Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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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by Ben Trefny

Navigation Centers are a new approach in San Francisco to move homeless people into housing. They’re temporary residences designed to connect people with long term housing and social services - without separating them from their partners, pets, or belongings.

6/30: Seeking shelter

Jun 29, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jun 29, 2016
by Flickr user MIKI Yoshihito, used under CC license, Resized and Cropped

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

944 Lost Guns // Mercury News

"Nine-hundred and forty-four guns. From Glocks, Sig Sauers and Remingtons to sniper and assault rifles… 

6/29: San Francisco's Navigation Centers

Jun 29, 2016
Mary Rees

 

You’ll find homeless vendors selling the Street Spirit newspaper in front of grocery stores, restaurants and post offices across the East Bay.

Mary Rees

 

Street Spirit reporter Dan McMullan greets a friend at People’s Park in Berkeley.

Courtesy of Crashing Hotels

We’ve heard of crashing waves, and crashing cars, but this is the first time we’ve heard of Crashing Hotels, the band you’re hearing now. 

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jun 28, 2016
Coral Reef, Pacific, by Flickr user Tom Nugent, used under CC / Resized and Cropped

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

6/28: Street Spirit

Jun 28, 2016


 

Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challenge arises every month when they get their period. 

Simply the Basics Facebook page/Resized

Meeting personal hygiene needs are hard when you're living on the street. But a new nonprofit is trying to change that. Simply the Basics launched just last year and is providing homeless shelters and nonprofits with basic hygienic needs like tampons- but also soap, toothpaste, deodorant and other personal care items that help keep people healthy, but also help them live with dignity. It’s called the Hygiene Bank. Meghan Freebeck is founder of Simply the Basics. She spoke with KALW's Hana Baba.

When most people are on their way to sleep, San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Team, or SF HOT, is just beginning its graveyard shift.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? June 26, 2016

Jun 27, 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.

Today's local music: The Royal Panics

Jun 27, 2016
Jason Hemerka/ Resized

Today’s local music is by The Royal Panics. The band got its start with Greg Hoy and Dennis Galway getting together the way so many musicians do these days – through an ad on Craigslist. 

6/27: Homelessness in the Bay Area

Jun 27, 2016

by FLICKR user M. Martin Vicente, used under CC (commercial & mods allowed / cropped)

Newsom: Legalization “not a done deal” ... Senate committee approves banking amendment ... Dabbing pluses and minuses ...

Kyle Trefny

The backstory to this week's show is almost as interesting as the story itself. That's because it came out of the San Quentin Prison Report, a unique collaboration between KALW and a group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison who are telling their own stories of life on the inside.

Audrey Dilling

 


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.

A new kind of battery

Jun 23, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 


Harumi Fuji McClure and her husband live in a nice, two-story house in Morgan Hill south of San Jose. It gets pretty hot there in the summers, so they have a large swimming pool and air-conditioning in the whole house. But her electricity bill isn’t high: it’s negative five dollars a month.

Clean power for San Francisco

Jun 23, 2016
Photo by Robin Scheswohl

 

Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.

Today’s local music comes to us by way of…Cuba! Tito Gonzales, who you’re hearing now, first started playing music with fellow cab drivers in Havana, but he has called the Bay Area home for the past dozen or so years.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
By Flickr user Ben Drake, used under CC / Resized and cropped

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

 

House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans // New York Times

Photo by Geraldine Ah-Sue

Growing up with family members who have migrated to the U.S. after severe trauma is something that many Americans face. 

StoryCorps: A coming-out story, with a twist

Jun 22, 2016

 

Cristy Chung was one of the plaintiffs in Woo v. Lockyer – that’s the lawsuit that overturned California’s original ban on gay marriage.

My Mixtape: "Chico Redemption" by Diskarte Namin

Jun 22, 2016

This song reminds Oakland's Owen Li to think about the love that motivates him and the root of struggle. 

How do you say 'I'm gay' in Vietnamese?

Jun 22, 2016
Photo by Ash Ngu / Resized and cropped

Finding the words to express ourselves can be tricky. Finding the words to describe our sexual identities, in a second language where some words aren’t fully translatable? That’s even more challenging.

6/23: Renewable energy

Jun 22, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016
"Patriot homeless (San Francisco)" by Ignacio Munguía, used under CC license/Resized

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

San Francisco voters may ban homeless encampments // SF Examiner

"San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to ban homeless encampments and empower police officers to remove them within 24 hours.

Photo courtesy of Big Harp George

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day. It’s a blues harmonica, but it’s a big chromatic harmonica, which is rare in the blues world.

6/22: Asian-American identity and mental health

Jun 22, 2016


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