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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Courtesy of Yetunde Olagbaju

Yetunde Olagbaju grew up in Minnesota but has embedded herself in the Bay Area’s creative scene as a multidisciplinary artist and youth arts educator. Her work ranges from video, and installation to performance, and often deals with themes of personal memory, ritual, and vulnerability. She sat down with KALW’s Jen Chien to talk about building human connections through the practice of art.

Lisa Morehouse

Water is the defining feature of the Delta, and recreation on the water is a big part of the economy and culture of this place.

Youth Speaks: Golden State Warriors halftime show

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poets Aleah Bradshaw, Tova Ricardo, Tassiana Willis and Trey Amos performing their original poems at a Golden State Warriors' halftime show.

Youth Speaks: "An open letter to cis people"

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ash Phillips performing the original poem "And open letter to cis people." 

7/20: Boat culture on the Delta

Jul 20, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Getting to know boat culture on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
  • An interview with Bay Area artist Yetunde Olagbaju
  • More poetry from Youth Speaks as Brave New Voices returns to the Bay Area 

Navigating the Delta: The roots of agriculture

Jul 19, 2017
Lisa Morehouse

Major California rivers drain into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and over decades of building dams and reservoirs and pumps, it’s become the major hub of California’s water system — a system that may change again if Governor Jerry Brown's controversial plans to build tunnels for water transport go through.

Robbie Sweeny

Bay Area choreographer and director Erika Chong Shuch has been making all kinds of performance work, ever since she discovered her love for it at UC Santa Cruz over two decades ago. She’s presented work in theaters for more than 1,000 people. But her latest work is for an audience of just 12. It's what she calls an “intimate adventure,” both personal and collective.

7/19: Digging into the roots of the Delta

Jul 19, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:  

  • As the state contemplates water tunnels in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta, we'll meet a farm family that’s worked that land for generations
  • Bay Area artist Erika Chong Shuch creates a day-long performance to provide a dozen people with life-long memories
  • More poetry from Youth Speaks to get us in the mood for this week's International Poetry Slam

Matthew O'Brien

 

Photographer Matthew O’Brien grew up in the East Bay, but he found one of his favorite and deepest subjects a continent away in Colombia.

Youth Speaks: "Cultural Transplants"

Jul 18, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ryan Dang performing the original poem "Cultural Transplants." 

Tony George

 

Pretend you’re looking at a map of the Bay Area, then scroll out a bit.  Find Martinez and Benicia, and draw a line east to Stockton.  From there, go north to Sacramento, then back to Martinez.  Look closely at that triangle and you’ll see a puzzle of waterways and islands that make up the California Delta.

7/18: Getting to know California's water hub

Jul 18, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • As the state debates water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, we’ll meet the people whose lives it would affect
  • East Bay photographer Matthew O'Brien tells us about his multi-year project photographing Colombia
  • Poetry from Youth Speaks

     

Youth Speaks: "African in America"

Jul 17, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ugochi Egonu performing "African in America."

 

 

 

Photo by Bethanie Hines, courtesy of Youth Speaks

More than twenty years ago, writer and educator James Kass was in graduate school at San Francisco State University. He had a small idea: a writing workshop for city teens.

Angela Johnston

 


If you drive east on the Bay Bridge out of San Francisco and look down at Treasure Island, it’s hard to miss what look like enormous piles of dirt. These mounds are actually the remains of old Navy barracks, ground into pieces.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we tell you the story behind our weekly mystery sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

 

7/17: Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup

Jul 17, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An in-depth look at Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup
  • A conversation with Youth Speaks founder James Kass
  • A preview of this week's International Poetry Slam competition

Chris Hambrick

At the Conservatory of Classical Ballet in San Leandro, nearly 20 young people line-up in rows, paying rapt attention to their teacher, Carlos Carvajal.

Teetering on the edge of San Francisco's development boom

Jul 13, 2017
Claire Stremple

 

It seems as though you can’t look up at the sky without seeing the long neck of a construction crane.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Going up in a crane to see what San Francisco’s development boom looks like from a bird’s-eye view.
  • A profile of dancer Carlos Carvajal.
  • Finding the right note in a garden full of pianos.

Bryon Malik

 

Click the audio player above to listen to Damu's audio story  

Evergreen Cemetery is famous for its service to the community of East Oakland. For example, Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party was cremated here.

Courtesy of 4&20 Blackbirds

 

African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated for marijuana charges. That’s true nationwide, and in Oakland, too.

7/12: Equity in the cannabis industry

Jul 12, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new program designed to give communities ravaged by the War on Drugs a leg up in the legal pot industry.
  • A quiet cemetery in East Oakland that hides a long history.  

By Flickr user mlinksva, used under CC / Resized and cropped

Earlier this year, Oakland City Council voted to stop banking with JPMorgan Chase because of the corporation’s investment in causes like the Dakota Access Pipeline and private prisons.

7/11: Oakland contemplates its very own bank

Jul 11, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How some people in Oakland are trying start one of the nation’s first city-run banks
  • From 99 Percent Invisible, a look at the rich history of Colma

Peter Belanger

 

This weekend, a long-awaited, brand new housing development will open up in San Francisco.

Sonia Paul

These days, it’s known mostly as a techie destination, but the Bay Area has a long history with analog gaming. There are several dozen social board gaming groups in the region.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • As housing units open up at San Francisco’s Shipyard, we look back at this massive redevelopment in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood
  • From The Moth, a local author grapples with his wife’s mental illness  

By Pixabay user GAD-BM. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

Lines out the door as Nevada intros recreational cannabis ... Can CBD soothe doggy panic? ... and more. 

Corinne Smith

Walking into the San Francisco Library in Bernal Heights on a Saturday afternoon, I see it’s packed with excited, brightly clad kids and caregivers here for story time. Instead of a librarian, they’re circled around a tall figure. Wearing a black sequined gown, stilettos, and a platinum blonde wig, and seated with a book in her long painted nails, it's Yves St. Croissant, aka Sean Santos, one of San Francisco’s beloved Drag Queens.

 

“My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named boo boo butt," reads St. Croissant. "Yay!”

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