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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This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Saturday, 8/27 at the Biscuits & Blues club, off Union Square in San Francisco. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you might encounter her in one of those clubs sometime! Her Saturday show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tomorrow on Crosscurrents: A  look into how much teachers are spending out of pocket to make sure their classrooms are ready for the school year. A conversation with Joshua Raoul Brody. A Bay Area Beats with scat singer Lorin Benedict. The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

A long life, well-lived, can be a gift to many people. Last week, the Bay Area said farewell to Frank Quan, who for 90 years kept his doors open to friends and strangers alike at China Camp State Park.

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In November, California voters will decide whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It’s Prop 64 on your ballot. Already, the medicinal use of marijuana has been legal since voters passed a proposition back in 1996.

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Kelly Quirke, community engagement coordinator for Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, finds it ironic that so many people he deals with in their 60s and 70s are adamant about not getting high on cannabis.

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We’re here to help you vote the way you want to. But we need your help to do it.

You know your county and your representatives best. You know what issues matter the most to you, and you may know something that will help make our reporting stronger.

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Bobby Hutcherson, the jazz legend and internationally renowned vibraphonist, passed away last week. He was 75. A few years ago, KALW’s Ben Trefny joined reporter David Ross at Bobby’s home near the coast in Montara. They talked about music and life and things larger than life. The result was this piece Ben and David produced about Bobby for our series Bay Area Beats.

Just over 100 miles north of San Francisco, residents of Lower Lake are cleaning up their devastated community. The Clayton Fire, a suspected arson, destroyed nearly 300 structures. It’s the second time in less than a year that people living in Lake County have suffered from a blaze.

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It’s not surprising to find female singers today who “do it all.”  They write and sing their own music, play an instrument, and maybe even dance. And in a growing number of cases they also run businesses. But this wasn’t the norm back in 1957, when singer Barbara Dane released her first album.

Guess this Bay Area sound! Aug. 21, 2016

Aug 22, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

 

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic treasure hunt. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area.

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In the beginning, there was Barbara Dane. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Barbara Dane’s pioneering folk-and-blues roots go back to the 1950s. But she’s not looking backwards: she has a new album out!


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DOJ can’t prosecute state-legal medical cannabis ... Prop. 64 ballot statements reined in ... Santa Rosa wants to be a player ... The thriving edibles gray market in Dolores Park ... How pot made “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ... and more. 

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.

Gabriel Chen

 

This piece was produced Gabriel Chen, one of our high school student summer interns.

 

With the Olympics taking place right now, U.S. sports fans are getting treated to lots of coverage of summer sports like basketball, swimming, and gymnastics. But one sport may be overlooked by many Americans: Badminton.

Arming the LGBT community, one beginner shooter at a time

Aug 18, 2016
Marylee Williams

Note: We’ve changed one of the names in this story because it’s a sensitive subject.

Rex Johnson is sitting at a picnic table outside the San Jose Municipal Firing Range. He just finished a round of target practice shooting a rifle with a scope, and he’s pretty pleased with his accuracy.


A long wait for a new Bayview market

Aug 17, 2016

For Bayview residents, stocking the kitchen with fresh produce, meats, staples and spices means having to go to several places to get what they need. There is no full service grocery store here, so people have to plan, travel, and get creative. 

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Joanna Haigood makes site-specific and aerial dance. Her dances take place outside, or on specially built structures, or even suspended by ropes and harnesses high above the ground.

For young Bay Area mariachis, music is a family affair

Aug 17, 2016

 

Picture a mariachi band.

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This is Bay Area singer/songwriter Paul Griffiths. Jim Bruno (musician and college instructor) describes Griffiths' lyrics as 'insightful and eloquent.' 

8/17: Bayview gets its grocery store

Aug 17, 2016


Photo courtesy of Dr. Vance Vredenburg

Mountain yellow-legged frogs used to be bountiful, hopping out from under hikers feet anywhere there was water. Now they’re critically endangered by both non-native predators and a deadly fungal disease that's killed over a third of the world’s amphibian species.

Dragons on Lake Merced

Aug 16, 2016

 

 

This piece was produced Jacky Chiu, one of our high school student summer interns.

 

I’m at Lake Merced in San Francisco for dragon boat practice. It's kind of smelly like usual, but you can get used to it when you're a paddler.

 

Vallejo hopes to plug into the electric car market

Aug 16, 2016
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If you’re a former Navy town that’s been navigating rough economic seas since your base closed 20 years ago, a high-tech electric car assembly plant may just be the thing you’re looking for to turn your fortunes around.


How big companies shape San Francisco's ballot

Aug 15, 2016
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We’re less than three months from Election Day, and, even though it might not seem like it, there’s plenty to think about besides Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Californians have 17 propositions to consider, and that doesn’t even include the county measures; San Franciscans, themselves, are looking at 25 more.

San Francisco Unified School District’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts made history in 2015, when it offered what the district believes was the first LGBTQ Studies class in the nation. That class has since expanded to Thurgood Marshall High School, Mission High and even a high school in Union City.

Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Aug 15, 2016
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Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

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