Joseph Bien-Kahn

tv

Netflix's 'The Family' Unmasks the Political Power of Christian Fundamentalists

We spoke with director Jesse Moss and author Jeff Sharlet about the "transactional relationship" between the Christian right and the government.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
8.9.19
nuclear war

You'll Die in a Nuclear War, but These Elites Will Be Saved

A national security expert's new book reveals the handful of VIPs and artifacts America would protect in the event of a major catastrophe.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
5.3.17
Books

How the Rorschach Test Became the Most Famous Tool in Psychiatry

A revealing new book sheds light on Hermann Rorschach and his controversial and inexplicably effective test.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
2.27.17
guide

Boots Riley Still Loves Oakland

Though the city is going through a wild transition, the Coup rapper is and Oaktown die-hard.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
4.1.16
Features

The Man Who's Building a Computer Made of Brains

A new startup is fusing lab-grown neurons onto computer chips in hopes of improving artificial intelligence.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
2.29.16
Music

How a 20-Year-Old Punk Kid and the Minutemen Pioneered Mainstream Music Festival Culture

Stuart Swezey's Desolation Center shows were illicit desert festivals—drug-addled parties for LA punks which would influence Coachella and Lollapalooza and then disappear as quickly as they came.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
9.13.15
Stuff

Meet the San Francisco Politician Who Is Fighting Gentrification by Slowing Down Development

We met with city supervisor David Campos, who recently introduced legislation to create a 45-day moratorium on new market-rate housing in the Mission.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
5.20.15
Film

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Will Put a Face to Those Displaced By Gentrification

This semi-biographical film is the Horatio Alger–like tale of one member of San Francisco's dwindling black population.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
5.1.15
Film

'Western' Shines a Light on America's Complex Relationship with Mexico

In their latest documentary, Bill and Ross Turner examine Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, two sister towns located on either side of the Rio Grande.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
3.14.15
Music

Rediscovering San Francisco's Punk Scene in a Box of Old Negatives

John Roberts documented the Bay Area's pre-AIDS, post-Hippie era, but until recently he thought all of his photos had been lost forever.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
2.20.15
News

What's the Difference Between a Leaker and a Whistleblower?

The distinction may be the thing that keeps three WikiLeaks employees out of prison.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
2.17.15
Travel

Taking on the World's Most Difficult Off-Road Race in a VW Bug

The Baja 1000 is the longest continuous off-road race in the world and the Desert Dingoes race it in stock pre-1982 Volkswagen Beetles. That's like trying to win the America's Cup in a blowup raft.
Joseph Bien-Kahn
2.11.15
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