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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Ask artist Favianna Rodriguez to describe the food she grew up eating in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and her response is akin to poetry.

“It’s two tortillas,” she says. “They’re soaked in a little bit of grease ... you have some carne asada and you just bite into them and you can taste the simplicity of a good taco.”

Ezra David Romero

Central California fruits and vegetables are found in grocery stores across the nation. But what happens to produce that doesn’t make it to the market?

Ron Clark is on the hunt for what he calls "ugly produce." “It may be too large, too small, slightly off color; it could have a little bit of scarring caused by perhaps rain, hail, wind,” he says. “It’s just as good as what you'[re paying twice for at the store.”

Photo courtesy everyoneisdirty.com.

Oakland art-rock band Everyone Is Dirty performs as part of the Phono Del Sol Music & Food Festival in San Francisco on Saturday July 11th at San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park. Everyone is Dirty features Christopher Daddio on guitar, Tony Sales on drums, Tyler English on bass, and singer and violinist Sivan Lioncub on electric violin.

We all remember quirky family recipes, but we don’t always appreciate that home-cooking until we’ve actually left home. Joyce Lin-Conrad sat down with friend and co-worker Geoff Palla to talk about how her heritage influenced her interest in food, which eventually led them both to teach at the Edible Schoolyard.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 6, 2015

Jul 6, 2015
Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle

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

San Francisco slaying raises questions about 'sanctuary' for detained illegal immigrants // San Jose Mercury News

Poster designed by R Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

Under CC license from Flickr user Shubh Singh

Marijuana “sucking rivers dry”… Oregon’s recreational law: it’s complicated… Are delivery services legal?  Kosher cannabis… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

The Grateful Dead Show! 2015 marks the 50th anniversary since the legendary band formed.

Jeremy Dalmas


I ask teacher Peter Richardson about a good introductory song to the Grateful Dead. He mulls the question over for a moment. 


Attending a Grateful Dead concert during the 1970s was a powerful and positive experience for many fans, but what was it like for those who worked with the band backstage? 

Blank on Blank: Jerry Garcia on the Acid Tests

Jul 2, 2015


It’s been 50 years since the original band members of The Grateful Dead began playing together in clubs around Palo Alto and San Francisco. In that time they’ve sold 35 million records. But more importantly, they inspired an unprecedented culture of fandom – 

Navigating food in a new land

Jul 2, 2015
photo courtesy of Peralta Hacienda

It’s barely past 8 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and the PeraIta Hacienda Park is already teeming with life.

Twitter user @photgroffee

The light is low and dark orange on Oakland’s International Blvd. Groups of people cluster around food stands or bus stops. Some are playing dice.

A Crosscurrents Special: Sex In The City.

At first glance, websites like Seeking Arrangement.com and SugarDaddy.com might look a lot like ordinary online dating sites. They promise to match “successful, beautiful people” with each other. But in one big way, they’re very different.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jul 1, 2015
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

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

What's Next For California's Contentious Vaccine Law // AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

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Flickr user masha_k_sh

This past summer thousands of women and young people flooded over the border -- seeking to escape terrible violence in South and Central America. Many who came brought little with them, but they carry emotional baggage. And that’s where mental health counselors step in -- to help the recently arrived deal with the trauma they’ve faced, and even to help convince American courts to let them stay. But there are a lot of barriers to good mental health care for immigrants.

Flickr user Brooke Anderson

 

It’s a bright spring afternoon in Oakland’s Northgate district, and a half dozen Yemeni-American students from Oakland International High School, or OIHS, are leading a group of their teachers and counselors on a tour of places they go when they’re not in school. Outfitted in brightly colored head scarves, they’re walking to one of their first stops: the Bee Healthy Honey shop on Telegraph Avenue.

Familial love between different cultural generations

Jun 30, 2015
Flickr user katphotos

Over the past six months, student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Lisa Hsia, whose Chinese parents thought very differently than she did.

If you love and respectful for your parents, then you know more than them, they push you to be Americans, but then you see them as knowing less than you. It is a little bit difficult. My relationship is good with them, but some things are out of touch. Culture definitely plays a role in that.  

A mother reflects on raising her daughter in America

Jun 30, 2015
Alex / Flickr

Over the past six months student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Erika Monico, a mother who explains what she’s gained and lost by moving from Brazil and raising her daughter in the U.S.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

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

 

California legislature passes strict school vaccine bill // KRON

 

“State lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial vaccine bill that would impose one of the strictest school immunizations laws in the country.

A Brazilian immigrant returns home to start a family

Jun 29, 2015
Andre Havro

Feeling homesick is something a lot of new immigrants experience. People often seek out the familiar in the foreign -- like with food. But while taste can build a bridge, sometimes people need more than flavor to connect to home. Mills College reporter Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Denize Wells. In America, she found love, but to find a child, she returned to her native Brazil.

Flickr user qbac07

 

David isn’t his real name. But for the young man we’re calling David, growing up in El Salvador was hard. His mother passed away when he was eight. Instead of going to school, he harvested coconuts so his family could afford to eat. But the real crisis came when a dangerous gang called “MS-13” came recruiting. David was 17 years old at the time.

 

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Nor Kathem has his eye on the clock. He has set the alarm on his phone to go off when his parking meter will expire. He doesn’t want to get a parking ticket in downtown San Jose. 

Kathem has an athlete’s swagger and sense of timing. He has been a refugee in three different countries, so even though he is only 20, he knows a lot about running out of time.

A special from Mills College student reporters: "Waking up from the American Dream: Stories about young immigrants in America." Plus local musicians One Armed Joey.

Petaluma band One Armed Joey will be at Slim’s in San Francisco this Thursday, July 2nd. They're the featured band at a benefit for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Music starts at 8pm.

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015
MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA

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

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Marriage equality: Euphoria in Bay Area follows historic Supreme Court gay union ruling // Inside Bay Area News

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“Huge step forward” by White House… Major raids in Emerald Triangle… Is “medical marijuana” real?...   Cannabis Cup winners… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Two men and a baby: Navigating parenting and partnership in a two-dad family; Three Cheers for San Francisco’s Official Cheerleaders; and this week's Audiograph answer revealed!

David Yu

San Francisco revels in its uniqueness. Last month it added another unique aspect: it just might be the only city on earth with officially designated cheerleaders, as voted by the Board of Supervisors.

Cheer San Francisco has been performing gymnastic feats since 1980.  It didn’t begin in San Francisco, but down the Peninsula in Hayward, as an all-male gay organization. After performing just for fun at LGBT sporting events, the group realized its potential as a money generator for worthy groups. Now, 35 years later, they’ve doled out over $300,000, according to the group’s communications director, Nguyen Pham of San Francisco.

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