The Bay is a local news podcast about what’s really going on here. We’ll show you the messy and resilient culture of this place we call home, with help from Bay Area reporters, community leaders, and neighbors. The show is hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and new episodes drop every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
Why Are There So Many Driverless Cars in San Francisco?
A self-driving car is not an uncommon sight in San Francisco. And it can feel like more and more of them are out there on the roads. But why?
Today, an episode from our friends at Bay Curious about this, and whether we're headed towards a driverless future.
‘I Hope a Lawyer Will Answer’
The U.S. currently has an immigration court backlog that surpasses 1.5 million cases — and that includes many people who are seeking asylum from violence or persecution in their home countries.
In northern California, asylum cases are typically heard at an immigration court in San Francisco’s Financial District. That’s where KQED immigration editor Tyche Hendricks met Pablo Lopez, a Nicaraguan man living in Walnut Creek as he awaits his opportunity to make his case before an immigration judge. But a recent attempt by the Biden Administration to speed up asylum claims is putting pressure on people like Pablo to find a lawyer ASAP, to better his chances of winning his claim.
Guest: Tyche Hendricks, KQED immigration editor
This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Christopher Beale, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
'I Hope a Lawyer Will Answer': Asylum Seekers Risk Deportation in Expedited Process
A Simple Paperwork Error Can Get Asylum Seekers Deported. Rosa Díaz Got Lucky on a Lunch Break
San José Considers Expanding the Vote to Noncitizens
On Tuesday, the San José City Council voted to study the possibility of giving noncitizens the right to vote in local elections. Community organizers in the city, where 40% of residents are foreign-born, have talked about the idea for years. They argue it’s time to enfranchise the city’s immigrants, regardless of their citizenship status.
If successful, San Jose would join New York as one of the biggest cities to do this nationwide.
Guest: Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí, community engagement reporter for KQED
This episode was produced by Christopher Beale and Alan Montecillo, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
A Chaotic Return to School
Last week, students, teachers and staff returned to class after the winter holidays…and right in the middle of a record-high surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases across California.
The result? Lots of classroom absences and disruptions, thanks to huge numbers of positive cases among students and educators alike. So, what happens next?
Guest: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED education reporter
This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and Christopher Beale, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
RIP Traxamillion, an Architect of the Hyphy Movement
Traxamillion, born Sultan Banks, was a producer from San Jose who helped define the Bay Area’s sound and propelled the Hyphy Movement to the national stage. If there’s a Bay Area hip-hop anthem you love, whether it’s Sideshow, Super Hyphy or San Francisco Anthem, Traxamillion had his fingerprints on it.
Traxamillion died on Jan. 2 in Santa Clara from a rare form of cancer at the age of 42. So today, we remember his legacy on the hyphy movement, the Bay Area, and local artists.
Guest: Nastia Voynovskaya, KQED Arts and Culture associate editor
Remembering Traxamillion, Whose Beats Defined the Bay Area Sound by Nasta Voynovskaya, Gabe Meline, and Pendarvis Harshaw
Super Hyphy with Traxamillion, Dad Bod Rap Pod
This episode was produced by Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Christopher Beale, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
Examining January 6 with Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Zoe Lofgren was in the U.S. Capitol a year ago when a mob of Trump supporters, white supremacists, and conspiracy theorists stormed the building to try and overturn the results of the presidential election. Now she’s one of 9 House members — and the only one from the Bay Area — charged with investigating what happened leading up to that day, and who was involved.
On this episode, we share an interview between Rep. Lofgren and KQED’s Brian Watt.
Guest: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), representing California’s 19th Congressional District (San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy)
This episode was produced by Christopher Beale, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and Alan Montecillo. The original interview was made by Mary Franklin Harvin, Alex Gonzalez, Katie McMurran, and hosted by Brian Watt.
Is Fairfield/Suisun the Bay or Not?
Such a great podcast. I totally relate. And especially heavily related with a recent episode with Ericka. I’m from Fairfield, and it’s a balancing act of either Bay Area or Sac living. Love the show, can’t wait for more from Ericka! Missing your voice Devin!
Great information, overproduced, levels are too hot on the SFX.
The episode I listen to on self driving cars was almost unreasonable because the mix was so bad. It was distracting bring the levels down on the SFX please and thanks for the great information.
Local SF for the win
I’ll miss you Devin Katayama the MVP host!!!
Amazing local SF podcast at just the right length for locals and expats alike. I always learn something new, cool, and interesting!