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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11/7: Harm reduction for homeless alcoholics

Nov 7, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents

Andrew Stelzer

San Francisco’s “housing first” philosophy makes some accommodations for homeless alcoholics. But there’s a more cutting-edge experiment taking place elsewhere, and advocates say the city needs to get on board.

The Stoop: You called me African what?

Nov 6, 2017
Illustration by Neema Iyer

The Stoop podcast is hosted by KALW's Hana Baba and Leila Day. 

Flickr user Steve Jurvetson (cropped from original, used under CC-BY)

Tesla is one of the largest employers in the Bay Area, with around 10,000 workers at its factory in South Fremont. That factory used to be the NUMMI plant, where General Motors partnered with Toyota to learn how to run an efficient assembly line with a relatively happy work force. Some current Tesla employees once worked at the NUMMI factory, which had a union. The Tesla factory does not.

Angela Johnston

The devastating October 2017 wildfires in Northern California were the worst in the state’s history, and fire scientists expect more of these extreme blazes to become the norm. Millions of dead trees turn forests into tinderboxes. And many of those trees were killed by one tiny culprit — the bark beetle.

11/6: What's killing California's trees?

Nov 6, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

SFPL History Center Photo Collection / cropped and resized

In 1976, there was a classified ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. It read, “SIGN Mr. PEANUT for sale. 20ft. tall as see [sic] from Bayshore Fwy. Eves. 364-5005.” That’s the last record of the huge Mr. Peanut sign that once marked the spot of the Planters Peanut factory.

How was the San Francisco Bay formed?

Nov 5, 2017
State of California Department of Conservation / cropped and resized

KALW listener Claudia Zeiler wanted to know how and when the San Francisco Bay was formed. 

Joe Parks / cropped and resized

One KALW listener wanted to know why there are no sound walls along either Highway 24 or Highway 980.

By Pixabay user kidjack. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

Bay Area makes progress on adult use permits ... “Campfire pot” could save growers in North Bay fire zone ... Medical guidelines enhanced ... FDA puts CBD distributors on notice ... Ten years of higher ed ... and more.

Who is Karl the Fog?

Nov 2, 2017
phoca2004 / cropped and resized

KALW listener Janet Basu wanted to know; just who is this Karl the Fog, anyway? 

Don't get confused — Covered California still exists

Nov 2, 2017
Covered California

As open enrollment for Covered California begins, President Trump’s recent attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have caused a lot of confusion. KALW’s Health Reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch gave some pointers for navigating the chaos.

What happens to the plastic bags we recycle?

Nov 2, 2017
Victor Andronache / cropped and resized

KALW listener Mimi Manning wanted to know what happens to the plastic bags that are dropped off to be recycled at grocery stores. 

Public art expected to change San Francisco skyline

Nov 2, 2017
Projected Completion, January 2018
Courtesy of the artist and Boston Properties

 

As the tallest building in San Francisco, Salesforce Tower is the new center of the city skyline. And as soon as January, the top of the tower will also become a work of public art, created by San Francisco artist Jim Campbell.

 

Hundreds of short-legged pups celebrate Corgi Con

Nov 2, 2017
Claire Stremple

Corgi Con is a semi-annual celebration of short, sausage-shaped dogs called Corgis. Hundreds of dogs and their families descend on Ocean Beach for a day of events and festivities.

11/2: A new city skyline

Nov 2, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

"San Francisco-Mission District" by CC Flickr user emile lombard, resized and recropped

San Francisco’s Mission District has a historically rich Mexican heritage.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

This week brings with it Día de los Muertos.

Eli Wirtschafter

AC Transit is building a faster, more reliable bus line on International Boulevard in East Oakland. But some locals are worried that the project will be one more thing forcing them out of the city.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Ghost Hunter

Nov 1, 2017
Julie Caine

 

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Listen above for the full answer.  

David Boyer

On Sunday mornings in the Castro neighborhood, there’s a place where rhythm reigns. Dancers pull out their leg warmers, spandex, and fluorescent headbands for Sunday Skool — and with the right accessories and a lot of attitude, their dreams of being a backup dancer for a day come true. 

Halloween through the eyes of a spirit medium

Oct 31, 2017
"Crows" by CC Flickr user Jennifer C.,

For many of us, Halloween is a day we get to depart from reality. But for Sandra Belanger, ghosts, the afterlife, and death are part of everyday life. That’s because she’s a “spirit medium.” 

10/31: Spirits, ghosts, legwarmers for dance class

Oct 31, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: 

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

10/30: Bookstore survival in the age of Amazon

Oct 30, 2017

 

Tomorrow on Crosscurrents:

  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Green Apple Books.
  • From our partners at The Moth, Bay Area author Laura Albert explains the story behind her longtime pseudonym, JT LeRoy.

Green Apple Books celebrates 50 years in SF

Oct 30, 2017
Courtesy of Green Apple Books

 

San Francisco's iconic Green Apple Books grew from a 750-square-foot storefront on Clement Street in 1967, to a space of over 8,000 square feet today.

10/26: The art of Día de los Muertos

Oct 30, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A personal reflection on the Day of the Dead.
  • Taking a curated tour of the Día de los Muertos exhibit at San Francisco’s SOMArts Cultural Center. 
  • Bay Area Beats — with singer/songwriter Kelly McFarling.

Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it — or any other song, as a matter of fact — until she settled into her current home in San Francisco.

Meditating on loss while celebrating life

Oct 30, 2017
Martina Castro

El Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday in which people honor the spirits of those who’ve passed. 

Jeff Waldman

One listener wanted to know: “What’s the true story behind the Hunters Point Crane?” We sent a reporter from our collaborative reporting project Hey Area to find out.

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