandemic year for many of us. Amidst the hard stuff, you're finding bright spots and hope moving forward. Additional Reading: The Year of COVID: Your Stories of the Pandemic 'In the Heart of the Pandemic': COVID-19 Deaths Loom Large in East San Jose Get more answers to your question in our monthly newsletter. Sign up here.

Duration:00:19:18

Why So Trashy? Your Highway Questions Answered

3/11/2021
In this episode we answer your questions about Bay Area highways. Herb Masters has noticed what looks like a ghost freeway where 280 and 380 intersect on the Penninsula. He wants to know what's going on there. And Daniel Huertas has noticed more garbage on Bay Area roads recently. He's wondering, why? Additional Reading: Is That a Ghost Freeway on the Peninsula? And Are Our Highways Filthier Than Ever? Why Aren't Any Billboards on 280? Sign up for our newsletter where we answer even more of...

Duration:00:11:07

Will Oysters Ever Make a Comeback in the Bay?

3/4/2021
The Bay Area is known for great oysters, but the ones grown locally are mostly from up in Marin County. San Francisco Bay used to have a thriving population of native oysters and Bay Curious listener Joseph Fletcher wants to know if they'll ever make a comeback. Additional Reading: The Bay Waters Once Teemed With Oysters. What Happened? The Wild Oyster Project Reported by Chloe Veltman. Bay Curious is made by Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and Katie McMurran. Additional support from Erika...

Duration:00:13:25

What Would Happen If Chabot Dam in the East Bay Hills Broke Open?

2/25/2021
The question is a simple but alarming one: If the Lake Chabot dam cracked open in a big earthquake, what kind of flooding should the communities below expect? This week's question asker, Hollyann Vickers Keng, has a vested interest in the answer -- she lives there! Additional Reading: A Potential Flood Threat Is Hidden in the East Bay Hills — Chabot Dam Oroville Crisis: Sheriff Called Emergency 'Ugly, Sh**ty Mess' Send us your COVID story by recording yourself on your smartphone and emailing...

Duration:00:15:24

The True History of Irish Coffee and Its San Francisco Origins

2/18/2021
Our question-asker, Sara Russell, grew up hearing stories from her mother about how Irish Coffee was invented in San Francisco. Now, she wants to know if that story is totally accurate. Additional Reading: The True History of Irish Coffee and Its San Francisco Origins Send us your COVID stories! Record yourself on your smartphone and email: baycurious@kqed.org Or, leave us a voicemail: 415-553-3334 Reported by Oliva Allen-Price and Kelly O'Mara. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price,...

Duration:00:12:40

How COVID Could Change the Bay Area For All of Us

2/11/2021
A year into the coronavirus pandemic there's hope on the horizon. It's too soon to know the lasting impacts on the Bay Area, but we asked experts in mental health, transportation and education to try and predict what we might expect in our day-to-day lives as we slowly emerge from this crisis. Additional Reading: How Will A Year of Pandemic Learning Impact Bay Area Schools Long Term? As Battle Over Reopening San Francisco Schools Turns Ugly, Equity Emerges as Fault Line It Was Hard Already,...

Duration:00:16:07

Why It's So Expensive To Build Housing In The Bay Area

2/4/2021
California is the most expensive state to build affordable housing in part because the costs to build are high. Some builders are turning to modular, prefabricated housing as a way to speed up production and rethink the way we've traditionally built in the Bay Area. Additional Reading: The Bay Area Has a Housing Crisis (Obviously.) Could Prefab Be the Answer? 5 Reasons It's So Expensive To Build Housing In California Take KQED's podcast survey! Reported by Molly Solomon and Erin Baldassari....

Duration:00:16:42

Why California’s Vaccine Rollout Has Been Chaotic

1/28/2021
The coronavirus vaccine rollout in California has felt chaotic, in part because the state has changed course several times. Many Bay Area residents are wondering when and how they can get vaccinated. And what do all the changes mean for getting the most vulnerable people vaccinated? Additional Reading: California Debates Speed Versus Equity in Vaccine Distribution Plan Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In The Bay Area? Your Questions Answered KQED.org/podcastsurvey Reported by April...

Duration:00:15:05

Olivia's Having a Baby!

1/21/2021
On this week's episode, Olivia says goodbye (temporarily!) as she gets ready to welcome a new baby to the Bay! But don't fret, Bay Curious producer Katrina Schwartz will be hosting the show while Olivia's away. We'll learn all about Katrina's roots in San Francisco and the thing that made the city finally feel like home. Additional Reading: Bay Curious Podcast Listeners: We've Got Some Changes For You What's The Story Behind The Wrecked Car On Mount Tamalpais? (video) Bay Curious is made by...

Duration:00:11:58

Calling For Time: Whatever Happened to POP-CORN?

1/14/2021
Want to know what time it is? These days, it's as easy as looking at your phone. But before the digital age, Bay Area residents could dial POP-CORN or 767-2676 to hear a woman's recorded voice giving the time. Bay Curious unpacks the human history of this now obsolete telephone service. Additional Reading: You Used To Be Able to Call POP-CORN And Get the Time. What Happened To That? Reported by Christopher Beale. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and...

Duration:00:12:06

Why Doesn't PG&E Bury the Power Lines to Prevent Wildfires?

12/17/2020
In just two-and-a-half years the utility’s equipment started more than fifteen-hundred fires, a Wall Street Journal investigation found. Some of those were small, but others were deadly, like the 2018 Camp Fire, which burned the town of Paradise to the ground and killed 85 people. The Camp Fire caused about $16.5 billion in damages. Additional Reading: KQED coverage on PG&E 'Deflect, Delay, Defer': Decade of PG&E Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters Why Doesn't PG&E Bury the Power...

Duration:00:16:15

What's the Best San Francisco Movie? A (Sorta) Heated Debate

12/10/2020
Listener Ben Kaiser loves watching films shot and set in San Francisco, and is looking for some recommendations. This episode features Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle culture critic, and host of the Total SF podcast; and Carly Severn, KQED's resident movie obsessive and senior engagement editor. Additional Reading and Listening: Share your favorite Bay Area movies in our Facebook discussion QUIZ: How Many of These Bay Area Movie Locations Can You Spot? Subscribe to the Total SF...

Duration:00:28:08

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Life in San Francisco

12/3/2020
Bay Curious listener Erin Al Gwaiz wanted to know more about the time that famous Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera spent in San Francisco. In this episode, reporter Marisol Medina-Cadena immerses us in their world — exploring who they were, how they spent their time here, and ultimately how their legacy still resonates today. Additional Reading: Inside Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Life in San Francisco Book: Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist Reported...

Duration:00:20:42

What's Special About San Francisco’s Sourdough?

11/26/2020
We've got food on the mind this week, so are bringing back one of our all-time favorite episodes! Dig into the science behind San Francisco sourdough, and get to know the bacteria that shares our name: Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis. Additional Reading: What Makes San Francisco Sourdough Unique? Reported by Julia Scott. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, and Katie McMurran. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie...

Duration:00:11:32

How a Berkeley Police Chief Gave Rise to the Modern Force

11/19/2020
August Vollmer was Berkeley's first police chief and is credited with pioneering many common aspects of policing used today. Listener Blake Schmidt wanted to know, is Berkeley responsible for the tactics and attitudes police are often criticized for? Additional Reading: How a Berkeley Police Chief Gave Rise to the Modern Force "The Imperial Origins of American Policing: Militarization and Imperial Feedback in the Early 20th Century" by Julian Go The Invention of the Police by Jill Lepore...

Duration:00:15:53

What's Next For Incarcerated Firefighters In California?

11/12/2020
For more than a century California has relied on incarcerated firefighters to help combat devastating wildfires. Bay Curious listener Brittany Powers wanted to know how much these firefighters are paid, and why it's so hard for them to find similar employment when they get out of jail. Brittany's question won our September voting round. Additional Reading What's Next For Incarcerated Firefighters in California? Inmates Saved Homes in the Kincade Fire. They'll Face An Uphill Battle Getting...

Duration:00:12:38