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The Faces of Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment is a public radio series that takes its listeners inside a wide spectrum of first-person stories and spotlights the defining moments in people’s lives. It’s a hipper, younger twist on the public-radio classic This American Life. Snap Judgment has an informality, a streetwise vitality, and original music that reflects an urban environment like Oakland. Since its broadcast premiere in 2009, the show has steadily built a national audience, and is now aired on 365 radio stations.

The $21 Million Home On Top of the World

Setting the record as the highest priced home sale in Alameda County’s history, a lavish 14,000-square-foot Berkeley hills mansion at 6889 Devon Way sold for a staggering $21 million earlier this year.

High-rises and Hutongs Define Beijing

Like a bowl of its intensely flavored noodles, Beijing is a tangle of contradictions. Wander the twisting lanes in a few hutongs to feel the timeless pulse of daily life.

The Appeal of Treasure Island

One day it will be a bridge to somewhere—Treasure Island, which beckons with a popular flea market, urban wineries, and other coming attractions. For now, the pedestrian-bike path stops short of Yerba Buena and Treasure islands, where attractions await. Caltrans expects closing the gap this summer.

A Bit of the Hamptons in Berkeley

Hidden in plain sight just below the summit of Grizzly Peak, the Colonial-inspired Hamptons-style mansion at 1530 Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Berkeley is an anomaly wrapped in an enigma. Nestled among ancient redwoods along the crest of the East Bay’s coastal range, this decidedly East Coast house evokes the Gatsby-esque era of leisure, affluence, and grandeur in an unexpected West Coast context.

Excitement on Tap at Blackwater Station

The new cocktail-centric Temescal eatery embodies interesting in all the best ways

Cafecito Time in Miami Beach

It’s sizzling hot and spine-tinglingly cool.

New in Northwest Berkeley

The long-dowdy San Pablo-Gilman corridor has got it going on these days.

An Asian Occasion in Piedmont

Contemporary yet timeless, harmonious and sophisticated, describe this Japanese-inspired gem in Piedmont,

MeloMelo Is a Bar Without Booze

You can get shell-faced at MeloMelo thanks to the kava. No haters allowed.