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Crosscurrents is KALW Public Radio's award-winning news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community.

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Courtesy of Snap Judgment

In 2017, there were 77 homicides in Oakland. Our friends at the podcast Snap Judgment reported on each one.

12/21: Counted: An Oakland Story

3 hours ago

Today on Crosscurrents: 

The Guardian

One of our listeners, Consuelo Faust, recently asked us a question through our Hey Area project: “Is it fact or urban legend that other cities or even States send their homeless people to San Francisco?”

2/20: Inside San Francisco's homeless bussing program

Feb 20, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An interview with Guardian reporter Alastair Gee about San Francisco's bussing program 
  • How one woman’s experience of childhood incarceration made her a lifelong activist
  • A visit to a Bay Area mall that once was a World War II detention camp

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Tanforan

Feb 20, 2018
Dorothea Lange / cropped and resized

All week long, we played this sound and asked you to guess what exactly it was and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Oakland writer Chizu Omori and her family were among the near 120,000 Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes and relocate to incarceration camps during World War II. Omori was just 12 years old when she was sent to Poston, a camp in the desert of Arizona.

Jeremy Dalmas / KALW News

 

The city of Oakland is in the middle of the putting together a document that will decide the future of its downtown.

The Stanford Band scatters on

Feb 15, 2018

 

On a fall evening at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto — better known as “The Farm” — college-football rivals UC Berkeley and Stanford meet for their annual showdown at the 120th “Big Game.”

The stadium is divided in half, with Cal fans in blue and gold on one side, and Stanford in Cardinal red on the other. Chants and cheers can be heard throughout the crowd.

The band always wins

 

Around the world, and around the Bay Area, people will be celebrating Chinese New Year’s eve tonight. Lunar year 4716 is a year of the dog, according to the Chinese zodiac system.

 

San Francisco-based Feng Shui consultant Janet Louie joined us in the studio to talk about Chinese astrology, Chinese metaphysics, and what the year of the dog has in store for all of us.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full story. 

2/15: The future of Oakland's Downtown

Feb 15, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Oakland decides on the future of its downtown
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

2/14: Combatting sexual harassment at school

Feb 14, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A man seeking asylum in San Francisco is arrested by immigration agents
  • African American teens in Oakland talk about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault at school
  • More on the Oakland Unified School District's new sexual harassment policy

Combatting sexual harassment in Oakland schools

Feb 14, 2018

Girls of color who attend Oakland public schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault, according to a recent report issued by the district. The question is: What is being done about it?

Lee Romney

Girls of color who attend Oakland Unified schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault. That’s according to a report commissioned by the district.

""No Human Being is Illegal" by CC Flickr user Lynn Friedman

 

Last week in San Francisco, Omer Abdelmaged entered a government office in the SoMa district for an asylum interview.

2/13: World Radio Day

Feb 13, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A visit to an indie Turkish radio station operating at a time of increasing government crackdowns on opposition media
  • A single conversation produced two different stories about an activist childhood in California

StoryCorps: One conversation, two stories of life, family and politics

Feb 13, 2018
StoryCorps

Here at Crosscurrents, one of the first assignments we give the fellows in our Audio Academy is to listen to a 40-minute conversation between two loved ones provided by our partners at StoryCorps — then pick out the best bits, and edit and craft it together into a short audio documentary.

Jeremy Dalmas / KALW News

 


After a failed coup in 2016, the Turkish government closed 169 newspapers, publishers, and TV and radio stations. Thousands of reporters lost their jobs, or worse. Currently Turkey has more journalists in jail than any other country in the world.

2/12: The healing powers of the humble acorn

Feb 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at the new state law that requires education about human trafficking in school
  • How acorns are helping native habitats grow back in the fire-ravaged North Bay hills
  • A Bay Area Beats with legendary Bay Area turntablist DJ Qbert

Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Feb 12, 2018
Bo Walsh

 

Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

Sawsan Morrar

 

The North Bay wildfires tore through neighborhoods and hills last fall. More than 100,000 acres of wilderness in Napa and Sonoma counties were destroyed, including thousands of oak trees.

photo courtesy of heatwatch.org

As many as 100,000 children are sexually trafficked in the United States every year. The average age of these trafficking victims is between 11 and 14.

California — and the Bay Area in particular — are hubs for selling kids for sex.

2/8: Are we headed into another drought?

Feb 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Deciphering this winter's abnormally warm weather
  • What severe cutbacks at the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times mean for staying informed in the Bay Area
  • Enjoying the beats of Bollywood by the Bay

 

This month we’ve experienced record-breaking weather across the state.

 

CC Flickr User Steve Rhodes, resized and recropped

 

More than two dozen journalists and support staff at the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News are out of work this week.

Bringing bhangra to the Bay

Feb 8, 2018
"TEDx SF 2011 Alive - Vicki Virk with Non Stop Bhangra ©Suzie Katz #4836" by CC Flickr user Tedx SF, resized and recropped

 

By now many Westerners have been exposed to Bollywood, the lively cinematic musical soap-operas iconic to the movie industry in Mumbai. Today Bollywood films are regular shown in cinemas around the Bay. Some people though have gone beyond the screen to experience first-hand the infectious music and dance that inspire some of the famous scenes from Bollywood films.

2/7: Combatting car break-ins

Feb 7, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A look inside San Francisco’s car break-in crisis.
  • A conversation with Paul Flores, who fuses documentary and playwriting.
  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered.

Margaret Shear / Flickr / Creative Commons

Everyone in San Francisco seems to have a story about a car break-in. It’s expensive, frustrating — and predictable.

Latino communities remember Alex Nieto through art and activism

Feb 7, 2018
Josiah Luis Alderte

 

Alex Nieto was a young Latino from San Francisco who was shot at 59 times by four San Francisco police officers on the night of March 21, 2014, in Bernal Heights Park. All four officers were later acquitted of all charges.  

2/6: Stories of Sikh American Resilience

Feb 6, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What it’s like to grow up in the Sikh community
  • How the media can help combat negative stereotypes and misinformation with more accurate reporting on Sikh stories

Sikh Coalition

 

Hate crimes against many communities have increased in recent years, and Indian Sikhs are no exception.

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