A podcast about history

That's not stuck in the past


East Bay Yesterday in the news


Oaklandside: “What is it like covering Oakland?” (Culture Makers Q&A)


Alta Journal: A Historical Trip around the Bay

Townrootz Podcast interview


SF Gate: This East Bay journalist started a podcast to keep himself from trespassing

KQED: Hitting the road and building a Northern California Bucket List

Diablo Magazine: Keeping History Alive with Liam O’Donoghue

The Oaklandside: The Black Liberation Walking Tour will use history to root a community in place

Oakland Public Library: Oakland’s waterfront history

Richmond Museum of History and Culture: The Spanish Flu in Richmond


East Bay Times: How Bruce Lee, a bus called ‘Aunt Clara,’ and 500 gallons of patrol car booze have a place in East Bay history: Liam O’Donoghue, producer of the East Bay Yesterday podcast, acts as tour guide and records stories for posterity

Photo: (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Monthly: Liam O’Donoghue shares tales of the long lost East Bay (Article also reprinted in Oakland Magazine)

East Bay Times: The dramatic, surprising and sometimes irreverent history of BART revealed in live podcast taping

San Francisco Chronicle: What we’ll lose at the water’s edge

East Bay Times: The Bay Area’s oldest black motorcycle club celebrates 60 years in Oakland

Curbed San Francisco: Man versus nature versus man: 50 or so years of the Albany Bulb

Curbed: Walk this way

CBC: In heartbreak and euphoria, Oracle Arena has meant the world to Warriors fans

The Ringer: Eleven Miles, but a World Away: The Warriors Make Their Last Stand in Oakland

Washington Post: As Oakland seeks justice in deadly Ghost Ship fire, the soul of the city is put on trial

New York Times: The end of the Warriors as we know them

Boing Boing: Children’s Fairyland, the mid-century storybook theme park that inspired Walt Disney and where Frank Oz got his start


San Francisco Chronicle: Learn about Oakland’s economic divide today by peering into the past

East Bay Express: Mapping history with Long Lost Oakland

The California Report: A time-traveling map for rapidly changing Oakland

East Bay Times: Amateur historian creates map of Long Lost Oakland

SF Gate: An Oakland that’s no longer there: Lost landmarks and what’s there now

Hoodline: Long Lost Oakland maps the city’s past

Berkeley Oral History Center newsletter: “A Conversation with East Bay Yesterday podcast host, Liam O’Donoghue”

East Bay Express: Best of the Bay Editor’s Pick – “Best Journalist-Turned-Historian”

East Bay Express: Untangling myths and legends

A Tale of Two Cities podcast: Where are you from?

Oakland Public Library’s Long Lost Oakland event: Photo gallery


Berkeleyside: East Bay Yesterday brings local history to headphones

The E-Ville Eye: East Bay Yesterday podcast capturing and stoking interest in local history

Shaping SF public talk: Local history in your ear (panel discussion)

Stories by Liam O’Donoghue


SF Gate: Partying on a secret island exposed by the Bay’s king tides


SF Gate: Meet the detective who keeps Oakland’s Paramount Theater in mint condition

SF Gate: Trove of stolen photos reveals Oakland street life in the 1970s

SF Gate: The hidden park floating above Oakland

Alta Journal: Membership has its privileges


The Public Historian: Stories from the Epicenter podcast review

SF Gate: Trolls are popping up in Oakland’s Dimond Canyon


The Oaklandside: How you organize that rage


Open Space: Yelping Oakland’s past

Berkeleyside: Berkeley’s battles


Bello Collective: Radiolab’s More Perfect flunks a key history lesson  

Bello Collective: Podcasts could spark a new golden age of investigative journalism

Berkeleyside: How a little-known Berkeley groups sparked the 1960s student movement

Snap Judgement: Quake City Hero


East Bay Express: Berkeley is the original Sanctuary City

East Bay Express: California’s only Black whaling captain, William Shorey, lived in Oakland

East Bay Express: Oakland’s most iconic tree is named after a socialist firebrand

East Bay Express: The sinister, evil KKK in Oakland once ruled City Hall

East Bay Express: Sugar Pie DeSanto’s delicious soul

East Bay Express: The Albany Cross resurrects memories of the KKK

Hoodline: OMCA Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit: ‘She Was Always Willing To Take On Anything’

KALW-FM: “I believe in the elders.” The collected wisdom of Pendarvis Harshaw

KQED Arts: ‘Evolutionary Blues’ resurrects West Oakland’s musical legacy

2016 and earlier

Mother Jones: Talking with Shepard Fairey, the pop-art provocateur of Andre the Giant and Obama poster fame

Salon:”They really don’t want this out”: The biggest Iraq War scandal that nobody’s talking about

Salon: “Every president has been manipulated by national security officials”: David Talbot exposes America’s “deep state”

Salon: “It’s like a guided hallucination”: John Vaillant on making the switch from journalism to fiction

Salon: Don’t call it gentrification

Videos (Interviews, events, and presentations)

Hearing history (Hosted by Alameda Museum)

History of Canyon (Hosted by Museum of San Ramon Valley

Reading into history (Hosted by Oakland Rotary Club)

Opening up about oysters (Hosted by Creative Mornings)

Q&A with Inter State author Jose Vadi (Hosted by Green Apple Books)

Youth gone wild: Intersection of art & rebellion (Hosted by Mechanics’ Institute)

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