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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.

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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.

    Olivia's Having a Baby!

    Olivia's Having a Baby!

    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 Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and Katie McMurran. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

    • 15 min
    Calling For Time: Whatever Happened to POP-CORN?

    Calling For Time: Whatever Happened to POP-CORN?

    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 Katie McMurran. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

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

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

    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 Lines to Prevent Wildfires?


    Reported by Amanda Stupi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Jim Bennett and Paul Lancour. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey and Vinnee Tong.

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

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

    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 podcast: Apple Podcasts, Spotify


    Listen to The Cooler podcast archive: Apple Podcasts, Spotify



    Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, and Jim Bennett. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

    • 32 min
    Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Life in San Francisco

    Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Life in San Francisco

    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 by Marisol Medina-Cadena. Frida Kahlo voice acting by Maria Pena. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Katie McMurran and Paul Lancour. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey and Vinnee Tong.

    • 23 min
    What's Special About San Francisco’s Sourdough?

    What's Special About San Francisco’s Sourdough?

    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 Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey and Vinnee Tong.

    • 15 min

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