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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 762 Ratings

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.

    How You Can Responsibly Recycle Old Clothes

    How You Can Responsibly Recycle Old Clothes

    A lot of us are cleaning out our closets these days, getting rid of the stuff we don't wear and maybe even downsizing. But what do you do with all those old clothes? And, can stained or ripped clothes be recycled? We've got answers.

    Additional Reading:

    How to Responsibly Purge Your Closet in the Bay Area

    What Can You Do With Used Clothing Not Suitable for Donation?


    Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kyana Moghadam, Jessica Placzek, Natalia Aldana, Carly Severn, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 16 min
    How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly And Other Pollinators

    How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly And Other Pollinators

    Western monarch butterflies migrate to California to overwinter each year, traveling hundreds, even thousands of miles When they arrive, they need nectar flowers and milkweed to survive, but climate change, pesticide use and loss of habitat are threatening these magical creatures. A Bay Curious listener named Ellea wants to know what we can do to help support the Monarchs and other pollinators. One major learning from this episode: It's illegal to rear monarchs without a permit!
    Additional Reading
    How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly and Other Pollinators

    Reported by Amanda Stupi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kyana Moghadam, Jessica Placzek, Natalia Aldana, Carly Severn, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 15 min
    $15,000 in Toll Penalties?! It Can Happen Faster Than You Think

    $15,000 in Toll Penalties?! It Can Happen Faster Than You Think

    Bay Curious newsletter reader Mike Robbins wrote to us saying he has thousands of dollars in toll violations and penalties. The number seemed so high we were incredulous. But, it turns out if you miss a few toll invoices, or don't pay them quickly enough, it's easy for a $6 or $7 toll fee to escalate into thousands of dollars of debt. We explain how and what's being done about it.
    Additional Reading

    Hit With Bridge Toll Debt? We Explain the Change That's Led to Skyrocketing Bills for Drivers

    'High Pain, Low Gain': How Bridge Toll Penalties Pile Debt on Lower-Income Drivers

    Ways to Pay Your Toll, Invoice or Violation


    Reported by Dan Brekke. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Lina Blanco, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 16 min
    Is There A San Francisco Accent?

    Is There A San Francisco Accent?

    When trying to identify a San Francisco accent, sometimes people point to the "Mission Brogue." But San Franciscans have always had many ways of speaking. Naming just one the San Francisco accent says more about who has political power than how people speak.
    Additional Reading:

     Why the Myth of the 'San Francisco Accent' Persists


    Uncovering the Real Story Behind the 'East Bay Mystery Walls'

    Tunnels Under San Francisco? Inside the Dark, Dangerous World of the Sewers


    Reported by Chloe Veltman. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Lina Blanco, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 16 min
    How Black Shipyard Workers in Marin Helped Win World War II

    How Black Shipyard Workers in Marin Helped Win World War II

    The Bay Area is full of World War II history, even if it isn't always obvious. Listener Lise Ciolino stumbled on some in her Sausalito neighborhood when she learned that during the war there was a huge shipyard there. She wants to know "how the Liberty Ships produced in Sausalito affected the outcome of World War II."
    Additional Reading

    How Black Shipyard Workers in Marin Helped Win World War II

    Rapping About the WWII Black Shipyard Workers in Marin

    "A Way Out of No Way" on Spotify


    Reported by Pendarvis Harshaw and Marisol Medina-Cadena. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Ceil Muller, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Lina Blanco, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 15 min
    Why So Many Driverless Cars in SF?

    Why So Many Driverless Cars in SF?

    Lenore Kenny has noticed an uptick in autonomous vehicles on the streets of San Francisco in recent months. Specifically, she's seen a lot of white Jaguar SUVs with "Waymo" stamped on the sides. We dig into why there are more driverless cars on the road now and what they're doing.
    Additional Reading:

    You're Not Imagining It: There Are More Driverless Cars in SF Now

    Come play trivia with us on December 8, 2021.


    Reported by Christopher Beale. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Lina Blanco, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
762 Ratings

762 Ratings

DeedeeB. ,

Love the drought series - thank you, Bay Curious!

Thank you, Bay Curious, for the enlightening series about drought. I learned so much! You guys are the best!!

CaliRya ,

Great Bay Area Coverage

This is a daily must-listen for me. It’s a great way to stay connected with what’s going on in the Bay Area. The reporting is thoughtful and in-depth. It’s really opened my eyes to some inspiring local perspectives.

MuraliKr ,

Essential listening for anyone who lives in (and loves) the Bay Area

Whether you are a native or a newcomer, the Bay Area is so big and diverse — with people, history, geography, wildlife, and more. You have no doubt had questions, some big and some some small.

This show answers all the questions. Both entertaining and informative. The bite-sized shows are mentally tasty and nutritious! Each episode is a little cupcake of knowledge.

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