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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.

    A Prison with Million Dollar Views? How San Quentin Came to Be

    A Prison with Million Dollar Views? How San Quentin Came to Be

    Terese O'Malley commuted across the Richmond-San Rafael bridge for years, and always wondered about a landmark visible from the bridge: San Quentin State Prison. The maximum-security prison sits on a primo piece of waterfront property in Marin County that would likely sell for an unfathomable sum in today's market. "How did Marin end up with San Quentin prison?" she asked Bay Curious. And why hasn't it moved?
    Editor's Note: We finished production on this week’s story about San Quentin prison in February 2020, just before Coronavirus took hold. In the months that followed, a few cases at the prison grew to more than 2,200. Ultimately two-thirds of people at San Quentin got infected, and 29 people died. It was one of the deadliest outbreaks in the nation’s prison system. Things have mostly turned the corner now that the majority inside are vaccinated, but questions remain about how things were handled. Long term effects from the outbreak are still being felt. In addition to our episode, we encourage you to listen to The Bay's episode from April about life at San Quentin today.
    Additional Resources:

    The Lasting Impact of COVID-19 in San Quentin State Prison (The Bay podcast episode)

    Court Hearing Examines Whether San Quentin’s Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak Could Have Been Prevented


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

    • 15 min
    State of Drought 6: Big Solutions

    State of Drought 6: Big Solutions

    We’re looking at four big solutions California could tackle that would help us survive a megadrought. We're talking stuff like changes to our infrastructure and reprioritizing how we use water throughout the state.
    Additional Reading:

    12 Important Things to Know About California's Drought

    One of the Most Important New Water Laws in 50 Years Explained

    Will California Drought Force Changes in Historic Water Rights?


    Reported by Ezra David Romero. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Buchelli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kevin Stark, Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 18 min
    State of Drought 5: Desalination, Water Recycling and More

    State of Drought 5: Desalination, Water Recycling and More

    A lot of listeners, including Steve Held, want to know why Bay Area cities aren't investing more in desalination plants as a long term fix to our water problems. We’re a state with 840 miles of coastline. Most of our big population areas are near the ocean. Why don’t we have more desalination plants? In this episode, we'll also talk about wastewater recycling and water budgeting.
    Additional Reading:

    What Can Local Water Agencies Do to Boost Water Supply? (Transcript)

    Desalination's Future in California Is Clouded by Cost and Controversy

    KQED's Desalination archive

    Water Recycling Comes of Age in Silicon Valley


    Reported by Katrina Schwartz. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kevin Stark, Bianca Taylor, Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Isabeth Mendoza, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 14 min
    State of Drought 4: Saving Water In Your Home

    State of Drought 4: Saving Water In Your Home

    Even though California’s population has grown since 2017, we’re using 16% less water. Good job everyone! We’ve already made some big strides in water conservation that are paying off. Today, we’re going to look at more ways individuals can conserve water at home.
    Additional Reading:

    Three Big Ways to Save Water at Home

    12 Simple Ways to Conserve Water at Home During a California Drought


    Reported by Nina Sparling. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Kevin Stark, Katie McMurran and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Isabeth Mendoza, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 14 min
    State of Drought 3: Are We in a Megadrought?

    State of Drought 3: Are We in a Megadrought?

    We've been flirting with exceptional drought on and off in California for many years now. Bay Curious listener Nicholas Hardy is wondering if it's time to call it a megadrought. That got us wondering: what is a megadrought and are we in one?
    Additional Reading:

    Is California In A Megadrought? (Transcript)

    Megadrought Conditions Not Seen For 400+ Years Have Returned to the West, Scientists Say


    Reported by Amy Mayer. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Kevin Stark, Katie McMurran and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Isabeth Mendoza, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.

    • 13 min
    State of Drought 2: Where Our Water Comes From

    State of Drought 2: Where Our Water Comes From

    For most of us in the Bay Area, the journey our water takes to reach us is hidden from view. It travels long distances, sometimes more than a hundred miles! That can leave us disconnected from the source. We go about our days oblivious to how precarious our water resources might be. Today we’re going to answer what seems like a really simple question: where does our water come from? Because where your city gets its water has a lot to do with how you’re experiencing the drought right now. 
    Additional Reading

    Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

    Russian River Drought: Sonoma and Mendocino Residents Save the Little Water They Have

    San Jose Relies On Water From the Sierra Nevada. Climate Change Is Challenging That System

    Gripped By Drought, Marin Considers Desalination, Water Pipeline Over the Richmond Bridge


    Reported by Ezra David Romero. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Buchelli, and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kevin Stark, Erika Aguilar, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Prichett.

    • 18 min

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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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