To Silicon Valley and Beyond!
Since its founding in 1930, Moffett Field has had multiple incarnations. Now, it’s poised for another role: the Berkeley Space Center.
Ken Goldberg Isn’t Scared of Artificial IntelligenceBy Coby McDonald
Robots can do a great many things, but they can’t make art. That view, common even among AI boosters, has taken a hit.
What’s on Your Berkeley-Inspired Playlist?By Pat Joseph
While music may not be the first thing most people think of when they think of Berkeley, both the campus and town have been home to an enormously influential and eclectic music scene across the years, one with deep roots in the folk and blues revivals of the mid-20th century.
Mona Simpson’s Literary Commitment
Through her writing, Simpson explores characters and locales both ordinary and extraordinary, her novels probing the nooks and crannies of family dynamics, lingering in the details of how we choose to give and receive love.
Coming to Zellerbach: Individual, Community and the Performing Arts
It’s a striking scene: Dozens of men and women, wearing simple dresses and pants, dance across a dirt-covered stage.
The Working Poet: Catching Up with Matthew Zapruder on the Road in Portland
Sitting in the coffee shop at Portland’s famous Powell’s Books, his name on the marquee outside, Matthew Zapruder seems surprised when asked how it feels to be an emergent public figure in poetry.
Good News Bear: Marcus Semien Wins it All in the World Series
On November 1, in the ninth inning of Game Five of the World Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, former Cal standout Marcus Semien planted an Arizona fastball deep into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer, sealing a 5-0 win and a series clincher for the Texas Rangers.
‘A very big deal’: Proposed legislation would tax California gun sales to fund violence prevention
“I joined the gun violence prevention movement because of school shootings like Uvalde and Parkland. Shootings that left me terrified to go to school. Shootings that left me worried that I was going to be the next headline."
Stuck in the Middle
Kevin Sawyer is a man of many parts. He's a certified commercial and residential electrician. A trained paralegal. A skilled guitarist and pianist. He's also an inmate at San Quentin State Prison serving an indeterminate life sentence for burglary and sexual assault.
Berkeley Will Burn Again
When 24-year-old Hildegarde Flanner and her mother first noticed the scent of smoke coming down from the eucalyptus groves on the hills above their home in Berkeley on September 17, 1923, they watched it with curiosity, rather than fear. But less than an hour later, the darkening plume pushed them to vacate.
From Kumbaya to Lord of the Flies
The Pac-12 fell apart slowly, then all at once.
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The Free Agent
For years, Joe Kapp fought the NFL. Now he’s tackling his memoirs. Joe Kapp is finally ready to get it all down on paper—the whole thing, from his hardscrabble upbringing in Salinas to his heyday in the pros; from his first appearance in Memorial Stadium in 1956 to his return, 25 years later, as the head […]
Engendering Sons: Is It Doable—or Even Desirable—to Raise Gender-Neutral Children?
I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s and ’70s as the middle of three sisters—no brothers—and I took the “boy role.” I was athletic, did more of the outside chores (although we all had to weed the lawn), and wore pants in elementary school as soon as school rules changed allowing us to […]
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