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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For many people, this is a time to reflect on what it means to live in the United States. The election season revealed a divided nation, and many folks are saying they feel like strangers in their own country. Clearly, many already did.

11/15: Race, protest, respect and the national anthem

Nov 15, 2016

Photo courtesy of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation

 

As of this month, San Francisco’s public housing is now all privately run. 3,500 units have been transferred from the city’s ownership to various housing groups: some non-profit, and some for-profit.

Prop 13: Mad as Hell

Nov 14, 2016
Photo courtesy of Retro Report

In 1978, when Howard Jarvis declared that he was mad as hell about rising property taxes in California, he started a tax revolt in the state. Thirty-eight years later, Jarvis’s Proposition 13 is still on the books in California, but the debate over its consequences remains.

11/14: Mad as hell

Nov 14, 2016


All you need to know about passage of Prop. 64 ... Marijuana at work? ... Better eye sight with pot ... and more.

Modern Times, iconic bookstore in the Mission District, is closing

Nov 10, 2016

 

In the back of Modern Times Bookstore Collective, there’s an image of Charlie Chaplin gumming up the works of a machine in his movie Modern Times.

 

Julie Caine

We played you this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News

 

Substance abuse is a factor in 80 percent of cases where a child is removed from a home. And there are signs that the opioid epidemic is sending more kids into the foster care system.

Eli Wirtschafter

Today thousands of high school students walked out of their classrooms and marched in downtown San Francisco to protest the election of Donald Trump. They follow in the footsteps of people who took to the streets yesterday across the Bay Area.

Steve Haimovitz cropped and resized with permission

The music you're hearing now is being played by banjo master Bill Evans, when he was a guest of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He's also the author of the instructional book, Banjo for Dummies.

  • The Bay Area reacts to the presidential election.
  • Bookstore Modern Times closes.
  • A Sacramento drug court tries to keep families together.
  • An opera singer performs in an unexpected place.


Muslim leaders are easing the anxiety of their communities  today, who were the target of Donald Trump attacks all through his campaign. Earlier this afternoon a number of national Muslim organizations held a press conference in Washington DC led by CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

11/9: Election recap

Nov 9, 2016
  • A recap of state and local election results.
  • An interview with Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. 


Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

J.C. Howard

Many people in the heavily Democratic Bay Area awoke, as if from a bad dream, to a new political reality Wednesday morning. 

Photo by Jürgen Klemm

Back in 1898, San Francisco and Vallejo were among the first cities in the nation to exercise direct democracy, where specific policy questions are put before voters. 


ELECTION BRIEFS: Measure RR - BART bonds

Nov 4, 2016

BART opened 44 years ago, in 1972. Now, the system is wearing out. Break-downs and delays have become more common, and as our population grows, the system has become overcrowded.

Prop V is known as "the soda tax" and "the grocery tax," but on the ballot it’s “the tax on distributing sugar-sweetened beverages.” Okay, so what’s a "sugar-sweetened beverage?"

Prop Q is about clarifying the city’s policy on homeless tent encampments. Right now, tents and other make-shift shelters often violate a few rules, like sit/lie or public nuisance ordinances and other rules against blocking sidewalks. Prop Q would make them specifically illegal.

Prop P is one of several super technical housing policy measures on the San Francisco ballot. It would change the way the city picks developers to build affordable housing on public land.

Jurassic Blueberries / Used under license from Google Images (noncommercial reuse with modification / cropped from original)

City of Oakland endorses Prop. 64 ... Parental concerns against Prop. 64 ... More towns enact temporary bans ... Israel prepares for Green Rush ... and more.  

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Sound Commons

Nov 3, 2016
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

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.

The work of San Jose saxophonist and composer Hafez Modirzadeh is equal parts head and heart: He loves to delve into the theory of music as well as the mind-transcending direct experience of making it. His work encompasses jazz, new music, Persian classical and more. He also co-directs the Jazz and World Music program at San Francisco State University.

Sarah Tan

In a fourth grade class at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission district, the school’s ten-year-olds are learning Common Core math. They’re practicing multiplying double-digit numbers. But it’s not in the way you’d think, because they’re learning it entirely in Spanish. This year, California voters will be able to decide if programs like this can be started elsewhere, with the passage of Proposition 58.

Courtesy of the artist / resized and cropped

Our music today is by Roy Zimmerman, who specializes in his own “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed.” Joni Mitchell has said, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.” 

San Francisco-based artist Seth Eisen calls himself a “transdisciplinary” artist. He started out studying traditional visual art, but he now makes performances that mix dance, theater, music, puppetry, and installation. His latest piece celebrates the life and work of another multi-genre artist, his friend Remy Charlip.

In most Bay Area grocery stores, you can’t get free plastic bags anymore. San Francisco, all of Alameda County, and many cities in Marin and Contra Costa County have all banned bags. To find a grocery store giving out plastic bags for free, I had to drive to a Lucky in San Ramon.

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