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That's not stuck in the past


For the past eight years, Olivia Allen-Price has been solving local mysteries and debunking myths on her KQED podcast Bay Curious. Each week the show tackles listeners’ questions on topics ranging from architecture to salad dressing. Now a new book called “Bay Curious: Exploring the Hidden True Stories of the San Francisco Bay Area” has compiled some of the show’s best investigations along with a batch of new stories.

On May 18, I interviewed Olivia about the joys and challenges of investigating forgotten histories, legendary local figures, and all the quirks and oddities that make the Bay Area so unique. To make this special evening even more immersive, the event was held at the Camron-Stanford House, the last of the beautiful Victorian mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt. If you want to hear about the origins of iconic local cocktails, the saga of the Bay Bridge troll, some very difficult trivia questions, and much more, check out the episode now.   

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The origin of this fountain is one of the many stories about local landmarks that Bay Curious has investigated over the past eight years.
The Camron-Stanford House was built in 1876 and was home to five influential families during its time as a residence before becoming the first museum in Oakland. Learn more about the home’s history here.
The audience was stumped by Olivia’s first few trivia questions, but eventually somebody won the prize: A Long Lost Oakland poster. (Photo credit: Bill Corbett)

This episode is supported by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. I highly recommend checking out their new podcast, “Revolutionary Care: An Oakland Story,” a series about the history of treating sickle cell anemia: www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/sickle-cell

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