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Between Romance and War: the Making of Treasure Island
Dec 12 • 12 min
Listener Gary Pilgrim was taking a drive across the Bay Bridge with his new wife when they decided to stop at Treasure Island. After taking in the sweeping views, he wondered how this manmade island came to be in the first place, and what it’s future…
How Charlie Chaplin and Silent Films Flourished in the East Bay
Dec 5 • 15 min
Question asker José Muñoz wants to know more about the storied history of this place, which was a pivotal stop-off in Charlie Chaplin’s career. Was Niles Hollywood before Hollywood was Hollywood? Additional Reading: This Tiny East Bay Town Was Once a…
A Look Back at the Occupation of Alcatraz, 50 Years Later
Nov 28 • 13 min
The Occupation of Alcatraz began on Nov. 20, 1969, when a group of Native American students, calling themselves the Indians of All Tribes, landed on Alcatraz Island. They wanted to return the land to native ownership, and felt they had a right to the land…
Why Is There A Texas Flag Outside S.F. City Hall? What is S.F.’s First Square?
Nov 21 • 13 min
Kevin Platt was checking out a flag display outside San Francisco’s city hall when he noticed the flag from his home state, Texas, was among them. What gives? Plus, we take a quick dive into the history of San Francisco’s oldest square — where the…
Think the Bay Used to Be Bluer? You’re Not Imagining It
Nov 14 • 16 min
When Bay Curious listener Justin Hartung was growing up in Oakland, he remembers the Bay being blue. After moving to New York for college in the early 90s, and returning back to the East Bay a couple years ago, he noticed a big difference in the hue of…
It’s Our Birthday! Come Behind the Scenes
Nov 7 • 15 min
To celebrate the third birthday of the Bay Curious podcast we are answering listener questions about our favorite episodes, how we make the show, our theme music, the way we choose questions, and questions we wish we received. Also don’t miss our birthday…
Secret Tunnels Under San Francisco?
Oct 31 • 17 min
San Francisco is 49 square miles, but contains more than 1,000 miles of sewer mains, running under every block. Take a trip with Bay Curious reporter Carly Severn into the depths of the city, and discover an otherworldly cave that has reached legendary…
Why Can’t You Swim in Most of the Bay Area Lakes?
Oct 24 • 11 min
The Bay Area is defined by water. Not just by the bay itself, but by the Pacific Ocean and myriad rivers, reservoirs, lakes and ponds. Yet most of the bodies of water you drive past are devoid of people. No swimming. No splashing around. Not even on the…
How Rocky Road Ice Cream Got Its Start in Oakland
Oct 17 • 13 min
Two Oakland ice cream makers claim they invented the famous flavor — Fenton’s Creamery and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. Either way, the depression-era creation changed the game for ice cream flavors in America. More food history episodes: Dutch Crunch Mai…
You Gotta Check Out These Offbeat Museums
Oct 10 • 15 min
Our first stop is the Bay Model in Sausalito, a roughly 1.5-acre model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system. We visit The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, which pays tribute to over 100 years of surfing in the area. Our last…
Do Preserved Bodies Dwell in Lake Tahoe’s Depths?! The Truth Behind Tahoe’s Myths
Oct 3 • 11 min
Lake Tahoe is the backyard playground for many in the Bay Area, so earlier this year we asked the Bay Curious audience what questions they had about this recreational hot spot. We collaborated with TahoeLand, a podcast from Capital Public Radio, to answer…
Sutro Tower’s Journey From Eyesore to Icon
Sep 26 • 12 min
Back in the 1960s, San Francisco had really bad television reception. By many accounts, it was the worst of any city in America. Good reception required a clear line of sight from the broadcast tower to your TV antenna, and in hilly San Francisco this was…
The State Capitol Almost Moved to Berkeley and All It Got Was This Sweet Bear Fountain
Sep 19 • 13 min
If you’re in Berkeley and wander far enough up Marin Avenue, there’s no doubt you’ll run into the Fountain at The Circle. The grand Beaux Arts fountain has become a symbol of the neighborhood and has inspired numerous paintings and drawings. It even has…
Oh, SFO: Why So Delayed? (And What’s With the “O”?)
Sep 12 • 12 min
It might seem like everyone thinks their local airport is the worst of them all: the longest security lines, the worst food, the most delays. But we in the Bay Area have good reason to complain. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in…
How the Bay Area Came to be a Hub for Casual Style
Sep 5 • 17 min
On a recent visit to San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, KQED listener Michelle Morby didn’t like what she saw. In the middle of the champagne-sipping, pre-performance throng, she spotted someone wearing jeans and white sneakers. “That to me is…
Why Are There So Many Palm Trees in the Bay Area?
Aug 29 • 13 min
After Joseph Morales, an electrician from Chicago, moved to Emeryville this past winter, he found himself wondering: What’s with all the palm trees in the Bay Area? Like Joseph, they didn’t originate here. But they’re all over the place. Not that Joseph…
Think Bay Area Nightlife Ends Early? That Could Be About to Change
Aug 22 • 12 min
Ever had your late night revels ended abruptly by the bartender announcing last call just before 2 a.m. here in the Bay Area? If this strikes a chord, you’re not alone. California’s 2 a.m. last call frustrates a lot of people. KQED listener Tara Downey…
The Minister of Loneliness, Aristotle And How To Make That Awesome Person Your Friend
Aug 15 • 16 min
Last year, Bay Curious received the question: “How do I make friends?” We tried reaching out to the question asker, but they never responded. However, surveys show many Americans often feel lonely, and a lot of those lonely people also feel socially…
How To Find New Friends
Aug 8 • 16 min
There isn’t a clear path on how to make close friends. Some people find making friends even harder than dating. They say with romantic relationships there’s at least some semblance of steps: You ask a person out, you go out again, maybe you keep going on…
Why Isn’t Local Seafood a Bigger Deal in the Bay Area?
Jul 19 • 15 min
Rayan Rafay was prepared to be blown away by Bay Area seafood when he moved here in 2016. After growing up on the East Coast, he had been amazed by the seafood he encountered when he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. “It’s just this like magical…
Is Dutch Crunch Bread From the Bay Area?
Jul 18 • 10 min
While the Bay Area is known for its sourdough, it’s often Dutch Crunch that really gets the attention of newcomers. The tasty bread is especially prevalent at local sandwich shops. Where did it come from? How is it made? In this episode of Bay Curious,…
What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Your Old Clothes?
Jul 11 • 16 min
Spring cleaning, Marie Kondo-ing, whatever you want to call it — there is a massive purge of clothing coming out of people’s closets right now. Thrift stores across the country have reported unprecedented surges in their clothing donations. Bay Curious…
Yes, Your ‘Tropical’ Mai Tai Was Invented Here in Oakland
Jul 4 • 12 min
You might think the iconic rum cocktail was born in Hawaii. We set off to discover its true roots.
Lightning Round: Dead Whales, Expensive Gas and ‘Earthquake Weather’
Jun 22 • 17 min
This week we answer three listener questions: What happens to whale carcasses that wash ashore? Why is gas so expensive in the Bay Area? What is ‘earthquake weather’ and is it real?
California Sounds: What’s It Like to Navigate the Bay Area While Blind?
Jun 20 • 17 min
Follow one man through his morning routine to get a taste of what’s helpful and harmful for commuters who are blind.
Marin Was Once Armed With Nuclear Missiles, Luckily They Were Never Deployed
Jun 13 • 12 min
Veterans say the Cold War missile batteries that ringed the Bay Area packed nuclear warheads with a punch that more than equaled the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined.
Why Are There So Many Crows in the Bay Area?
Jun 6 • 15 min
There are a lot of crows in the Bay Area, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Why Wild Turkeys Love the Bay Area’s Suburbs
May 23 • 12 min
The turkeys we see today are descendants of birds captured near the Rio Grande in Texas that were brought to California. Learn more about our wild turkeys and hear the story of a turkey that broke into prison.
The Not-So-Crystal Clean History of San Francisco’s Drinking Water
May 16 • 13 min
As San Francisco’s population exploded in the 1850s, speculators looked to cash in by delivering fresh drinking water to the new boomtown.
How Old Oakland’s Historic Buildings Survived Decay (and Demolition)
May 9 • 13 min
Many of the classic buildings were condemned and padlocked in the 1970s before an architect undertook a massive project to restore them.
Meet Charley Parkhurst: The Gold Rush’s Fearless, Gender Non-Conforming Stagecoach Driver
Apr 25 • 13 min
Read our web story: Meet Charley Parkhurst: The Gold Rush’s Fearless, Gender Non-Conforming Stagecoach Driver Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran, Rob Speight, Suzie Racho, Paul Lancour…
From Arks to Anchor-Outs: The History of Waterfront Living on Richardson Bay
Apr 18 • 14 min
People have been living for free anchored in Richardson Bay for decades, but living on the water in Marin County goes all the way back to the state’s early days.
The Flying Aircraft Carrier That Once Called Moffett Field Home
Apr 11 • 12 min
If you’ve driven north on 101 through Mountain View, you really can’t miss Moffett Field. Seeing the giant open airfield is one thing — but what really grabs the eye is the larger-than-life birdcage-looking structure known as Hangar One. This week on the…
Why is Piedmont a Separate City From Oakland?
Apr 4 • 14 min
Piedmont is surrounded on all sides but the city of Oakland, yet has remained an independent city since it incorporated in the the late 1800s. We take a closer look at the wild circumstances that lead Piedmont to form, and discuss some of the tensions…
Lightning Round: Where Kids Live, Palo Alto’s Two Downtowns and S.F.’s Weeping Women
Mar 28 • 18 min
We answer three listener questions: Where do kids live in the Bay Area? Why does Palo Alto have two downtowns? And what’s with the ‘weeping women’ statues at the Palace of Fine Arts?
Yabba Dabba Don’t? A Trip Inside the (Now) Controversial Flintstone House
Mar 21 • 11 min
If you’ve ever driven northbound on Interstate 280 through Hillsborough, you’ve surely seen The Flintstone House from the highway. A cluster of orange and purple tubular domes, the home is reminiscent of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon. The house has…
How Bill Graham’s Nazi Escape Might Explain His Fillmore Apples
Mar 14 • 9 min
The barrel of free red delicious apples have been a mainstay of the iconic San Francisco music venue.
Know, Know, Know Your Boats, Drifting Through the Bay
Mar 7 • 12 min
The San Francisco Bay is full of boats, but do you know what most of them actually do?
This Pricey San Francisco Cocktail Was a Gold Rush Knockout
Feb 28 • 12 min
This mysterious (and super-strong) cocktail cost $25 — and drove 19th century San Francisco wild. Why? It was probably the secret ingredient, that could get you jail time if you used it today.
Are There Dinosaur Bones in UC Berkeley’s Campanile?
Feb 21 • 12 min
On the way up to the observation deck, visitors pass five stories of prehistoric bones. Are dinosaurs among them?
Is There a San Francisco Accent?
Jan 24 • 16 min
When you think about America’s biggest cities, many have a recognizable accent. Does San Francisco have one? And no, saying ‘hella’ doesn’t count.
Mile Rocks: A Bay Area Lighthouse Unlike Any Other
Jan 18 • 10 min
The Mile Rocks Lighthouse used to stand more than 80 feet tall guiding ships through some of the most treacherous waters in San Francisco Bay. But that was before it was automated and decapitated.
From Aviators to Apps: The Evolution of Traffic Data
Jan 17 • 13 min
How do Bay Area traffic reporters do their jobs? From flying high in the 1950s to the tech-powered tools of today.
When Recycling Pays the Bills … and When It Doesn’t
Jan 10 • 12 min
In California over 18 billion beverage containers were recycled in 2017. Meet some of the people who recycled them and what their scraps are worth.
Lightning Round: Brisbane’s Stars, Millbrae’s Sweet Smells and Red Rock Island
Dec 21, 2018 • 14 min
For our last episode of the year, we get the answers to three of your questions: What’s with the stars in Brisbane? Why does Millbrae BART station smell like chocolate? And is Red Rock Island for sale?
Stew on This: Cioppino Comes From San Francisco, Not Italy
Dec 20, 2018 • 10 min
Cioppino’s San Francisco origins are undisputed. But the origin of its name? That’s another story.
How SantaCon Got Its Start in San Francisco Counterculture
Dec 6, 2018 • 12 min
The event’s roots go back to 1994, when a counterculture group called the Cacophony Society hosted “Cheap Suit Santas.”
Bike Theft: How It Works, and What Police Are Doing in San Francisco
Nov 29, 2018 • 14 min
Thousands of bikes are stolen in San Francisco every year. What are police doing about it? And how does this crime operation work? Reported by Daniel Potter. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Katie…
Why Are San Francisco Houses So Close Together?
Nov 22, 2018 • 11 min
Early on, housing lots in San Francisco were subdivided into plots as little as 25 feet wide — just enough room for a parlor and a staircase. Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and…
‘Frisco’: It’s Not Just for Tourists
Nov 15, 2018 • 13 min
Frisco is the nickname we love to hate. How did this once widely-used name fall out of favor? Reported by Vinnee Tong. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour and Ryan Levi. Additional support from Julie Caine, Ethan…
There Were Once More Than 425 Shellmounds in the Bay Area. Where Did They Go?
Nov 8, 2018 • 15 min
These mounds were used by Ohlone as burial sites for their ancestors, to help navigate bay waters and as a gathering place. Reported by Laura Klivans. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho.…
Who Invented the Martini? A Bay Area Story, With a Twist
Nov 3, 2018 • 11 min
There are two origin stories for the much-beloved martini, and both place its birth in the Bay Area.
Why Is Part of Alameda Island in San Francisco?
Nov 1, 2018 • 14 min
The answer stretches back to 1820, when California was still a part of Spain. Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julie Caine, Ethan Lindsey,…
Ghost of a Legend: How a San Francisco Civil Rights Icon Was Made a Monster
Oct 25, 2018 • 14 min
One of San Francisco’s purported “ghosts,” has a remarkable real-life story often left out of San Francisco’s history books. Reported by Carly Severn. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho.…
The San Francisco Origins of Green Goddess Dressing
Oct 18, 2018 • 12 min
California’s iconic Green Goddess Dressing may be herbal and delicious — but its name has a not-so-savory history. Reported by Sasha Khokha. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional…
Black Power, the 1968 Olympics and the San Jose State Students Who Shook the World
Oct 18, 2018 • 14 min
As John Carlos and Tommie Smith stood on the medal stand, raising their fists in a black power salute, the San Jose State students were praying they didn’t get shot.
Should Californians Allow Rent Control to Expand? Proposition 10, Explained
Oct 12, 2018 • 13 min
Proposition 10 aims to overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing act, which limits rent control throughout the state. Produced by Jessica Placzek. Featuring KQED’s Guy Marzorati. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour,…
Voting on EMT Breaks, Children’s Hospitals and Dialysis Profits. Propositions 4, 8 and 11 Explained
Oct 11, 2018 • 16 min
Wonky and easy to overlook, these health-related propositions could have a big impact on Californians and the rest of the country. Produced by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho.…
Should California Expand Tax Breaks for Older Homeowners? Propositions 5, 1 and 2, Explained
Oct 10, 2018 • 16 min
Propositions 5 would expand the ability of older Californians to take advantage of property tax breaks put into place 40 years ago by Proposition 13. Produced by Jessica Placzek, Erika Aguliar, and Olivia Allen-Price. Bay Curious is made by Olivia…
Voting on Daylight Saving Time, Animal Confinement and Water. Propositions 3, 7 and 12, Explained
Oct 9, 2018 • 14 min
Should California go full-time daylight saving time? Take animals out of cages? Pass a water bond? For Bay Curious Prop Week, we explore the three science-related propositions. For more from Prop Week, visit BayCurious.org or check out other episodes in…
What If Californians Repealed the Gas Tax? Proposition 6, Explained
Oct 8, 2018 • 13 min
If Proposition 6 is approved, it would repeal SB 1, the gas tax and vehicle fee increase passed by state lawmakers last year. Featuring KQED reporters Katie Orr and Dan Brekke. Produced by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica…
This Is Only a Test: San Francisco’s Tuesday Noon Siren
Oct 4, 2018 • 12 min
Every Tuesday at noon, San Francisco tests the Outdoor Warning System. A siren and announcement ring out for 15 seconds. The system got its start in the 1940s. Reported by Julie Caine. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul…
S.F. School Lottery: Time For It To Go?
Sep 27, 2018 • 14 min
Three San Francisco school board members are calling for an end to the current student assignment system. Reported by Katrina Schwartz. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support…
How the San Francisco School Lottery Works, And How It Doesn’t
Sep 27, 2018 • 14 min
San Francisco’s complicated school lottery system offers opportunity that isn’t always realized. Reported by Katrina Schwartz. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, and Julia McEvoy.…
The Story Behind Belmont’s Painted Fire Hydrants
Sep 20, 2018 • 9 min
Dozens of fire hydrants around the town of Belmont have one-of-a-kind paint jobs that date back to the early 1970s. Reported by Suzie Racho. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional…
Could Creating One Bay Area City Solve the Housing Crisis?
Sep 13, 2018 • 12 min
If all the nine Bay Area counties merged, would that result in a more cohesive approach to the regional housing crisis? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho.…
How Do You Define the ‘Bay Area’?
Sep 6, 2018 • 11 min
Where the boundaries of this region are will vary according to who you ask and what you’re looking to define. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional…
The Mystery of the ‘East Bay Walls’
Aug 30, 2018 • 13 min
For more than a century, stone walls scattered through the East Bay hills have proven a puzzle.
Who’s Behind the Knitted Animals in San Francisco’s Civic Center?
Aug 23, 2018 • 11 min
Some have called yarn bombing a feminist response to graffiti. Meet the sisters behind one of San Francisco’s most prominent displays. Reported by Suzie Racho. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie…
Palms, Prophecy … and Permits? How Fortunetelling Works in the Bay
Aug 22, 2018 • 15 min
How the state Supreme Court cleared the way for psychics in California, and how regulation works. Reported by Carly Severn. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julie…
Is Ultimate Frisbee the Golf of Silicon Valley?
Aug 16, 2018 • 12 min
Why does it seem like a lot of start-up execs play ultimate frisbee and use that to network with VCs? Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from…
Why So Windy? Why So Foggy? And What’s With Karl?
Jul 26, 2018 • 12 min
If you’re coming to San Francisco in the summer, bring a jacket! We take a closer look at what causes the wind and fog to descend upon parts of our region each summer. Plus, a few bonus questions about famed Twitter account, @KarlTheFog.
Why Is Lane Splitting Only Legal in California? And Is it Safe?
Jul 19, 2018 • 12 min
People have a lot of feelings about lane splitting, but they don’t always have all the information. Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julia…
Hetch Hetchy Water’s Epic Journey, From Mountains to Tap
Jul 12, 2018 • 12 min
Take a journey with the Bay Area’s drinking water — from mountain to tap. Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julia McEvoy, Ethan Lindsey,…
Cracking the Bizarre Urban Legend of Alameda’s Little People Houses
Jul 5, 2018 • 12 min
A small street inadvertently becomes ground zero for so-called “Hobbit Hunters,” but is there truth in the legends? Reported by Chloe Veltman and Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho,…
Is Rent Control Working and Should We Have More or Less of It?
Jun 28, 2018 • 13 min
Rent control is in at least 15 California cities, but even in those cities there are many limits on what can be rent controlled. A proposition on the November ballot may get rid of those limits, but should it? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is…
The Origins of Bay Area Place Names
Jun 21, 2018 • 11 min
California was named after a fictional island for black Amazon-like warrior women, ruled by Queen Calafia. What about Bay Area names? Reported by Jessica Placzek and Dan Brekke. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul…
The Forgotten Men of the Point Reyes Life Saving Service
Jun 14, 2018 • 14 min
A tiny hidden cemetery reveals the brutal realities of saving shipwrecked sailors in the 19th century. Reported by Carly Severn. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Victoria Mauleon, Suzie Racho, Erika…
The Serpent Statue in San Jose That People Think Is Something Else
Jun 7, 2018 • 14 min
Is the Quetzalcoatl sculpture in San Jose the best tribute to the city’s Mexican heritage? It’s a matter of debate. Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly,…
Are There Really More Dogs Than Children in S.F.?
May 24, 2018 • 13 min
It’s a dog show! We answer how many dogs could fit on a Muni train … and other pressing canine questions. Reported by Lisa Pickoff-White and Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika…
Spinning Rims, Spinning Cars: the History of the Oakland Sideshow
May 17, 2018 • 13 min
Sideshows have a bad reputation, but they also have a long tradition, East Oakland roots and deep ties to the hyphy movement. Reported by Sandhya Dirks. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho,…
This S.F. Fortress Is Full of Money That Will Never Be Spent
May 10, 2018 • 14 min
The prettiest pennies are made in San Francisco. Take a trip inside the S.F. Mint. Reported by Amanda Font. Editing by Jessica Placzek and Julia McEvoy. Hosted by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul…
Why Hasn’t the Tenderloin Gentrified Like the Rest of San Francisco?
May 3, 2018 • 14 min
Tenderloin residents wanted to preserve its affordability. But will they be forced out as improvements come to the neighborhood? Reported by Kelly O’Mara. Edited By Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi,…
Does Anyone Play Polo at the Golden Gate Park Polo Field Anymore?
Apr 26, 2018 • 10 min
We go back in time to the days when polo was king at Golden Gate Park. Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, Amanda Font and Julia McEvoy. Holly Kernan is Vice…
420 Started in the Bay Area. Meet the Guys Who Invented It
Apr 19, 2018 • 11 min
It all began with a treasure map to secret weed plants abandoned somewhere in Point Reyes. Reported by Olivia Allen-Price and Emmanuel Hapsis. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly,…
Have Ride-Hailing Apps Made Traffic Worse?
Apr 12, 2018 • 9 min
Traffic is worse in the Bay Area. Are Lyft and Uber making it worse? Or could they be our salvation? Reported by Eli Wirtschafter. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, and Julia…
Oil Beneath San Mateo County? You Betcha
Apr 5, 2018 • 10 min
Bay Curious travels down the Peninsula and back in time to discover the history of oil drilling in San Mateo County. Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Ryan Levi, Erika Kelly and Julia…
How Worried Should You Be About Shark Attacks on the California Coast?
Mar 29, 2018 • 9 min
Learn why our coastline is called the Red Triangle and how you can minimize the risk of an encounter with a great white shark. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho,…
Name That Team! How the Sharks and the Golden State Warriors Got Their Names
Mar 22, 2018 • 10 min
Why are the Warriors the only team with a state nickname in their name? And how did we end up with the San Jose Sharks? Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, and Julia…
How Oakland Became a Gnome-Man’s Land
Mar 15, 2018 • 11 min
There are thousands of gnomes nailed into the base of Oakland utility poles. Meet the man who painted them there and learn why he did it.
Why Are People Convinced This California Ghost Town Is Cursed?
Mar 8, 2018 • 11 min
Countless people who have stolen items from this deserted town have come to regret it. Reported by Carly Severn. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, and Julia McEvoy. Holly Kernan…
America’s Emperor, San Francisco’s Treasure: Who Was Emperor Norton?
Mar 1, 2018 • 15 min
Almost 140 years after his death, the beloved eccentric is still celebrated and revered in San Francisco. So who was he? Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly…
The Sculpture Wonderland That Once Delighted I-80 Drivers
Feb 22, 2018 • 12 min
Anonymous artists once created sculptures made from driftwood and trash at the Emeryville Mudflats. Reported by Jessica Placzek and Maddie Gobbo. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Erika Kelly, Ryan Levi and Julia McEvoy.…
Car Break-Ins Are Up in San Francisco. What’s Being Done?
Feb 15, 2018 • 14 min
San Francisco saw more than 30,000 car break ins last year - three times that of 2010. We tag along with police as they try and catch one of these thieves, and learn about what the city is doing to curb the epidemic. Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious…
San Francisco Was Once Aglow With Neon
Feb 8, 2018 • 10 min
The city was right up there with places like New York, Los Angeles and even Las Vegas. Market Street alone had hundreds of signs lighting up the night. Reported by Serginho Roosblad. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi,…
Eucalyptus: How California’s Most Hated Tree Took Root
Feb 1, 2018 • 16 min
Depending who you ask, eucalyptus trees are either an icon in California or a fire-prone scourge. Reported by Daniel Potter. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, David Weir, Craig Miller, Ryan Levi and Amanda…
The Beautiful Bay Bridge Frank Lloyd Wright Never Got to Build
Jan 25, 2018 • 10 min
What would the San Francisco Bay look like if Frank Lloyd Wright got to build the bridge he proposed in 1949? Reported by Rachael Myrow. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour and Ryan Levi. Theme music by Pat…
Unwrapping the Bay Area Origins of the Fortune Cookie
Jan 18, 2018 • 11 min
There are California and Japanese connections to the fortune cookie, going back more than a century.
Why a Tire Shop Built ‘The City’s Biggest Fortune Cookie’
Jan 18, 2018 • 11 min
This sign in front of the tire shop was built in 1958, and it has displayed nothing but quotes ever since. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, and…
How Joseph Eichler Introduced Stylish Housing for the Masses
Jan 3, 2018 • 11 min
Between 1949 and 1974, when the developer died, his group built roughly 11,000 homes in California, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Everything You Want to Know About Legal Weed in California
Dec 21, 2017 • 17 min
Reported by Jessica Placzek, Eli Wirtschafter and Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Ryan Levi, Erika Kelly and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org.…
What Are Those Weird, Pink Ponds in San Francisco Bay?
Dec 14, 2017 • 12 min
In the South Bay’s colorful salt ponds, a decades-old industry continues to crystalize. Reporter by Lauren Sommer with KQED Science. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, Julia McEvoy and…
Is the Castro Getting Less Gay?
Dec 6, 2017 • 14 min
How economics and cultural acceptance are changing queer communities across the Bay Area. Reported by Ryan Levi. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Erika Kelly, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Jessica Placzek and David Weir. Theme music by Pat…
Can You Go To Jail For Picking California’s State Flower?
Nov 30, 2017 • 10 min
Rumor has it California’s golden poppy has some special protections. Is it true? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a…
The Buried Ships of San Francisco
Nov 23, 2017 • 9 min
The hulls of several dozen ships can be found below ground in the middle of San Francisco. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a…
The True History of Irish Coffee and Its San Francisco Origins
Nov 16, 2017 • 12 min
Legend has it the Irish coffee was brought to the U.S. by the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco. Reported by Kelly O’Mara. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat…
Why Are There Rainbows on the Tunnel Between S.F. and Marin? (Plus Bonus Anniversary Questions)
Nov 9, 2017 • 18 min
It started as a quest to make Bay Area highways more beautiful. Plus, three other bonus questions! Reported by Jessica Placzek and Olivia Allen-Price. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson, Paul Lancour and Julia…
Bay Curious Lightning Round: Inspiration for AT-ATs, the ‘Tenderloin’ and Popeye’s Voice
Nov 9, 2017 • 18 min
This week the Bay Curious podcast is celebrating our one-year anniversary with a lightning round of questions and answers! Is it true that George Lucas was inspired to create the AT-AT because of the cranes at the Port of Oakland? No. Sadly, this is not…
El Camino Not-So-Real: The True Story of the ‘Ancient Road’
Nov 2, 2017 • 11 min
Legend has it, El Camino Real is an ancient road that connects the Spanish missions. But is it true? Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat…
Why Are There So Many Dead People in Colma? And So Few in San Francisco?
Oct 26, 2017 • 10 min
Reported by Jon Brooks. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.
Wildfires: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers
Oct 20, 2017 • 16 min
What does containment mean? How are wildfires named? What happens after your house burns? Reported by Lindsey Hoshaw, Jessica Placzek, Sukey Lewis and Olivia Allen-Price. Technical director is Paul Lancour. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Many songs in…
What are the Mysterious Brick Circles in San Francisco Intersections?
Oct 12, 2017 • 12 min
Spend some time walking around San Francisco, and you’ll probably notice the large, brick circles decorating the pavement at some intersections. What are they for? Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour,…
How San Francisco’s Drag Royalty Does Good, While Looking Fierce
Oct 5, 2017 • 15 min
How an S.F. drag artist founded one of the biggest and most bejeweled charities dedicated to LGBTQ causes. Reported by Chloe Veltman. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Paul Lancour, Jessica Placzek, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson and Julia McEvoy. Theme music…
Their Country Hated Them, But They Fought for It Anyway
Sep 28, 2017 • 15 min
Bay Curious listener Marcy Ballard wrote to us wanting to know more about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team — a segregated, Japanese-American unit that fought for the U.S. during the Second World War. She’s pretty sure they must have some remarkable…
Quake Prep: BART’s Tunnel Plan and the Muni Bus That Could Save You
Sep 21, 2017 • 13 min
Picture a set of binoculars — only a pair the size of a low-rise building. That’s the shape of BART’s Transbay Tube — the dual-bore, 3.8-mile passageway that connects the West Oakland Station to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Station. Every weekday during…
History of the Berkeley Pier: A Ferry Tale
Sep 14, 2017 • 9 min
For years Martin Kunz has been looking down the hill from his office at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, out over the water, at one of the longest piers in California — the Berkeley Pier. “I see this every day from my office when I have lunch, and I was…
Parking After the Street Sweeper Passes: Legal or Not?
Aug 31, 2017 • 9 min
There’s one “no parking” sign in San Francisco that you can bend the rules on … if the conditions are right. Reported by Penny Nelson. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Paul Lancour, Jessica Placzek, Penny Nelson, Suzie Racho and Katie McMurran. Theme…
The History of Nudity in San Francisco Uncovered
Aug 24, 2017 • 14 min
Whether at Baker Beach or Bay to Breakers, it’s not unusual to see public nudity in San Francisco. What are the current laws on the matter, and how did the city become known for bodies in the buff? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia…
Rusty Navy: The Bay Area’s ‘Mothball Fleet’ Enters a New Era
Aug 17, 2017 • 12 min
Reported by Craig Miller. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Jessica Placzek, Suzie Racho and Penny Nelson. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.
What Gets Shipped Through the Port of Oakland?
Aug 10, 2017 • 8 min
Oakland is home to the fifth-busiest container port in the country and all around it, containers are stacked sky high like colorful, life-size Lego bricks. Listener Ajith Kumar asked Bay Curious: “Why are there millions of containers in West Oakland? How…
Mountain Lions: Real Threat to Bay Area Hikers?
Aug 3, 2017 • 12 min
A Bay Curious listener who hikes a lot wonders: Should he be scared of mountain lions? We find out for him. Reported by Vinnee Tong. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Penny Nelson, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy.…
The Mesmerizing Machine That Makes Your Golden Gate Bridge Drive Less Terrifying
Jul 27, 2017 • 9 min
Two years ago, a big steel and concrete median barrier went in on the Golden Gate Bridge, and two yellow machines appeared that move it several times a day. Bridge commuters have some questions. Reported by Kelly O’Mara. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price,…
The Island Ghost Town in the Middle of San Francisco Bay
Jul 20, 2017 • 13 min
Drawbridge was a popular bird hunting destination decades. What happened? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Suzie Racho. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at…
What Is the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Why Is It in San Jose?
Jul 13, 2017 • 13 min
If you attended sixth grade anywhere in or near San Jose, there’s a high likelihood you’ve been to see the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities on public display anywhere west of the Mississippi. I’m talking about the Rosicrucian Egyptian…
Why the ‘O’ in San Francisco’s Airport Code, SFO?
Jun 29, 2017 • 7 min
Why the “O” in SFO? And why is one of Chicago’s airports coded ORD? And IAD for Dulles? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat…
Living Without a Home in San Francisco: 3 stories and 4 questions
Jun 22, 2017 • 18 min
Since Bay Curious first answered your questions on homelessness in 2017, the cost of living has continued to rise in the Bay Area and with it, the number of people living without a home. In the nine county Bay Area, just over 34,000 people are…
Homelessness: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers
Jun 22, 2017 • 19 min
What causes homelessness? What’s the best way to help people you see on the street? And what other cities have had success in solving homelessness? Reported by Jessica Placzek, Olivia Allen-Price and Vinnee Tong. Production help from Paul Lancour and…
What Would Really Happen if a Tsunami Hit the Bay Area?
Jun 15, 2017 • 11 min
Our question-asker saw a tsunami hit San Francisco in the movie San Andreas, and wonders: would it really be like? Reported by Johanna Varner and Olivia Allen-Price. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Vinnee Tong, Suzie…
What’s With the Bison in Golden Gate Park?
Jun 8, 2017 • 9 min
Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.
What Dinosaurs Roamed the Bay Area?
Jun 1, 2017 • 13 min
The answer is satisfyingly full of toothy prehistoric beasts. Reported by Daniel Potter. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson and Jessica Placzek. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at…
You Live in S.F. and Your Home Was Built in 1906: True or False?
May 25, 2017 • 9 min
Ask around in the more historic parts of San Francisco and you’ll find a good number of the homes were built in 1906. Or so people have been told. Reported by Penny Nelson. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho…
Are Plastic Bag Bans Actually Helping the Environment?
May 18, 2017 • 12 min
California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags in November. A middle-schooler from Sacramento wants to know if the ban actually helps the environment.
Can’t Get That Camping Spot? It Could Be Bots
May 11, 2017 • 14 min
Some people are using bots to get campsites at state and national parks. Is it legal? Is it fair? Credits: Jessica Placzek, Olivia Allen-Price, Paul Lancour, Vinnee Tong, Julia McEvoy
It’s-It! The San Francisco Treat That Sparked a Cult Following
May 4, 2017 • 9 min
San Franciscans have been having a love-affair with this ice cream treat since 1928. Reported by Alyssa Kapnik Samuel and Seth Samuel. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Penny Nelson, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Our managing…
Who’s Behind the Colorful Lights at San Francisco City Hall?
Apr 27, 2017 • 12 min
It used to take hours or days to change the lights at city hall lights. Now it’s done with a few clicks. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller.…
What Makes San Francisco Sourdough Unique?
Apr 20, 2017 • 13 min
Reported by Julia Scott. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Jessica Placzek, Penny Nelson and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter…
Why Do Giants Fans Hate the Wave? Oakland Started It.
Apr 13, 2017 • 7 min
Reported by Olivia Allen-Price and Adam Grossberg. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Jessica Placzek, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson, Ethan Lindsey and Julia McEvoy. Our Vice President for News is Holly Kernan. Theme music by Pat…
These Colorful Dots Are For Your Health
Apr 6, 2017 • 7 min
They look like a work of abstract art, but these colorful dots on Bay Area streets have a big purpose. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Penny Nelson, Jessica Placzek, Julia McEvoy,…
It’s a Mushroom Bonanza This Year! What’s the Deal?
Mar 30, 2017 • 11 min
It’s been a wet winter across Northern California this year, and that means a bounty of mushrooms. Get ready for a lesson in fungi from KQED Science reporter Lesley McClurg. Reported by Lesley McClurg. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul…
What Would It Take to Make Lake Merritt Swimmable?
Mar 23, 2017 • 8 min
It would take a lot of money, work and imagination to turn Lake Merritt into a swimmable body of water. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Our Vice President for News is…
What’s That Thing Off 280? The Flintstone House
Mar 16, 2017 • 13 min
Take a tour inside this unique Peninsula home that architects find whimsical. Would you live there? Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Jessica Placzek, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat…
How Does Rain Create More Potholes?
Mar 9, 2017 • 9 min
This year’s rainy winter has left San Francisco Bay Area roads riddled with potholes. Why? And will Caltrans fix them? Reported by Penny Nelson. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Jessica Placzek and Julia McEvoy.…
Why Do Some Hate the Nickname ‘Frisco’?
Mar 2, 2017 • 13 min
Not long after people started using it, others started hating it. They said only out-of-towners used it. Reported by Vinnee Tong. Produced and edited by Paul Lancour, Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Vinnee Tong and Julia McEvoy. Theme…
This Lumberjack Frat Once Had the Coolest Clubhouse in S.F.
Feb 23, 2017 • 13 min
A Cupertino couple wondered where the street name “Hoo Hoo Way” came from. Turns out, it’s a long story. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Julia McEvoy, Suzie Racho, Holly Kernan, David Weir and…
Why is Marin County So White?
Feb 16, 2017 • 13 min
Marin County is the whitest county in the Bay Area — but why? Reporter Ericka Cruz-Guevarra takes us through some pivotal moments in Marin history that contributed to its demographics today. Reported by Ericka Cruz-Guevarra. Produced and edited by Olivia…
How Many Are Being Displaced by Gentrification in Oakland?
Feb 9, 2017 • 13 min
Putting a number on displacement is a tall order, but we do have an idea about who is leaving Oakland. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at…
Why Does San Jose Have So Many Urban Islands?
Feb 2, 2017 • 6 min
Bay Curious listener Kristin Seitz was looking at a map of San Jose when she noticed an awful lot of holes. The city’s territory isn’t one undivided shape, but rather resembles a piece of Swiss cheese. Seitz wondered: Why are there so many unincorporated…
For Sale: San Francisco Air
Jan 26, 2017 • 14 min
Owners of historic buildings might be able to sell the air space above their building, allowing developers elsewhere to build higher.
Is Air Quality in the Bay Area Getting Worse?
Jan 26, 2017 • 11 min
Listener Jenny Wread has noticed the Bay Area’s smog on her commute. And she’s hearing more Spare the Air alerts. How is the air quality doing in the Bay Area as the population grows? Reported by Matt Beagle. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price,…
Ode to the Foghorn: The Sound of the Sea
Jan 19, 2017 • 15 min
Take a trip around the San Francisco Bay and get to know our local foghorns — where they are, how they work, who turns them on. Reported by Laura Klivans. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho.…
For Whom The Foghorn Blows
Jan 19, 2017 • 14 min
If you live in the Bay Area, a foggy day can be a good excuse for some guilt-free time indoors. If you live near the water, days like that bring something else: foghorns. Reported by Laura Klivans. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong,…
Why Aren’t There Any Strip Clubs in the East Bay?
Jan 12, 2017 • 9 min
In the 1960s, San Francisco was in the midst of a sexual revolution. Officials across the Bay in Oakland wanted none of it. Reported by Adizah Eghan. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme…
Sutro Tower: The Origins of an ‘Eyesore’
Jan 5, 2017 • 11 min
When Sutro Tower was first proposed, nearly everybody hated it. How did it get built? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us…
Does San Jose Deserve the Nickname ‘Man Jose’?
Dec 29, 2016 • 11 min
The Big Apple, Sin City, the Big Easy — all famous nicknames for American cities. But have you heard of Man Jose? This week we explore if San Jose should be called Man Jose. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee…
There’s a Secret Message to Decode in San Jose
Dec 28, 2016 • 10 min
f you’ve walked past Adobe’s corporate headquarters in downtown San Jose, you may have spotted them: four big orange LED lights that look like flat-head screws, turning in apparently random patterns. This week’s Bay Curious question comes from listener…
How Much Truth Is There to Those ‘Speed Enforced by Aircraft’ Signs?
Dec 22, 2016 • 7 min
We’ve all seen the signs warning us of eyes in the sky looking for speeders. A Bay Curious listener wanted to find out if someone really was up there ready to hand out tickets. Reported by Kelly Dunleavy O’Mara. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price,…
What Happens to San Francisco’s Recycling Once It Leaves the Curb?
Dec 15, 2016 • 13 min
Take a trip to Recology’s Recycle Central, where San Francisco’s waste is sorted and sent off for processing. Join the Bay Curious team as they test your trash I.Q. Reported by Lindsey Hoshaw. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul…
Did the Emptying of Mental Hospitals Contribute to Homelessness?
Dec 8, 2016 • 10 min
After patients were released from mental hospitals, there wasn’t always a place for them to go. On this week’s episode, we explore if deinstitutionalization was a factor in the Bay Area’s homeless crisis. Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited…
Where Did the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Come From?
Nov 24, 2016 • 11 min
The busy streets of San Francisco seems like the last place you’d find wild parrots. And yet, there they are. How’d they get here? Reported by Jessica Placzek. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Julia McEvoy. Theme…
Where Did The Word ‘Hella’ Come From?
Nov 17, 2016 • 9 min
Long associated with the Bay Area, the word ‘hella’ has gained widespread use. But how was the word born?
The Origins of ‘Hella’
Nov 17, 2016 • 8 min
Long associated with the Bay Area, the word ‘hella’ has gained widespread use. But how was the word born? Ask a question at baycurious.org Follow Olivia Allen-Price @oallenprice
Why Are BART Trains So Loud?
Nov 10, 2016 • 10 min
Sometimes the noise on BART is so loud you can hardly think. Why such a racket? And could it possibly damage your hearing? Sam Harnett and Eli Wirtschafter help host Olivia Allen-Price get to the bottom of this weeks questions, which comes from listener…
Why Are Ships Buried Under San Francisco?
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
Ships from the Gold-Rush era are hidden deep underground throughout the city. How did they get so far from the shoreline?
Welcome to the Bay Curious Podcast
Nov 2, 2016 • 1 min
Bay Curious gets to the bottom of the mysteries — both profound and peculiar — that give the Bay Area its unique identity. And we do it with your help! You ask the questions. You decide what we work on. And you join us on the journey to find the answer.…