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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5/31: Primary politics

May 31, 2016


Today's Local Music: LoCura

May 31, 2016
Courtesy of the artist / resized and cropped

Look up the word “locura” and the first thing you’ll see is the Spanish definition, meaning “madness.” Look a little deeper and you’ll find LoCura is also a Latin/Flamenco band from — as they say — “San Pancho, Califas.” You can translate that one yourself.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016
"Western Pond Turtle," by Flickr user Jerry Kirkhart/ Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news: 

Fire at Potrero Hill homeless camp scorches nearby warehouse // SF Gate

 

“A fire with flames that soared up to 40 feet high burned part of a sidewalk homeless encampment Saturday morning in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district.”

 

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Why the Teamsters oppose AUMA … Pot friendly gym planned for  San Francisco … When Bernie dumped Tommy … Opinion … Health … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

BMMR chief visits the Emerald Triangle // North Coast Journal

“ [T]he overwhelming attitude at the meeting wasn't about patients. It was about protecting Humboldt County growers' business interests.”

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.

Photo courtesy of the artist, resized and recropped

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright drawn to science, and the stories of women scientists in particular. Gunderson's one of the most produced playwrights in America these days, but most of her plays premiere right here in her home the Bay Area.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

Photo by Jake Jacobson

So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
by Robert Campbell - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 // Cropped

Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

5/26: SF's newest public school, one year in

May 26, 2016


Brennan Gilroy. Cropped and Resized.

Mahea Uchiyama is the founder and director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley. She's also the president of the board of World Arts West, which puts on the annual extravaganza that is the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Audrey Dilling

 

On June 7, Bay Area voters will weigh in on the Bay Area’s first-ever regional tax to fight climate change. If passed, Measure AA would collect $12 per year from property owners in all nine Bay Area counties.

 

5/25: Sea level rise on the ballot

May 25, 2016

StoryCorps: Paint and pride in the Mission

May 24, 2016
StoryCorps

 

The Mission District is famous for its vibrantly colored murals, and some of the oldest murals can be found in Balmy Alley.

Fear and Self-Loathing: A tale of San Francisco millennials

May 24, 2016
Lydia White / resized and cropped

In Tony Tulathimutte’s debut novel, Private Citizens, a group of four recent Stanford graduates are living in San Francisco. 

Every morning in the Tenderloin, when people all around San Francisco are starting to wake up, around 30 people gather at St. Boniface Church, waiting to go sleep. This is the story of one morning.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? May 22, 2016

May 24, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

 

This is Audiograph — the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
By Flickr user Alejandro Lavin, Jr. / used under CC license / resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders // SF Gate

“Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin faced tough questioning by Bayview community leaders Monday evening where residents asked for answers in last week’s officer-involved shooting that led to former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

Photo courtesy of Laura Oda

 

Stand outside Yaelisa’s East Oakland dance studio on a quiet night and you can hear the sound of dancers practicing their footwork. Inside the studio, about ten women in long skirts are standing in line behind their teacher.  She sings throughout her class and calls out guidance to her students as she keeps the rhythm with her hands and feet. The dancers move in unison. The sounds of their stomps take on the quality of a drum.

5/24: Stories from San Francisco

May 24, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.


"Google Self-Driving Car" by Flickr user smoothgroover. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Cropped and resized

When people are actually comfortable enough to take an automated car out for a spin, who exactly is in charge? And, if you get into an accident, who’s held responsible?

 

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016
Tammy Drummond

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California voter registration soaring as June 7 primary approaches // East Bay Times

"Californians are registering to vote in breathtaking numbers not seen since the Reagan Revolution, as the no-holds-barred presidential primary season and tech-based outreach efforts have rousted more than 1 million people from their political slumber."

5/23: Driverless cars

May 23, 2016

We go for a drive — with both hands off the wheel. Plus, the legal and ethical issues when the computer, not the human, is considered the driver.


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Oakland tries to right wrongs with dispensary rules … Police fund opposition to recreation measure … Health … Opinion … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Reformed criminals, certain neighborhoods, win preference in Oakland dispensary plan // East Bay Express

photo courtesy of fayecarol.com

Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburgh, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.

Ben Trefny

It’s the final game of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Junior Warriors 8th grade girls basketball league. The SOMA Stars and the Lady Hurricanes take their positions on the court. A tall, wiry man – the referee – steps to the center. He looks at all the girls, smiles, and tosses the ball straight up in the air. Two girls jump for it, and the game is on.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Warriors fans

May 19, 2016

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.

5/19: Bay Area local heroes

May 19, 2016

A special, hour-long edition all about local heroes from around the Bay Area.


KALW is turning 75!!!

Some of our friends helped sing us in to a new quarter-century of funky community radio. 

Hana Baba

This is a field trip.

East Bay school kids going to the California Academy of  Sciences - pretty typical, right? Wrong.

This is the weekend school of the Sudanese Association of Northern California, or SANC, where Sudanese kids come every Sunday to learn their parents’ mother tongue and immerse themselves in Sudanese poetry, folklore, music, and spirituality.  Even this bus ride from San Leandro to San Francisco is a cultural lesson in disguise.

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