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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Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

 

Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835 over 180 years ago. To celebrate him we’re telling you the story of his time out West, where he launched his career as a writer.

11/30: Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

A tribute to the American writer Mark Twain and his time in the West. 

Local Music: Jinx Jones and the King Tones

Nov 30, 2016
Jinx Jones

This music is by Jinx Jones. One reviewer says of him, “Whether navigating rockabilly, swing or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless.”

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Nov 29, 2016

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Heidi de Marco / Kaiser Health News, resized and recropped

Patients over 65 tend to be less resilient during a hospital stint than younger patients, research finds, and more vulnerable to mental or physical deterioration, even if they recover from the illness or injury that sent them there.

11/29: Making hospitals safer for older patients

Nov 29, 2016


The hunt for German bread in San Francisco

Nov 28, 2016
Alexandra Augustin

 

In a city with a world renowned versatile culinary scene one thing is still hard to get: Good German bread.

Heidi de Marco/KHN, resized and recropped

 

Hugging a baby doll can sometimes soothe even the most upset toddler, and some researchers say it can do the same for adults with dementia. Doll therapy is catching on in nursing homes, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

The sunny sounds you’re hearing now come from four native San Franciscans who call themselves The She’s. They list their influences as their surroundings, surfer boys, and each other. 

Thomas Pacha

Kitka is a women's singing ensemble based in Oakland. For more than 35 years, the group has been singing songs drawn from Eastern European vocal traditions. What began as an informal group of singers with a passion for those Eastern European harmonies and rhythms has grown into a critically-acclaimed professional ensemble.

11/28: The debate around doll therapy

Nov 28, 2016

 

Today on Crosscurrents: How doll therapy can help patients with Alzheimer's. An interview with an Oakland group specializing in Eastern European traditional music. The search for German-style bread in San Francisco.

New Attorney General nominee raises concerns ... They’re coming for your guns, pot smokers ... Global leaders call for total decriminalization ... A possible solution to the cannabis banking problem ... and more.

She bangs the drums: Women Drummers International

Nov 23, 2016
Alexandra Augustin

 

When it comes to music made by women, some clichés still persist: Women sing, and men play loud guitars and heavy drums. Conga drummer Carolyn Brandy wants to change all that.

Scott La Rockwell

When muralist and painter Aaron De La Cruz arrived at art school at California College of Arts and Craft, he had trouble believing that he belonged there. Cruz grew up in Fresno tagging walls and not quite believing art could be an actual career.

Audrey Dilling

An unusual scene has been playing out at Ocean Beach over the past few weeks.

11/23: Creating a space for women drummers

Nov 23, 2016


This music? It’s the latest from Be Calm Honcho from San Francisco. They take West Coast pop and mix it with jangly “indie rock” to create what they call “a dark magic.”

Winni Wintermeyer with permission from Mother Jones

Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer has spent time in an Iranian prison, gone undercover as a guard at a maximum security prison in Louisiana, and recently embedded with militiamen patrolling the U.S. border with Mexico.

These bikers are guardian angels, not Hell's Angels

Nov 22, 2016
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Chan

Child trauma, including child abuse and neglect, is one of the most significant public health issues we face in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Brandon Caffey

Today's local music is by Zion I. This Oakland hip-hop crew says their new album is meant to be "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche.”

11/22: Shane Bauer on disenchanted white men

Nov 22, 2016


Photo by Holly McDede

When you think of the tools in a police officer’s toolkit, you probably think of devices like handcuffs, pepper spray, and stun guns. But there’s another device that you probably haven’t heard of. It’s called the WRAP. 

Some, None or Done: A Zen Atheist

Nov 21, 2016
Courtesy of Judy Silber

We've been asking our listeners through a survey: What role do religion and spirituality play in your life? Heather Hernandez responded. She's a Berkeley librarian who calls herself a Zen Atheist.

Courtesy of Kaya Oakes

 

 

One big trend in the US over the last few decades is that the country is becoming less religious. Far more people are categorizing themselves as Nones — people who say they don’t have a religious identity.

Today's Local Music: David Gans

Nov 21, 2016


Today’s local music is by David Gans. Gans, a noted Grateful Dead authority, is fronting a project called Chocolate Coffee Pot.

11/21: The WRAP

Nov 21, 2016


Anonymous. Used under license from Google Images (noncommercial reuse with modification / cropped from original)

More clarification on Prop. 64 ... Oakland re-examines permits ... No smoking on UC campuses ... Warning for Californians driving to Nevada ... Business, Health, and more.

band website cropped and resized with permission

Today’s local music comes to us from Sun Kil Moon, a band started by singer and guitarist Mark Kozelek. Sun Kil Moon was in Europe and Japan earlier this year promoting their latest album.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

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. 

New report raises alarms about the health of the Bay

Nov 17, 2016
Angela Johnston

The San Francisco Bay, or more accurately, the San Francisco Estuary, is a place where freshwater that flows from the Sierras, down the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and mixes with salty water from the Pacific Ocean.

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