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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm got her start in radio at WHYY. After anthropology graduate school, Rachel lived in Uzbekistan working with youth near the drying Aral Sea. Rachel returned to radio full-time in 2001. Her work has appeared on WNYC, WBUR, Marketplace, NPR news magazines and KQED.

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How Will Obama’s Take on Income Inequality Play in the Bay Area?

January 29, 2014 | 3:12 pm

How Will Obama’s Take on Income Inequality Play in the Bay Area?

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The president’s State of the Union address hit on some big themes, including ones that resonate locally.

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Found in the Library: The Messages We Leave Behind

January 10, 2014 | 4:08 pm

Found in the Library: The Messages We Leave Behind

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Oakland library blogger collects notes — mysterious and mundane — that show up in returned books.

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‘Dinner With Grace’: Breaking Bread, and Barriers, With San Francisco Hotel Dwellers

November 26, 2013 | 12:14 pm

‘Dinner With Grace’: Breaking Bread, and Barriers, With San Francisco Hotel Dwellers

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Program brings food to residents of low-income hotels — and tries to break their isolation, too.

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Andy Lopez Killing Exposes Rift in Sonoma County Community

November 7, 2013 | 11:06 am

Andy Lopez Killing Exposes Rift in Sonoma County Community

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Last month’s police shooting has raised issues of exclusion, disrespect for Latinos in North Bay.

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Bay Area’s Small Farmers Take to Selling Excess Crops Online

May 10, 2013 | 4:01 pm

Bay Area’s Small Farmers Take to Selling Excess Crops Online

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CropMobster grew organically, like everything else at Sonoma County’s Bloomfield Farms. The website connects individuals and nonprofits with food producers who offer items for deep discount or donation and, in the process, help tackle the perennial problem of waste. “Food insecurity, farmer insecurity, waste and then the transfer of knowledge to the next generation,” said […]

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April 25, 2013 | 12:16 pm

A Wild Kingdom Right in the Middle of San Jose

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Who knew? Downtown San Jose is booming with exotic wildlife. Earlier this month came news that beavers had returned to the Guadalupe River after a long absence. Now … an update on the falcons that are making their nest on top of San Jose’s City Hall. This week biologist Glenn Stewart rappelled over the top […]

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Even Bolts That Haven’t Failed Will Be Replaced on Bay Bridge; Expert Slams Caltrans

April 24, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Even Bolts That Haven’t Failed Will Be Replaced on Bay Bridge; Expert Slams Caltrans

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Caltrans say they will replace or reinforce all 96 of the 2008 anchor bolts installed in the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, not just the 30 that have failed so far. Those bolts snapped within days of being tightened this March.   MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger […]

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Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

April 23, 2013 | 12:24 pm

Where and When to Catch a Glimpse Today of First Night-Flying Solar Plane

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Q: What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs the same as an average car? A: The first solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night. The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse airplane came to town last month. It’s scheduled to start a coast-to-coast journey next week. But grab your binoculars. Today is its final […]

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National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million

March 1, 2013 | 3:20 pm

National Parks’ Benefit to Bay Area: $445 Million

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Point Reyes Station, a pastoral West Marin outpost, has a population of 848. But on one recent weekday, parking is tight on the town’s main street and there is a steady stream of foot traffic. Steve Costa, co-owner of Point Reyes Books, has an easy explanation. He points to the 2.3 million visitors who flocked […]

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BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours

February 15, 2013 | 4:00 pm

BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours

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BART is rolling closer to allowing bikes on its trains all day, every day. The transit system is setting up a pilot program from Monday, Mar. 18 through Friday, Mar. 22 that will allows bikes at all hours throughout the system. Currently there’s a blackout on bikes during commute hours in many highly trafficked stations. […]

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