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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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Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

September 8, 2014 | 7:00 am

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

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In first program of its kind in U.S., water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping.

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‘Helter Skelter’ Co-Author Curt Gentry Dies

July 21, 2014 | 2:38 pm

‘Helter Skelter’ Co-Author Curt Gentry Dies

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The 83-year-old writer is being remembered as a true San Franciscan.

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How An Increase in Minimum Wage Can Improve Health

June 3, 2014 | 3:06 pm

How An Increase in Minimum Wage Can Improve Health

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Study finds raising minimum wage to $13/hour avoids 400 premature deaths annually, lowers other risks.

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FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-Cigarettes

April 24, 2014 | 1:24 pm

FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-Cigarettes

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The new rules would ban sales to minors and require warnings on products. …read more

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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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