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KQED Pop is a daily blog edited by Emmanuel Hapsis that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. We focus on local, national and international experiences with a Bay Area lens. We don’t do reviews.

657 Articles

Bay Area Bites

Bay Area Bites (BAB), KQED’s public media food blog, feeds you visually compelling food-related stories, news, recipes and reviews from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

429 Articles

Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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KQED News Staff

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Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones reports on the Bay Area arts scene for KQED. He loves his wife and two kids, and music today makes him feel old.

322 Articles

Gabe Meline

Gabe Meline is KQED Arts’ Senior Editor. He lives with his wife, his daughter, a 1964 Volvo and too many records in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Find him on Twitter at @gmeline.

315 Articles

Michael Fox

Michael Fox has written about film for a variety of publications since 1987. He is the curator and host of the long-running Friday night CinemaLit film series at the Mechanics’ Institute,  an instructor in the OLLI programs at U.C. Berkeley and S.F. State, and a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

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Sarah Hotchkiss

Sarah Hotchkiss is KQED Arts’ Visual Arts Editor and a San Francisco-based artist. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in a semi-regular publication called Sci-Fi Sundays. Follow her at @sahotchkiss.

292 Articles

Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED’s Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis is the creator and editor of KQED Pop and also the host of The Cooler. He studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.

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Sam Hurwitt

Sam Hurwitt is a freelance theater critic for KQED Arts, the Marin Independent Journal and the San Jose Mercury News in addition to his own theater and culture blog, The Idiolect.  You can find him on Twitter cleverly camouflaged as shurwitt.

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Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is the former music editor at KQED Arts. She has previously been published in Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and has covered music and culture for a variety of Bay Area publications. Follow her at @emmaruthless, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
Follow @rachaelmyrow

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Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman covers arts and culture for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book “On Acting” and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in english literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor founded KQED Arts in 2005 and served as Senior Interactive Producer for Arts and Culture through 2014. Taylor was the online arts editor of KQED’s daily arts blog for nine years and created the station’s first web-original podcasts, Gallery Crawl and The Writers’ Block.

Taylor is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been collected by the Library of Congress, Stanford University and the New York Museum of Modern Art, among many others. He teaches Media Studies at the University of San Francisco and is exploring the connection between film and food.  Visit Mark Taylor’s website at

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John Wilkins

John Wilkins is the theater critic for KQED Arts. He was the Artistic Director of Last Planet Theatre for ten years and teaches in the Writing and Literature program at CCA. Follow him on Twitter @johnrwilkins2

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Leilani Clark

Leilani Clark writes about books for KQED Arts. Her writing has been published at Mother Jones, The Guardian, Civil Eats, Time Magazine,  Food & Wine, Edible Marin & Wine Country, and The Rumpus.  She is the editor of Made Local magazine in Sonoma County. Find her on Twitter @leilclark.

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Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel has written widely about music, film, books, art, photography and other cultural subjects for such publications as  SF Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, The Wire (a London music magazine), Tablet and GlobalPost.  He has researched architecture at England’s Oxford University as a Thomson Reuters Foundation Research Fellow, taught music journalism at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and been a juror at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Christian L. Frock

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer, curator and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on the intersection of art and public space. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. Frock’s writing has been featured in art ltd, Art Practical, Art&Education, Daily Serving, FillipSan Francisco Arts MonthlySFMOMA Open Space, and, among other publications.

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Film School Shorts

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Andrew Gilbert

A Los Angeles native based in the Berkeley area since 1996, Andrew Gilbert covers jazz, international music and dance for KQED’s California Report, the Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle,, and other publications. He is available for weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs. #jazzscribe

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The Bay Bridged

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The Do List

The Do List scours the Bay Area for superb and surprising performing arts events, with an eye for local talent, new discoveries, and fun opportunities across the price spectrum. Every Friday morning at 6:23 and 8:23am on KQED Radio, you can hear Do List regulars Cy Musiker and David Wiegand discuss the upcoming week’s best picks.

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Kelly Whalen

Kelly Whalen is a multimedia producer for KQED Arts.

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Jeffrey Edalatpour

Jeffrey Edalatpour’s first published article was a 1999 film review of Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother. Since then, his writing about arts, food and culture has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including: KQED Arts, Metro Silicon Valley, Interview Magazine,, The Rumpus and SF Weekly. His favorite Iris Murdoch novels (in no particular order) are The Bell, An Unofficial Rose andThe Black PrinceIn other words, his home library is an anglophile’s dream.

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Adrienne Blaine

Adrienne Blaine is a Millennial writer from the South Bay. She has a BA in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined with Communications and Media Studies from Franklin University Switzerland. Living in Switzerland for four years and traveling from Morocco to Iceland introduced her to diverse art, culture and food. She currently lives in San Francisco and writes about these topics.

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras lives in San Francisco with her books. Her debut novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree is forthcoming from Doubleday (Summer 2018). Find more at

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Joshua Bote

Joshua Bote is an intern for KQED Arts. A senior at UC Berkeley, Joshua previously served as the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s independently-run student newspaper. His work has been published in the East Bay Express.

He’s deeply enamored with Twitter culture, Carly Rae Jepsen, and love-oriented podcasts. He’s also  slowly learning to appreciate bad award shows. Follow him on Twitter @joshuaboat.

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Nastia Voynovskaya

Nastia Voynovskaya is a Russian-born, California-raised journalist and the music editor at KQED Arts. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, VICE, Paste Magazine, and SF MoMA Open Space. Previously, she served as music editor at East Bay Express and online editor at Hi-Fructose Magazine.

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Creo Noveno

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Matthew Harrison Tedford

Matthew  Harrison Tedford is a writer whose work focuses on contemporary art, film, and California history. His writing has appeared in Art Practical, Daily Serving, Glance (California College of the Arts), the Huffington Post, Oakland Standard (Oakland Museum of California), Open Space (SFMOMA), Poor Taste Magazine, SF Weekly, and Wilder Quarterly.

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Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison is an award-winning writer, teacher and North Bay resident with a special interest in California’s fascinating subcultures. You can find her commentary on writing, feminism, social justice and life with two teen daughters on Twitter at @DaniBurlison.

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Ben Van Houten

A San Francisco native, Ben Van Houten co-founded in January 2006 and has served as the site’s Content Editor since its inception. In this capacity, he co-hosts and co-produces the site’s acclaimed weekly podcast, oversees and contributes to its daily blog, and helps book the Bay Bridged Presents series of concerts. In just two years, sources as varied as the SF Weekly, KALW and the San Francisco Chronicle have recognized the site as the leading source for news and interviews with San Francisco’s best undiscovered and up-and-coming musicians.Ben has had a longtime love for noncommercial radio and independent music journalism. While a student at UC Berkeley, he was a news anchor and writer for KALX’s morning news; while at Columbia Law School, he created, hosted and produced a weekly music and talk show on WBAR. Until recently, Ben was a securities litigator in the San Francisco office of a prominent international law firm, a practice he left to pursue other legal and artistic interests.

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Max Savage Levenson

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Carla Escoda

Carla can most often be found in theatres, airports and on airplanes, writing about dance and the arts for various websites whenever she can find wi-fi. Her blog Ballet to the People<> has become a street corner where dance-lovers enjoy loitering and plotting the revolution which will renew the populist roots of ballet.

In her previous lives, Carla worked in scientific research, then in project finance in Asia. Prior to that, she trained as a ballet and modern dancer, and performed with the Yaledancers while getting her undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Applied Science and French Literature, and her graduate degree in Engineering.

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Roula Seikaly

Roula Seikaly is a curator and writer based in San Francisco.

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Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke is a journalist, critic, and curator living and working in Oakland, California. She is a regular contributor to KQED’s Culture Cue, for which she writes about topics at the intersection of art, culture, and identity. Her work has been recognized with first place awards from the American Association of Alternative Newsmedia and The Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, she served as Managing Editor at the East Bay Express.  Find her on twitter at @sarahlubyburke. 

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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Hiya Swanhuyser

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Rick Kleffel

Rick Kleffel has been reading for more than half a century. He lives in Aptos, near the Palo Alto, a cement boat built at the end of World War I. He writes about books and podcasts interviews with authors at The Agony Column.

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Claudia Escobar

Tropical latin visual story teller extraordinaire! bread maker apprentice.

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Noise Pop

The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series that showcases the most noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing music. Hosts, Olivia LaRoche and Dawson Ludwig provide witty and interesting context behind the songs played on the podcast.

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Lakshmi Sarah

Born and raised in California, Lakshmi is an educator and journalist with a focus on South Asia, gender, race and the arts. Over the past few years, she has worked with newspapers, radio and magazines from Botswana to Los Angeles. She has written and produced for various audiences, including Mic, Global Voices, Al Jazeera Online, AJ+ and KQED Arts. Lakshmi is a graduate of Pitzer College where she studied Global Communications and Studio Arts.

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Charlise Tiee

Bay Area-based writer and painter. Reviews performances of classical music and audience behavior at The Opera Tattler.

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Emily Holmes

Emily Holmes is a San Francisco-based writer whose interests include queer and feminist art history.  Emily holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BA in Visual Arts from The Evergreen State College.

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Truly Ca

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Cherri Lakey

Co-owner/curator of urban contemporary art and culture gallery ANNO DOMINI // the second coming of Art & Design and producer of a bunch of other cool projects with partner Brian Eder. 

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Adizah Eghan

Adizah Eghan is a reporter at KQED News and a writer for KQED Arts. She caught the radio bug as an intern for PRI’s The World and landed in KQED’s newsroom after a stint teaching English in India. She covers culture, the arts, and global music in the Bay Area. This is where she tweets: @Adizah_E

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Arts Education

A community dialogue exploring issues of concern to ESL educators and students from diverse immigrant communities.

KQED Education offers a wealth of ESL Resources for educators – visit

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Chris Zaldua

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Michele Carlson

Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer, educator, and curator in the SF Bay Area who spends most of her time thinking and writing about art, television and digital culture. She is also the Managing Editor at Hyphen and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts.

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Cynthia Stone

Cynthia Stone is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer dedicated to telling the stories of people and programs making a difference. Her television and radio documentary and feature work has focused on a variety of issues including education, the environment, trafficking, transformative programs that help children at risk, science and the arts. In addition to here at KQED, her work has appeared on Discovery, PBS, CNBC, Public Radio International/BBC among others.

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Jessica Placzek

Jessica Placzek grew up on the West Coast, went to college on the East Coast and figured out what she wanted on the Gulf Coast. She likes talking to people and learning, so she became a reporter. This is where she tweets: @jessicazyp

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Brandon Roos

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Sam Lefebvre

Sam Lefebvre is the former music editor of East Bay Express, former columnist at SF Weekly, and a freelance writer with bylines at Pitchfork, Spin, and The Wire, among other outlets. He tweets from home in Oakland.

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Siouxsie Oki

Siouxsie is an activist and artist, dedicated to building community by celebrating the diverse voices and perspectives of the Bay Area. She directs KQED’s community engagement efforts, developing dynamic partnerships throughout our coverage area utilizing local and national content to foster two-way engagement and collaboration between different industries, organizations and audience segments.

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Shelby Pope

Shelby Pope is a freelance writer in Oakland who’s written for The Toast, East Bay Express and Bay Area Bites. You can find her on Twitter @shelbylpope

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Aldo Mora-Blanco

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T.J. Mimbs

T.J. Mimbs is a freelance writer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer based in San Francisco by way of Athens, GA. T.J. fronts Bay Area band, Surf Bored, works with other local bands as an audio engineer and has an addiction to live music. He is a disciple of the open-minded yet still a Southerner at heart.

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Abhi Singh

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Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia is a San Francisco based writer. You can follow her on Twitter @ohhkasia.

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Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger has written a dozen rock history books, including volumes on the Velvet Underground, the Who, and the Beatles. He teaches community education rock history courses at the College of Marin and the Fromm Institute in San Francisco. Read more of his work at

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Leah Rose

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Mirabelle Korn

Mirabelle Korn is an Oakland native who recently moved back to the Bay Area after completing her M.A. in contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Previously, she earned a B.A. in French and German from Scripps College, taught theater to children at California Shakespeare Theater, and edited videos for Reporters Without Borders in Paris, France. Her writing has been featured in In Dance and on

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Eda Yu

Eda Yu is a writer and arts journalist residing in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in platforms like The Believer, Huffington Post,, and East Bay Express, where she previously worked as an Arts & Culture writer. Currently, she works as a regular contributor to KQED’s Culture Cue, for which she discusses topics at the intersection of art and identity. Find her on Twitter at @edacyu.

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Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Top 40 and Flowering Mall, both from Roof.  He writes about art and culture for Art Practical, Open Space, and KQED.  He is a co-editor at Krupskaya Books and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG!  He is currently working on a monograph about Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face and stoner comedies.



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Jamedra Brown Fleischman

Jamedra Brown Fleischman is the Social Media & Distribution Specialist for KQED Arts. In her spare time she enjoys most things mommyhood, fashion and pop culture.

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State of Health

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Rachel Howard

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Rob Avila

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Rachel Dovey

Rachel Dovey is a freelance writer from Santa Rosa.

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David Markus

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Carolyn Petit

Carolyn was an editor for for four years. She is now a freelancer covering video games. She lives in Berkeley.

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Joy Lanzendorfer

Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has been in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Salon, Tin House, and many others. Follow her on Twitter.

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Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Carter is an actor in Los Angeles and co-creator of the Superego Podcast. He has performed improv for over twenty years and is trying to enjoy life, but like anyone, is usually deeply engaged in recovering from his previous series of terrible life choices.

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Jeanne Carstensen

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Emily Hunt

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Lina Blanco

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Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen is an award-winning journalist who recently completed a master’s degree in documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before making the switch to video, Susan spent four years at the Charleston City Paper, a South Carolina alt-weekly, where she wrote more than 20 cover stories on everything from doomsday preppers to quidditch to world-class chefs. Her writing has also been featured in the East Bay Express, This Recording, and the Hairpin, and she just finished her first short documentary, Today I am a Man.

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Tiffany Camhi

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Rita Felciano

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Steve Hochman

Steve Hochman has covered popular, and unpopular, music for more than 30 years, most of that time as a key member of the Los Angeles Times‘ music team. In that capacity he wrote about the full range of music and musicians, from Hungarian folk to industrial noise, and from 1991 through 2005 wrote the Times‘ widely read weekly “Pop Eye” column. In addition to his role with The California Report, he’s a music critic for Pasadena station KPCC’s morning magazine Take Two and a regular contributor to, and other outlets. His byline has appeared through the years in an array of major publications, including Rolling Stone, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly and New Orleans’ Offbeat.

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Brian Eder

Brian Eder lives and works in the industrious city of San Jose, CA. He’s best known for his role as the co-curator of ANNO DOMINI Gallery that he and his partner, Cherri Lakey, founded in 2000. He’s also the co-producer of San Jose’s SubZERO Festival, an annual gathering of the progenitors of culture promoting subculture and indie music since 2008. He joins KQED Arts as one of their newest Contributors beginning in the Fall of 2014.  

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Kimberly Chun

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Audrey Garces

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Charles Innis

Charles Innis is a freelance journalist and artist currently based in San Francisco.

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Kat Snow

Kat is a 25-year veteran of public broadcasting and an award-winning reporter and editor. She’s been at KQED since 2002, and before that was a reporter and news director at KUER in Salt Lake City, and a freelance reporter in Oregon. She’s written for Newsweek and The Atlantic, in addition to her public radio credits. She also coaches reporters and others in embodied narration and public speaking. Outside of radio, Kat loves conscious dance and is a Certified Teacher of Soul MotionTM.

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Neyat Yohannes

Neyat Yohannes is a writer. Mostly of tardy slips for Oakland school kids. Follow her at @rhymeswithcat.

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Mike Krumboltz

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Ryan Levi

Ryan Levi is a reporter and producer with The California Report and KQED News. He previously worked as an intern where he reported on-air and online for The California Report, The California Report Magazine and KQED’s daily newscasts. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Ryan was a general assignment reporter and producer at KBIA-FM, the NPR member station in Columbia, Missouri. Ryan reported on Columbia’s renewed fight against homelessness as well as coordinating the station’s coverage of the annual True/False Film Fest, one of the top documentary film festivals in the country. Ryan has also written about film, food, books, religion, theater and other topics for various publications. You can find Ryan on Twitter @ryan_levi.

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Anthony Bedard

A long-time denizen of the San Francisco rock underground, Anthony Bedard is the live music booker for the Hemlock Tavern, drummer for the Icky Boyfriends, and guitarist for Hank IV. He produces the monthly Club Chuckles comedy show. He’s a frequent storyteller at SF’s monthly Porchlight series. His writing has appeared on The Bay Bridged, Low Times, and in Your Flesh Magazine.

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Suzie Racho

Suzie Racho is the producer/director of The California Report Magazine. She also works with several other KQED productions,  including Bay Curious, The Do List and KQED News.

Suzie came to KQED in 1996 after receiving a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University and spending several years working in the music industry.  As part of The California Report team, her work  has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, National Federation of Community Broadcasters and  Public Radio News Directors Incorporated,  among others.  She spends her free time baking, listening to records and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.

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Carly Severn

Carly Severn writes about the arts, odd places, not-so-popular culture and everything in between. She is also co-host of KQED’s The Cooler podcast.

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KQED News Staff and Wires

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Janelle Hessig

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David Sason

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Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama is a reporter covering the East Bay for KQED News. Previously, he was the education reporter for WFPL in Louisville and worked as a producer with radio stations in Chicago and Portland, OR. His work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway and Here and Now.

Devin earned his MA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, where he was a Follett Fellow and the recipient of the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship for his story on Chicago’s homeless youth. He won WBUR’s 2014 Daniel Schorr award and a regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “At Risk” that looked at issues facing some of Louisville’s students. Devin has also received numerous local awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Email: Twitter: @RadioDevin Website:

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Isara Krieger

Isara is a visual journalist studying documentary production at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism.

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Eli Wirtschafter

Eli Wirtschafter is a freelance reporter and producer focusing on transportation, art, and activism. He previously interned with The California Report and KQED Local News. Eli is also KALW’s transportation reporter, and a graduate of KALW’s Audio Academy. Eli’s work has been heard on NPR, Here & Now, and BackStory. Find him on Twitter at @RadioEli.

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Keli Dailey

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April Dembosky

April Dembosky is the health reporter for The California Report and KQED News. She covers health policy and public health, and has reported extensively on the economics of health care, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in California, mental health and end-of-life issues.

Her work is regularly rebroadcast on NPR and has been recognized with awards from the Society for Professional Journalists (for sports reporting), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (for a story about pediatric hospice). Her hour-long radio documentary about home funerals won the Best New Artist award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2009.

April occasionally moonlights on the arts beat, covering music and dance. Her story about the first symphony orchestra at Burning Man won the award for Best Use of Sound from the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Before joining KQED in 2013, April covered technology and Silicon Valley for The Financial Times, and freelanced for Marketplace and The New York Times. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Smith College.

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Miranda Leitsinger

Miranda Leitsinger has worked in journalism as a reporter and editor since 2000, including seven years at The Associated Press in locales such as Cambodia and Puerto Rico, four years at NBC News Digital in New York and 2.5 years at International in Hong Kong. Major stories she has covered included the aftermath of the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the initial military hearings at Guantanamo, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Newtown school shooting, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. Reach her at or

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Brian Watt

Brian Watt is KQED’s morning radio news anchor.  He joined the KQED News team in April of 2016.  Prior to that, he worked as a Reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and a producer at Marketplace.

During eight years at KPCC, Brian covered business and economics, and his work won several awards.  In 2008, he won the Los Angeles Press Club’s first-place award for Business and Financial Reporting, Broadcast.  He’s also received honorable mention and been first runner up for the Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year.  He won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California.

Brian holds degrees in theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and . . . Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including The West Wing, Judging Amy and The District.

Email:  Twitter: @RadioBWatt

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Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,  His work has appeared on,,,, and NPR’s web site.  Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.
Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho.  It was this combination that shaped him politically.  Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.
Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008).  Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

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Penny Nelson

Penny Nelson  is based in the Bay Area  and has worked at KQED in many capacities since 1996.  Prior to working in San Francisco, she worked at WHYY.  At KQED, Penny is an anchor, host, producer and editor.

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Mike Seely

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Tina Salter

Tina Salter is the Executive Producer for KQED Food and series producer for Taste This,  Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul and Check, Please! Bay Area, the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series now in its twelfth season.

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Libby Leyden

Libby Leyden is currently working at KQED as a radio news intern.  Libby started her journalism career at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism, where she is specializing in narrative journalism and will be graduating in May of 2017.  Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, World Policy Journal, Africa Media and 7×7 Magazine. You can reach her by email at or follow her on Instragram  (@libby_leyden) and Twitter (@libby_leyden).

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Cecilia Lei

Cecilia Lei is the Manager of New Audiences at KQED. She has previously worked at Hyphen Magazine and Ameredia. A Bay Area native, her favorite things include super burritos, the Golden State Warriors, and 70’s soul music. She currently resides in San Francisco.

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Lindsey Hoshaw

Lindsey Hoshaw is an interactive producer for KQED Science. Before joining KQED, Lindsey was a science correspondent for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. On Twitter @lindseyhoshaw

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Jon Brown

Jon Brown makes videos for KQED’s Art School! 

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Kelly O'Mara

Kelly O’Mara is a writer and reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about food, health, sports, travel, business and California news. Her work has appeared on KQED, online for Outside Magazine, epsnW, VICE and in Competitor Magazine, among others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @kellydomara.

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María Soledad Sánchez

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Adam Grossberg

Adam Grossberg is a video producer at KQED News. Prior to coming to KQED, he produced videos for PBS, The New York Times, Current TV and The Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has received an Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Murrow award and two Northern California Emmy awards. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Email:

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Erika Kelly

Since joining KQED as intern in 2001, Erika has done almost every job in the newsroom including reporter, producer and newscaster. She is now an editor, working with reporters to produce stories for radio and online. You can reach her at

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Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley is the senior Silicon Valley editor for KQED based out of San Jose. Prior to KQED, Tonya served as a television reporter & anchor for several media outlets, including Al Jazeera America and KING 5 News in Seattle, WA.

In 2015, Tonya was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage.

Tonya has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson” and a national RTDNA Unity Award for her public radio series “Black in Seattle.” She was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Washington Association for Justice for her reporting on the Seattle Police Department’s handling of a murder investigation.

You can reach Tonya at:

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Sheraz Sadiq

Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.

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Patricia Yollin

Pat Yollin has written about lots of stuff, including organ transplants, wayward penguins at the San Francisco Zoo, the comeback of the cream puff, New York on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a Slow Food gathering in Italy, and the microcredit movement in Northern California. Among her favorite stories: an interview with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch that broke the story about his plan to build a cultural museum, and a pirate Trader Joe’s operation in Vancouver that prompted the grocery chain to sue — and lose. She joined KQED in 2013 and was previously a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and the Hayward Daily Review.

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Lindsey Hoshaw

Lindsey Hoshaw is an Interactive Producer for KQED Science. Before joining KQED, Lindsey was a science correspondent for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. She was recently awarded the Frank Allen Field Reporting Award for a film about sea snails and cancer vaccines. She can be found on Twitter as @lindseyhoshaw.

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Brynn Myers

Brynn Myers is a ballet fan who worked with New York City Ballet for a decade and currently serves as Director, Foundation and Government Support at KQED.

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Kristin Scheel

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Lesley McClurg

Lesley McClurg reports for KQED Science primarily on medical and mental health with a sprinkling of stories about space, environmental toxins and food.

If there’s a natural disaster brewing Lesley can usually be found right in the midst of a catastrophe. She’s reported on disastrous floods, fires, droughts and earthquakes.

Her work is regularly rebroadcast on NPR and PBS. She is an Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winning journalist. The Society of Environmental Journalists recognized her beat coverage of California’s historic drought.

Before joining KQED in 2016, she reported for Capital Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, KUOW and KCTS in Seattle.

You can find her on Twitter at @lesleywmcclurg.

You can find her KQED medical science stories, her environment stories, and general news stories.

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Polly Stryker

Polly Stryker is an Assignment Editor for KQED’s statewide news service, The California Report. She and reporter/host Rachael Myrow produce the KQED podcast, Love in the Digital Age.

Polly has worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs, including  The California Report’s “Health Dialogues” and Forum on KQED. Before that, she was a producer on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC radio, and These Days on KPBS. Polly’s work has won  awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Northern California, the Society of Professional Journalists (Southern California and Northern California chapters), the Radio and Television News Association. She’s also won a Taste Award.

She considers herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo before coming to the United States. Polly speaks Arabic and can say, “I’d like a martini, please” in Swahili.

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Ben Valentine

Ben Valentine is an independent writer who studies how tech, creativity and politics intersect. Ben works with The Civic Beat and has written or spoken for SXSW, Salon, Hyperallergic, YBCA, and VICE to name a few. Ben also helped organize the World’s First Tumblr Symposium with Hyperallergic, is an Internet Archive’s Tumblr resident, and was formerly a Tumblr Fellow for the 2014 Personal Democracy Forum.

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Danielle Venton

Danielle Venton is a host and reporter for KQED.

Before joining KQED in 2015, Danielle was a staff reporter at KRCB in Sonoma County and a writer at WIRED in San Francisco. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz’s science communications program, and has held internships at High Country News and the Monterey County Herald.

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Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler is a writer based in San Francisco. His book, Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Movies, comes out in October.

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Andrew Stelzer

Andrew Stelzer has been reporting for KQED since 2010, and is a producer at Making Contact in Oakland..  His work has been featured on programs including NPR’s Weekend EditionPRI’s The World, Studio 360, Marketplace,Living on Earth, On the MediaLatino USA, Radio Netherlands, World Radio Switzerland, and Radio France International.  Andrew has written for publications including In These Times, The Progressive,  Interpress Service, The St. Petersburg Times, and The East Bay Express.

Andrew’s work has received numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

He previously was a reporter at  WMNF radio in Tampa, FL, and reporter and youth advocate st KBOO  in Portland, Oregon. Andrew has conducted radio production trainings around the world, from Algeria, to New Orleans, to the desert of Southern Jordan.

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Joel Wanek

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Irene Hsiao

Irene Hsiao is a writer and dancer. Her essays and poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Cambridge Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, Word Riot, elimae, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, Sweet, and SF Weekly, as well as in the book Peter Pan In and Out of Time. She has appeared with Kinetech Arts, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Lenora Lee Dance, and other companies in the US and Asia. Her book of photography and text, Letter from Taipei, was published in 2014. She has been awarded the Louis Martz Prize by the William Carlos Williams Society and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED’s data reporter. Lisa specializes in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations. She previously has worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting and other national outlets. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive.  Follow: @pickoffwhite Email:

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Sheraz Sadiq

Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.

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Jim Ratcliffe

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Harold Check

Harold lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. Having specialized in a myriad of formerly cutting-edge media pursuits, Mr. Check now spends his time dreaming of future projects to eventually abandon. You can follow him at @haroldcheck, but we wouldn’t really advise it.

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Farrin Abbott

Farrin Abbott is the video producer for KQED’s Art School! In her free time she’s usually making videos, troubleshooting workflows and riding a bicycle (often at the same time).

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