Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

Queer studies department at CCSF braces for cutbacks

Under CC license from Flickr user Sam T

The department of LGBTQ studies at City College of San Francisco, the first queer studies department in the U.S., founded in 1978, is facing consolidation. Professor Ardel Thomas heads the Department. KALW’s Hana Baba asked her what would happen if consolidation is carried out.

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

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4:26pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Ethnic Studies

Proposal to fuse ethnic studies programs sparks controversy

City College of San Francisco is proposing to consolidate all its ethnic studies departments into one department. That has many people concerned, and some downright angry – especially in a city that boasts the country’s first Ethnic Studies department (at San Francisco State).  

Sean Arce, director of the Mexican-American Studies program for the Tucson Unified School District, says the program "highlights the struggle of the families and the students, of what they go through and how we are struggling. We will continue to struggle for Raza studies, for ethnic studies, in Tuscon."

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2:52pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Daniel Castro

Today we are featuring the blues stylings of Daniel Castro. He’s a festival favorite throughout the West and has shared the stage with big-name blues players from John Mayall to The Staples Singers. 

You can hear him at The Saloon, San Francisco’s legendary blues dive bar, on Saturday, December 01.  The band should be tuning up around 9:30pm.

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5:58pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

West Oakland landlords invest in city's most dangerous streets

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Mead Avenue is a single block in West Oakland in the triangle where San Pablo Avenue and Market Street meet. Like streets in a lot of low-income communities, Mead Avenue has seen poverty, gangs, gun violence, the crack epidemic. There’s also a church on the corner, a Boys and Girls Club across the street, and a non-profit dedicated to Men’s Health close by. None of those things may be as important to Mead Avenue’s future as that big thing our entire economy revolves around: real estate. Here’s Derek Suring, a real estate agent in Oakland.

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5:26pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: November 28, 2012

Owning a house in West Oakland, foreclosures and the Oakland Community Land Trust, a Hear Here on the Oakland cathedral, and local musicians Blame Sally.

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