Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Reporter & Editor

Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland. 

Ninna also founded and directed The Litography Project, a multimedia project documenting literary history and culture in the Bay Area. She's reported for 99% Invisible, Matter, KQED, and worked on immersive audio tours for Detour

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A surfer takes on a Maverick wave. A writer acquires an unexpected tenant – and his house plant. These stories and more told live on stage at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco. Fri. April 12 at 8pm . KALW 91.7FM presents “Heard Here,” an interactive evening of storytelling. Inspired by real people in the Bay Area, this show will feature stories of ordinary locals who have gone through extraordinary circumstances – all told by some of the Bay's best writers, radio producers, and performers...

This past summer, Peet's Coffee, founded in Berkeley back in 1966, was purchased by a German Company for $1 billion. Over the last half-century, on its way to becoming a billion dollar company, Peet's helped launch the Bay Area craft coffee movement, spawning places like Four Barrel, Blue Bottle, Philz , and other independent coffee shops. Today, there's a wealth of coffee shops to be found, each with its own distinctive flavor and fans.

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Yes, President’s Day is over. No, we don’t have another three day weekend until May, not that I’m counting. But buck up kids, the weekend will not only bring sun, but also the promise of international celebration with Russian festivals, Chinese New Year parades, record-setting rappers, and the glamour of the red carpet as stars gather for the 85th Academy Awards. So, grab your fur hat and a glass of champagne and prepare yourself for a weekend that just might live up to its three-day long...

Science is rarely easy to understand and even harder to explain. But here at the Exploratorium , science isn’t hard – it’s fun. Why? In order to learn, you have to play. Isidro Demry is playing with the Soap Bubble Tray exhibit. The name says it all: it’s a big tray with pools of soapy water. It’s simple, but surprisingly cool. Especially because I played with the same exhibit when I was six years old, then again when I was ten, and now, I watch as it’s used for what must be close to the last...

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This article was originally published on December 13, 2012. It has been updated to include additional photos from the event. On Saturday, December 8, KALW hosted its second annual Live Crosscurrents in the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum of California. Hana Baba hosted the event, supported by Tin Cup Serenade as house band for the evening.

Maybe you've just seen The Bourne Legacy and have nagging feeling that you're being watched at all times. Maybe you related a little too much to Close Encounters of the Third Kind . So if you see low-flying helicopters crisscrossing the skies this week, you might think the government is after you, or that the aliens have finally arrived. But the more likely explanation is that you've caught a glimpse of the federal effort to measure "naturally occurring background radiation." Flying at a...

San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe ice cream parlor is known for its unique flavor selection. On a given week, your choices might include Sour Cream, Salt and Pepper, and Boccalone Prosciutto. Right now, they have a special option that will only be available until July 1st – a foie gras ice cream sandwich. Humphry Slocombe put the sandwich on the menu in the summer of 2009. Owner Sean Vahey says that in the past few months, they’ve produced approximately three-dozen sandwiches each day, and...

SF Chronicle // Starbucks has bought the Bay Area based chain La Boulange Cafe and Bakery for $100 million. Starbucks plans to start to replace its current pastry selection with La Boulange products in 2013. There are 19 La Boulange cafes across the Bay Area... Inside Bay Area // In other national news affecting the Bay Area, United Airlines has announced that it will discontinue service at Oakland International Airport after 75 years of service. In the past few years, United has only...

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This week, the California Department of Education gave us some grim news: according to its biannual report on the financial health of the states school systems, nearly one-fifth of school districts in the state face bankruptcy , and that includes six Bay Area districts four in Santa Clara County and two in San Mateo County. And so, as the academic year ends, school districts around the Bay Area have the daunting and often frustrating task of forecasting the future of their school budgets...

San Francisco Chronicle // Some investors have reacted angrily to Facebooks debut as a public company, accusing the social networking giant of failing to reveal pertinent financial information in advance of its IPO. Several media outlets have claimed that Facebook gave banks information that would provide unfair advantage over other investors, prompting lawsuits and government inquiries...

Sacramento Bee // The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times have filed suit against the...

(SF Chronicle) // After a one-hour stand-off, a suspect in a Rohnert Park murder case was killed by police in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. After firing numerous shots and setting fires in an apartment on Post Street, the gunman was shot dead at around 10 p.m.... (Oakland Tribune) // Tesla Motors has announced that the all-electric Model S sedan will be available in June , one month ahead of schedule. Tesla plans to deliver 5,000 of the cars by the end of 2012. Though the Palo...

California Watch // The Federal Election Committee recently passed a proposal to let consumers trade in loyalty program points for donations to their preferred political candidate. Now, regulators are reviewing Repledge.com, which would would make Republican and Democratic donations made through the Repledge system cancel each other out, redirecting the money to charities... SF Chronicle // The season of San Francisco Giant Guillermo Mota has been redirected. He is being punished with a 100...

(SF Gate) // Protestors vandalized cars and more than 30 businesses last night in the Mission district. The protestors were part of a group that marched from Dolores Park and traveled down 18th Street and onto Valencia, where they smashed windows and threw paint and eggs onto buildings and hoods of parked cars... (Bay Citizen) // Celebrity chef Guy Fieris yellow Lamborghini , stolen last year from a San Francisco car dealership, was found in a storage unit in Point Richmond on Saturday. The...

(Contra Costa Times) // Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, two power players in the tobacco industry, have donated more than tens of millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 29 , a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. Prop 29 would increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $1 to $1.87, which would generate approximately $735 million annually that would mostly fund cancer research... (SF Gate) // The recent State of the Air report assembled by the American Lung Association showed that the San...

The Assembly Committee on Public Safety has rejected a bill that would make it a felony for teachers to date students , voting it down 3-0. The bill was incited by the much publicized case of a 41-year-old-teacher in Modesto leaving his wife and three children to move in with an 18-year-old student. Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto pledged to keep pushing for similar legislation... This year, every University of California campus, except for Berkeley, saw a rise in out-of...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not disclose the location of her 100 block plan, a proposal to focus police operations and social services in the area where 92% of the citys violent crime occurs. City Council members have expressed frustration with the Mayors office, demanding more transparency and voicing concerns that they have not vetted the plan. Quan, in conjunction with the city administrators office, is expected to give the first official briefing on the 100 blocks to the City Council...

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