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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StoryCorps: Facilitating a 'good death'

Apr 11, 2016
San Francisco StoryCorps

As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, Alastair Shanks sits at the bedsides of people who are dying at the Laguna Honda, a public hospital in San Francisco that serves the indigent and homeless. Many of those he accompanies are lost to the world through dementia. In this installment of StoryCorps, Shanks speaks with fellow volunteer Mary Doane about the care he takes to make sure each person has a “good death.”

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? April 9, 2016

Apr 11, 2016
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.

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 11, 2016

Apr 11, 2016
"Warriors Blimp 2" by Flickr user Ardail Smith. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

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

Warriors tie Bulls' mark with 72nd Win // East Bay Times

 


Shipra Shukla

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on our daily news magazine Crosscurrents. You’ll work in a highly collaborative and supportive newsroom, joining our award-winning team producing long-form features and innovative podcasts. Your primary job will be to work with journalists and storytellers, help them craft reporting plans, follow through with advice during their reporting process, provide insightful edits, and help deliver memorable stories.

John Navas

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on a special project called The Spiritual Edge (TSE), exploring the innovative American spirit through the lens of spirituality and religion. This initiative, launched in 2014, will be directed toward building a national audience and launching a podcast with stories coming from KALW reporters and from around the country.

Used via Google Images/noncommercial reuse.

DEA looks at reclassifying cannabis … Grownups just say no … Harborside leaves Oregon … “Heavy users = losers” … Events, opinion and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

DEA to consider reclassification of cannabis by mid-year // Huffington Post

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

Most months, you can see photographer Annie Leibovitz’s portraits of influential women on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to Serena Williams to a mostly nude Amy Schumer have been in front of her lens. Her current exhibition “Women” updates a book of portraits she made with Susan Sontag back in 1999. The images now on display at San Francisco's Crissy Field reflect the changing roles women occupy today. Leibovitz sat down with KALW's Lauren Schiller to talk more about her work and process.

4/7: Women

Apr 7, 2016
  • The story of a foundation that addresses the aftermath of a police shooting.
  • A conversation with photographer Annie Leibovitz.
  • The mastermind behind a South Bay mystery mansion.


Kevin Jones

This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular.

Today's Local Music: Blame Sally

Apr 7, 2016

Today’s local music is by the Bay Area band called Blame Sally. They’re one of four groups coming together for the benefit of long-time KALW program host and board operator Kevin Vance.

Audrey Dilling

Seventy thousand people call San Francisco’s suicide crisis line each year. If someone's making that call, it usually means they're on the verge of harming themselves, and in severe emotional distress. But San Francisco has a service that’s aimed at reaching people before they’re on the brink of crisis — the San Francisco Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line.

Ta Sin Sabir

Where Kids Take Flight in Bayview from KALW News on Vimeo.

Bayview has long been known as San Francisco’s industrial hub. But on Yosemite Street there’s an imposing brick building with a dance studio. Inside the space there's a group of young people who climb on pieces of welded iron that hang three feet off the ground. They run and mess around with each other during breaks. But their joviality turns to concentration when they get in the air. Up there they’re spinning, floating, and thriving.

Tim Hussin

 

 

Talking to peers can be a vital tool for making it through dark times. But what happens when your friends and loved ones aren’t around anymore? That’s the situation for many older gay men in San Francisco, whose community was decimated by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

What Bay Area place name should KALW investigate?

Apr 6, 2016
Illustration by Cal Tabuena-Frolli.

The Bay Area is full of idiosyncrasies — which one should KALW report on next? Cast your vote.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apr 6, 2016
Pixabay.com Used under CC BY. Cropped

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

Oakland OKs proposal to pause rent increases // SF Gate

“The Oakland City Council voted unanimously early Wednesday to impose a controversial 90-day moratorium on rent increases, during a meeting that lasted past midnight.

4/6: The Warm Line

Apr 6, 2016


Casey Miner

Meet a man who's paid to attack women... so they can learn how to fight back.

From the Storycorps booth

If you've ever visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront, chances are you have heard of its most celebrated ranger.

Darcy Padilla // resized and cropped

The music you’re hearing now is by Terese Taylor of San Francisco. The New York Times describes her sound as “delicious miserable music.”

Sound appealing? Well then, get down to the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Sunday, where she’s on the program with two other bands. Doors open at 8pm.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Apr 5, 2016
"Galapagos sea lions," by Flickr user Derek Keats/Used under cc license/Resized and cropped

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

Doctor fighting S.F. diabetes epidemic backs soda tax // SF Chronicle

“When Dr. Dean Schillinger started his residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1991, practically every other patient he saw had AIDS. Now just about every other patient has diabetes.”

4/5: Getting attacked for a paycheck

Apr 5, 2016


photo by Julie Caine

One of the joys of baseball is listening to games on the radio. There’s the sound of the crowd, the crack of the bat, the seventh inning stretch … all woven together by the announcers’ excitement and disappointment as they do the live play-by-play.

Taskrabbit.com


For about a third of Americans, regular hours and benefits are giving way to a patchwork of contracting, temping, and moonlighting. The way we make a living is changing.

 

Local filmmaker Amir Soltani was fascinated by the people making a living recycling bottles and cans in his West Oakland neighborhood. So Soltani and his collaborators spent spent seven years following the lives of three recyclers for their documentary “Dogtown Redemption.”

Photo by Liz Iversen. Cropped and resized.

 

San Francisco band  Sea Knight have been compared to the Pixies and the Breeders.   

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 4, 2016

Apr 4, 2016
"Green Grass Society" by Flickr user Soul Assassin. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0/resized and cropped

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

Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind? // East Bay Express

4/4: The Gig Economy

Apr 4, 2016

Ted Muldoon

Paula Boyton has never flown with her pet sea lion, but she’s never flown without him, either. Earlier this week Paula filed a discrimination suit against the airline Lineair, for having prevented her emotional support animal from boarding a flight destined for Hawaii via San Francisco.

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