The Bay

The Bay


Bay Area-raised host Ericka Cruz Guevarra talks with local journalists about what’s happening in the greatest region in the country. It’s the context and analysis you need to make sense of the headlines, with help from the people who know it best. New episodes drop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

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On April 27, 2023, an armed security guard shot and killed a Black trans man named Banko Brown outside of a San Francisco Walgreens. Brown’s killing sparked outrage. But San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins decided not to charge the security guard who shot him, saying that he acted in self-defense. And just last Friday, Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office announced that it supported that decision.  This announcement has crushed Banko Brown’s loved ones, including those who say that his killing was an example of the conditions that unhoused transgender people face in San Francisco. KQED reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez sits down with Brown’s chosen family, to discuss life as a homeless queer person in San Francisco, and Banko’s life before his death. This episode originally aired on Sept. 6, 2023.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Previous episodes

  • 1493 - A Conversation With Banko Brown’s Chosen Family 
    Fri, 14 Jun 2024
  • 1492 - For High Schoolers in the South Bay, Silicon Valley Looms 
    Wed, 12 Jun 2024
  • 1491 - Inside Sutro Baths In Its Prime 
    Mon, 10 Jun 2024
  • 1490 - What Should We Do About AI? 
    Fri, 07 Jun 2024
  • 1489 - Applying For Student Aid Was Supposed to Be Easier This Year. It Wasn’t 
    Wed, 05 Jun 2024
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