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East Bay Yesterday
East Bay Yesterday
East Bay Yesterday

East Bay history podcast that gathers, shares & celebrate stories from Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and other towns throughout Alameda and Contra Costa... more

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“The jewel of Oakland”: Exploring Lake Merritt and Children’s Fairyland

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time for a deep dive into Lake Merritt (not literally!). First,... more

08 May 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
“The neighborhood time forgot”: A strange sliver of waterfront

There’s a small stretch of Oakland’s shoreline unlike any place else. Nestled between the restaurants of Jack London Square and... more

04 Apr 2024 · 55 minutes
“Climbing was all I had”: A history of bouldering in the Berkeley Hills

It would be easy to overlook the significance of Indian Rock and Mortar Rock, two relatively modest outcroppings located in... more

06 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
“The streets have changed”: “Drug Lords of Oakland” author on the rise and fall of local kingpins

After spending more than three decades working in the underground economy, Titus Lee Barnes compiled his stunning stories of “the... more

09 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
"Rotten City" no more: The history of a tiny town's transformation

Emeryville is a tiny town – less than 2 square miles. It’s nestled between Oakland and Berkeley, right at the... more

09 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
“He was bringing people together”: Why was Dr. Marcus Foster murdered?

In 1970, Dr. Marcus Foster was hired as the first Black superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. Widely recognized... more

17 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Unearthing “lives of the dead”: A tour of Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery

When Oakland’s most prominent graveyard celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015, SF Gate honored the occasion with this description: “There... more

26 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Abortion, poetry, and stink-bombs: A different kind of “self-help” movement

19-year-old Laura Brown started the Oakland Feminist Women’s Health Center in 1972. In the early days, Laura would answer the... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour,
Tales from the pit: Lessons from Berkeley’s landfill

These days the East Bay’s waterfront is lined with parks, restored wetlands, marinas, and beaches, but for most of the... more

07 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
"End of the line": How we lost the Key System

Long before BART or AC Transit, East Bay commuters relied on the Key System, a network of electric streetcars, for... more

28 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
East Bay Yesterday
“The jewel of Oakland”: Exploring Lake Merritt and Children’s Fairyland
East Bay Yesterday