North Gate Radio


North Gate Radio is a weekly radio show produced by the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Listen live each Thursday on KALX 90.7 FM at 9 AM.  Past shows (before 2016) are available on our former site.

The Social Studies Episode

n this episode of North Gate Radio, our team tells stories all about “social studies” in the Bay Area: People making decisions, navigating challenges, and building community.

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April 26, 2018

The Sports Episode

In this episode, our team of reporters tackle sports in the Bay Area and beyond-from San Francisco’s “soccer moms” and Oakland’s active seniors, to a real-life Quidditch team and a woman who overcame illness by training for a triathlon. Also in this episode: part two of our story on the East Bay’s “hospital desert.”

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April 12, 2018

All About Money

On this week’s “All About Money” show, reporters look at how money, or lack thereof, impacts Bay Area citizens in unexpected ways.

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April 5, 2018

Health and Wellness

On this week’s “Health and Wellness” show, reporters explore physical, mental and environmental health in the Bay Area.

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March 22, 2018

Community and Culture

North Gate Radio tackles community and culture this week, from a small local community all the way in Alaska to local communities trying to keep their traditional culture and habits alive.

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March 15, 2018

Technology Takeover

Technology is often seen as the great equalizer, and as something that is beneficial, but this week’s stories look at the other aspects of tech. Reporter Padmini Partha looks at what we lose when we give our sense of direction to GPS. Nikka Singh examines how the Taser and its cultural understanding as being non-lethal is problematic, and what that means for the SFPD as they work to roll it out. Sybil Patten goes into a family’s home and sees how the parents struggle with keeping their kids away from…

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December 7, 2017

Taking It All In

On this week’s episode, we look at stories that remind us to enjoy nature, family, culture–and just to take it all in. 

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November 30, 2017

What Comes Next?

On this week’s episode, reporters ask How do we move forward? We look at what comes next after a tragedy or the end of a government policy.

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November 16, 2017

The Sweet Spot

North Gate Radio brings you news spots from the Bay Area and beyond. From Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, to federal tax policy and the upcoming ski season, we’ve got you covered.

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November 9, 2017

Pursuing Positivity

On this week’s episode of North Gate Radio, we’re focusing on keeping it positive. You’ll hear stories about people who are working make the world a better place in communities in the Bay Area and beyond.

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November 2, 2017

Out There

On this episode we go where few have gone– from a haunted house in San Francisco to Puerto Rico after the storm.

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October 19, 2017


This week we’ll hear from people dealing with serious obstacles: gender norms, threats of deportation, and poisonous water are only just the beginning.

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October 12, 2017

Breaking Convention

This week we explore stories about breaking the status quo, from people staring deeply into strangers’ eyes to how a “juiced” ball could be increasing home runs in major league baseball.

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May 4, 2017


Plug in your headphones! On the semester’s season finale of North Gate Radio our reporters bring you sound from all around.

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April 20, 2017

Under the Surface

Have you ever looked at something and realized there’s more than just what’s on the surface? Of course you have. And so did our reporting team.

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April 6, 2017

Letters From…

This week, we have letters from our reporters. They traveled the world during spring break and brought back their stories.

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March 23, 2017

Home and Abroad

This week’s theme is “Home and Abroad” and our reporters will take you on a trip from the wilds of Wyoming, to the mountains of Afghanistan, and back to our very own East Bay BART stations.

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March 16, 2017

Location, Location

In this episode of North Gate Radio, our reporters bring you stories from five locations across the Bay Area.

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March 9, 2017

Law and Order

Welcome to North Gate Radio’s first show of 2017. This week, we’re talking about law and order.

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December 8, 2016

End of Year

This week, North Gate Radio takes a look back at 2016 for our last episode of the semester.

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December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

We’re recognizing Worlds AIDS day this week. From the origins of the AIDS epidemic, to talking with those who lived through that era, to dismantling the misconceptions that surround the disease, North Gate Radio has you covered. In this episode, reporters Coby McDonald and Brad Bailey will take you back to the origin of AIDS all the way to the current efforts that are being done to combat the disease. A group advocating AIDS research marches down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York, June 27,…

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November 17, 2016


The cool thing about science is that….well, it’s cool. In this episode of North Gate Radio, Chloe Lessard and Ashley-Grace Vo take you on a journey through the Bay Area and beyond to see what’s going on in the world of science. Nathaniel Mahowald takes a trip up to Berkeley Labs to see what’s going on with scientist who are testing neutrons on the hill. The future of growing food is at stake and Anna Sturla explains why climate change has a lot to do with it. Prop 64 passed…

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November 10, 2016


We’re talking transitions this week, from keeping circus arts alive to how a local bait shop stays afloat.

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October 27, 2016


Things take a turn for the spooky this week, as Juan Reyes and Rosa Kwak lead us on a journey of auditory terror so eldritch it’ll blow Lovecraft out of the water. First, Anna Sturla leads us on an aural adventure through space and time to listen for the first time to the sounds on the LP aboard the voyager spacecraft, currently hurtling through the vacuum of space. If that isn’t enough, next Coby McDonald takes us back in time with the Society for Creative Anachronisms (be prepared for sword fighting). If…

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October 20, 2016


We’re going to uncover some secrets this week! Our reporters are bringing you stories you won’t hear anywhere else. First we’ll go undercover under the covers and dive into the world of BDSM. Then we’ll learn about a new way to get birth control that puts control in the hands of the user. After that we’ll meet UC Berkeley’s “Oski” and find out a little more about the history of the famous bear. Next we’ll hear about the lives of pacific islanders in the US and their struggles. Finally, we’ll…

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May 5, 2016

The Voyeur Show

On our last episode of North Gate Radio this semester, we’re talking about voyeurs. What’s it like to be followed by the FBI, or tracked by an investigative journalist? We’ll find out, on this voyeuristic edition of North Gate Radio.

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April 28, 2016

Keeping It Local

Today on North Gate Radio, we’re “Keeping It Local” and bringing your stories about Berkeley.

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April 21, 2016

On The Move

From the cab of an eighteen wheeler to the back of a race bike, North Gate Radio is On the Move.

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March 31, 2016

The International Show

Today’s episode takes us around the world. We have stories about Germany’s refugee crisis, China’s HIV epidemic and the United States’ broken immigration reform. We also interviewed fellow J School students about their past work as foreign correspondents, and about the unifying power of Friends.

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March 17, 2016


Today’s episode is all about change: the good, the bad and the kind that very nearly kills you. We have stories about an Oakland business making a fundamental change thanks to an unlucky name choice, the female world heavyweight boxing champion training to defend her title, the opiate epidemic affecting communities across the U.S. and a pair of twins whose rule for playing the lottery changed both their lives.

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March 10, 2016


Welcome to North Gate Radio’s first show of 2016. In this week’s episode, we’re talking about subcultures and people breaking the norm. We’ll hear a variety of stories about unusual games, sports and medical treatments. We’ll meet a woman taking a new approach to death and visit an Oakland pro-wrestling show performed in drag. We also have a story about a decades-long live action role-playing game and an audio postcard from Elko, Nevada, examining the LGBT voting population there.

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