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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AUMA qualifies for November … Former S.F. sheriff now cannabis consultant … Sex and pot … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

AUMA qualifies for November ballot // L.A. Times

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The BART operator

May 5, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

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.

Young men preventing sexual assault

May 5, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 

When it comes to crimes like rape and sexual assault, the focus is shifting from prosecution and punishment to prevention. That means finding the cause of the problem and tackling it early on.

 

Courtesy Evangelist Alveda King

This week we’ve been bringing you stories from the families of revolutionaries. And we conclude this series with Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bert Johnson, East Bay Express (with permission of the band). Cropped and resized.

This music?  It’s by a seven-piece band from San Francisco called The Seshen.

The Seshen will be performing a free show at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday, May 7th, starting about 1 pm. 

The name Angela Davis is synonymous with revolution. But her niece, Eisa Davis, didn't learn that until later in life. "I did know that my aunt was a public figure of some kind," says Eisa Davis. "And I did know that my mom had done everything she could to save her sister’s life."

Steven Short

“Be sure to take the stairs!”

That’s good advice from a cardiologist, and in this case it’s good advice for anyone visiting the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Oh, there are elevators, of course — old leisurely ones and new speedier ones. But Craig Dykers, co-founder of the Snohetta architectural firm and lead designer of SFMOMA’s newly completed expansion, isn’t giving health recommendations. He wants you to experience the stairs as art.

5/5: The BART operator

May 5, 2016


 

Yesterday afternoon protesters marched to San Francisco’s City Hall demanding an end to police brutality and rampant racial bias.

 

 

In Oakland, just past Jack London Square, there’s a zone along the water that’s a little wild. It’s past the new condos and great restaurants, past the wholesale produce warehouses that open for business before dawn, and down the channel from Lake Merritt’s newly landscaped park. It’s an in-between space. But change is coming from both sides.

 

5/4: The Birdman

May 4, 2016


Who's your Bay Area hero?

May 4, 2016
"A bounding superhero," by Flickr user Sallie The Cape Lady. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0. Cropped.

KALW wants to know who your local Bay Area heroes are: people who make our communities thrive; people you don't usually hear about in the news.

The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. 

Bob Hsiang

 

Yuri Kochiyama was known as one of the most fearless activists of her time. She was the daughter of Japanese immigrants, and spent time in an internment camp in the 1940’s.

Lost items on US-Mexico border become art

May 3, 2016
Photo by Richard Misrach courtesy of San Jose Museum of Art/Resized and cropped.

Two Oakland artists are taking an innovative look at the US-Mexico border conflict in Border Cantos, an exhibition now on display at The San Jose Museum of Art.

Today's Local Music: Rin Tin Tiger

May 3, 2016
Mad Harmony Photography / resized and cropped

This music? It's by a San Francisco alternative twang trio called Rin Tin Tiger. The San Francisco Chronicle says it's great music for playing air guitar.

Try your moves along with Rin Tin Tiger tomorrow (05.04) when they appear at the Milk Bar on Haight Street. It's a free show, but you do have to let them know you're coming. Music starts at 8pm.

5/3: Islais Creek cleanup

May 3, 2016

 


"cesar chavez (detail)" by flickr user mario. Used under CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized.

 

Cesar Chavez is remembered for leading the struggle to reform labor laws for exploited workers. The United Farm Workers Movement grabbed the attention of the world as Chavez organized nonviolent protests, grape boycotts, hunger strikes and marches throughout California — ultimately leading to many improvements for farm workers.

Meet the game maven behind Call of Cthulhu

May 2, 2016
Lacy Jane Roberts

 

It all started in Janyce Hill’s home in Salinas, California, in 1981. Hill and her six companions huddled together in a stuffy bedroom, unraveling the mystery of a family turned into rodent-like creatures by a terrible curse.

Bonnie Chan

Chris Peeples is president of the AC Transit Board of Directors. He takes the bus to get to work and to doctor’s appointments; he had a stroke five years ago and doesn’t walk easily, even with a cane. In the last year, his professional and medical lives have collided in an unexpected way.

Today's Local Music: Megan Slankard

May 2, 2016
photo by Justin Oliphant / cropped and resized

Megan Slankard has toured the U.S. and Europe, but counts one of her favorite appearances as singing the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants. 

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? May 1, 2016

May 2, 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, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016
"Phones" by Flickr user Poppy. 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:

San Francisco police chief releases officers' racist texts // New York Times

5/2: Battle of the bus stop

May 2, 2016

 


Used under license from Google Images

Fight ISIS through legal pot … Cannabis cafes coming to Alaska? … Native tribes pull back from “green rush” … “Sisters of the Valley” chastised … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Legalize cannabis and fight ISIS, Italian mafia // Reuters

Ben Trefny

After decades of dreaming, planning, and delays, Treasure Island is set to be transformed.

So here’s a question for you: Would you want to rent or buy on Treasure Island? KALW will be reporting on this question over the coming months,  and we need your help to sharpen the focus and deepen the conversation.

KALW would like to hear your input to help us with our reporting. Please click here. The deadline is June 5, 2016.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016
"BART to Berkeley", Austin Cross, used under CC license, cropped and resized

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

BART police want to read your license plate // East Bay Times

"BART police have quietly purchased and installed two automatic license plate readers at the MacArthur station and hope to launch a pilot program with the aim of eventually installing the technology at every station.

AntiEvictionMappingProject.net, April 27 2016

 

After two years in San Francisco, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is now collaborating with groups in Oakland, Fremont, Alameda and Berkeley. The project doesn't just crunch the numbers on the housing crisis, it documents the stories behind those numbers.

 

Courtesy San Francisco Mime Troupe

The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been performing free satirical theater in Bay Area parks for 50 years. They also run the Youth Theater Project, an after school program currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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