Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the award-winning daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the divides in our community - economic, social, and cultural.

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David Wilson

 

The avant-garde theater troupe Thrillpeddlers has been shocking, titillating, and yes, thrilling audiences in the San Francisco theater the Hypnodrome since 2004.

Kelly McEvers on the risks and rewards of reporting

7 hours ago

If you listen to KALW before Crosscurrents, chances are you’ve heard our next interviewee co-hosting All Things Considered. Kelly McEvers has had a well-traveled career in journalism — she’s reported stories from Beirut to Baghdad, and won multiple awards for her coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Marissa Ortega-Welch

Kris Gambardella is visiting the doctor today in order to get a new driver’s license. Kris is 26 and does social work in San Francisco. Like a lot of transgender people, he has yet to legally change his name and what’s called the “gender marker” on his legal documents.

Ted Maider


 

Coming up today on Crosscurrents: Transgender people in the Bay Area have been rushing to complete gender transitions in case the process becomes harder under President Trump. NPR host and international reporter Kelly McEvers on high-stakes reporting. "Thrillpeddlers" believe in the power of live theater to get you out of your comfort zone.

 

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By Pixabay user Valyxyz. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

State Assembly sees basket of bills ... Smokers gonna smoke ... Flow Kana buys fallow winery ... Another contamination report ...  What's a mother to do? ... and more. 

The Bay Area's "Day Without Immigrants"

Feb 16, 2017
Josiah Luis Alderete

 


At his press conference today, President Trump reiterated his motivation for strictly enforcing and enhancing U.S. immigration policy.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Tanforan

Feb 16, 2017
Dorothea Lange / cropped and resized

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

 

This is a story about one of my very first teachers, Janet Daijogo. She’s the one who taught me how to tie my shoes and how to read my first book. I’m just one of hundreds of kids who’ve passed through her kindergarten classroom in the fifty-five years she’s taught.  

Gen Fujitani

 

When President Trump signed an executive order last month banning people from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and advocated a Muslim registry, some of the loudest opponents were Japanese Americans.

  • Japanese American farmers who were incarcerated during World War II and resisted.
  • A San Francisco teacher reflects on her early childhood experience in an incarceration camp.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound: Tanforan.


Will the water come to Okieville, California?

Feb 15, 2017
Sarah Craig

The small hamlet of Okieville got its name from those who headed to California to escape the 1930s Dust Bowl. Today, Okieville is one of the areas hardest hit by California’s current drought.

2/15: Will the water come?

Feb 15, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: A original documentary looking at the lasting impact California’s drought has had on the Central Valley, specifically in the tiny community of Okieville, California.

Today's Local Music: Lou Harrison

Feb 15, 2017

The music you’re hearing now is NOT being performed by a local musician, but it IS music written by Bay Area music innovator Lou Harrison. This is the centennial of Harrison’s birth, and that occasion is the theme of this year’s Other Minds Festival. 

photo courtesy of The Good Bad

Today’s local music is by a San Francisco band — The Good Bad. They’ve been playing “new grass/bluegrass” since 2010 and pride themselves on having “a mesmerizing stage presence.”

Rich Blaisdell

You’ve just given birth to the most perfect little human. You name him after your father, and his father before him. On the birth certificate, you spell it just like it’s always been spelled, with an accent mark over the i. Then Gisela Sanchez comes along.

Jeremy Jue

 

Right now, in such a divided country, how we connect with others is on many people’s minds. Maybe you go to church every Sunday, maybe you’re in a book club, or a hiking group, or have a favorite yoga class. Or maybe you spend your weekends dueling friends at a small shop in San Francisco’s Portola district.

Portola neighborhood book club excludes no one

Feb 14, 2017
Marie-France Ladine

A field trip is on the horizon. Billy and his teacher are boarding a bus with the rest of his classmates, to travel from Burton High School library to the Portola Library for a book club. 

2/14: A love letter to the Portola neighborhood

Feb 14, 2017


Audrey Dilling

 

California’s high-speed rail system is the biggest infrastructure project in the state. This documentary is a deep dive into the project. We check in on what’s happening right now, what challenges the project faces, and who will be impacted by it.

Audrey Dilling

 

This is Part 2 of a four-part series about high-speed rail in California. Part 1: First Stop, Fresno. Part 2: Corn nuts and the bullet train. Part 3: Will the train be affordable?. Part 4: San Jose to San Francisco — easier said than done. Listen to the whole show: Inside High-Speed Rail.   

Kole Upton’s family has been farming in the Central Valley since 1946.

Audrey Dilling

 

This is Part 1 of a four-part series about high-speed rail in California. Part 1: First Stop, Fresno. Part 2: Corn nuts and the bullet train. Part 3: Will the train be affordable?. Part 4: San Jose to San Francisco — easier said than done. Listen to the whole show: Inside High-Speed Rail.   

California’s high-speed rail system is the biggest infrastructure project in the state. In 2008, voters approved funding for the bullet train that would get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours. 

Eli Wirtschafter

 

This is Part 4 of a four-part series about high-speed rail in California. Part 1: First Stop, Fresno. Part 2: Corn nuts and the bullet train. Part 3: Will the train be affordable?. Part 4: San Jose to San Francisco — easier said than done. Listen to the whole show: Inside High-Speed Rail.   

Rod Diridon Sr. says his favorite song is “Ol’ Man River.”

The song is “about persevering against great odds, when the deck was stacked against you,” says the former Santa Clara County supervisor. “And wanting to be like that old man river that just keeps rolling along.”

California High-Speed Rail Authority

 

This is Part of 3 a four-part series about high-speed rail in California. Part 1: First Stop, Fresno. Part 2: Corn nuts and the bullet train. Part 3: Will the train be affordable?. Part 4: San Jose to San Francisco — easier said than done. Listen to the whole show: Inside High-Speed Rail.   

High-speed rail construction is happening right now in the Central Valley, even though the project doesn’t have all the money it needs.

 

Guess this Bay Area Sound! Feb. 11, 2017

Feb 13, 2017
ILLUSTRATION BY RICH BLACK.

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

2/13: High-speed rail in California

Feb 13, 2017

CC Flickr user Kim Unertl, resized and cropped

Many students, parents, staffers, and administrators associated with schools throughout the Bay Area have expressed concerns about how President Trump’s executive order to increase enforcement of federal immigration laws may affect undocumented students.

Ben Trefny

 

This past Tuesday, Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as Secretary of Education.

 

Liza Veale

 


About a dozen people have returned to sleeping on the sidewalk, after an unpermitted settlement in a public park was cleared out by the City of Oakland last Thursday.

Jazzman Noel Jewkes

Feb 7, 2017
Photo by Kat Wade / resized and cropped

 

 

Living in the Bay Area requires some serious resourcefulness; there's at least one group of people who are pretty used to that: jazz musicians.

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