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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Cannabis under the Trump Administration ... Oakland municipal bank idea might help dispensaries ... “I bribed the sheriff” ... and more.

Community colleges rethink remedial education

Jan 12, 2017
Sarah Tan

 

With more than 2 million students, California has one of the largest community college systems in the country. But its graduation rates have been disappointing for years.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The Stud

Jan 12, 2017
Meradith Hoddinott

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.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

 

Navy veteran Ron Ekika Riveira Jr. says that when you first see him and all his tattoos, you might see a “big bad scary-looking Hell’s Angels guy”. But if you look closer, you'll see that the ink tells a different, much more surprising story.

1/12: Rethinking remedial college courses

Jan 12, 2017

 


musicapacifica.org cropped & editted with permission

Have you ever experienced “enormous musicality?”  That’s one way critics describe Musica Pacifica, who you’re hearing now.

 

Clerical workers at the University of California went on strike across the state on Tuesday to push forward contract negotiations.

Photo courtesy of Robbie Sweeny

Iconic dance troupe Dance Brigade is celebrating its four decades of intersecting art and social issues with the show Gracias a La Vida - Love in a Bitter Time. The evening will touch on everything from immigration to freedom of the press, all with the company’s signature blend of fierce dancing, taiko drumming, and a live band.

"1st Ave. at International Blvd., Oakland" by flickr user AC ServiceInfo. Cropped and used under CC: http://bit.ly/2il0hOA

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. While trafficking might seem like an issue we’re all on the same side of, when it comes to how we should go about combating the problem, people don’t always agree.

 


Today’s Local Music: “Black Map”

Jan 11, 2017

The music you’re hearing now is by Black Map, a trio from San Francisco. They call their musical style “American post-hardcore.” Black Map appears on Friday the 13th at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Today’s local music is by Logan Magness. Now living in San Francisco, Logan thinks his sound was definitely shaped by having grown up in Memphis. 

 

I thought my family had all the pieces in place, until the crisis happened and that’s when I realized how woefully unprepared we were. My 91 year old father had fallen in the early morning hours and was unable to get up from the bathroom floor.   

Bay Area perspectives on the Affordable Care Act

Jan 10, 2017
Cari Spivak / KALW

Doctors, nurses, and medical students stood outside of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital this week in their lab coats and scrubs, holding signs that said “Protect our patients” and “Keep America covered.”

1/10: The future of health care

Jan 10, 2017

  • As Congress prepares for a showdown over the Affordable Care Act, locals prepare for the consequences.
  • Doctors want to help ready patients for end-of-life care.


Photo courtesy of DISH SF

San Francisco used to be full of Single Room Occupancy hotels—cheap dorm-style places for people to live. These days, only a few SRO’s remain, with about 19,000 San Franciscans living in them. Today we’ll get to know another one of these residents, for our series of SRO Stories.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

When you think of school, you might not think of prison. But in 2014, approximately 47,600 young people in California actually attended school inside juvenile hall. Those schools are called “court schools.”

Mary Rees

 

It’s rare for a play to make its Bay Area premiere on Alcatraz, but then, this is no ordinary play — and the Poetic Justice Project is no ordinary theater company.

The Daniel Castro Blues Band brings their musical talents to the Club Fox in Redwood City on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Guess this Bay Area sound! January 9, 2017

Jan 9, 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.

1/9: The students of San Francisco Juvenile Hall

Jan 9, 2017

  


“Buzzed driving” bill introduced ... Medical dispensaries prepare for recreational customers ... California working on banking fix ... Thousands of joints to be distributed at presidential inauguration ... and more.

By Flickr user Gary Denham, under CC//resized and recropped

Last year, hackers obtained and released the emails of Democratic Party leaders, potentially affecting the presidential election. Earlier this fall, Yahoo! revealed that 500 million users had been hacked, only to disclose last month that another 1 billion accounts had been breached by a different attack in 2013.

Under CC license from Flickr user Beatrice Murch

In San Francisco’s Richmond District, where Geary Boulevard meets Park Presidio, there stands a bright, white, defunct Christian Science church. There are big white columns out front, with pink steps leading up to iron double doors.

But what goes on inside this church is not quite what you’d expect.

 

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it. 

 

Today's Local Music: Yassou

Jan 5, 2017
Amy Harrity cropped and sized with permission

Today’s local music is by San Francisco band, Yassou. Billboard magazine recommends that they “should be on your radar." Yassou is one of several artists appearing at a benefit for those involved in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire. That’s happening at the Starline Social Club, in Oakland, on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 8 p.m. sharp.

1/5: Cybersecurity in the digital age

Jan 5, 2017

 


 

Disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold is known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements. She pioneered a dispute resolution method called “Structured Negotiations.” Instead of suing companies to be more accessible to the disabled, she talks to them, builds relationships, and brings her disabled clients to the negotiating table. Feingold is the author of  Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits.

Angela Johnston

This week promises lots of rain for the Bay Area — but too much of a good thing can sometimes turn bad. Erosion, mudslides and flooding are a danger.

1/4: Oakland picks a new police chief

Jan 4, 2017

  • After seven months, Oakland picks a new police chief.
  • The rain worries neighbors of a creek that divides two cities.
  • A disability rights lawyer explains why bringing clients to the negotiating table can be more effective than lawsuits.


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