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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Holly J. McDede

 

This story originally aired in December of 2015.

Earlier this month, demonstrators around the Bay Area gathered to protest against the police killings of two African American men: Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

Ian Tervet of tervetphoto.com.

San Francisco actor, writer and storyteller Corey Rosen studied film production in college. But once he graduated he fell in love with theater — live, improvised theater.

Press photo by Ross Pelton

This music?  It’s by Junk Parlor. They perform their style of music from Eugene to Los Angeles, Reno to Seattle, but mostly focus on home base here in the Bay Area.

7/19: Crisis intervention

Jul 19, 2016


Eric Carmichael// Resized

Hambone is an art form involving body percussion with roots in West African music and dance. It was brought to this continent by enslaved people. Today, East Bay native Lance McGee keeps the practice going. 

Listener Heather Fife got in touch to suggest a Specialist about her parents, who've performed singing telegrams in the Bay Area for 34 years — and who had Heather and her four siblings perform them too. 

Today's Local Music: Caren Armstrong

Jul 18, 2016
Caren Armstrong// Resized

Today’s local music is by award winning East Bay musician Caren Armstrong. Steve Coyle, from The Waybacks, says she is "one of those rare musicians who plays and sings music from its bones on out.”

7/18: Singing telegram

Jul 18, 2016

Google Images CC0 Public Domain

AUMA receives mixed support and opposition ... Old prison sold to cannabis oil extractor ... THC helps with Alzheimer’s ... Can pot save Amoeba? ... and more. 

Kyle Trefny

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. We hear the story of one of them, Ben Rivers, who has found ways to maintain an active inner life even as his body slows down.

The View from Here: Who cares?

Jul 14, 2016
Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio. Resized and recropped

 

An estimated 65 million Americans are family caregivers. They provide for sick, aging and disabled family members at home. It’s a stressful job. As Americans grow older, more of us will either need or be caregivers. But who cares for the caregivers? And what are they doing to care for themselves?

Daily news roundup for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
restaurant pay gap
by Flickr user Javier Sánchez, used under CC / Resized and cropped

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

 

San Jose police rolls out first wave of body cameras in department milestone // San Jose Mercury News

The View from Here: Hidden hunger

Jul 13, 2016
Andrew Nixon, Capitol Public Radio. Resized and recropped

 

Nearly fifty million Americans are food insecure. They have trouble getting affordable, healthy food and don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

7/14: Who Cares?

Jul 13, 2016

 

As Americans grow older, more of us will either need or be caregivers. But who cares for the caregivers? And what are they doing to care for themselves? In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear about the state of caregiving in America. 

7/13: Hidden hunger

Jul 13, 2016

In Sacramento, a city in one of the richest agricultural regions of the country, tens of thousands of residents go hungry each day. In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear about food insecurity in the region. 

 

This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Friday, July 15th, at Miner Auditorium, in the SFJazz Center. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you may encounter her in one of those clubs sometime!

Her Friday show starts at 7:30pm. 

 

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news: 

San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

The View From Here: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
"Oakland, California," by Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin, used under CC lisence / cropped and resized

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Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

7/12: Class dismissed

Jul 12, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what's at stake for their future and ours.


The View From Here: Autism grows up

Jul 11, 2016
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Twenty years after a sharp rise in autism rates, thousands of California children are aging out of special education. Each one enters adulthood with a unique combination of social deficits that promises a challenging life, even with support.

7/11: Autism grows up

Jul 11, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.

Twenty years after a sharp rise in autism rates, thousands of California children are aging out of special education. Each one enters adulthood with a unique combination of social deficits that promises a challenging life, even with support. In this special hour-long presentation from Capital Public Radio we hear what happens when autism grows up.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016
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Miracle Grow, Google show interest in cannabis industry ... Prescriptions drop in legal states ... AUMA explained ... Time to panic in Colorado? And more.

The Bridge: Real heroes read audits

Jul 8, 2016
Kyle Trefny

San Francisco voters have approved over $3 billion in loans for public infrastructure over the last decade. Some of the people who make sure the projects stay on track are ordinary citizens who spend their free time reading bond reports. Who ... signs up for this?

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Shane Bauer witnessed prison life firsthand during his four months undercover as a guard at the Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. What he experienced is detailed in a report he wrote for Mother Jones.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST / RESIZED AND CROPPED

Oakland singer and vocal activist Melanie DeMore believes in the power of song to bring people together. It’s what drives her work as performer, songwriter, and teacher.

Brother's Keepers: A suicide support group for inmates

Jul 7, 2016
Under CC license from Flickr user Jitze Couperus.

Deaths by suicide in prison are rare, but when they happen they create shockwaves. Inmates need support with handling trauma, and in 2005, Dennis Pratt co-founded Brother’s Keepers, a support group that works with inmates to prevent suicide and help each other through crises.

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Today’s local band is called The Lemon Hammer.  This Berkeley group says their most representative song lyric is, “You’ll be fine, if you are who you say that you are.” 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Interim SFPD chief credits reforms with peaceful ending to standoff // SF Examiner

"A tense, hours-long standoff between an armed suspect and San Francisco police that shut down streets and rerouted Muni lines in the mid-Market area Wednesday ended without incident.

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