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Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Dec 2, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Public Art and Murals: Controversy, Neglect, Restoration Not always seen by all as a public benefit, public art faces sometimes quiet neglect, sometimes outrage and controversy. Earlier this year, San Francisco Poet Laureate  Kim Shuck  brought attention to the appeal to remove the Pioneer Monument’s “Early Days” statue of a subjugated and emaciated indigenous figure in Civic Center. Calling for a rehearing, she wrote a poem each day—55 in all—until the Board of Appeals granted one...
Topics: murals, statues, public art, tagging, vandalism, racism, zionism, poetry, Indigenous San Francisco,...
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Nov 8, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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If there were a single event of the 20th century that we could magically undo, would it not be the war of 1914-1918? It led to some 20 million military and civilian deaths, the rise of Nazism, the Russian Revolution, and another even more destructive world war. On the centennial of WWI, the “War to End All Wars,” eminent historian  Adam Hochschild  revisits that pivotal epoch. His 2011 book  To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918  reminds us of the shock provoked...
Topics: World War I, trenches, infantry, cavalry, machine guns, peace, fraternization, truce, revolution,...
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Nov 1, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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The Jazz of Modern Basketball:  Racism and Virtuosity at the Roots of the Golden State Warriors Shaping San Francisco’s  Chris Carlsson  digs into the long history of basketball as another season begins. The first African-American players entered the NBA in 1950, while black college stars led the USF Dons to consecutive national championships in 1955 and 1956, inventing a new style of aggressive defensive basketball. Today’s outspoken Warriors embody the decades-long Heritage in which...
Topics: Golden State Warriors, USF Dons, Adolph Rupp, racism, basketball, NBA, NCAA, WNBA, protest, Jim...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Oct 25, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Rethinking 1968: What Happened, How Has It Shaped Us? Rarely has the entire globe seen such a far-reaching revolt as the revolutionary upheavals of the 1968-70 era, whose effects continue to reverberate for better and worse through to our time. Join critical analysts and participants  Judy Gumbo, George Katsiaficas, Mat Callahan , and  Carlos Muñoz  for a provocative historical inquiry.  Co-hosted by PM Press .
Topics: Revolution, eros effect, Black Panthers, Yippies, music, rock 'n roll, festivals, global revolt,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Oct 11, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Missing Pieces: Remembering Elements of a Gone City Geographer  Dick Walker  looks at the formative politics of the region in his new book,  Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area , and takes us through the overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes, inequality, and delusion of the current moment.  Arthur O’Donnell  has methodically documented parts of the City slated for demolition or redevelopment from 2010–2018 in his  Bound to...
Topics: Bay Area, destruction, rebuilding, gentrification, construction, new buildings, The Suppository,...
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Oct 4, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Women, Power, and the Vote:  1911 Suffrage to the 2018 Midterms Given the predictable buzz developing about the 2018 midterm elections and the predictions of a blue wave/a female wave, we want to convene a discussion rooted in history that can critically take on this frame of mind, especially in light of the recent election of London Breed and the likely re-election of Dianne Feinstein. It's not like we haven't had decades of powerful female politicians and leaders who have by and large done...
Topics: Voting elections, social movements, grassroots politics, organizing, Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Sep 27, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Public Knowledge artists-in-residence  Bik Van der Pol  have pulled a New Deal scale model of the City—based on 1938 aerial photographs—out of storage crates and into the light. Inspired by the Halprins’ 1970s collective creativity and community planning efforts, their project, “Take Part” will explore local histories with City neighborhood residents as library branches display relevant sections of the model beginning in early 2019. Creators of a 2017 cultural map of southeast San...
Topics: Maps, cartography, Southeast San Francisco, Public Library, WPA, 1938 map, wooden map, San...
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May 24, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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New Ways of Making History How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film...
Topics: History, Memory, Historiography, archives, archival, records, libraries, storage, media, abundance,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
May 12, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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What are the political and social roots of the housing movement, and how must it evolve to adapt to changing conditions of today’s Bay Area?  In honor of the Council of Community Housing Organizations’ 40th anniversary, join us for a fishbowl discussion with veteran leaders and a younger generation of activists who are leading the fight for housing justice in SF today. In conversation with community organizers & activists: Alexandra Goldman Calvin Welch Chirag Bhakta Emily Lee Marcia...
Topics: Housing, cheap housing, homelessness, affordable housing, nonprofit housing developers, TNDC, MHDC,...
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May 10, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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More of our lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building self-managed platform cooperatives is taking shape. Yes, Virginia, there IS an alternative! The micro-rental economy masquerading as "sharing" is...
Topics: Cooperatives, Platforms, software, applications, technology, DARPA, Internet, freelancers, gig...
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May 3, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Part of the "Imagining Post-Capitalism" festival, cohosted by Shaping San Francisco and the ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland. Are There Marxist Robots?!? Kal Spelletich , robot-maker and long-time artist, professor, actor, and all around raconteur of machinic chaos and dissent combines with Chris Carlsson , a persistent critic of the Planetary Work Society, to confront our collective anxiety. As Nick Dyer-Witheford ably puts it: "Digital capital [is] making a planetary working...
Topics: robots, androids, robot industry, automobiles, artistic production, cultural dissent
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Apr 26, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Universal Basic Income, Is It time? Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept. As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, redistribution, taxes, income, free money, welfare,...
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Apr 5, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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With the twang of a steel guitar, the whine of a fiddle and the plunk of a banjo comes an instant association; the pick-up truck, the cowboy boots, the rolling hills, dusty fields, lonesome highways and the flag. For many, it has also come to signify conservatism, “traditional values,” American chauvinism, and even racism, bigotry and the confederate flag. Although one wouldn’t realize it from listening to today’s pop Country radio stations, Country music has been anything but a...
Topics: Country, folk, coal miners, hobos, transients, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Irish, Scottish, English,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Mar 29, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, we’ve come a long way in a half century. Today’s open shorelines, closed trash dumps, and returning wetlands honor and preserve our greatest public resource. Historian  Chuck Wollenberg and   Steve Goldbeck  from BCDC.
Topics: Reber Plan, Bay, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, fresh water, dams, locks, earthen dams, Bay...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Mar 15, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Ilana Crispi  is a Mission District ceramicist with a curiosity of what makes up a place. In her recent projects MISSION DIRT and TENDERLOIN DIRT she literally digs in to the earth to extract the soil and transform it, inviting residents to take a look at an invisible past and consider its future. Dirt taken from an excavated Boeddeker Park in 2013 became furniture and vessels to eat out of and created to give Tenderloin residents a direct connection to the soil under their feet. MISSION DIRT...
Topics: Tenderloin, Mission, dirt, clay, sand, ceramics, pottery, pinch pots, Barcelona, glaze, art,...
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Mar 8, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the cities. This proposal includes plans to create multi-purpose, distributed infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater treatment and the incorporation of creek daylighting and floodable spaces that make room for...
Topics: sea level rise, coast, flood, planning, urban design, landscape design, resilience, Islais Creek,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Mar 1, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Lou Dematteis  is an extraordinary social documentarian, photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs of the Mission District since the 1970s, capturing the low-rider scene of that era, and being at the first Carnavals and leaving us a stunning visual record. He has also covered the Nicaraguan Revolution into the mid-1980s, the depradations of the multinational oil industry in the Amazon, and more recently has been making movies, with his “The Other Barrio” capturing the...
Topics: Art and Politics, Low riders, Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Italy, Italians, photographer, documentary...
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Feb 8, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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The boundary-pushing, "wickedly funny" comedian and formidable foe Nato Green gives a stand-up performance, preceded by opener Irene Tu. A free show, followed by conversation... Get your brain stimulated while laughing your head off... 
Topics: comedy, stand-up, Irene Tu, Nato Green, sexuality, raunchy, gender, gay
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Feb 8, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Celebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, "Nature in the City" reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live alongside Homo sapiens, geology, gardening, restoration, and connections within the Bay-Delta.  Mary Ellen Hannibal  (author of  Citizen Scientist ),  Rebecca Johnso n (Academy of Sciences), and map artist  Jane Kim...
Topics: maps, cartography, science, iNaturalist, nature, urban habitat, species, San Francisco, Bay,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Jan 25, 2018 Shaping San Francisco
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Few San Francisco neighborhoods have gone through as dramatic a change as Dogpatch. East of Potrero Hill, once an industrial neighborhood making warships, steel, sugar, rope, and more, where flimsy wooden structures teetered on long-gone hills, the area has had an arts renaissance that is now giving way to high-end condos, the encroaching medical/biotech industry, and even more grandiose plans for highrise development. A microcosm of San Francisco’s history from the 1860s to the present....
Topics: Dogpatch, Irish Hill, Dutchman's Flat, Potrero, Tubbs Cordage, Chinese, railroad, Union Iron Works,...
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Nov 12, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Ina Coolbrith, California’s first Poet Laureate (1915), was a contemporary of many male writers we count on for our understanding of what is meant by the American West. She was also a frequent contributor to  The Overland Monthly which acted as a vehicle for showcasing poets and authors exploring and constructing ideas of liberal selfhood as the United States moved westward. Biographer  Aleta George  and author  Stephen Mexal  provide a look at the literary landscape of the West and its...
Topics: liberalism, poetry, Overland Monthly, selfhood, public space, restaurants, gardens, parks,...
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Nov 5, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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The Mission District's incomparable  Guillermo Gomez-Peña  performs his latest screed, “Notes from Technotopia: On the Cruelty of Indifference” along with a brief retrospective of his work, followed by an open conversation with the audience traversing the complicated borders in which his work resides.
Topics: Gender, Borders, frontiers, gentrification, art, politics, spanglish, Mission District, San...
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Oct 15, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Enrique Reynoso  of Mexico City’s  Organización Popular Francisco Villa de Izquierda Independiente  (OPFVII), also known as “los Panchos,” reports how tens of thousands of people occupy land and build thriving, autonomous communities in the heart of one of the world’s grittiest cities. Outside of political parties they promote urban self-government, community safety, and autonomous education, culture, and health.  Bárbara Suárez Galeano  joins him. Co-presented by The Mexico...
Topics: Housing, Mexico City, left politics, autonomy, cooperatives, squatting, land occupations, occupy,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Oct 9, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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The Presidio - a military outpost, and South of Market - the industrial and maritime center of early San Francisco, represented worlds of single men, soldiers, sailors, and miners, right? Archaeological research into the 19th-century neighborhood, the 18th-century El Presidio de San Francisco, and recent work around the Transbay Terminal area, gives us a picture of family life and maritime wives, where women and children participated in the hard work of everyday life in these settlements....
Topics: archaeology, early San Francisco, Presidio, Folsom and Main, family life, 19th century, class,...
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Sep 24, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Prisoners and Politics: from the San Quentin Six to Pelican Bay California holds more prisoners than any other state while the U.S. incarcerates far more people than anywhere else on earth. During the 1960s and 1970s a political movement erupted among the imprisoned— Dan Berger ’s new book Captive Nation  takes us through that political history. We welcome  Luis “Bato” Talamantez  and  David Johnson  — both original members of the San Quentin Six, and  Caitlin Kelly Henry  —...
Topics: prisons, prisoners, California Department of Corrections, injustice, San Quentin, San Quentin Six,...
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Aug 4, 2015 Omsri Bharat
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Vandana Makker Interview Part II
Topics: Yoni Ki Baat, Vagina Monologues, South Asian, Queer, Omsri Bharat
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Aug 4, 2015 Omsri Bharat
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Conversation with Vandana Makker
Topics: Yoni Ki Baat Performance, South Asian, Queer, Culture
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
May 14, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Governor Jerry Brown is determined to build the Delta Tunnels through the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. The once-and-future Peripheral Canal is the latest plumbing scheme to follow the damming and diking of rivers and swamps which began with intensive Chinese manual labor in the 19th century. California has already radically altered its plumbing, but we’ll also look to future efforts at riparian restoration, dam deconstruction, and maintaining or altering our massive hydrological...
Topics: rivers, water, plumbing, maps, dams, delta, tunnels, agriculture, arable soil, rainfall, sewage
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May 1, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Bureaucratic labor unions, long besieged, seem incapable of defending, let alone advancing, workers’ interests. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, workers are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.  Manny Ness , editor of  New Forms Of Worker Organization , and  Steve Early , contributor to  Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America...
Topics: unions, labor, syndicalism, trade unionism, AFT, CWA, Labor Notes, South Africa, Argentina,...
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Apr 23, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Bricks give literal structure to a history of place. Bricks produced around the Bay were a fire proof building material in early years of a city often engulfed by fire. Archeology work at the Presidio reveals plant time capsules embedded in recovered bricks that help us understand pre-settler ecology. And bricks increasingly confront our current landscape of evictions and displacement. Featuring  Ruth Askevold,  Lew Stringer, and LisaRuth Elliott . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute.
Topics: bricks, seeds, Presidio, bayshore, mud, rubble, earthquakes, ballast
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Apr 9, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Money! Crime! Vice! Politics! Moral Panic! Gender bending! The history of the Tenderloin, one of the least heralded and worst understood neighborhoods in town, has it all.  Peter Field , who gives astounding walking tours there, will cover the early days to WWI while  Chris Carlsson  will take it from the 1910s to the beginning of the 21st century.
Topics: Tenderloin, St. Ann's Valley, Central City, SROs, Historic buildings, prostitution, parlor houses,...
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Apr 2, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Vietnam War, Dissent, and the U.S. Military A half-century after the Vietnam War officially began, we’ll look back at military mutinies, the rise of the volunteer army in response to the “Vietnam Syndrome,” and situate the Vietnam War in the long history of U.S. military aggression, even pre-dating the founding of the United States.  Paul Cox, Deni Leonard, Michael Blecker
Topics: Presidio stockade, Presidio mutiny, anti-war GI newspapers, anti-war coffeehouses, FTA, FTA tour,...
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Mar 5, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Sirron Norris  has been splashing his satirical cartoon characters around the Mission and San Francisco for years. From biting social commentary to whimsical commercial art, his work spans a range that challenges the boundaries of art and politics.
Topics: cartoons, art, commercial art, Art and Politics, murals, Mission District, tagging, graffiti, day...
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Mar 5, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Sirron Norris  has been splashing his satirical cartoon characters around the Mission and San Francisco for years. From biting social commentary to whimsical commercial art, his work spans a range that challenges the boundaries of art and politics.
Topics: art, murals, cartoons, cartoon literalism, tagging, graffiti, Mission District, commercial art,...
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Feb 26, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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On the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE),  Gray Brechin and  Chris Carlsson  discuss the PPIE and the relationship of world’s fairs to the idea of progress over time. How did the presentations at PPIE in their early 20th century context boost now long-held assumptions about progress and development through technological innovation and economic growth?
Topics: World's Fairs, Chicago World's Fair 1893, St. Louis World's Fair 1904, Midwinter Fair 1894, Panama...
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Feb 13, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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Rene Yañez  has been at the epicenter of the Mission’s multiple art movements going back to the 1970s. Our Art & Politics series puts him in the spotlight for a retrospective of his life’s work, a free-ranging discussion of the politics that informed his work, and how his work has shaped the neighborhood and the City to which he has contributed so much.
Topics: Day of the Dead, Frieda Kahlo, Galeria de la Raza, Neighborhood Art Centers, La Raza Park, Great...
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Feb 5, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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In 1849 San Francisco was surrounded by wild animals and a flourishing sea and bay, from which most early food was taken. But what is our “wild menu” now? How do foraging, fishing, hunting, and gathering fit into modern life? What role does conservation and ecology play in a contemporary and future wild menu? With  Mark Heath, Kirk Lombard , and  Chris Carlsson . Co-hosted by  Wild Equity Institute  and  Nature in the City .
Topics: Seafood, fish, herring, sea bass, salmon, sturgeon, perch, hunting, wild boar, deer, geese, ducks,...
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Jan 23, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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What actually happened to Darling Clementine? Historian  Joel Pomerantz  explores the California floods of 1862. Learn how this historic storm, which killed thousands and caused a number of San Francisco houses to collapse, can be an example for what a really extreme weather event could be like in our future.
Topics: storms, weather, rain, 1861, 1862, Sacramento, Sacramento River, delta, San Francisco floods,...
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Jan 15, 2015 Shaping San Francisco
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“Grange Future” celebrates the history and contemporary expression of ‘the grange idea.’ From the 19th century populist movement that backed the early campaign for an “information commons” in the form of Rural Free Mail delivery, to public banking and Farmers co-op banks, this vital movement is re-emerging to confront information and agricultural monopolists of our own era.  Severine Fleming  of Greenhorns  leads a panel discussion with the  Internet Archive 's  Brewster...
Topics: Commons, internet, property, intellectual property, farming, grange, populism, Omni Commons,...