Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

Subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast here.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
51827fdae1c8e597ac3f858d|51827f44e1c8e597ac3f8461

Pages

5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

What the election results mean for public education

San Mateo High School
Under CC license from Flickr user JoeInSoutherCA

This past election, San Franciscans voted on 18 state and local ballot initiatives. Arguably the biggest winner was public education.

On the state level, voters approved Proposition 30, which was a tax increase to fund K-12 programs and community colleges across the state. San Franciscans passed local Proposition A, establishing a more secure financial footing for City College.

KALW’s education reporter, Jen Chien, reports on how these measures will be rolled out and what their impact on public education will likely be.

Read more

5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

Queer studies department at CCSF braces for cutbacks

Under CC license from Flickr user Sam T

The department of LGBTQ studies at City College of San Francisco, the first queer studies department in the U.S., founded in 1978, is facing consolidation. Professor Ardel Thomas heads the Department. KALW’s Hana Baba asked her what would happen if consolidation is carried out.

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

Read more

4:26pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Ethnic Studies

Proposal to fuse ethnic studies programs sparks controversy

City College of San Francisco is proposing to consolidate all its ethnic studies departments into one department. That has many people concerned, and some downright angry – especially in a city that boasts the country’s first Ethnic Studies department (at San Francisco State).  

Sean Arce, director of the Mexican-American Studies program for the Tucson Unified School District, says the program "highlights the struggle of the families and the students, of what they go through and how we are struggling. We will continue to struggle for Raza studies, for ethnic studies, in Tuscon."

Read more

2:52pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Daniel Castro

Today we are featuring the blues stylings of Daniel Castro. He’s a festival favorite throughout the West and has shared the stage with big-name blues players from John Mayall to The Staples Singers. 

You can hear him at The Saloon, San Francisco’s legendary blues dive bar, on Saturday, December 01.  The band should be tuning up around 9:30pm.

Read more

5:58pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

West Oakland landlords invest in city's most dangerous streets

.

Mead Avenue is a single block in West Oakland in the triangle where San Pablo Avenue and Market Street meet. Like streets in a lot of low-income communities, Mead Avenue has seen poverty, gangs, gun violence, the crack epidemic. There’s also a church on the corner, a Boys and Girls Club across the street, and a non-profit dedicated to Men’s Health close by. None of those things may be as important to Mead Avenue’s future as that big thing our entire economy revolves around: real estate. Here’s Derek Suring, a real estate agent in Oakland.

Read more

Pages