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Community and Culture

March 22, 2018

Community and Culture

The Bay Area is a culmination of people from around the globe who each add something unique to Northern California. On this week’s “Community and Culture” show, reporters will dive deep into multiple communities all over the Bay and what unique characteristics they bring.

Reporter Lee Mengistu discusses how some African American people are leaving Oakland in the face of rapid gentrification. Francesca Fenzi traveled to the small town of Nome, Alaska to the annual Iditarod sled-dog race to find out how the small community handles their largest event of the year. Susie Neilson looks at what happens when victims of crimes don’t have appropriate language access when reporting their crimes to the police. Muna Danish goes to a ballet class for people who don’t fit the mold of what a typical ballerina looks like and how it empowers them. Finally, Sara Harrison travels to a Samoan church in San Francisco where people are fighting to hold onto their culture.


PRODUCER: Nikka Singh
ANCHORS: Sara Harrison and Lee Mengistu
REPORTERS: Lee Mengistu, Francesca Fenzi, Susie Neilson, Muna Danish, Sara Harrison
ENGINEER: Cat Schuknecht
MUSIC: "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop, "Runnin" by Pharcyde, "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers
PHOTO: Iditarod sled-dog race in Nome, Alaska. Photo by Francesca Fenzi


Saving Space

How do you preserve a community and a culture when residents are constantly moving? Three organizations aim to find out.

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A Case Un-Interpreted

The San Francisco Police Department has arguably the most advanced language access policies of any department in the country, it consistently fails to follow through with them. How is the SFPD working to address this?

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Keeping Samoan Culture Alive in the Bay Area

Reporter Sara Harrison explores how one diaspora community in San Francisco, a Samoan community is working to keep its traditions alive and pass them on to the next generation.

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Ballet for Black and Brown Bodies

Alyah Baker is a dancer and entrepreneur in Oakland who teaches a dance class called Ballet for Black and Brown Bodies. Her mission is to make a historically elitist art form more accessible to a wider range of body types and people of color. We also talk to Coral Martin,…

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Nome Dogs Allowed

Every spring, the dog sled racers — or mushers — make their way across 1,000 miles of frozen tundra between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. This is a story about Alaska’s “Last Great Race” and icy coastal town that’s home to the race finish.

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