Nina Thorsen

Nina Thorsen is a radio producer and director, and frequently reports on sports issues.  Previously, she produced and co-created KQED's "Pacific Time" and was the deputy foreign editor for "Marketplace". Thorsen began her public radio career while a student at the University of Minnesota, as a ticket taker for "A Prairie Home Companion".

U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone

Many of us are used to having our cell phones at all times, taking advantage of any lull in conversation or idle moment to update our Facebook status, share random thoughts on Twitter, and take pictures of anything mildly amusing. If this is you and you’re one of the lucky people who got tickets to … Continue reading U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone →

Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell

Earlier today, the Clorox Company, Oakland’s only Fortune 500 corporation, hosted a press conference with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and reps from a number of other major East Bay companies to express  support for keeping the A’s in Oakland and for building a new ballpark.  I spoke afterward with Clorox’s chairman and CEO, Don Knauss. … Continue reading Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell →

Occupiers of 888 Turk Defend Their Actions

Twenty-four people who identify with Occupy San Francisco were arrested early Wednesday morning for trespassing, as San Francisco police and sheriff’s officers moved in to clear out 888 Turk Street, a building the group took over during Tuesday’s May Day protests.  I spoke with a few of them as they left the Hall of Justice … Continue reading Occupiers of 888 Turk Defend Their Actions →

Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series

The third and final part of our radio series about the Oakland A’s’ search for a new home focussed on the appeal of the proximity of corporate tech titans in the team’s preferred city of San Jose… The owners of the Oakland A’s would like them to become the San Jose A’s, [a relocation] inspired … Continue reading Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series →

The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con

Last week I did a radio feature presenting some voices of A’s fans who don’t want their baseball team to move to San Jose. While that view is contrary to that of A’s ownership, the move is on hold anyway, pending a resolution of a territorial rights dispute between the A’s, the San Francisco Giants, … Continue reading The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con →

A’s Fans Ponder Their Future in Oakland As New Season Ramps Up

How many more Aprils will A’s fans be watching their team play in Oakland? No one knows. My story on Oakland A’s fans who don’t want the team to move to San Jose aired this morning on KQED News (listen in the player above). It’s the first of several parts; next week I’ll present some … Continue reading A’s Fans Ponder Their Future in Oakland As New Season Ramps Up →

A’s Watch: Columnist Says Team-to-San Jose a No-Go

There was a brief flurry of excitement in sections of the A’s fan community over the weekend. Not the excitement caused by the arrival and formal signing of Yoenis Cespedes, but by a column in the New York Daily News that hit the web on Saturday night, predicting that A’s ownership would not be granted the … Continue reading A’s Watch: Columnist Says Team-to-San Jose a No-Go →

San Jose Planners Give Go-Ahead to Earthquakes Stadium

On Wednesday night the San Jose Planning Commission denied a neighborhood appeal over a permit allowing the Earthquakes soccer to build a new stadium. It was the final act of a four-year planning and permitting drama for the city and the team; the denial can’t be appealed or reversed by the City Council.   A statement from Quakes … Continue reading San Jose Planners Give Go-Ahead to Earthquakes Stadium →

Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium

The agenda for the San Jose Planning Commission meeting tonight includes the proposal for a soccer stadium put forward by the San Jose Earthquakes.  If this sounds familiar, it should; the Planning Commission approved the project in December of last year.  But members of the Newhall Neighborhood Association filed an appeal (pdf), and so the … Continue reading Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium →

Analysis of the A’s Yoenis Cespedes Signing

The A’s made a surprise move yesterday by signing Yoenis Cespedes, a highly sought-after outfielder for the Cuban national team until he defected last summer. We turn to sports journalist Rick Tittle for a little analysis: Rick Tittle Cespedes is a guy who the baseball world has seen in the Olympics and the World Baseball … Continue reading Analysis of the A’s Yoenis Cespedes Signing →

We’ve Got That Lew Wolff San Jose Rotary Club Address You’ve Been Wanting to Check Out…

Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff had an informal on-stage conversation at the Rotary Club of San Jose on Wednesday.  He answered questions from Santa Clara County assessor Larry Stone, who’s been active in the effort to get the A’s to move from Oakland to San Jose; and later from the audience.  A’s ownership has been … Continue reading We’ve Got That Lew Wolff San Jose Rotary Club Address You’ve Been Wanting to Check Out… →

Fred Korematsu’s Journey From East Oakland to the National Portrait Gallery

  Two photographs of a young Oakland welder who became a civil rights hero were unveiled in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery this morning.   Fred Korematsu was 23 years old in 1942 when he, like all other Japanese Americans on the West Coast, was ordered to report for internment.  Korematsu refused, and was eventually arrested, … Continue reading Fred Korematsu’s Journey From East Oakland to the National Portrait Gallery →

I Was an Extra on the Set of Moneyball

Moneyball, the film about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane and the team’s historic 20-game winning streak of 2002, was nominated today for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt as Beane), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin, from Berkeley author Michael Lewis’s nonfiction book). … Continue reading I Was an Extra on the Set of Moneyball →

Q & A: Why the Last Two Minutes of the 49ers Game Was Historic

I’m a baseball fan who’s only recently expanded my horizons into football, and one of the things I’m still having trouble with is the way that football games end. I’ll usually stay until the actual end of a baseball game, even if my team is down by ten runs — until the game’s over, there’s … Continue reading Q & A: Why the Last Two Minutes of the 49ers Game Was Historic →