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Outside the Box

November 21, 2019

Outside the Box

On today’s show, stories from outside the box. People all over the Bay Area are experimenting with unorthodox solutions to common problems. We’ll hear about some new ways law enforcement is trying to maximize public safety, how some people are combatting the Bay’s housing shortage and how Berkeley’s legacy of civil disobedience now has a chapter called “turkeys”.

First, Haley Gray takes us to San Francisco to learn about how the city’s police department is trying to organize a better system for enforcing drug laws. Then, we’ll meet a Richmond woman whose solution to the Bay’s housing crisis is retrofitting an old school bus and learn about the tiny house movement with reporter Tessa Paoli.

Berkeley is trying a number of creative and controversial ways to make streets safer for biking and walking, Daniel Lempres will tell us about the recent changes. Lastly, reporter Will McCarthy will tell us about the Gill Tract and how a community garden can foster a connection with nature without ever leaving town.



PRODUCER: Brian Wollitz
ANCHORS: Michelle Pitcher, Ashlea Brown
REPORTERS: Haley Gray, Daniel Lempres, Will McCarthy, Tessa Paoli
ENGINEER: Nina Sparling


Berkeley’s Turkeys and a Community Garden in Danger

A surprising creature inspires the latest act of Berkeley civil disobedience.

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Constance’s Bus

Constance Johnson and her two kids have been homeless in the East Bay for three years, bouncing from their car to storefronts and homeless shelters in the East Bay. But they are getting ready to move into their new place. Not an apartment or a house, but a converted school…

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San Francisco’s New Task Force

San Francisco is trying a new approach to curtail drug dealing in the city.

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Berkeley Pushes for Bike Safety

Berkeley’s City Council is taking big steps to make the streets safer for walkers and bikers. They’re changing city policies and spending big on bike safety as part of an effort to eliminate severe traffic injuries on city streets by 2026. 

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