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Nathaniel Moore loads up a tape from the Freedom Archives. Photo by Laura Wenus

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Mission’s Freedom Archives

Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and...
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Performance Artist Endures 8-Hour Barrage of Catcalls to Fight Harassment in SF Mission

For eight straight hours on a recent Saturday, L.A.-based performance artist Mirabelle Jones paced in circles in the gallery window of the underground film space Artists’ Television Access, nearly naked and completely exposed. Inside the window, Jones crouched under razor blades that hung from balloons on the ceiling, as a recording of her voice recited catcalls like “I like that...
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Campos Talks Details on Legacy Business Subsidies

Big decisions are on the horizon for San Francisco: City elections are Tuesday of next week, and they’re gearing up to be contentious and close. While the mayoral race and certain propositions like the Mission moratorium and Prop. F have received the lion’s share of the attention, the less controversial measures have received less, even though they will have a big...
Richard Montoya as Roberto Morales in a scene from "The Other Barrio".

Noir Film Confronting Corruption, Gentrification Returns to Brava Theater

When a housing inspector is told to write off the deaths of several hotel residents in a massive fire as accidents, he doubles down and throws himself into the investigation. On his journey, he encounters corruption, greed, coverups, and temptation – but also new allies and maybe even love. That’s a taste of what transpires in The Other Barrio, a noir film...
Listen Local host Laura in action at the board. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Listen Local: Sustaining Affordable Housing

On last week’s Listen Local live on BFF.fm, we were joined by Mission Housing Development Corporation’s Executive Director Sam Moss to talk about the biggest challenges facing affordable housing developers, threats to the city’s affordable housing stock, and rent control. Listen to this episode below or check out older programs on our BFF archives.
Listen Local host Laura in action at the board. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Listen Local: Trash Talk and Noodle Bust

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly podcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. In this week’s episode we discuss Dolores Park and its various follies. We ask the essential Mission District question: how can we keep that darn park clean? Also, who’s getting the park messed up in the first place...
Dan Hirsch and Andrea Valencia chat housing and fire safety on Listen Local. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Listen Local: Inside the Planning Commission

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. First on the agenda this week’s episode is an excerpt from a conversation recorded earlier with Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards, who invited us to his home to talk about what the Planning Commission can and can’t do,...
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Listen Local: Opposition to Development and An Officer-Involved Shooting

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast atBFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. There’s a lot of anger, frustration, and outrage going around this week, and in this show we dig into what has neighbors so upset. In our first segment, we discuss some of the more recent chapters...
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Listen Local: Innovators: Chuck Pletcher

Chuck Pletcher is an engineer at Assembly, a Mission based tech startup. He’s also the founder of Mission Hacks, a new event that he hopes will rally the city’s tech community to help neighborhood nonprofits. Pletcher says his time living in the neighborhood spurred him to action. “Living in the heart of the Mission, you can’t help but help numerous...
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Listen Local: Fire at Our Door

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. In this week’s episode, we discuss the topic that’s completely occupied our minds, and our coverage, for the past few days: the four-alarm fire that tore through the large building at 22nd and Mission. The fire...
The Mission Local crew getting ready for their first live BFF broadcast at the Secret Alley.

Listen Local: State of the City and Smash’n’Grabs

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We go live on a biweekly webcast every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Here’s our latest show: In this episode, we talk about the mayor’s state of the city address last week. Housing is, of course, one of both Ed Lee’s and our top priorities. We chat about funds for...
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Listen Local: Google’s PR Problem, 2015 Predictions

Today’s discussion takes off with the memory of the latest Google bus protest, which turned into a bizarre parade led by a fleeing Google lawyer pursued by the tenants he is evicting from his house. Google’s name has been getting a lot of attention, and its response has largely been to stay out of it. Does the company care about...
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Listen Local: Murder Case, Media in Crisis

In this week’s episode of Listen Local, we discuss an ongoing homicide case and ongoing media meltdown. New evidence has surfaced in the investigation into the early September murder of 14-year-old Rashawn Williams. Focus has shifted from the original suspect, another 14-year-old, to his companion, whose age has not been released. But there’s also the question of charging minors as...
At the BFF.fm station. File photo.

Listen Local: Thanksgiving Story Hour

Happy Holidays! The Mission Local crew is (mostly) out of the office, and we hope you’re catching some vacation time as well. For our Thanksgiving edition, we decided we would share some stories that our neighbors have written in the past.  They’re not necessarily Thanksgiving stories (though some may inspire gratitude for the things many of us take for granted)...
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Listen Local: Crime and Bars

This week on Listen Local, we talked about crime we’ve been reporting on — which has varied from shootings that had a local resident dodging bullets in his living room to neighbors’ memories of an alleged online drug-slinger. Listen in for some thoughts on how and why we do crime reporting and how people react to different types of coverage....