Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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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Newsom: Legalization “not a done deal” ... Senate committee approves banking amendment ... Dabbing pluses and minuses ...

Kyle Trefny

The backstory to this week's show is almost as interesting as the story itself. That's because it came out of the San Quentin Prison Report, a unique collaboration between KALW and a group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison who are telling their own stories of life on the inside.

Audrey Dilling

 


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.

A new kind of battery

Jun 23, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 


Harumi Fuji McClure and her husband live in a nice, two-story house in Morgan Hill south of San Jose. It gets pretty hot there in the summers, so they have a large swimming pool and air-conditioning in the whole house. But her electricity bill isn’t high: it’s negative five dollars a month.

Clean power for San Francisco

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Robin Scheswohl

 

Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.

Today’s local music comes to us by way of…Cuba! Tito Gonzales, who you’re hearing now, first started playing music with fellow cab drivers in Havana, but he has called the Bay Area home for the past dozen or so years.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 

House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans // New York Times

Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue

Growing up with family members who have migrated to the U.S. after severe trauma is something that many Americans face. 

StoryCorps: A coming-out story, with a twist

Jun 22, 2016

 

Cristy Chung was one of the plaintiffs in Woo v. Lockyer – that’s the lawsuit that overturned California’s original ban on gay marriage.

My Mixtape: "Chico Redemption" by Diskarte Namin

Jun 22, 2016

This song reminds Oakland's Owen Li to think about the love that motivates him and the root of struggle. 

How do you say 'I'm gay' in Vietnamese?

Jun 22, 2016
Photo by Ash Ngu / Resized and cropped

Finding the words to express ourselves can be tricky. Finding the words to describe our sexual identities, in a second language where some words aren’t fully translatable? That’s even more challenging.

6/23: Renewable energy

Jun 22, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016
"Patriot homeless (San Francisco)" by Ignacio Munguía, used under CC license/Resized

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco voters may ban homeless encampments // SF Examiner

"San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to ban homeless encampments and empower police officers to remove them within 24 hours.

Photo courtesy of Big Harp George

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day. It’s a blues harmonica, but it’s a big chromatic harmonica, which is rare in the blues world.

6/22: Asian-American identity and mental health

Jun 22, 2016


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Chris Lopez always knew there was something a little different about her youngest child, Gabe. Although assigned female at birth, he always felt like a boy. Gabe Lopez, now 8 years old, talked to his mom about how one weekend at a camp for transgender kids helped to transform his life.

Lady Jay talks about being transgender in prison

Jun 21, 2016

Four thousand inmates are housed at San Quentin, a men’s prison in Marin County. Only a small handful of them identify as transgender.  Reporter Louis A. Scott has the story of how one of them learned to stand her ground.

San Francisco is in a different place than much of the rest of the country when it comes to trans awareness.


The gender-neutral bathroom debate

Jun 21, 2016

 

Sam Bass is the principal at Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco. He’s often talking with parents, and he says he once had a conversation about how some students on the gender spectrum were not comfortable going to the bathroom at Miraloma.

Courtesy of rossvalleyplayers.com.

Ever since high school, people have pronounced Irma Herrera’s name wrong. When she'd correct their pronunciation, they'd ask where she was from, as if it was a foreign name. “I’m a fifth generation South Texan,” she’d say.

Oakland Police O25 Occupy Oakland Oscar Grant Plaza, Steve Rhodes, used under CC license, cropped and resized

Update: The headline has been changed to reflect that fact that the allegations include statutory rape and human trafficking.

Up until recently, the Oakland Police Department appeared to be moving past the racial profiling scandals and police brutality charges that plagued the department. 

A day in the life of an “Attorney of the Day”

Jun 20, 2016
Lezak Shallat

Lawyer Ilyce Shugall spends most days working in East Palo Alto at community legal services non-profit.  But about once a month, she volunteers in San Francisco as an Attorney of the Day. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016
Steve Rhodes

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

 

Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting' // East Bay Express

 

“’We are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture,’ said a visibly angry Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at a Friday evening press conference.

Today's Local Music: Rebecca Mimiaga

Jun 20, 2016

Today's local music is Rebecca Mimiaga. This native Californian started voice lessons at age 11, and was performing her own music at 16.

6/20: Oakland police sex scandal

Jun 20, 2016


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Microsoft enters marijuana field … Sonoma County raids canna oil maker … Two losses for native tribes … Big Marijuana will ruin everything: yes or no?  And more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Comments due Monday on medical regulations // CalNORML

The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) will close its feedback survey on Monday, June 20. The bureau hopes the public will provide comments, suggestions, or concerns. 

 

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an artist and illustrator. Her work ranges from photography to printmaking to pen-and-ink drawings she does while riding BART. 

San Quentin Prison Report: Parenting from prison

Jun 16, 2016
CC Flickr user Tony Koloski, resized and cropped

Being a dad is hard work, and it’s even harder to do from inside prison walls. From the San Quentin Prison Report, Jason Jones brings us this story of incarcerated fathers.

 

Julie Caine

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties.

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