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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Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Brotherhood Way

May 25, 2017
Truc Nguyen

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.

Sarah Tan

 

Last May, Oakland Unified School District’s former superintendent Antwan Wilson put forth a master plan to prioritize an inclusion teaching model for its special education students. Inclusion is a teaching strategy in which students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms, and are taught side by side with their general education peers.

5/25: Special needs in the OUSD

May 25, 2017


Meet one of the jailhouse lawyers at San Quentin Prison

May 24, 2017
Nancy Mullane

 

You can’t practice law while serving time in prison, but at San Quentin, there are inmates who represent themselves and offer legal assistance to other inmates. You won’t find any of them with law degrees, but what you will find are men who have a passion for fighting for their freedom, and the freedom of their fellow inmates.

Lynne Fried

 

When Jesselito Bie co-founded Steamroller Dance Company over 20 years ago, he wanted to create performances to address the spread of HIV/AIDS. Since then, Steamroller has performed all over the Bay Area, addressing experiences of marginalized people through dance.

StoryCorps: A chef and her daughter

May 24, 2017
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Maritza Hurtado Torres has been cooking for as long as she can remember.

5/24: Jailhouse lawyers

May 24, 2017


Jenn Chan

Today’s local music is by Beso Negro. They play a modern style of European gypsy jazz, but they’re actually from Fairfax. And that’s where Beso Negro will be playing on Friday, June 26, at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar.

Courtesy of Quiles + Cloud

Today’s local music is by Quiles & Cloud of San Francisco. Quiles & Cloud, who are on a national tour, will be at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Friday, May 25. Their next stop after that is in Franklin, Tenn. 

Image cropped and reused from flickr user David Brossard under CC license

Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem about them.  Amy Tan’s mother was serenaded by them as she lay in state.  Jessica Mitford’s memorial procession was led by them. And more than 300 Chinese families a year hire the Green Street Mortuary Band to give their loved ones a proper and musical send-off through the streets of Chinatown. The band traces its roots back to 1911 and the Cathay Chinese Boys Band, the first marching group in Chinatown.

Four religions, four takes on the afterlife

May 23, 2017
Image cropped and reused from @runtaipei under CC license

 

Right now, a person born in this country will live to be 78.8 Years old. Not bad, but life expectancy has actually dropped in the U.S. for the first time in almost a quarter-century. And let’s face it: many of us don’t really think about mortality all that much.

5/23: Death and life

May 23, 2017


Oakland's Fairyland: a wonderland in miniature

May 22, 2017
Under CC license from Flickr user Connie Ma

 

Children's Fairyland is a storybook-themed amusement park on the shores of Lake Merritt. Have you ever been inside? Reporter Dalia Cuenca pulls back the curtain.

Historic hot dogs make a comeback in Oakland

May 22, 2017
Claire Stremple

 

This neighborhood is a palimpsest. Old buildings are filled with new shops and services, apartments are torn down, lots are leveled, and something else springs up. 

Akashic Books

The dark fiction genre, "noir",  evokes smoky black and white crime films, with fast talkin’, gun toting men in slick suits and fedoras. But what does noir mean today? 

In the Bay Area, summer weather usually begins in the fall. Why is that? In this short-answer segment, San Francisco State meteorology professor Oswaldo Garcia explains our "peculiar" climate.

Guess this Bay Area sound! May 20, 2017

May 22, 2017
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 to let us know.

5/22: Oakland Noir

May 22, 2017
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This music is the "Quartet" from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” as performed by pianist Steven Bailey. Steven Bailey has a free performance scheduled on Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. He'll play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Debussy.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Warriors fans

May 18, 2017

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

Editted and cropped with permission

 

Earlier this year, Anne Kirkpatrick became Oakland's newest police chief. Kirkpatrick’s got a Southern twang and change maker cred, having just left her job leading reform efforts at the Chicago police department. But some are skeptical that any one chief can change a department rocked by scandal for so long.

From tough neighborhoods to life-saving health careers

May 18, 2017
Tammerlin Drummond

I’m with emergency responders Nicolas Kinney and Chris Channell in a green and white Paramedics Plus ambulance racing to a 911 call in Fremont. We bump over train tracks and swerve through mid-afternoon traffic.

5/18: Oakland's newest police chief

May 18, 2017

 


  • A proposed San Francisco ordinance could make a big difference for breastfeeding mothers at work.
  • Political consciousness about Asian American identity informed Francis Wong's music.
  • A peek inside the "Tomb Treasures" exhibit currently at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.


Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Egyptian pharaohs must never have heard the saying “you can’t take it with you.” They had massive tombs built, preserved their bodies, and included every possible thing they might need in the next world.

James Hardy

 

 

It was 1854 when the first patent for a breast pump was issued to an inventor in New York State. Since then, the device Lea Hardy is about to use to pump breast milk hasn’t changed much.

John O'Donnell

Saxophonist Francis Wong grew up in South San Francisco, but he’s made his mark in music far beyond his small hometown. The late jazz critic Phil Elwood called him one of "the greatest saxophonists of his generation."

RESIZED AND CROPPED

Have you heard of vetiver? In horticulture, oil from the vetiver plant can be extracted for aromatherapy. In music the San Francisco band named Vetiver can be heard singing.

Why do so many Bay Area highways have similar names? We've got Interstate 280, 580, 680 and 880 — what gives? That's the question that listener Jennifer Paulus submitted to Hey Area, KALW's collaborative reporting project. Click the player above for the answer. 

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