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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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Daily News Roundup for Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jan 21, 2016
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Cap and Clear-Cut // East Bay Express

KALW News is launching a new, crowdsourced reporting project called Hey Area. What is crowdsourced reporting? And how does fit in KALW’s mission? General manager Matt Martin sat down with reporter-producer Audrey Dilling and digital strategist Olivia Henry to learn more.

Audrey Dilling


About a hundred people are seated in the basement auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library, waiting for an affordable housing lottery to begin.

Recovery at Laguna Honda Hospital: the wedding singer

Jan 20, 2016
photo by Marcy Fraser


780 people live at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda hospital. They’re here for many reasons: profound disability, recovery from physical or mental  illness and injury, or significant caregiving needs. Some are here for temporary rehabilitation and some move in for much longer periods of time.

Under CC re-use with permission from Flickr User Brooke Andersson (cropped and re-sized).

As the market pushes residents out of San Francisco, how does the city step in to provide homes that people can afford? Who do these homes go to? Reporter Audrey Dilling sat down with KALW's Hana Baba to explain the laws we have today, and how Mayor Ed Lee proposes to  make housing more affordable. 

Courtesy Berkeley Choro Ensemble. Cropped from Original.

Today’s local music is by the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. Choro is a type of Brazilian music dating from the 1800s.  

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble will be performing on Sunday January 24 at the Old St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon. Music starts at 4 in the afternoon.  $20 tickets will be available at the door.

Learn more about the Berkeley Choro Ensemble here

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jan 20, 2016
Photo credit: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

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

Lee vetoes S.F.’s proposed rolling-stop law for bicyclists // SF Gate

1/20: Housing Lottery

Jan 20, 2016

Today on Crosscurrents: We’ll drop in on a lottery that determines who gets affordable housing in San Francisco. We’ll check out the other options for people on the housing hunt. And we’ll hear the story of a wedding singer recovering from a stroke.

Tune in today at 5 p.m. Audio will be uploaded after the show.

A Poem from Youth Radio: “Gumbo”

Jan 19, 2016
Oakland," by Tony Webster, used under CC license/ Resized and cropped

Shyra Gums grew up in Oakland and she’s a participant in Remix You Life an arts program run by Youth Radio.

Jeremy Dalmas

Yesterday protesters blocked westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge. They represented a group called Black.Seed and they were demonstrating against police violence. 

A dark side of the Pan-Pacific Fair

Jan 19, 2016
Courtesy of Society of California Pioneers / Cropped and Resized

The official celebration of the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco has ended, but a number of events associated with the Pan-Pacific Expo continue into the spring.

Illustration by Rich Black.

This is Audiograph—the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

1/19 - Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Jan 19, 2016
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discusses how the city is changing.
  • Youth Radio on the ingredients that make Oakland so special.
  • Listening to San Francisco’s own “killer composer”.

"Into the Void" by Black Sabbath

Jan 18, 2016

Thomas Moniz picked this song because there's nothing else like it. 'Nuff said. 

Bay Area Book World Breaking News!  

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NAACP supports AUMA… More cities pass marijuana bans… Oakland dispensary to go public… Migraines and epilepsy… and more.


NAACP gives support to AUMA // Sacramento Bee “Legalizing marijuana is an important civil rights issue because pot-related arrests are ‘racially biased’ and disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos,” says the president of the California chapter.

"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

Jan 15, 2016

  Robert Okin picked this song because it makes him remember that even his most at-risk clients have the chance for a new beginning.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: City Hall Rotunda

Jan 14, 2016

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what it is and where in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Courtesy of CAIR - San Francisco Bay Area

Anti-Muslim sentiment around the U.S. is on the rise. The uptick started right after the attacks in Paris in November. Then came the December shootings in San Bernardino, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim entry into the country.

Education can take many shapes - just ask Phoenix Paz. She's a teacher of contortion at the San Francisco Circus Center, and says she made her home in circus arts because she wanted to push her body to its limits.

Today's Local Music: Terrance Brewer

Jan 14, 2016

"A melodic improviser with an exquisite tone and an abundance of soul” – That’s how the JazzTimes (sic.) describes East Bay guitarist Terrance Brewer, who you’re hearing now.

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

SF supervisors call for federal investigation into Woods shooting // SF Examiner

1/14: Islamophobia on the rise

Jan 14, 2016


Oakland steps into nationwide gun debate

Jan 13, 2016
Jeremy Dalmas


When President Barack Obama announced his executive order tightening rules on selling guns last week, he called on local governments around the country to step up, saying, “all of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make our community safer.”

Image courtesy of Oakland Zoo

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

We’d love your feedback, and your ideas. Do you know any specialists? Are you a specialist? Email 

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Sound design of this piece by Seth Samuel, who also wrote all the music. 

How Krista Fatka left the circus for stand-up comedy

Jan 13, 2016



The 15th annual Sketchfest comedy festival is under way in San Francisco. It combines standup, sketch, improv and more from around the comedy world. That includes local talent, too. Like Oakland-based standup comedian Krista Fatka. She's been doing standup for just about two years now. Her entry into show biz was.. not what you’d expect.

1/13: Zoo Chef

Jan 13, 2016
  • How Oakland could lead the nation in gun control.
  • Meet  the specialized chefs serving the entire animal kingdom.
  • An Oakland woman transitioned from circus shows to comedy.

Angela Johnston


El Niño is upon us. In the first week of January, the Bay Area got more rain in two days than it did in the previous three Januarys, combined.  But too much rain all at once can be a dangerous thing. It can cause erosion, mudslides and flooding.

Courtesy of Scott Kildall/ Waterworks


Chava Kronenberg is on a manhole hunt.

“Oh! Wow! There it is! We have a winner!” she exclaims near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 5th Avenue in San Francisco.