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How changes to the Farm Bill could affect Bay Area food stamps

6 minutes ago
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons

 

To listen to this report, tune in to Crosscurrents today on KALW 91.7 FM at 5:00 p.m., and streaming online. A full audio archive will be available here after the broadcast.

 

The Farm Bill. It sounds like a bill that deals with … well, farming. But the Farm Bill that’s up for renewal and being debated in Congress right now actually deals with a lot more.

Behind the scenes at the San Francisco Food Bank

18 minutes ago
San Francisco and Marin Food Bank

Paul Ash is the executive director of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. And he’s taking us on a tour of the main distribution center in Potrero Hill.

When filling out the US census, Egyptians, Moroccans, Iranians, and many other people from the Middle East and North Africa have always had to check the box 'White' or other. There’s no Middle Eastern or North African box. This is problematic because these communities rely on representation when it comes to things like legislative redistricting and health statistics—in addition to the cultural inaccuracy of calling them White in the American context. 

Jeremy Jue

Nazira Babori moves around The 1951 Coffee Shop with ease: mixing, steaming, and grinding coffee like a pro -- but the truth is, she’s new to this, and not so long ago, she was in a very different place.

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a new count every decade — and the next one is coming up in 2020. Last month the bureau released the questions they intend to use … and one new question has caused vigorous debate and multiple lawsuits.

4/19: Voting rights for the incarcerated

Apr 19, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

San Quentin Radio: Inmates on the right to vote

Apr 19, 2018
Denise Cross Photography / Flickr / Creative Commons

Holly J. McDede / KALW News

California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country — and a booming gun industry. More than 1 million firearms were purchased in the state in in 2016, or roughly one gun for every 30 residents.

kgroovy / Flikr Creative Commons

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

Eli Wirtschafter / KALW News

 

A massive, multi-year transit project is transforming International Boulevard in Oakland — and financial aid for local businesses affected by the project is tangled up in red tape.

 

Jeremy Dalmas

This story originally aired in May of 2017.

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the United States. And with business booming, a lot of eyes are on local corporations to see if they are giving back to the local community by paying their fair share in taxes.

Lydia Daniller

 

Sean Dorsey is a trailblazing transgender choreographer, and the founder of Fresh Meat Productions, an annual transgender and queer performance festival.

 

Sean has a new show premiering in San Francisco this week called Boys In Trouble. The show comes out of two years of research, during which Sean traveled across the country, hosting community forums about masculinity and interviewing people about gender.

 

In Estonia, tax filing is done in one minute

Apr 17, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I received an email reminding me that it would soon be time to file my U.S. tax return for 2016. The email said that first and foremost, I’d have to locate my W-2 form showing my earnings and taxes for last year.

StoryCorps: Two moms, double the love

Apr 17, 2018
StoryCorps

Lamar Van Dyke, Paula Lewis and Traci Lewis have a special bond. Lamar gave birth to Traci when she was 18 years old. Unprepared to have a baby, she gave Traci up for adoption. Paula Lewis adopted her. Traci sat down with her biological mom, Lamar, and her adopted mom, Paula, at the StoryCorps booth at the San Francisco Public Library to talk about their family.

Click the audio player above to hear the story.

This interview was facilitated by Geraldine Ah-Sue, and produced for KALW by Chris Hambrick. It originally aired in May of 2015. 

Robert Huffstutter / Flikr / Creative Commons

 

The redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard is slated to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake.

 

The Shipyard is a former naval base and nuclear-weapons testing lab — and the cleanup of radioactive materials used there has been ongoing for decades.

 

Courtesy of Brava Center For The Arts

 

Artist Beatrice Thomas performs in drag as soulful death-metal diva Black Benatar at Drag Queen Story Time at the San Francisco Public Library — and all over the Bay.

 

She’ll be hosting Black Benatar’s Black Magic Cabaret as part of So Soul San Francisco at Brava Theater this week.

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

The Specialist: Notary Superman

Apr 16, 2018
Casey Miner

When we think of big moments in our lives, we often imagine photographs: wedding pictures, baby announcements, smiling in front of a new house. But for all of these events there's also lots of paper that needs to be signed and approved by the state.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

Would you choose to pay a tax that you didn’t legally owe? A group of indigenous women in the East Bay have gotten together to ask for just that. They’ve levied a tax on residents for the land they are living on.

4/16: Indigenous land tax in the East Bay

Apr 16, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A group of indigenous women in the East Bay have asked residents to pay a voluntary "tax" on the land they inhabit
  • Going behind the scenes with a traveling notary 

Liza Veale

 


When winter comes, Bay Area cities open temporary shelters to keep unhoused residents warm and dry. But, as winter comes to an end, these shelters close down. In Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco about 500 homeless people will be back on the streets.

Reimagining life and death in San Francisco

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy of ReImagine

 

4/12: What happens when winter shelters close?

Apr 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • As a winter shelter prepares to close for the season, 90 homeless residents of Berkeley return to the streets
  • A nonprofit wants to help the whole city of San Francisco explore the big questions of life and death
  • What inspires some volunteers who care for the dying

  

Tracy Grubbs grew up fascinated, curious and also afraid of death. Her curiosity, plus her interest in Buddhism led her to volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco center for the dying supported by the Buddhist community. Grubbs spoke with her colleague Lisa Messano.

Photo couresty of Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon covers state politics and policy for the LA Times. He spoke with KALW's Ben Trefny about the split roll campaign to reform Proposition 13 — which was just postponed to the 2020 ballot — and how that reform fits in with other proposed initiatives to address the state's housing crisis. 

4/11: The fight to reform Proposition 13

Apr 11, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

Liza Veale

 

If you’ve heard of Proposition 13, you probably know that it cut property taxes back in 1978, which reduced funding for public schools and other services. It also has a lot to do with the state’s shortage of housing and, many argue, the fact that rents are so darn high.

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