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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Today’s local music is by Zoe Keating. She’s being accompanied here by a program on her laptop computer, while she plays the cello. 

You can hear Zoe Keating, with her laptop and cello, on Wednesday, June 15, at the SFJazz Center, starting at 7pm. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 13, 2016

Jun 13, 2016
"Castro and Market Streets" by Flickr user ebjSF, used under CC/resized and cropped

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

Vigil in SF’s Castro Mourns Orlando massacre victims // SF Gate

6/13: Speaking up and speaking out

Jun 13, 2016


Jamie Tanaka

Kevin Kelly has seen the future, and it’s full of numbers. Want an example?

“Every 12 months we produce eight million new songs, two million new books, 16,000 new films, 30 billion blog posts, 182 billion tweets, 400,000 new products,” writes Kelly.

 

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Medical pot now legal in half of U.S. … Legalization gets pushback … Oakland grow houses linked to Mexican cartels … Time for a cannabis cocktail … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

State excise tax out of Assembly, going to governor // Orange County Register

Julie Caine

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.

Hari Simons

Hockey fans across the Bay Area are hunkering down to watch the San Jose Sharks hit the ice and face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. But have you ever thought about just how the ice you see on your TV gets made? Hint: it’s a lot more complicated than you think. The Specialist’s Casey Miner has more.

Tasha Ceyan and Brontez Purnell are members of Blank Map, a Bay Area collective of queer Black artist-performer-musicians. They describe their collaborative work as “Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism.”

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016
from Flickr user miheco, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 // Resized and cropped

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

Builders Pierce California’s Environmental Shield With New Weapon: The Ballot // NY Times

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This music? It’s by a San Francisco jazz artist and music producer known as Herbie One. He takes jazz samples and live performance and mixes them with drum sounds and grooves heard in club music. 

 Herbie One will be presenting his skills at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco on Sunday, 6/12. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

6/9: The Ice Guy

Jun 9, 2016


Liza Veale


 

In 2014, media attention was white-hot on Central American children crossing the border alone. Though the headlines have since died down, the migration — and the gang warfare causing it — has not.

6/8: Seeking asylum

Jun 8, 2016

A special report on unaccompanied migrants from Central America seeking asylum in Oakland. The media attention has died down, but kids continue to make their way to the Bay Area. Their journeys aren't over once they arrive.


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

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

Clinton claims milestone as first female major-party nominee, wins California primary - LA Times

“Hillary Clinton carved her name in history Tuesday, becoming the first woman ever chosen to lead a major party into the fall presidential campaign.

 


Californians waited a long time to see if their votes would make a difference in the presidential race, and they nearly made it to the finish line.

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When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Eli Wirtschafter

In February, new express lanes opened on Interstate 580 near Pleasanton. These express lanes are just like carpool lanes – in most ways. They’re free for buses, motorcycles, and cars with more than one rider. But in an express lane a single driver can get in too, for a price.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

VTA has announced that the Flex pilot program will end on July 1. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing on-demand transit were already visible.

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

Courtesy of Old First Concerts. Resized.

What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a Brahms sonata for violin and piano. And that violin is in the hands of San Francisco native Kenneth Renshaw

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jun 7, 2016
By Flickr user Janne Huttunen / under CC license/ cropped and resized

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

City Preparing to Close Pier 80 Homeless Shelter // SF Weekly

“San Francisco's temporary homeless shelter at Pier 80 just below Dogpatch is set to close July 1, when a two-month extension expires. 

6/7: The future of Bay Area transit

Jun 7, 2016


"Tourettes Without Regrets - July 4, 2013" by Flickr user Oakland Local, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Resized and cropped

Jamie DeWolf, founder and host of tonight's performance, steps up to the microphone. The stage he stands on juts out into the center of the Oakland Metro Operahouse, practically surrounded by the eager crowd.

Holly McDede

 

Last month, Jessica Williams, a 29-year-old black woman, was shot and killed by a single bullet fired by a police sergeant in San Francisco’s Bayview District. William’s death reportedly marked the 21st fatal officer involved shooting under former Chief Greg Suhr’s watch.

 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 6, 2016

Jun 6, 2016
Image by Flickr user Roco. Used under CC / cropped and resized

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

It was Draymond Green’s night // San Francisco Chronicle

"It was Draymond Green’s night. Pure and simple.

"The Warriors’ boisterous forward led his team to a thorough 110-77 dismantling of the Cavs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, showing off all the various skills that make him one of the best to play the game."

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Courtesy of Bryan Bowman. cropped and resized.

Composer Bryan Bowman grew up in a musical family in San Francisco, but not a jazzy one. His mother plays cello and his father is a classical pianist.

6/6: San Francisco's Proposition D

Jun 6, 2016

 


by FLICKR user Kate O’Neill (Creative Copmmons – CC0 Modifications allowed)

Harborside’s next day in court … Trimmigrants told to stay home … Study shows limited smoking danger … CNR at book fest Saturday … and more

 

San Francisco voters will recognize two familiar names in the state Senate box on their primary ballots. Current City Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener are both running for District 11 representing San Francisco and northern parts of San Mateo County.

 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Stow Lake Herons

Jun 2, 2016
Melanie Young

This story is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. 

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers have been one of San Francisco’s favorite bands since they started performing together in 1989. Their signature retro sound was right at home in the swing revival of the '90s, but they’ve made it through from “trendy” to “classic.”

 

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