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California Sun Podcast

Jan 28, 2020

State Sen. Scott Wiener makes his case for SB 50 by first reminding us that almost one-third of the nation’s housing shortage is in California. In homes per capita, California ranks 49th among U.S. states. Wiener argues that the California tradition of extreme local control of zoning has not worked, while sprawl...

Jan 22, 2020

Jared Farmer — an environmental historian and geohumanist, sometimes just called "the tree guy" — chronicles California’s post-Gold Rush history through the evolution of four emblematic tree species: redwood, eucalyptus, orange, and palm. As they have changed, so have we. His observations remind us how what...

Jan 16, 2020

Thomas Wolf wants to use his experience with and recovery from drugs and homelessness on the streets of the Tenderloin as an opportunity to help others, thank the police officer who rescued him, and reinvent San Francisco’s response to the drug crisis.

Jan 8, 2020

Paul Kitagaki Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning Sacramento Bee photographer, tells the personal stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Inspired by a Dorothea Lange photograph of his parents' and grandparents' internment, he embarked on a 10-year pilgrimage, photographing survivors of the California...