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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.

Latest Episodes

Just Don't Call Them Buffalo: Meet the Bison of Golden Gate Park

Bay Curious listener Paul Irving wanted to know: "What's the story with the bison in Golden Gate Park?" The park celebrates its 150th birthday this week, so we are re-running this episode digging into the backstory of the herd of American bison who call it home. And there are five cute updates to this story. Additional Reading: What's With the Bison in Golden Gate Park? Golden Gate Park Welcomes Five Young Bison Ahead of 150th Anniversary Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

12 MIN5 d ago
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Just Don't Call Them Buffalo: Meet the Bison of Golden Gate Park

Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World?

Listener Mark Isaak heard that the spot on the earth from which you can see the most land is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But that the summit of Mount Diablo comes in second. Turns out, this is a widely-circulated factoid that goes back centuries. Is it true? Additional Reading: Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Reported by Asal Ehsanipour. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

13 MIN1 w ago
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Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World?

A Coronavirus Care Package: Care For Yourself, Others and Still Have Fun

It has been a week, y'all. We're bringing you some tips on how to care for yourself, an inspiring story about how one neighbor his helping another, and a tour through the creative world of digital gatherings. Sit back, take a breath and hang with us. Links relevant to this episode: Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know How to File for Unemployment in California During the Coronavirus Pandemic Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Berkeley Mutual Aid Art classes on Instagram Live with @wendymac One Salon SF Urban Adamah Alison Faith Levy’s Youtube The Feelings Parade Facebook Page Dance parties with @mkik808 Featuring KQED associate arts and culture editor, Nastia Voynovskaya. Produced by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Asal Ehsanipour, Jessica Placzek and Katie McMurran. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Rob Speight, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Vinnee Tong and Ethan Lindsey.

17 MIN2 w ago
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A Coronavirus Care Package: Care For Yourself, Others and Still Have Fun

Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Your Questions Answered

What are the recommendations for taking public transit? Should I go to work? Should I cancel upcoming travel plans? How long does the virus last on a doorknob? Can it be transmitted in the air? Will we be quarantined? Find the latest answers to these questions and more in this constantly-changing story. Additional Reading: Public Health Orders and Recommendations for Each Bay Area County Bay Area Hospitals Gear Up for Potential Surge in Coronavirus Cases Coronavirus: Public Health Experts Want to 'Flatten the Curve.' Here's What That Means Featuring KQED reporter Michelle Wiley. Produced by Asal Ehsanipour, Olivia Allen-Price and Katie McMurran. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Asal Ehsanipour, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez and Ethan Lindsey.

21 MIN3 w ago
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Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Your Questions Answered

Why Highway 280 Has So Few Billboards

Question asker David Shayer has a lot of opinions... about billboards. He says the worst are electronic billboards that flash changing images at night. But in addition to an opinion, David has a question: "Why is Highway 101 plastered with billboards while Highway 280 doesn't have any billboards?" In this episode, reporter Christopher Egusa takes a roadtrip to find out more. Additional Reading: Green Foothills Bay Area, I Love You Reported by Christopher Egusa. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Asal Ehsanipour, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez and Ethan Lindsey Patricia Yollin.

11 MINMAR 5
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Why Highway 280 Has So Few Billboards

In A Changing City, How Does The Tenderloin Stay The Same?

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is bordered by some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, yet it has a bad reputation. Tourists are told to avoid the area. You can often see drug dealing out in the open, and garbage on the streets. Today's question asker, Vy Nguyen, lives in the neighborhood and wants to know how the Tenderloin has stayed the same in a city where most low-incomes areas have gentrified. Additional Reading: Why Hasn't the Tenderloin Gentrified Like the Rest of San Francisco? By Randy Shaw: After a Tough 2019, Tenderloin Will Move Forward Reported by Kelly O'Mara. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

15 MINFEB 27
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In A Changing City, How Does The Tenderloin Stay The Same?

Coyotes, They're Back and They're Thriving

Question asker Lauren Fleming has noticed a lot of signs warning about coyote sightings in San Francisco parks. She wants to know how many coyotes live here, how they got here, and how they manage to live in an urban environment. In this episode, reporter Bianca Taylor meets a woman who has been observing the city's coyotes for thirteen years. Additional Reading: San Francisco's Coyotes are Back, and They are Thriving The "Coyote Lady's" website, CoyoteYipps.com Submit your love letter to the Bay Area Reported by Bianca Taylor. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Asal Ehsanipour, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey and Patricia Yollin.

13 MINFEB 20
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Coyotes, They're Back and They're Thriving

Bay Area, I Love You

This week the Bay Curious team asked locals to help us make a collective love letter to the Bay Area. We talked to people whose families have been here for several generations, people who just arrived and some who recently left. We heard all kinds of reasons for why you love it. We present to you, your stories and our love letter. Credits Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Don Clyde, Carly Severn, Christopher Cox, Bianca Hernandez, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Holly Kernan.

15 MINFEB 13
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Bay Area, I Love You

We Built This City on ... Water and Marsh?

When Nicole was growing up, her grandmother always told her: Don't live anywhere built on fill. Her uncle also had strong memories of watching the Marina burn after the 1989 earthquake — when parts of the ground liquefied, causing buildings to collapse and gas lines to break. Nicole wants to follow her grandmother's advice, but she needs to know a few things: "What neighborhoods and cities in the Bay Area are built on filled land? And what are those cities and neighborhoods doing to mitigate the risk of liquefaction?" Additional Reading Large Parts of the Bay Area Are Built on Fill. Why and Where? MAP: Where We "Created" Dry Land The Precarious Future of Treasure Island: Rising Seas and Sinking Land How Treasure Island Got Made and Why Credits Reported by Kelly O'Mara. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Don Clyde, Carly Severn, Christopher Cox, Bianca Hernandez, Kyana Moghada...

14 MINFEB 6
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We Built This City on ... Water and Marsh?

You're Really, Really Curious About BART

We get a lot of BART questions from our listeners, so this week we're answering a slew of them with long-time transit reporter Dan Brekke. How did they build the underwater tunnels for BART? In its nearly 50 years of existence, why has BART taken so long to extend into Santa Clara County? And only normally protruded into San Mateo County and never expanded into any of the North Bay counties? Why are there news kiosks in the BART station that are closed? Why doesn't BART let people run these news kiosks? What is the history? At the West Oakland BART Station there are ads right next to the third rail. How on earth do they change those out without getting electrocuted? Why does it seem like the escalators are constantly broken? Why does BART announce elevator status all the time? Our question askers this week were Briana, Brad Meyer, Jay Quigley, Mark, Dan and Eric. Additional Goodies Why are BART trains so loud? (Apple Podcasts) Sign up for the Bay Curious newsletter The Bay: An Unspo...

17 MINJAN 30
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You're Really, Really Curious About BART

Latest Episodes

Just Don't Call Them Buffalo: Meet the Bison of Golden Gate Park

Bay Curious listener Paul Irving wanted to know: "What's the story with the bison in Golden Gate Park?" The park celebrates its 150th birthday this week, so we are re-running this episode digging into the backstory of the herd of American bison who call it home. And there are five cute updates to this story. Additional Reading: What's With the Bison in Golden Gate Park? Golden Gate Park Welcomes Five Young Bison Ahead of 150th Anniversary Reported by Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

12 MIN5 d ago
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Just Don't Call Them Buffalo: Meet the Bison of Golden Gate Park

Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World?

Listener Mark Isaak heard that the spot on the earth from which you can see the most land is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But that the summit of Mount Diablo comes in second. Turns out, this is a widely-circulated factoid that goes back centuries. Is it true? Additional Reading: Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Reported by Asal Ehsanipour. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

13 MIN1 w ago
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Does Mount Diablo Have the Biggest View in the World?

A Coronavirus Care Package: Care For Yourself, Others and Still Have Fun

It has been a week, y'all. We're bringing you some tips on how to care for yourself, an inspiring story about how one neighbor his helping another, and a tour through the creative world of digital gatherings. Sit back, take a breath and hang with us. Links relevant to this episode: Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know How to File for Unemployment in California During the Coronavirus Pandemic Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Berkeley Mutual Aid Art classes on Instagram Live with @wendymac One Salon SF Urban Adamah Alison Faith Levy’s Youtube The Feelings Parade Facebook Page Dance parties with @mkik808 Featuring KQED associate arts and culture editor, Nastia Voynovskaya. Produced by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Asal Ehsanipour, Jessica Placzek and Katie McMurran. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Rob Speight, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Vinnee Tong and Ethan Lindsey.

17 MIN2 w ago
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A Coronavirus Care Package: Care For Yourself, Others and Still Have Fun

Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Your Questions Answered

What are the recommendations for taking public transit? Should I go to work? Should I cancel upcoming travel plans? How long does the virus last on a doorknob? Can it be transmitted in the air? Will we be quarantined? Find the latest answers to these questions and more in this constantly-changing story. Additional Reading: Public Health Orders and Recommendations for Each Bay Area County Bay Area Hospitals Gear Up for Potential Surge in Coronavirus Cases Coronavirus: Public Health Experts Want to 'Flatten the Curve.' Here's What That Means Featuring KQED reporter Michelle Wiley. Produced by Asal Ehsanipour, Olivia Allen-Price and Katie McMurran. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Asal Ehsanipour, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez and Ethan Lindsey.

21 MIN3 w ago
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Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Your Questions Answered

Why Highway 280 Has So Few Billboards

Question asker David Shayer has a lot of opinions... about billboards. He says the worst are electronic billboards that flash changing images at night. But in addition to an opinion, David has a question: "Why is Highway 101 plastered with billboards while Highway 280 doesn't have any billboards?" In this episode, reporter Christopher Egusa takes a roadtrip to find out more. Additional Reading: Green Foothills Bay Area, I Love You Reported by Christopher Egusa. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Asal Ehsanipour, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez and Ethan Lindsey Patricia Yollin.

11 MINMAR 5
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Why Highway 280 Has So Few Billboards

In A Changing City, How Does The Tenderloin Stay The Same?

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is bordered by some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, yet it has a bad reputation. Tourists are told to avoid the area. You can often see drug dealing out in the open, and garbage on the streets. Today's question asker, Vy Nguyen, lives in the neighborhood and wants to know how the Tenderloin has stayed the same in a city where most low-incomes areas have gentrified. Additional Reading: Why Hasn't the Tenderloin Gentrified Like the Rest of San Francisco? By Randy Shaw: After a Tough 2019, Tenderloin Will Move Forward Reported by Kelly O'Mara. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Carly Severn, Bianca Hernandez, Ethan Lindsey and Don Clyde.

15 MINFEB 27
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In A Changing City, How Does The Tenderloin Stay The Same?

Coyotes, They're Back and They're Thriving

Question asker Lauren Fleming has noticed a lot of signs warning about coyote sightings in San Francisco parks. She wants to know how many coyotes live here, how they got here, and how they manage to live in an urban environment. In this episode, reporter Bianca Taylor meets a woman who has been observing the city's coyotes for thirteen years. Additional Reading: San Francisco's Coyotes are Back, and They are Thriving The "Coyote Lady's" website, CoyoteYipps.com Submit your love letter to the Bay Area Reported by Bianca Taylor. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Asal Ehsanipour, Paul Lancour, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey and Patricia Yollin.

13 MINFEB 20
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Coyotes, They're Back and They're Thriving

Bay Area, I Love You

This week the Bay Curious team asked locals to help us make a collective love letter to the Bay Area. We talked to people whose families have been here for several generations, people who just arrived and some who recently left. We heard all kinds of reasons for why you love it. We present to you, your stories and our love letter. Credits Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Kyana Moghadam, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Don Clyde, Carly Severn, Christopher Cox, Bianca Hernandez, Kyana Moghadam, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Holly Kernan.

15 MINFEB 13
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Bay Area, I Love You

We Built This City on ... Water and Marsh?

When Nicole was growing up, her grandmother always told her: Don't live anywhere built on fill. Her uncle also had strong memories of watching the Marina burn after the 1989 earthquake — when parts of the ground liquefied, causing buildings to collapse and gas lines to break. Nicole wants to follow her grandmother's advice, but she needs to know a few things: "What neighborhoods and cities in the Bay Area are built on filled land? And what are those cities and neighborhoods doing to mitigate the risk of liquefaction?" Additional Reading Large Parts of the Bay Area Are Built on Fill. Why and Where? MAP: Where We "Created" Dry Land The Precarious Future of Treasure Island: Rising Seas and Sinking Land How Treasure Island Got Made and Why Credits Reported by Kelly O'Mara. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Katie McMurran and Rob Speight. Additional support from Julie Caine, Paul Lancour, Don Clyde, Carly Severn, Christopher Cox, Bianca Hernandez, Kyana Moghada...

14 MINFEB 6
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We Built This City on ... Water and Marsh?

You're Really, Really Curious About BART

We get a lot of BART questions from our listeners, so this week we're answering a slew of them with long-time transit reporter Dan Brekke. How did they build the underwater tunnels for BART? In its nearly 50 years of existence, why has BART taken so long to extend into Santa Clara County? And only normally protruded into San Mateo County and never expanded into any of the North Bay counties? Why are there news kiosks in the BART station that are closed? Why doesn't BART let people run these news kiosks? What is the history? At the West Oakland BART Station there are ads right next to the third rail. How on earth do they change those out without getting electrocuted? Why does it seem like the escalators are constantly broken? Why does BART announce elevator status all the time? Our question askers this week were Briana, Brad Meyer, Jay Quigley, Mark, Dan and Eric. Additional Goodies Why are BART trains so loud? (Apple Podcasts) Sign up for the Bay Curious newsletter The Bay: An Unspo...

17 MINJAN 30
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You're Really, Really Curious About BART
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