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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Holly McDede

 

When Stanford student Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison for sexual assault, lots of people thought he deserved a longer sentence. They saw a white, college athlete let off the hook.

 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Jack London Square

13 hours ago
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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 the Oakland Museum of California, resized and recropped

A new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California is trying to address gentrification, one of the Bay Area’s biggest hot button issues, through a broad range of work from West Oakland residents—from school kids to aerosol muralists to documentary filmmakers—who share their own thoughts.

9/29: Judge Aaron Pesky faces recall threat

18 hours ago

 


Courtesy of Lavay Smith

Today’s local music is by Lavay Smith, who counts Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith among her influences. 

Sights & Sounds: Lou Dematteis

23 hours ago
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Lou Dematteis is a photographer and filmmaker who co-produced "The Other Barrio", which will be screening at the La Raza Centro Legal as part of the  American Indian Movement West Coast International Film Festival on Monday, October 10th. He told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

PHOTO CREDIT: COLORPARADIGM PHOTOGRAPHY / RESIZED AND CROPPED

 

The dancer Spulu has made a name for himself both as an artist and an activist. Drawing from his Pacific Islander heritage and love of hip-hop, he communicates his passion for social justice through his choreography style. 

Rai Sue Sussman

On a rare sunny morning on San Francisco’s Mt. Sutro, I went on a hike with Rupa Bose, webmaster of an organization called Save Sutro. Bose lives in the Forest Knolls neighborhood abutting the eucalyptus forest.

Rachel Wong

One of the first things you hear when you enter the East Bay Vivarium is lots of scratching. It's coming from inside a large cage -- its a giant lizard that’s nearly as long as I am tall. “His name is Elmo, he’s a good guy. People love him,” says Owen Maerks, one of the co-owners here at the Vivarium.

Friction Quartet

Sep 28, 2016
Used by permission of Friction Quartet

The music you’re hearing now is by the Friction Quartet. They’re noted for performing both classical compositions and arrangements of current pop music.

Today's Local Music: California Honeydrops

Sep 28, 2016
Photo by Jerome Brunet

  

The Bay Area does love its big music festivals, and this weekend is one of the biggest: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. 

9/28: The not-so-old-growth forest on Mt. Sutro

Sep 28, 2016


Is Prop 61 the answer to rising drug prices?

Sep 27, 2016

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards for Prop 61, with AARP and the California Nurses Association urging you to “Vote Yes for Lower Drug Prices.” Or the scary TV commercials warning you to vote no on Prop 61, arguing that drug prices will go up if it’s passed.

Being a father, from inside prison

Sep 27, 2016
Courtesy of Dr. Mary Jo Bauen // Resized and Cropped

For prison inmates, being a parent is hard. You’re far away but you’re still here. And the visits and letters, those small points of contact, can become that much tougher for the distance. So, a group of inmates at Solano State prison are looking for help. 

Rotimi Agbabiaka on "acting while black—and queer"

Sep 27, 2016
Photo courtesy of the artist

 

“Acting while black—and queer.” That’s the subject of Rotimi Agbabiaka’s new solo show, Type/Caste.

9/27: How standing up to Big Pharma could backfire

Sep 27, 2016


Guess this Bay Area sound! Sept. 25, 2016

Sep 26, 2016
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 us to let us know.

Used under CC BY / Cropped (Modifications allowed

Attorney General: Marijuana not a gateway drug in opioid crisis ... Autumn is time for harvest, and violence ... Oakland wants to partner with new cannabis businesses ... What kids should know ... and more.

Design by Cal Tabuena-Frolli. Illustration by Olivia Henry.

When Heather Hernandez saw that KALW was seeking questions from listeners via Hey Area, she wrote in and asked, "Who has worked at KALW the longest?" We invited Heather to the station to interview some of our longest-standing employees. Steven Short — the original KALW newsroom volunteer — helped. 

Zoë Keating's unique style of music has won her acclaim, and all the while she's remained an independent artist. KALW's Martina Castro went to talk with her at her home studio about how she experiments with the sound of her instrument.

Hey Area: Will BART damage my hearing?

Sep 22, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

Every morning, Michael Mackin gets on BART with two bags. There’s a satchel where he keeps all his work stuff, and a backpack where he carries Cooper and Jetta, his two adorable papillions.

Courtesy of Stroy Moyd // Resized and cropped

Bay Area comedian Stroy Moyd was born in East Oakland, moved to Berkeley as a teen, and now performs all over the Bay, and beyond. The twenty-something has been doing stand-up since he was 16, inspired by his dad's sense of humor and way with words.

9/22: Can BART damage my hearing?

Sep 22, 2016

9/21: The family of Luis Góngora calls for answers

Sep 21, 2016


Prop 63 takes aim at ammo sales

Sep 21, 2016
Photo by Lucy Kang

 

Boxes of ammunition are stacked on the shelves of Coyote Point Armory, a gun store in Burlingame. Owner John Parkin has been in business here for two years. On a Friday afternoon, a steady stream of customers comes in to look at handguns under the glass counters.

Adriana Camarena

Last April, Luis Góngora— a homeless man living in the Mission District—  was fatally shot by San Francisco police.  In the days following the incident, the community expressed outrage over the excessive force used against him and demanded answers from the SFPD.

Julie Caine

In January 1969, two members of the Black Panther Party – Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter and John Huggins – were shot and killed on the campus of UCLA.

San Quentin Prison Report: A nephew's forgiveness

Sep 21, 2016
Post News Group

In this segment from the San Quentin Prison Report, Reporter Tommy Shakur-Ross brings us the story of two inmates discovering they are linked by a murder — and how they manage forgiveness.

Photo courtesy of Diamond Davis

    

Football players from Mission High School in San Francisco made headlines across the country when the team, as a unit, refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest against the oppression of people of color in the U.S.

 

A gaggle of middle school girls are running around a soccer field in East Oakland. The scene is a blur of ponytails and mismatched cleats. Some of the girls wear a yellow chalky sunscreen in stripes across their face. It’s called thanaka, a powdered root that’s popular in Burma.

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