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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.

    Getting Naked in San Francisco: A History

    Getting Naked in San Francisco: A History

    The state of California has incident exposure laws, making it illegal if someone is naked with the intent of being sexual (like masturbating in public), or intentionally offensive (like flashing someone). If you’re just hanging out naked minding your own business, California leaves that up to local governments. Today on the show, we're bring back an episode that first ran in 2017 ... that traces the fascinating history of being naked in San Francisco.
    Additional Reading:


    The History of Nudity in San Francisco Uncovered


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

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    Ethnic Studies: Born in the Bay from History's Biggest Student Strike

    Ethnic Studies: Born in the Bay from History's Biggest Student Strike

    Listener Michael Viray wrote in to Bay Curious asking to learn more about the origin story behind ethnic studies: “I’ve heard from one of my professors of ethnic studies at UC Davis that there was actually a revolution in the Bay Area for an ethnic studies field. Is this true? And how did it happen?”
    Today on Bay Curious, we’re revisiting the longest student strike in U.S. history. We'll learn about the five-month standoff between students and administrators at San Francisco State, that ultimately led to the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation.
    Additional Reading:

    How the Longest Student Strike in U.S. History Created Ethnic Studies

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    Reported by Asal Ehsanipour. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz and Rob Speight. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Michelle Wiley.

    • 22 min
    Vegan Food is Big in S.F. — But Will the Scene Survive COVID-19?

    Vegan Food is Big in S.F. — But Will the Scene Survive COVID-19?

    San Francisco beat out Los Angeles, New York and Portland as the top vegan city in America. But with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the food industry — will that title endure? In today's episode we explore what's made vegan eating so popular in the Bay Area, and then learn how businesses are coping during these challenging times.
    Additional Resources:

    Read: Vegan Food is Big in the Bay Area — But Will the Scene Survive COVID-19?


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    Reported by Chloe Veltman. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz and Rob Speight. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Michelle Wiley.

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    How Love Inspired the Murphy Bed

    How Love Inspired the Murphy Bed

    This week we learn how one enamored entrepreneur on a shoe-string budget gave birth to the Murphy bed in San Francisco. Then, we revisit one of our most-popular Bay Curious episodes of all time, about the Flintstone House in Hillsborough. The home's architect, who wasn't available for our original story, shares the backstory to his unique design.
    Additional Resources:

    Read - How A San Francisco Love Story Inspired the Invention of the Murphy Bed


    Read - What's That Thing Off 280? The Flintstone House


    Listen to our original Flintstone House story on Apple Podcasts

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    Reported by Katrina Schwartz and Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz and Rob Speight. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Michelle Wiley.

    • 14 min
    Why Does The Bay Area Have So Many Microclimates?

    Why Does The Bay Area Have So Many Microclimates?

    Bay Curious listener Scott has lived in the Bay Area his whole life. He's always wondered why the weather can be so different just a few miles apart. This week, we dig into Bay Area microclimates -- what are they, why do they exist, and do heat islands affect our weather.
    *This episode has been updated to fix an error in Andrew Oliphant's title.
    Additional Reading:

     Why Does The Bay Area Have So Many Microclimates?


    Why San Francisco Gets So Windy and Foggy In The Summer

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

    • 14 min
    A Long and Winding Journey For Some Drinking Water

    A Long and Winding Journey For Some Drinking Water

    Bay Curious listeners Alex Kornblum, 8, and his dad, Heath Kornblum, were talking about their drinking water when they landed on this question: How long does it take for water to get from Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco? And how far does it travel?
    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    How Hetch Hetchy Valley’s natural beauty was sacrificed to quench SF’s thirst (SF Chronicle)

    Video: Hetch Hetchy: To Restore or Not (KQED)

    Hetch Hetchy the cat's Instagram page

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    Reported by Sarah Craig. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz and Rob Speight. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Michelle Wiley.

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Customer Reviews

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587 Ratings

587 Ratings

SohoDragonGirl ,

Interesting podcast about my hometown

I grew up in San Mateo then left for 20 years and came back a few years ago. I always considered it “just another suburb” but the episodes really bring to life the vibrant history and culture of this suburb town. I’m enjoying the mix of history, cultural and current event episodes. Sometimes I wish the episodes were longer! Also, I like the theme song, and most podcasts have a signature tune.

Starbucksventi ,

Yikes

I have listened to Elvis for more than 20 years. And Danielle that is not a Bronx laugh, that’s a Jersey laugh. My Bronx born ears are screaming. I moved out of N.Y. years ago and your laugh still makes me want to jump off a building. Even 3000 miles away.

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Awesome

This is a must if you’re from The Bay!
Lets freakin go! ⛽️

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