Photo Courtesy of Ed Kilgore

Pacific Grove resident and political commentator Ed Kilgore has a new book that examines the 2014 mid-term election. It was an election in which the Republicans achieved a majority in the Senate and now control Congress.

The first thing you notice about Ed Kilgore is his infectious laugh. His round gentle face, smooth southern drawl and easy manner stands in stark contrast to his frantic life.  Every day he grinds out 12 essays for an online blog at the left of center Washington Monthly.  It’s incredibly demanding.

Krista Almanzan

Once a week, Karen Nalley Artalejo and Spanish language interpreter Olga Rice make the 40 minute drive from their office in Salinas to an apartment in Greenfield to work with Samuel Lopez.  He’s a toddler just a couple months shy of his third birthday.

Doug McKnight

Journalist Claudia Melendez Salinas decided to write her first novel while covering a story for the Monterey Herald nine years ago. It was a period when the city of Salinas was having a difficult time financially and had to make some hard choices about what services to cut.

“The libraries had just been closed. But they were also having issues with the community centers,” says Melendez Salinas.

Krista Almanzan

Any day now the Army hopes to resume prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord.  It’s part of the clean-up process, which began when the Army base closed more than 20 years ago.

To find out what happens after the smoke clears, I took a rare trip into the burn area with Lyle Shurtleff.  He’s Munitions Response Manager for the Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup.  

Monterey Bay Chronicles

Oct 4, 2015
Brittany Darnell

In 2014 and 2015, KAZU reporter Rowan Moore Gerety with some assistance from KAZU's Krista Almanzan recorded around the clock moments of life in the Monterey Bay Area. The end result is the Monterey Bay Chronicles, an audio portrait of 24 hours in the Monterey Bay Area.

We encourage you to listen to the show in its entirety above.  Below you'll find each individual segment broken down by hour.