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Bay Curious

By KQED

Rank #42 in Places & Travel category

Society & Culture
Places & Travel
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Bay Curious is a podcast about the unexplored San Francisco Bay Area. Each week we take a deep dive into the mysteries that make this area quirky, delightful and, at times, dysfunctional. It’s a show about questions — and the adventures you stumble upon when you go looking for answers. Now here’s the twist: You ask the questions. You decide what we work on. You help us find the answer. Join host Olivia Allen-Price to explore the Bay one bite-sized episode at a time. The show is produced at KQED in San Francisco. Learn more at BayCurious.org.

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Bay Curious is a podcast about the unexplored San Francisco Bay Area. Each week we take a deep dive into the mysteries that make this area quirky, delightful and, at times, dysfunctional. It’s a show about questions — and the adventures you stumble upon when you go looking for answers. Now here’s the twist: You ask the questions. You decide what we work on. You help us find the answer. Join host Olivia Allen-Price to explore the Bay one bite-sized episode at a time. The show is produced at KQED in San Francisco. Learn more at BayCurious.org.

iTunes Ratings

271 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great stuff guys

By thegregorygregory - Nov 09 2018
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What a gem! Thank you for this.

So good

By Cheezercheezer - Aug 06 2018
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Love the show, thank you for teaching us about our history!

iTunes Ratings

271 Ratings
Average Ratings
246
17
5
2
1

Great stuff guys

By thegregorygregory - Nov 09 2018
Read more

What a gem! Thank you for this.

So good

By Cheezercheezer - Aug 06 2018
Read more

Love the show, thank you for teaching us about our history!

Top 10 Episode of Bay Curious

Rank #1: Voting on Daylight Saving Time, Animal Confinement and Water. Propositions 3, 7 and 12, Explained

Oct 09 2018
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Should California go full-time daylight saving time? Take animals out of cages? Pass a water bond? For Bay Curious Prop Week, we explore the three science-related propositions. For more from Prop Week, visit BayCurious.org or check out other episodes in our feed! Produced by Ryan Levi and Olivia Allen-Price. Featuring KQED's Danielle Venton and Lesley McClurg. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julie Caine, Ethan Lindsey, Katie McMurran and David Weir. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question or sign up for our newsletter at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #2: What If Californians Repealed the Gas Tax? Proposition 6, Explained

Oct 08 2018
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If Proposition 6 is approved, it would repeal SB 1, the gas tax and vehicle fee increase passed by state lawmakers last year. Featuring KQED reporters Katie Orr and Dan Brekke. Produced by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julie Caine, Ethan Lindsey, Katie McMurran and David Weir. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question or sign up for our newsletter at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #3: There’s a Secret Message to Decode in San Jose

Dec 28 2016
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f you've walked past Adobe's corporate headquarters in downtown San Jose, you may have spotted them: four big orange LED lights that look like flat-head screws, turning in apparently random patterns. This week's Bay Curious question comes from listener Geoff Morgan, who wanted to know: What do the turning wheels on the top of the Adobe building mean? To start with, it helps to know Adobe makes computer software for people who work with words, pictures and sound. "At the core of our DNA, really, is art and technology," says Siri Lackovic, the company’s senior brand strategist. That’s why you’ll find clever art installations all over their office towers. Siri is one of the two people on the planet who know the whole story behind the glowing orange orbs Geoff noticed. The other person, of course, is the guy who came up with the concept, New York artist Ben Rubin. "The hope is that someone would look up and say: 'What is that?' " Ben says. "What is that thing trying to say, you know? What is its message?" The name of this installation is San Jose Semaphore. "Semaphore, by definition, is really a form of visual communication," Siri explains. Way back when, the only way to communicate surreptitiously over a short distance -- say, from land to a ship -- would be to rely on flag bearers. "They would hold up the flag, and depending on the position of the flag, would let them know if it was safe to come in, or better to stay put," she says. This resonates with Geoff, the KQED listener who asked the question. "I actually was in the Navy, and so I remember people communicating with flags, and it was always interesting to me because it looked very official, but a lot of times, they were talking about the latest baseball scores from ship to ship and things like that," he says. In case you didn't serve in the Navy, here's an amusing set of dramas executed in semaphore by Monty Python. So, the short story on San Jose Semaphore is that it’s an art installation. The long story stretches back to artist Ben Rubin’s childhood in Boston during the 1970s. Back then, he owned a Heathkit shortwave radio. Sometimes, when he turned it on, he’d hear the strangest things. "These sort of clicks and beeps and mechanized announcements," Ben says. "Who could not listen to an encrypted message and not wonder what it says, you know?" As NPR reported in a 2000 feature for the "Lost and Found Sound" series, these were numbers stations, shortwave radio broadcasts that historians believe transmitted messages to spies stationed around the world, starting in World War I. To the average listener, the letters, numbers and songs broadcast on the stations sound random. But if you have the key to decode the gobbledygook -- it’s a message. Ben was fascinated by these numbers stations. So when it came time for college, he got a bachelor's degree in computer science and semiotics, the study of signs and symbols. After graduation, he starting making art inspired by his studies. Now he makes media installations using technology, sound, images and physical structures -- like the piece on the top of Adobe's building in San Jose. Silicon Valley Loves A Challenge Each of these orange discs can assume four positions: horizontal, left-leaning diagonal, vertical, right-leaning diagonal. Four positions, plus four discs, means there are 256 possible combinations. Every 7.2 seconds, those wheels turn to a new configuration of sort of positions. Then they rest.

Rank #4: Why Hasn’t the Tenderloin Gentrified Like the Rest of San Francisco?

May 03 2018
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Tenderloin residents wanted to preserve its affordability. But will they be forced out as improvements come to the neighborhood? Reported by Kelly O'Mara. Edited By Jessica Placzek. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Ryan Levi, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, Amanda Font, and Julia McEvoy. Holly Kernan is Vice President for News. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #5: 420 Started in the Bay Area. Meet the Guys Who Invented It

Apr 19 2018
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It all began with a treasure map to secret weed plants abandoned somewhere in Point Reyes. Reported by Olivia Allen-Price and Emmanuel Hapsis. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi, Suzie Racho, Erika Kelly, Amanda Font, and Julia McEvoy. Holly Kernan is Vice President for News. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #6: Why is Marin County So White?

Feb 16 2017
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Marin County is the whitest county in the Bay Area -- but why? Reporter Ericka Cruz-Guevarra takes us through some pivotal moments in Marin history that contributed to its demographics today. Reported by Ericka Cruz-Guevarra. Produced and edited by Olivia Allen-Price, Vinnee Tong, Paul Lancour and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #7: Eucalyptus: How California’s Most Hated Tree Took Root

Feb 01 2018
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Depending who you ask, eucalyptus trees are either an icon in California or a fire-prone scourge. Reported by Daniel Potter. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho, David Weir, Craig Miller, Ryan Levi and Amanda Font. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #8: Why Is Lane Splitting Only Legal in California? And Is it Safe?

Jul 19 2018
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People have a lot of feelings about lane splitting, but they don’t always have all the information. Reported by Ryan Levi. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Ryan Levi and Suzie Racho. Additional support from Julia McEvoy, Ethan Lindsey, Howard Gelman. Holly Kernan is Vice President for News. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question or sign up for our newsletter at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.

Rank #9: Why So Windy? Why So Foggy? And What’s With Karl?

Jul 26 2018
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If you're coming to San Francisco in the summer, bring a jacket! We take a closer look at what causes the wind and fog to descend upon parts of our region each summer. Plus, a few bonus questions about famed Twitter account, @KarlTheFog.

Rank #10: El Camino Not-So-Real: The True Story of the ‘Ancient Road’

Nov 02 2017
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Legend has it, El Camino Real is an ancient road that connects the Spanish missions. But is it true? Reported by Rachael Myrow. Bay Curious is Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Paul Lancour, Suzie Racho and Julia McEvoy. Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Ask us a question at BayCurious.org. Follow Olivia Allen-Price on Twitter @oallenprice.