The Bay is a local news podcast about what’s really going on here. We’ll show you the messy and resilient culture of this place we call home, with help from Bay Area reporters, community leaders, and neighbors. The show is hosted by Devin Katayama, with new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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By The People: Young, Queer Candidates of Color are Changing the Bay Area Political Scene
One way to change your hometown? Run for office. That’s what Alex Lee, James Coleman, and Lucy Shen decided to do in the 2020 elections. All three are among a number of young, queer candidates of color who ran in local races this year.
They’re from different parts of the Bay Area – with unique relationships to their hometowns – but they all found themselves looking for change and diving into politics.
This is the first episode of By The People, The Bay’s new series highlighting the way democracy shows up in the places around us, and how we can all plug in.
Guest: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED Silicon Valley reporter
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Some Hotels for Unsheltered People Are Closing. Where Will They Go?
When the pandemic hit, thousands of unsheltered people were moved into hotels under a plan known as Project Roomkey. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the goal was to eventually move people into permanent housing. But early data from eight Bay Area counties analyzed by KQED shows that most people discharged from hotels have not found a more secure home.
Now, some of those hotels are closing, and as coronavirus cases surge again the question still remains: where will the unhoused go?
Guest: Erin Baldassari, KQED housing reporter and co-host of Sold Out, a podcast about the challenges and solutions to our housing crisis.
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California's COVID-19 'Emergency Brake'
On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that California has seen the fastest two-week increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started. Now, most counties, including six in the Bay Area, are under the state’s most restrictive pandemic mandates.
Guest: Katie Orr, KQED politics and government reporter
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Why Some Seniors Are More Resilient During the Pandemic
We've heard a lot about how older people are vulnerable during this pandemic. And it's true that they're more vulnerable to the virus and that loneliness and depression among seniors has been rising.
But there's another part of the story we don't hear much about: how and why some seniors are finding ways to be more resilient right now.
Guest: Lesley McClurg, KQED Science Reporter
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With Prop. 22 Approved, Regulating Gig Companies Just Got A Lot Harder
California Proposition 22 was a big win for tech companies. Its passage allows a handful of corporations — like Uber and Lyft — to create a new "gig" contractor category for their workers that doesn’t have to include employee protections and benefits, like unemployment insurance and workers compensation. Now, those same companies that won in California want to expand beyond the state.
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Guest: Sam Harnett, Silicon Valley reporter for KQED
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What Measure P in Sonoma County Says About Police Accountability
The Bay Area passed a number of local measures related to civilian oversight of police this election. This means an increase in access for what citizens get to know, and get to do, about issues within their local police departments – including policy changes and police misconduct.
We look at the recently passed Measure P, out of Sonoma County, which increases the powers of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO). And the public outcry for police accountability, dating back to the 2013 fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
Guest: Alex Emslie, KQED Criminal Justice Editor
Read the transcript here: https://bit.ly/3pd5tEF