Fighting Fire With Fire

By Shannon Lavelle
Fire ecologist and wildland firefighter Dr. Sasha Berleman reflects on her two seasons working on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, Trump’s controversial tweet criticizing forest management, and why California wildfires are getting larger, deadlier and more destructive. Continue reading Fighting Fire With Fire

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Steven Czifra on Shakespeare, Solitary Confinement and Marveling at the Ordinary

Many people talk about transformation, but Steven Czifra has actually lived it. After spending many years incarcerated, he emerged as a co-founder of the UC Berkeley student organization Underground Scholars Initiative. In this interview with the BCC Voice, he offers his bracingly honest and intensely political thoughts, ideas and personal recollections.
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An Arbiter of Taste

By Adam Mann

“The SF Weekly food critic keeps coming out to Oakland and stealing my stories.” Riding the rising wave of the Bay Area restaurant scene, food writer and managing editor for The East Bay Express, Janelle Bitker, has her finger on a special pulse point in our community. She joined our journalist for coffee and a discussion about representation in the restaurant scene, rising rents and relocation, and the logistics of managing, writing and making time to go out and dine. Continue reading An Arbiter of Taste

The Remarkable Life of

By Nancy Millar Patton

Nonagenarian park ranger Betty Reid Soskin is a treasure of the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park. Her lectures, laden with story-craft and political heft, have become sold-out attractions requiring ever-larger venues. The BCC Voice sat down with Soskin to learn more about the path she’s forged and the remarkable history she brings to life for her audiences. Continue reading The Remarkable Life of