It’s been a tough week for many Californians who’ve been glued to the coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the bitter divide it's exposed in our country about gender, sexual violence and credibility. What's become clear is that people are frustrated with a toxic political environment. But there’s also a surge of first-time women candidates wanting to jump in to the political arena this November, hoping to make a change. We’ve been bringing you some of their stories, as part of our series “The Long Run.” Today we hear from Aisha Wahab, who’s running for a city council seat in Hayward, in Alameda County. Aisha's family is originally from Afghanistan. She's a millennial and she grew up in foster care. She says her motto is "if you don't see the woman, be the woman." She’s been keeping an audio diary from the campaign trail.
Terisa Siagatonu is a poet and mental health advocate who works with young people. She grew up in San Francisco, but her family is from Samoa, in the Pacific Islands. She says people there depend on water for survival, but that relationship is shifting. We talked to her for the final installment in our series about how climate change has impacted peoples lives in personal and specific ways. It's called “This Moment on Earth.”
My Carbon Footprint
Most of us don’t know what our carbon footprint is. Does biking to work help? How about solar panels? Host Sasha Khokha invited an expert into her home, to help her figure out some of the unexpected ways her family is contributing to global warming.
We’ve been asking you, our listeners, to write a letter to one of the first people in your family who came to California with a dream for our series, “Letter to My California Dreamer." This week’s letter comes from Tai Moses of Santa Cruz, to her father.
A California Supreme: Alice Coltrane’s ‘Lost’ L.A. Albums Resurrected
By the time Alice McLeod met her future husband John Coltrane in 1963, the classically trained musician with a background in gospel had already mastered bebop piano and like John, was looking to push jazz further. A new collection of out-of-print Alice Coltrane recordings: “Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings” combines the three studio albums she recorded for Warner after moving to Southern California from New Jersey with her children following the death of her husband. These ‘L.A.’ albums would be her last commercial recordings for more than 25 years as Coltrane pursued a more spiritual path. As Steven Cuevas tells us, the re-issue of these “lost” albums further spotlights a musician transitioning from the secular to the sacred.