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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.

    ‘It’s Pure Energy’: How Hyphy Came to Define Bay Area Hip Hop

    ‘It’s Pure Energy’: How Hyphy Came to Define Bay Area Hip Hop

    When it comes to cultural exports of the Bay Area, Hyphy is in a league of its own. The subgenre of hip hop has an up-tempo, hyperactive beat that makes you want to dance. In the early 2000s, artists like E-40 and Too $hort had audiences around the world loving this distinctly Bay Area sound. But where did that sound come from? And what was Hyphy culture like more broadly?
    Today we bring you an episode from KQED's Rightnowish, hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw. He speaks with music producer Trackademicks. Subscribe to Rightnowish for more on Bay Area arts and culture.
    Reported by Pendarvis Harshaw. Produced by Marisol Medina-Cadena. Edited by Jessica Placzek and Vanessa Rancano. Engineering by Ceil Muller and Brendan Willard. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz and Sebastian Miño-Bucheli. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

    • 20 min
    Who Were the First People to Live in the Bay Area?

    Who Were the First People to Live in the Bay Area?

    Bay Curious listener Héctor Pérez has long wondered about the first people to call the Bay Area home. He wants to know what life was like for them and what happened to them.
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    Who Were the First People to Live in the Bay Area?

    The Bay Area During the Ice Age (Think Saber-Tooth Cats and Mammoths)


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

    • 18 min
    What Questions Do You Have About the Drought?

    What Questions Do You Have About the Drought?

    This summer is shaping up to be really dry. Water officials around the Bay Area are asking people to conserve and wildfires are already burning throughout the state. The Bay Curious team is cooking up some episodes about the situation and we want to hear from you.
    Enter your question in the blue box at the top of baycurious.org or leave us a voicemail at 415-553-3334.
    Thanks!
    The Bay Curious Team

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    Trucks are Banned on Oakland’s I-580. These Sixth Graders Wondered Why

    Trucks are Banned on Oakland’s I-580. These Sixth Graders Wondered Why

    This week, we take on a question from the sixth graders at East Oakland's Life Academy of Health and Bioscience. Many of them live near Interstate 880. They've seen lots of big rigs on I-880 but none on nearby I-580, which runs parallel but closer to the hills. They want to know why.
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    Trucks are Banned on Oakland’s I-580. These Sixth Graders Wondered Why

    Asthma Rates Higher in California's Historically Redlined Communities, New Study Finds


    Reported by Laura Klivans. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kevin Stark, Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Isa Mendoza, Paul Lancour, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

    • 18 min
    Lightning Round! The Bay Area's Arts Innovators

    Lightning Round! The Bay Area's Arts Innovators

    It’s arts appreciation week on Bay Curious! We take on questions about the tension between the creative freedom in the Bay vs commercial acclaim in the theater world, dig into the musical legacy of Mills College and find out what happened to Beach Blanket Babylon's outarageous costumes since the musical closed.
    Additional Reading:

     Is the Bay Area Known For Its Theater Scene? Depends on Who You Ask


    You've Heard Experimental Sounds From Mills College (Even If You Don't Realize It)

    Preserving the Legacy of 'Beach Blanket Babylon' One Hat at a Time

    Here's Why the Bay Area's Theater Scene is Amazing Right Now (Bold Italic)


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

    • 18 min
    San Jose Had 5 Chinatowns. Why Did They Vanish?

    San Jose Had 5 Chinatowns. Why Did They Vanish?

    Most Bay Area residents know about the long established Chinatowns in San Francisco and Oakland, but did you know that San Jose used to have a Chinatown? In fact, it’s had FIVE throughout its history. Why isn’t there a Chinatown in San Jose today?
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     San Jose Had 5 Chinatowns. Why Did They Vanish

    The Fairmont Hotel Was Built on the Arson-Ravaged Ruins of San Jose's Chinatown


    Reported by Adhiti Bandlamudi. Bay Curious is made by Katrina Schwartz, Suzie Racho and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Isa Mendoza, Paul Lancour, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Don Clyde.

    • 17 min

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