April 19, 2018


Our show this week is all about renegades — people and things that defy the status quo.

Reporters Padmini Parthasarthy and Lee Mengistu talk to Free Radio Berkeley’s Stephen Dunifer, one of the pioneers of pirate radio. Nikka Singh profiles a comedian who uses her comedy to poke fun at misconceptions about those with disabilities.

Zoë Ferrigno explores the threat of a non-human renegade — a tsunami — in the bay area. Kaitlin Benz follows a group of athletes fighting the system within their own bodies. And in the first part of a two-part series, Nuria Marquez Martinez follows the potential closure of Alta Bates Hospital in Richmond, and the people trying to stop it.

In part two of the story, we’ll explore the term “hospital desert” and the effects it’s had on West County.


PRODUCER: Susie Neilson
ANCHORS: Zoë Ferrigno, Nikka Singh
REPORTERS: Padmini Parthasarthy, Lee Mengistu, Nikka Singh, Zoë Ferrigno, Kaitlin Benz
ENGINEER: Cat Schuknecht
MUSIC: "Wave of Mutilation" by The Pixies, "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, "Rebel Girl" by Bikini Kill, "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie


Hospital Desert: Part 1

Richmond residents may lose their second major hospital in less than five years, putting many further and further away from an emergency room.

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Running Toward a Cure for Crohn’s Disease

1.6 million Americans suffer from Crohn’s and IBD, and many of those people are taking their body back from the disease through running.

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Just Another Disabled Entertainer

“When somebody sees me they think they already know everything, they already know that I’m suffering. They already know that I have it worse than them. They already know that I am embarrassed about how I look and that I didn’t want to leave the house. None of which is…

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The Johnny Appleseed of Pirate Radio

From 1993 – 1998, Stephen Dunifer broadcast Free Radio Berkeley, a micro-power radio station, from spots around the East Bay — from up in the Berkeley Hills to the second floor bathroom of a squat in Oakland. After duking it out with the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that forcing radio…

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This Is Not A Test: Tsunami Safety in the Bay Area

In a city surrounded on three sides by water, what happens when a tsunami strikes?

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