Short stories, biographies, and interviews by Oakland based journalist Christopher Beale and his friends, reflecting real-life and fantasy through storytelling.
Glass Fire: Napa 'Refugees' Wait For Answers
The Glass Fire - which as of writing this has burned more than 60,000 acres near California’s wine country - is displacing entire communities. Whole families forced out of their homes with no idea when they’ll be able to return - or if they’ll have a home to return to. This is the story of one such family waiting for answers.
Napa Valley Register
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Theme Park Pulse: The Game
Big Fish Stories
From Lake Berryessa in California to Big Fish Lake in Minnesota - two big fish stories, 3 acts, 30 minutes.
Click here for a written transcript of the episode.
Act 1 - The First Attempt
An educational but completely empty-handed fishing trip to Lake Berryessa.
"I think I'd like to lose a finger." - Tom
Act 2 - Grandpa Hal
Mark recounts the final fishing trip he shared with his beloved grandfather.
"80 Fish!" - Mark
Act 3 - Best Day Ever
A bolt of electricity! Tom and I finally catch a kokanee!
"My legs are a little wobbly." - Chris
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It's like that popular NPR quiz show...except, for theme park fans! Check out Theme Park Pulse: The Game - every other week.
Oakland Takes Back The Narrative
After two nights of demonstrations against police brutality that ended in riots and looting - Oakland protesters took to the streets Sunday to take back the narrative, Black Lives Matter.
Special thanks to Youth Radio Media and their volunteers, to my neighbor for the up-close video of the looting, and to the demonstrators on Sunday for allowing me access and making me feel welcome.
NBC Bay Area
My neighbor on Twitter.
David DeBolt on Twitter.
Activity Found | a COVID-19 story
The story of a San Francisco man recovering from a confirmed case of COVID-19.
"My heart starts beating so fast Wednesday night. Really, Really, Really fast. I get this numbness all over my body. My legs are falling numb. I have a hard time getting up. And I'm like, Oh my God. This is it. I’m gonna die." - Armando Zambrana
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Johns Hopkins University
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Zone Defense & Drive-By Kisses
The Zayner family’s house is one of those spaces where people are always coming and going on the weekends. Come as you are...B.Y.O.B and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. With a pool in the backyard for epic summer’s out under the sun, this place is my little slice of paradise outside the city. It’s ground-zero for family hangs.
COVID-19 has moved this large family indoors for school and work - how are Bridget and Zach handling the pandemic-induced stress? How about the kids?
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The song at the end of the episode is "We're Gonna Be Okay" by Cody Francis. Available on Spotify.
Short Story: A Violent Shove
This morning was so unusual I had to share it with you. I witnessed a crime here in Oakland and it shook me.
"I just witnessed my first crime in Oakland, like right in front of me, I saw it. I tried to help." - Christopher J. Beale
Have you ever witnessed a crime? Share it with me at (213) 935-0513. If you have helpful information about the crime featured in this story, call Oakland Police at (510) 777-3333.
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Keeping dreaming and wishing...
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