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12/4: Cleaning up after the North Bay fires

Dec 4, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Crews in Santa Rosa race against the clock to make sure toxic debris from the North Bay fires don't end up in our water.
  • An update on the fire-cleanup efforts in the North Bay.
  • Bay Area Beats interviews Oakland-born legend Sheila E.

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Adult use OK in SF but not in Marin ... Medical users asked to give up their guns ... Legal marijuana could help curb opiod crisis ... Cheech Marin’s bio ... and more

11/30: Traveling by tube

Nov 30, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a song helped a San Francisco teenager reflect on the impacts of the AIDS crisis on his family.
  • Comedian Karinda Dobbins talks about making jokes in this challenging political moment.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

That's my song: Under Pressure

Nov 30, 2017
"QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE UNDER PRESSURE (LOW TITLE)" by CC Flickr user Richard Harris, resized and recropped

Max Hsing, a high-schooler from San Francisco, tells the story of an uncle who died of AIDS, and why the song "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen  reminds him to "give love one more chance."

Courtesy of Karinda Dobbins

Comedian Karinda Dobbins is unapologetically political in her stand-up.


Buried deep in Stanford Hospital is a network that’s a little more Jules Verne than Silicon Valley.

Shopping for a Christmas tree can be filled with fun and laughter. What we generally look for is a tree that will fit our home and is affordable. 

This year, a tree shortage has increased prices nationwide — but some of the local growers and distributors in the Bay Area have decided to honor their customers by minimizing price increases to five or 10 percent.

That means San Francisco tree lots such as Clancey's on 7th Avenue, and Emerald Forest on Sloat, are quoting prices from as little as $20 to as much as $400, depending on the size and quality of the tree. 

Phil Daley

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band started its life as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corp in 1978. 


San Francisco-based choreographers Kat Cole and Eric Garcia are the directors of Detour Dance, a company that creates multidisciplinary performance and film with an emphasis on social justice.

11/28: City of Refuge

Nov 28, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: 

Tom Levy

If you’re familiar with Black churches, you know that they’re lively and uplifting places. That’s how San Francisco native Yvette Flunder remembers hers.

The Stoop: Coming to America

Nov 27, 2017

The Stoop podcast is hosted by KALW's Hana Baba and Leila Day. 

11/27: Coming to America

Nov 27, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

Ali Khaligh

One of the greatest amplifiers of ethnic news in the United States is shutting down at the end of the month.

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Another look at California’s new regulations ... Hundreds apply for Oakland permits ... No more cannabis bus ads ... Can mega-farms be stopped? ... and more.


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What a change in immigration status will mean for a small Haitian church in the North Bay.
  • The complicated history of African American student achievement in San Francisco, and an expansive new plan for improvement.


Lee Romney

When the state released testing data for California’s public school students last month, results for San Francisco Unified’s African American students were the lowest in the district — again. 

Ninna Gaensler-Debs


Update: As of January 2018, the Trump administration has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Haiti and El Salvador. That means over 250,000 TPS holders will have to return to their home countries.

More than 55,000 immigrants are living in California with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — a form of humanitarian relief for those whose home countries have had some kind of catastrophe. Now, they’re at risk of losing their legal status.

Julie Caine

This story originally aired in November of 2011. 

The Bay Area’s first real freeway was the 880. Completed in 1957, it connects the Port of Oakland with San Jose. Today it’s a major trucking route, and the most direct way to get to the Oakland Airport, or to a Raiders game.

11/20: Learning to love the 880

Nov 20, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

Jon Funabiki

(Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.)

It’s said that breaking bread together is a good way to get to know the people around you.


When it comes to San Francisco’s Excelsior District, breaking green onion pancakes can be equally effective.



California issues emergency rules ... San Francisco won’t meet New Year’s deadline ... Obama era cannabis rules still honored ... Business, Health and more.

11/16: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

  • There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town in the classically monopolistic sense: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs there and it owns more land than anyone else.


THE INTERSECTION: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs here and it owns more land than anyone else.

Cellista finds her voice and artistic home in San Jose

Nov 16, 2017
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The multidisciplinary musician known as Cellista started playing the cello as a schoolkid in Colorado, and even studied cello performance in college. As an adult she took a break from her instrument while living abroad in France — but after returning to the United States, and moving to San Jose, Cellista made a passionate return to music. 

11/15: Homeless in Googleville

Nov 15, 2017

  • Right outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View we meet a Googler living in an RV in a company parking lot; a subcontractor living in a trailer on the street; and a man living in a van. Find out how they ended up here and what the city of Mountain View is doing to help them. 

11/13: THE INTERSECTION — Life before Google

Nov 15, 2017


Nov 14, 2017
David Boyer / KALW News / The Intersection

There's only one housing development within walking distance of Google's headquarters in Mountain View. It's a diverse mobile home park named Santiago Villa. But whatever you do, don't call it a trailer park.

11/14: Home Sweet Google

Nov 14, 2017

  • Google has made a lot of its employees very, very rich. So why are some of them living in a mobile home park next to the company's global headquarters? And how do other park residents feel about their new neighbors? Find out on the latest installment of THE INTERSECTION. 

THE INTERSECTION: Life before Google

Nov 13, 2017


All this week, we’re bringing you new episodes of THE INTERSECTION — a KALW podcast looks at change in the Bay Area from the view of a street corner. Each season focuses on a new neighborhood.