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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This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Friday, July 15th, at Miner Auditorium, in the SFJazz Center. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you may encounter her in one of those clubs sometime!

Her Friday show starts at 7:30pm. 

 

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news: 

San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

The View From Here: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

7/12: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.


The View From Here: Autism grows up

Jul 11, 2016

Twenty years after a sharp rise in autism rates, thousands of California children are aging out of special education. Each one enters adulthood with a unique combination of social deficits that promises a challenging life, even with support.

7/11: Autism grows up

Jul 11, 2016

Twenty years after a sharp rise in autism rates, thousands of California children are aging out of special education. Each one enters adulthood with a unique combination of social deficits that promises a challenging life, even with support. In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear what happens when autism grows up.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW News:

Miracle Grow, Google show interest in cannabis industry ... Prescriptions drop in legal states ... AUMA explained ... Time to panic in Colorado? And more.

The Bridge: Real heroes read audits

Jul 8, 2016
Kyle Trefny

San Francisco voters have approved over $3 billion in loans for public infrastructure over the last decade. Some of the people who make sure the projects stay on track are ordinary citizens who spend their free time reading bond reports. Who ... signs up for this?

Shane Bauer witnessed prison life firsthand during his four months undercover as a guard at the Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. What he experienced is detailed in a report he wrote for Mother Jones.

Oakland singer and vocal activist Melanie DeMore believes in the power of song to bring people together. It’s what drives her work as performer, songwriter, and teacher.

Brother's Keepers: A suicide support group for inmates

Jul 7, 2016

Deaths by suicide in prison are rare, but when they happen they create shockwaves. Inmates need support with handling trauma, and in 2005, Dennis Pratt co-founded Brother’s Keepers, a support group that works with inmates to prevent suicide and help each other through crises.


Today’s local band is called The Lemon Hammer.  This Berkeley group says their most representative song lyric is, “You’ll be fine, if you are who you say that you are.” 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Interim SFPD chief credits reforms with peaceful ending to standoff // SF Examiner

"A tense, hours-long standoff between an armed suspect and San Francisco police that shut down streets and rerouted Muni lines in the mid-Market area Wednesday ended without incident.

The California ballot will be crowded this November. Last week, the Secretary of State put out a list of the official initiatives –- all 17 of them. We’ll be voting on whether the state should legalize marijuana, lower the cost of pharmaceuticals, repeal the death penalty, require condoms in porn, and countless others. And the large number of measures makes the process a lot more expensive. Here’s why.

 

Playwright Star Finch was born and raised in San Francisco, which means she’s seen a lot of change in her hometown over the years. Those changes, and her thoughts and concerns about them, show up in her work as a playwright and author. 

Peeing in your pants is more common than you might think

Jul 6, 2016

My two-year-old son doesn’t pee in his pants or wear diapers. But, ever since he was born, I do.

7/7: Undercover in a private prison

Jul 6, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, July 6 2016

Jul 6, 2016

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SF’s gig economy comes into focus // SF Examiner

“More and more residents in San Francisco are earning supplemental income from digital platforms like Airbnb and Uber, but as this new economy grows, so do the regulation challenges.

7/5: Wide gauge

Jul 6, 2016


7/6: How much is your signature worth?

Jul 6, 2016


 

The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

Oakland's Antique Naked Soul describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their sound, and their message.

 

In 2018, Bay Area commuters will be able to go a little bit farther on BART. The transit agency is building a 10-mile extension from the Pittsburgh station, to Antioch.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
 
San Francisco Considers Tax on Tech Companies to Pay for Boom’s Downside // New York Times

Today’s local music is by Cathy Lemons. She’s been part of the Bay Area blues scene since the 1980s. Her singing has been compared to Tracy Nelson and Gladys Knight. But there’s no confusing her voice with anyone else. You can hear Cathy Lemons at The Saloon on Grant Street in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood next Thursday (07/14).

Recreational cannabis makes November ballot ... Senator Boxer supports reclassification of cannabis ... Senator Feinstein opposes research ... Talking menstrual cramps with Whoopie ... and more.

The Bridge: Homeless at night

Jul 1, 2016
Kyle Trefny

Bay Area media organizations have put a spotlight on homelessness this week. In this episode, we hear two stories from the KALW newsroom about what it's like to be homeless in the Bay Area at night.

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.

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