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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6/29: Is the water we swim in clean?

Jun 29, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Diving into the issue of water quality in swimming spots in the Bay
  • How one dance form encourages physical closeness in unfamiliar ways
  • The second in our series profiling San Francisco street musicians 

Buskers of San Francisco: Larry

Jun 28, 2017
CC Flicker user Cristina Tosi, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Laura Wenus / KALW

An abandoned industrial building on the southern border of San Francisco’s Mission District is about to become the city’s newest Navigation Center.

6/28: Evaluating San Francisco's Navigation Centers

Jun 28, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • We go to the Mission District, where the first navigation center opened up to see whether the city’s investment is paying off

  • A conversation with Mission Local reporter Laura Waxmann about the state of SF's navigation centers

  • The first in a new series profiling San Francisco street musicians

     

The real story behind the Summer of Love

Jun 27, 2017
Photo by CC Flickr user Jennifer Boyer, resized and recropped

 

Understandably, many of us assume the Summer of Love was the pinnacle of the Hippie movement in the Bay Area and beyond. But the reality is a lot more complicated.

Today's music is Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra. This San Francisco band has been performing in one form or another since 1996.  Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra fill the stage at the Ivy Room in Albany on Friday (6/30), along with two other bands. 

6/27: The Making of the Summer of Love

Jun 27, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Taking stock of the Summer of Love as San Francisco celebrates its 50th Anniversary. A special presentation of The Intersection brought to you by KALW News.  

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

California Med & Rec rules combined ... Nevada rec laws stall ... Marijuana use increases at Oregon colleges, so do vehicle accidents in legal states ... and more.

Eli Wirtschafter

It’s a sunny Friday afternoon. Three guys riding bicycles meet on a corner in downtown San Francisco, where they disguise themselves as city employees. Sort of.

Audrey Dilling

At the end of a narrow alley off of International Boulevard, through the open doorway of El ColectíVelo bike shop, I’m greeted by a young boy.

“R.B.! It’s the lady here for you!” he shouts.

“R.B.” are initials I’ll hear shouted out a lot of today. They stand for Reggie Burnett. He’s the leader here.

Sarah Tan

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.

Under CC license from Flickr user Jill Clardy

It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

Today’s music is by the Beau Brummels.  That sounds like a group from the current invasion of British music, but one of the band’s founders studied musical composition at San Francisco State College. Another member has performed solo in North Beach.  The Beau Brummels play regularly at the Morocco Room in San Mateo. 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a vigilante group is using guerrilla tactics to make streets safer for bicyclists
  • An afternoon with Oakland’s Scraper bike team
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

Is the water in Berkeley and Orinda safe to drink?

Jun 21, 2017
CC Flickr user melystu, resized and recropped

For the past few weeks, crews from the East Bay Municipal Water District have been flushing the water system in an effort to eradicate a known cancer causing compound in two systems in Berkeley and in Orinda.

 

JoAnn Mar

 

Death is an uncomfortable subject for many people.  The way we die is one of the most important conversations Americans are not having.  But during the last five years, a movement to break the silence has been growing.

David Wilson

 

When it came time to choose a musical to put on this summer, the team at San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros knew they wanted to pull out all the stops for their 40th anniversary. And that’s how this queer theatrical institution decided on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

 

6/21: Death over dinner

Jun 21, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How death cafes are attracting thousands of people in the Bay Area and beyond
  • Reflecting on 40 years of queer theater with Theatre Rhinoceros
  • Remembering one of San Francisco's forgotten monuments 

The tune you’re hearing now is being performed by Asheba. He’s a musical storyteller born in Trinidad, now living in Oakland. 

Asheba will be blending sounds of the Caribbean in a family concert at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday (7/25).

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Have you heard the expression “I’ll be there with bells on”?  It indicates that you’re very enthusiastic about the activity. Practitioners of the ancient art of Morris dancing are enthusiastic about their dance form. They not only wear sleeves of bells on their legs during performances; they also practice with them.

6/20: Implicit Bias

Jun 20, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Excerpts from NPR's podcast 'Invisibilia' 
  • An ancient dance form jingles onwards in Berkeley

     

This music?  It’s by Foxtails Brigade

 Laura Weinbach, the group’s singer, says she’s the daughter of a horror filmmaker, whose neighbors were circus contortionists. You can ask her about that after the show when they play at Amnesia in San Francisco on Friday (6/23). 

Tom Levy

If you had to hole up somewhere for months, or even years, what would you need?

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The San Francisco Bay has long been a gateway for immigrants. Between 1910 and 1940, more than a million people from 80 different countries entered the United States through the immigration station on Angel Island. 

Sandy Valenciano/California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Even in sanctuary cities, undocumented immigrants aren’t always safe from being handed over to ICE agents. In fact, it's happened right here in the well-known sanctuary city of San Francisco.

6/19: Creating sanctuary

Jun 19, 2017

 

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A Berkeley church that is prepared to shelter people facing threat of deportation.
  • What happens when an undocumented immigrant ends up in ICE custody after reporting a stolen car to police.
  • The secret that unlocked a new life for the historic immigration station at Angel Island.

Today’s local music is by Makru [< mah CREW].

They sing in English and Spanish “in hopes of spreading a message of respect and love.”

Makru performs Friday (6/30) at Studio Grand, on Grand Avenue, in Oakland.

Band: http://www.makrumusic.com/

Twitter:@makrumusicsf

Email: info@makrumusic.com

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Venue: http://www.studiograndoakland.org/

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California considers combined sales of medical and recreation cannabis ... “Marijuana breathalyzer” catches two ... Sniffer dogs still on the beat ...”lazy stoner” image challenged ... and more. 

Andy Bosselman

 

UPS workers returned to the distribution facility this morning, a day after 38-year-old driver Jimmy Lam shot and killed three coworkers before turning the gun on himself.

Need to vent? Call San Francisco's Warm Line

Jun 15, 2017
Audrey Dilling

Seventy thousand people call San Francisco’s suicide crisis line each year. If someone's making that call, it usually means they're on the verge of harming themselves, and in severe emotional distress. But San Francisco has a service that’s aimed at reaching people before they’re on the brink of crisis — the San Francisco Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line.

CC Flickr user George Grinstead, resized and recropped

 

Throughout the prison system men are dying from incurable diseases. Sometimes these inmates are granted freedom through a program called Compassionate Release.

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