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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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Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nov 5, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California revs up for Paris climate-change summit // LA Times

"In the wonky world of climate change, California’s presence at the United Nations summit in Paris next month is expected to be a star-studded affair.

Angela Johnston

Ellen Frankel slips the last of her quarters into the Medieval Madness pinball machine and wipes the sweat off her forehead. It’s her second game of the night, and she’s trying to get a new high score. Although she is shy to admit it, Frankel is a real pinball wizard.

Breast Cancer Action

In the 1940’s a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer was one in twenty. Now it’s one in eight, despite the billions of dollars spent on awareness and the search for a cure.


Two sisters, Kathryn Sibley and Madelyn Blair, walk into the Dragonfly Ink Studio to get a touch-up on their matching tattoos. You can sense their excitement—they’re not scared of the needle and they’re not scared of the pain.

11/4: 3D Nipple Tattoos

Nov 4, 2015
  • Learn about the art of 3-D nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors.
  • Why some say the pink ribbon campaign betrays women.
  • Meet the world's first women's pinball league.

Featuring music by Vetiver.



11/3 - Behind the scenes with a Bay Area home stager

Nov 3, 2015

By Jacksonian. Cropped from original. Used under CC license:

Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner, yesterday, in San Francisco’s elections, for more reasons than just being voted into another term in office.

You can ask Finish Ticket how well those things go together when they’re at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. 


Twenty-eight years ago, a traumatic accident brought Tammy Baird and Jeff Wilson together but their lives went separate ways until Tammy reached out to Jeff this year. They met in a Storycorps booth to trace time back to their fateful first encounter.

"Eucalyptus" by John Morgan used under CC license

Our recent story about the controversial plan to thin thousands of eucalyptus trees from the East Bay hills got a big response from our listeners. 

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Kent Graham is one of five candidates vying to unseat San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He has a business background and worked as an accounting and financial manager in the healthcare industry for more than 35 years.

Flickr user Vox Efx, used under Creative Commons. Cropped for size.


Several candidates are on the ballot of this year's San Francisco election. In such a case, how does the city guarantee that someone actually wins the race, when the vote is split so many ways?


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Tuesday is election day in San Francisco. Five people are running to unseat Mayor Ed Lee – and one of them is Kent Graham, who has a business background and worked as an accounting and financial manager in the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. 

Nicole West



It’s a sunny, April afternoon at Richmond College Prep School. Around 20 fourth graders fidget at their tables near their outdoor garden. Each table is covered with placemats, bowls, cutting boards, and a recipe.

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.

  • A Nepali soup kitchen serves up warmth and community in Civic Center.
  • An interview with San Francisco mayoral Candidate Kent Graham.
  • Bay Area schools promote healthy cooking.
  • San Francisco's ranked-choice voting explained.

Under CC license from Flickr user: Thomas Hawk

Cannabis spray gets mixed results… 2016 ballot to see multiple pot proposals… Ask your vet if CBD is right for your dog… Teen use of pot “significantly lower”… and more.


Oregon’s new recreational regs OK: dispensaries // MJ Biz Daily  Some sections are “less than desirable,” but those might be corrected when the final rules are released.

Bill Strange Photography

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.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

This November’s ballot brings with it proposed legislation to battle the city’s affordable housing crisis -- but there’s also a proposition addressing the problem of rising commercial rents, too.

Wally Gobetz

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

Report: Mission District to lose 8,000 Latino residents in next decade // SF Examiner

"San Francisco’s Mission District will see a massive drop in the number of Latino residents while higher income earners will increase during the next decade, according to a budget analyst report released Tuesday.

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

Melanie Young


Judi Leff stands in the early morning sun at the Home of Peace Jewish Cemetery in Colma. It's a beautiful park-like setting. The graves here bear a mix of English and Hebrew inscriptions. Leff points out the little stones that rest on the tops of many of the memorials.

My Mixtape: Handlebars

Oct 28, 2015
Ben Trefny

Eighteen-year-old Dexter Lotz shares a song by Flobots that speaks to his concern about how governments operate. He mixed this piece at the studios of Upstar Records at Sunset Youth Services.

Ben Trefny

KALW’s Ben Trefny talks with Amy Farah Weiss about her candidacy for San Francisco Mayor.


Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challenge arises every month when they get their period. 

Ben Trefny

Amy Farah Weiss is on the ballot as one of six candidates to be mayor of San Francisco. Weiss was born in Berkeley and raised in San Jose. She’s the daughter of union workers, and she’s the first generation in her family to go to college, earning a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Training from S.F. State in 2010. Amy Farah Weiss sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about her campaign.

10/28: Meeting the needs of the homeless

Oct 28, 2015

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, October 28

Oct 28, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

S.F. Fire Department Removes Chief Arson Investigator // KQED News

“The San Francisco Fire Department has removed the head of its arson task force after he voiced repeated public complaints that the unit was understaffed and overwhelmed by hundreds of uncompleted investigations.