Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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3:46pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Forest Sun

Do you like singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson, John Gorka and John Mayer? If so, you might give Forest Sun a listen.  

Forest Sun has played from Japan to North Carolina, and you can hear him Saturday (02.28) at The Monkey House in Berkeley, starting at 7:30pm.  

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9:06am

Thu February 26, 2015
Digest

Daily news roundup for Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Genentech and a private shuttle bus jockey for space at 24th St. and Valencia St. during the morning commute in San Francisco, Calif.,Tuesday morning Aug. 5, 2014.
Karl Mondon / San Jose Mercury

5:05pm

Wed February 25, 2015
Arts & Culture

FSFSF: Shining a light on Bay Area comedy

Nato Green

The Bay Area is a destination for both established comedians coming through on tour, and aspiring ones trying to get their start here. Nato Green is a little different: he’s a San Francisco comedian born and bred.

These days, Green is helping shine a light on fellow comics in the Bay Area. He’s partnering with local comedy distributor Rooftop Media for a new series airing on KALW called FSFSF.

NATO GREEN: We’re pulling clips of Bay Area comedians, past and present to highlight some of the local comedy scene. At some point, the San Francisco media for the most part stopped paying attention to local comedy. This segment, FSFSF, is driven by my fury, quite frankly, at every reporter who periodically will run a retrospective about the great comedy days at the Holy City Zoo. And it was great, but we're still doing great comedy. And if you do not go see live comedy in the Bay Area, you have only yourself to blame.

FSFSF premieres on Monday, March 2nd and will air weekdays during the 4:20pm break in KALW's presentation of All Things Considered.

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4:53pm

Wed February 25, 2015
Arts & Culture

"Becoming Richard Pryor": new biography by UC Berkeley Associate Professor Scott Saul

Richard Pryor got famous for his radical, racially-charged humor in the early 70’s. But the comedian didn’t start out this way. Back in the 60's, Pryor's most famous sketch was a mock grade-school production of Rumpelstiltskin.

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4:39pm

Wed February 25, 2015
Immigration

Nonprofits struggle to manage Tenderloin’s language barrier

Patrons line up outside St. Anthony's dining room in the Tenderloin for a morning meal.
Taylor Skillin

It’s no wonder that the Tenderloin has become a melting pot of San Francisco’s vibrant Asian and Latino immigrant culture.

The neighborhood is often the first stop for many immigrants to the city. Nearly 30 languages are spoken within a 10-block radius. It’s only getting more diverse, and service workers, nonprofits, and soup kitchens are struggling to keep up.

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