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.
A Second Pandemic Holiday Season for Food Banks
During the first few weeks of sheltering in place, food banks saw a huge explosion in demand as thousands lost their jobs and income. Food banks also had to stop or restrict volunteer programs for fear of spreading COVID-19.
Now, as we go into our second holiday season during the pandemic, many still can’t afford to buy the food they need for themselves and their families. And on top of that, prices for many food items have increased as well.
Guest: Carly Severn, KQED senior engagement editor
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This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo, Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
Omicron: What We Know (and Don't Know)
Federal health officials are expanding the search for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the U.S, including at San Francisco International Airport, where there’s increased testing for some international travelers.
There’s still a lot we don’t know — Omicron could be a big deal, or it could change very little about the pandemic. Medical experts are currently trying to figure out whether this variant is more contagious, whether it's more deadly, and how the vaccines hold up against it.
Guest: Dr. Chaz Langelier, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at UCSF
This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
For Afghan Artists in the Bay, It’s a Painful Time
Artists in Afghanistan are in trouble now that the Taliban are back in charge. Visual artists and performers are fleeing the country for fear of being harassed, persecuted, and even killed.
This has ripple effects here in the Bay Area, which is home to a well-networked Afghan community and many Afghan American artists. They fear that creativity and freedom of expression are under attack once again. And they’re responding in different ways — through raising money, through changing their artistic practices, and through using art to help newly arrived refugees.
Guest: Chloe Veltman, KQED arts and culture reporter
This episode was produced by Raquel Maria Dillon and Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and hosted by Alan Montecillo.
Bay Area Afghan Artists Step Up in Response to Crisis Facing Artists in Afghanistan
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Meeting My Husband During the Pandemic
Meeting new people as an adult is hard enough, whether it’s dating or meeting new friends. Then the pandemic happened, and it got even more difficult.
But there are success stories out there. KQED Silicon Valley reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi did start dating someone during the pandemic. And in a recent episode of The California Report Magazine, she spoke with host Sasha Khokha about what that was like — and how it led to a connection she wasn’t expecting.
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A Win For Indian Farmers and Their Bay Area Supporters
A movement to support Indian farmers scored a win this past week. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced plans to roll back three controversial laws that had sparked protests for more than a year.
The Sikh community in California had rallied behind this movement and staged several marches here in the Bay Area, including one that stopped traffic on the Bay Bridge. Many said they wanted to take a stand against privatization. Some wanted to stand in solidarity with relatives back home. And now, it seems that these continued demonstrations have paid off.
Guest: Lakshmi Sarah, KQED reporter
This episode originally aired on December 14, 2020. It was originally produced by Ericka Cruz Guevarra, Alan Montecillo, and Kyana Moghadam, and hosted by Devin Katayama.
'That Walgreens Was Essential'
This month, Walgreens closed 5 stores in 5 different San Francisco neighborhoods. The company claims it was because of “organized, rampant retail theft,” although available information doesn't quite back that up.
These Walgreens locations also got national attention, and became part of heated local debates about policing and a fear of increased crime. And all the while, many San Francisco residents — especially older people and lower-income families — have lost an essential resource in their neighborhoods.
Guest: Abené Clayton, lead reporter of The Guardian’s Guns and Lies in America series
This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Raquel Maria Dillon, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
'Walgreens fed my family': inside the San Francisco stores closing over 'retail theft'
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!
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!
Public radio populist reporting
Used to be a great show. Somewhere along the social upheaval of 2016-current the company took a side and reports one sidedly with major bias. Sad.