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Crosscurrents is KALW Public Radio's award-winning news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community.

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Public art expected to change San Francisco skyline

May 22, 2018
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 starting today, the top of the tower will also become a work of public art, created by San Francisco artist Jim Campbell.

 

Holly McDede

When Stanford student Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison for sexual assault back in 2016, lots of people thought he deserved a longer sentence. They saw a white, college athlete let off the hook.

 

Ben Trefny

Amy Farah Weiss, a San Francisco community activist and mayoral candidate in 2018 and 2015, spoke to KALW’s Ben Trefny about her campaign, her work on the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, and about issues such as climate change, divesting, racism, reparations, economics and prosperity.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

April 15th just passed and you hopefully finished paying the IRS. But, if you’re an independent contractor in San Francisco your taxes to the city are due next on May 31st.

Ben Trefny

Today is the last day Californians can register to vote for the next election. Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th. And in San Francisco, as you probably know, we’re electing a new mayor.

5/21: Explaining the municipal tax

May 21, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • If you’re an independent contractor, there’s a tax you might not even know about
  • The first in our series of interviews with San Francisco’s mayoral candidates, Richie Greenberg
  • A Bay Area filmmaker’s dark comedy about how a Filipino-American family deals with domestic violence

Courtesy of CAAMFEST

 

Filipino filmmaker HP Mendoza’s first movie, Colma: The Musical, is an indie hit turned cult favorite. Mendoza's newest movie just premiered this month at the Center for Asian American Media’s film festival, or CAAMFEST. The film is called "Bitter Melon." It’s a tragicomedy set in San Francisco’s mission district that follows a Filipino-American family plotting a murder.

5/17: Stories from East Oakland

May 17, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

Bay Area Beats: Oakland Future Trio

May 17, 2018
Courtesy of the Oakland Future Trio

Ari Carpenter, Caleb Sankoh, and Mikhi Woodley became best friends and bandmates in middle school. They’ve been playing together as the Oakland Future Trio for the past seven years.

Cinque Mubarak

 

Nehanda Imara wrote to Hey Area, KALW’s community-journalism project, and asked:  "What is the oldest black business still existing on East 14th Street?"

5/16: Stories from inside prison

May 16, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

The first weeks of freedom

May 16, 2018
Marissa Ortega-Welch

Anouthinh “Choy” Pangthong worked with KALW’s San Quentin Radio program for a couple years. Choy’s been in prison since he was 15. Then last month, after serving 22 years behind bars, he was released on parole.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News

Since 2013, KALW News producers have been going into San Quentin State Prison to train incarcerated men to be radio reporters. We air the stories they produce there as San Quentin Radio.

Making art from San Quentin's Death Row

May 16, 2018
Photo Melissa Ysais (2018) / Courtesy of The William A. Noguera Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

About 750 incarcerated people have been sentenced to death in California. One of them is William Noguera. He’s a Colombian-American who grew up in a suburb of L.A, and he’s spent nearly 30 years on San Quentin’s Death Row after murdering his girlfriend’s mother when he was a teenager.

Today on Crosscurrents:

Shizue Seigel

Gentrification may be changing the racial demographics of San Francisco. But census data show people of color makeup over half of the city’s population.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

Oakland resident Shaniesa Williams wrote to Hey Area — KALW’s community-journalism project — to ask why there are so few traffic signals on International Boulevard.

5/14: A school in Redwood City averts closure

May 14, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

Handout / Center for Youth Wellness

When we experience trauma as children — whether it’s the stress of an abusive parent, divorce, substance abuse, or the effects of poverty — do these traumatic events affect our lives even when we grow up?

Gloria Rangel

The Redwood City School District superintendent’s letter to parents of Fair Oaks Elementary school came in late March. The school, he wrote, was facing near certain closure.

5/10: What does it mean to be a public charge?

May 10, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

 

According to Pew Research, 75 percent of Americans have smartphones. Most of us are using them for GPS directions, and about 70 percent of Americans are on some kind of social media.  Roughly two thirds on Facebook.

Ninna Gaensler-Debbs / KALW News

 

A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security proposes to make it more difficult for immigrants who use public services to remain in the United States.

5/9: Victory Outreach

May 9, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

Alexa Denton

 

A 2015 industry survey found that about 80 percent of those working in publishing are white.

5/8: The hidden life of California's rice

May 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How rice farmers in California are trying to prove that agriculture and wildlife can co-exist.
  • We'll learn about the flavorful Japanese mold you might not know you’re eating, and meet the woman who brings it to life.

Jim Morris/California Rice Commission

 

Before the Gold Rush, the Central Valley in California was like a bathtub. Rivers filled with water which then slowly spread out through natural wetlands. This created a rich feeding ground for migrating species: salmon going to and from the ocean, birds flying from Alaska and Argentina.

Cari Spivak

 

On Saturdays, Mariko Grady’s company, Aedan Fermented Foods, has a food stall at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Leslie Griffy

Getting around sprawling Santa Clara County is a trick for anyone, but for those without housing, getting to and from services and opportunities is even tougher. That’s where Good Karma Bikes comes in. On Saturdays, the volunteer and job-training cycling clinic and store does free repairs on bikes brought in by homeless folks.

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