East Bay Yesterday – May 29, 2019

East Bay Yesterday

This series explores stories of culture, politics and nature from Oakland, Berkeley and other towns throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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Today’s episode is all about waterfront history. The first segment covers the only Black whaling Captain in California history: William Shorey. The media called him “Black Ahab” and his adventures made him an Oakland hero. He was one of the most powerful men of color in California—but there’s a complicated side to his story that’s … Continued


Fred Korematsu’s story of resistance against the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II isn’t just a fascinating chapter of history – there’s still so much to learn from this shameful era. In the first segment of today’s episode, Berkeley-based author Laura Atkins discusses her book “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.” Published by Heyday Books, … Continued


The first part of this episode features a one-on-one interview with Cheryl Fabio, the director of “Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland’s Music Legacy.” Cheryl discusses local blues history, the legendary 7th street music scene, and her event series “Resistance, Resilience & Anticipation: A fresh look at the Black Arts Movement in Oakland.” For more about those … Continued