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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.

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    • 4.8 • 374 Ratings

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.

    Will Casual Carpool Ever Come Back?

    Will Casual Carpool Ever Come Back?

    Before the pandemic, there were a few ways to endure the traffic into downtown San Francisco. One very Bay Area method was the casual carpool, a completely organic system of riding with strangers to get across the bridge faster and for cheap. But after March 2020, those long lines at casual carpool stops vanished — and they haven’t come back. 
    Guest: Nico Savidge, senior City Hall reporter for Berkeleyside
    This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Maria Esquinca, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
    Links:
    'Casual Carpool was a Bay Area tradition before COVID. Can it make a comeback?' by Nico Savidge, Nov. 20, 2022.

    Your support makes KQED podcasts possible. You can show your love by going to https://kqed.org/donate/podcasts.

    • 18 min
    A Frantic Job Hunt for H-1B Visa Holders in Tech

    A Frantic Job Hunt for H-1B Visa Holders in Tech

    Silicon Valley companies rely on thousands of H-1B visa holders who have come to the Bay Area from all over the world. H-1B visas grant temporary status to work and live in the U.S. But in the wake of mass layoffs in the tech industry, visa holders have 60 days to find a new job or face the threat of deportation.
    Guest: Rachael Myrow, KQED Silicon Valley senior editor
    Links:
    Mass Bay Area Tech Layoffs Thrust Thousands of H-1B Visa Holders Into Frantic Job Hunt

    • 19 min
    In the Bay, Hundreds Are Coming Out to Support Chinese Protesters

    In the Bay, Hundreds Are Coming Out to Support Chinese Protesters

    Even in the Bay Area, it’s a big risk for Chinese residents to protest against the Chinese Communist Party. Many fear retaliation against themselves and their loved ones in China. 
    But over the past week, hundreds of people have attended candlelight vigils in multiple cities, including San Jose and San Francisco. These protests have been held to support people in China and to remember the 10 people who died in an apartment fire in China’s Xinjiang province. The public outrage from these deaths — which many believe were caused by China’s strict COVID lockdowns — sparked protests across the nation.
    Today, we hear from a Chinese university student in the Bay Area who attended a vigil in San Jose.
    This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Maria Esquinca, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra. 
    Your support makes KQED podcasts possible. You can show your love by going to https://kqed.org/donate/podcasts.
    Links:
    Xinjiang Victims Database

    • 20 min
    Got Climate Anxiety? Here’s How to Deal With It

    Got Climate Anxiety? Here’s How to Deal With It

    Leaders from nearly 200 countries recently met during COP27, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. While some gains were made, like the creation of a “loss and damage” fund to help vulnerable countries, negotiations were stalled by oil-producing nations. The overwhelming scope of Climate Change and the inevitable losses on the planet can lead to feelings of paralysis, discouragement, sadness and stress. In this episode from November of last year, KQED climate reporter Laura Kilvans, urges listeners to sit with their feelings, and offers the possibility of turning to a place of hope.
    Guest: Laura Klivans, KQED climate reporter
    Episode Transcript
    This episode originally aired on Nov. 17, 2021.
    More Resources:

    ‘Climate Change is Here. It’s Bad. Here’s What You Can Do’ 

    Submit a Bay Area climate change question for KQED reporters

    • 16 min
    Oakland Plans to Return 5 Acres to East Bay Ohlone

    Oakland Plans to Return 5 Acres to East Bay Ohlone

    Oakland is on the verge of returning 5 acres of Joaquin Miller Park to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and the Confederated Villages of Lisjan. This would be the first time a California city has returned land to Native American tribes.
    Despite no significant opposition to this plan, this process has taken more than 5 years. So what does it actually take to return land back to tribes?
    Guest: Annelise Finney, KQED reporter
    Episode Transcript
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    Your support makes KQED podcasts possible. You can show your love by going to https://kqed.org/donate/podcasts.
    This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Ericka Cruz Guevarra, with support from Maria Esquinca. Ericka Cruz Guevarra is the host. 

    • 25 min
    Thousands of UC Academic Workers Are on Strike

    Thousands of UC Academic Workers Are on Strike

    Universities across the country rely on students and academic workers to grade papers, run classes, conduct research, and provide student support. It’s demanding work, often for little pay. 
    But now, the unions representing 48,000 University of California students and academic workers say they’ve had enough, and on Monday thousands of people across the system's 10 campuses went on strike. 
    Guest: Bria Suggs, journalist and graduate student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
    Links:

    'Thousands of UC Academic Workers Continue Massive Statewide Strike in Demand for Living Wage,' by Matthew Green, Nov. 16, 2022.


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    Episode Transcript
    This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Maria Esquinca, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
    Your support makes KQED podcasts possible. You can show your love by going to https://kqed.org/donate/podcasts.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

PaulSpitz ,

Conscientious Jouranlism

If you like NYTimes’ The Daily, you’ll enjoy The Bay; a deep, humane dive into leading issues around The Bay. Trending with most public radio stations, journalism looks at policies to reveal impacts on everyday residents—from our areas issues on homeless encampments, anti-Asian violence, aspiring businesses owners, etc. I find the coverage thoughtful, critical, and concerned with many stakeholders while not belying public radio’s core values. Thanks!

just.this.guy ,

Sadly it has become an echo chamber

If you have a liberal bias even for The Bay Area, this is part of your echo chamber. If you are looking for balanced views or at least all sides, this has no value. If you do not speak Spanish, you cannot follow many stories. This used to be solid journalism. Very sad 😔

lobosteeler ,

Thank you

The (first of many I’m sure) People’s Park episode was particularly interesting and informative. Thank you for the in-depth background, reporting, and reality-check. This is the kind of event/issue/location/situation that I feel this podcast is uniquely suited for.

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