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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Jessica Placzek

Each year, little blue creatures wash up along the California coast. They’re about two and a half inches across, blue, and shaped kind of like pringles. Sometimes they’re beached by the millions. They’re called velella velella.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 27, 2014

Apr 27, 2016

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

CCSF to shut down Wednesday ahead of faculty union strike

“As faculty at City College of San Francisco prepare to strike Wednesday over unfair labor practices, Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb has decided to shut down the 11 community college campuses around The City for the day.

4/27: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Apr 27, 2016


Ben Trefny

While San Francisco can’t compete with places like Yosemite for wildness, you’ll find the city is teeming with nature if you just take a moment to see. From slugs to oaks to falcons, we share our sidewalks with a variety of life. 

Tom Levy

I’m Jewish.  I feel a strong affinity for Judaism – the beauty of its rituals, teachings and music. But it can be hard to relate. 

Local Music: Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Apr 26, 2016
Courtesty of Pat Mazzera/Resized and cropped

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is an avant garde hip-hop orchestra from Oakland. 

They will be playing music from their new album tomorrow, April 27th, 2016 at The Chapel in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 

San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen // New York Times

4/26: Reclaiming roots

Apr 26, 2016


Them Creatures / cropped and resized

Is punk dead? Not when it's in the hands of Them Creatures, who claim they're from Transylvania, California (but we know they're from the East Bay).

Them Creatures perform tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:30 pm. 

"Day 13: My morning at DMV" by Flickr user Vicky Sedgwick. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

When it comes to undocumented immigrants applying for an AB 60 driver's license, it has been especially hard for people whose country is not on the list of countries whose nationals are approved to apply for AB 60, whose passports contain an electronic chip.

"CA DMV 00734" by Flickr user Omar Bárcena. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped and resized

 

It’s been just over a year since undocumented immigrants in California have been able to get driver’s licenses through the AB 60 law.

"Fullerton DMV" by Flickr user Micah Sittig. Used under CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized.

 

AB 60 — a year-old law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses — hasn’t worked the same for everyone. For some people, like Ghanaian national Eko Croffie, a small complication can mean a long journey ahead.

 

Daily News roundup for Monday, April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016
"Uber 4U," by Flickr user Adam Fagen. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

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

Can we solve the housing crisis? // Oakland Magazine

"Uber Technologies’ September purchase of the massive old Sears Building in Uptown Oakland was like the clanging of a bell announcing that the Bay Area’s tech-led economic boom was finally spilling into the East Bay."

4/25: AB60, one year later

Apr 25, 2016

 

4/21: Qingming

Apr 22, 2016


Steven Short

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

UC campus gets grant to develop “drugged driving” test // San Diego Union-Tribune

Can Oakland hotels help catch sex traffickers?

Apr 21, 2016
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In recent years it has become more and more common for arrangements to buy and sell sex to be made online and behind closed doors. A lot of the time it’s not among consenting adults — it’s forced prostitution or sex trafficking.

Photo by Liz Mak

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.

"UF McCarty Desks Classroom" by Flickr user Christopher Sessums. Used under CC BY 2.0 / resized and cropped

 

The commercial sexual exploitation of children, or CSEC, can mean a lot of things including forced prostitution, pornography or the sex trafficking of minors.

 

My Mixtape: "Kiss" by Prince

Apr 21, 2016
Flickr User Penner. Used under CC BY. Cropped

A tribute to Prince from KALW's Luisa Cardoza.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
by Flickr user WyoFile WyoFile, used under CC BY 2.0 // Resized and cropped

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

Sharp concerns over crowded ballot // Capitol Weekly

"California’s clogged, high-stakes November ballot is riveting voters’ attention – and raising fears among those who have to count the votes.

 

Are you into renewable energy and sustainable living? Then the Solar Living Center in Mendocino County is your kind of place.

 

Sights & Sounds: Bay Area Dance Week

Apr 20, 2016

 

2016 marks the 18th year of Bay Area Dance Week, a 10-day free celebration of dance in the Bay Area. Julia Chigamba is receiving the festival’s “Dancers Choice” award — her company Chinyakare Ensemble brings the dance and music of her native Zimbabwe to the Bay Area. She joined KALW’s Jen Chien to talk about holding dance at the center of everyday life.

 

Thomas Hawk, courtesy of OMCA (cropped from original)

Four brightly lit dark-green marijuana plants are the first things visitors see when entering the room. No, this is not a grow house, it’s part of the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, “Altered State.”

You can’t touch the plants. That would be a federal offense. So a display is fitted with thick rubber gloves, the kind used to handle extremely toxic material, which allows you to pick up seedlings and mature leaves for a better look.

4/20: The Emerald Triangle

Apr 20, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016
Wikimedia user SanctusAbMortis. Cropped, Resized. Used under CC BY.

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

 

How 4/20 became the pot industry’s Black Friday // SF Chronicle

Thmas Hawk, courtesy of OMCA (cropped from original)

Four brightly lit dark-green marijuana plants are the first things visitors see when entering the room. No, this is not a grow house, it’s part of the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, “Altered State.”

You can’t touch the plants. That would be a federal offense. So a display is fitted with thick rubber gloves, the kind used to handle extremely toxic material, which allows you to pick up seedlings and mature leaves for a better look.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? April 17, 2016

Apr 19, 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.

"History Part2" by Flickr User Laura / Used under CC CC BY-SA 2.0 / resized and cropped

Drew Ackerman works in the Alameda County Public Library system by day, but at night, his Sleep with Me podcast helps listeners around the world fall asleep.

San Quentin Prison Report: A day of peace

Apr 18, 2016
A Day of Peace at San Quentin Prison. Photo by Peter Merts / Courtesy of Bread & Roses

Ten years ago a race riot shook San Quentin State Prison: civilians were evacuated, and prisoners put on lockdown. When the dust settled, a group of prisoners decided to make a change. They formed the Day of Peace Committee. Through open dialogue and the Annual Day of Peace Celebration, it offers peace as an alternative to violence.

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