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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Trump supporters march in Berkeley

Mar 5, 2017
Cari Spivack

It was business as usual Saturday morning, at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market. Romanesco is in season. Troubadour Mark Ray played his guitar for tips. Then, just a few steps away, at around one o’clock, hundreds of Trump supporters and Trump protesters gathered.

President Trump appointed Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This week the Senate advanced his nomination, bringing him one step closer to becoming secretary.

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

Jeremy Dalmas

While many living in warehouses are worried they could lose their homes, those affected most immediately were the almost two dozen people who lived at the Ghost Ship. They woke up the morning after the fire, to find themselves homeless.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

Events like the one thrown the night of the Ghost Ship fire used to be a regular occurrence all over Oakland. But they’ve virtually died out, because venues fear drawing attention to themselves.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

The Oakland mayor’s office officially knows of 18 large industrial spaces doubling as unpermitted homes, but other estimates say there are dozens more, maybe as many as 60.

Jeremy Dalmas

Instead of ringing the doorbell, when you come by Craig Baldwin’s home on Valencia street, he asks you to stomp on the metal plate in the sidewalk.


Liza Veale

 

Cheap rental housing can feel like a vanishing resource in San Francisco. Property owners are selling buildings for multiples of what they originally bought them for, and who can blame them? But the consequence is that almost all the units are getting fixed up and turned into luxury housing. It’s the way of the market, and it can seem inevitable. But what if it’s not?

Courtesy of Sefa Karatekin, Anastasia Kuba, and Serina Koester / cropped and resized

 

The dozen-plus members of Oakland-based Balkan brass band Inspector Gadje come from all over the world. They’re serious students of Roma, sometimes known as “Gypsy” music, but none of them are actually Roma.

 

Enrollment now open for KALW's Audio Academy

Mar 1, 2017

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.

KALW is calling for applicants for our four-month summer radio journalism program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco.

 


What’s this you’re hearing? It’s an Oakland band called Porch. They play alternative rock, with seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

Liza Veale

 

Eva Castillo* thinks of herself as a strong person. She was raised in the Sunnydale projects in San Francisco, sharing a bedroom with three brothers. Now, she works construction — often as the only woman on the job. But when she was evicted, she says she felt truly helpless for the first time in her life.

Ask an Estonian: What does a fence symbolize?

Feb 28, 2017

Our news department has a visiting journalist this year, Jürgen Klemm, a professional broadcaster from Estonia. His nation borders Russia; in fact, Estonia was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. We've learned a lot from hearing Jürgen's perspective, and think you will, too.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Karp

Cellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Eric Zivian both have years of experience playing Classical and Romantic chamber music on historic instruments. 

2/28: Housing vouchers fail the Bay Area

Feb 28, 2017


Liza Veale

In order to stem the tide of displacement in places like the Bay Area, some advocates want to strengthen tenant protections at the state level. One way to do that would be to modify or repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Liza Veale

 

Though we’re all understandably consumed by the news at the national level, the last election also came with consequences for the Bay Area locally—especially for the region’s ongoing housing crisis.

2/27: To shrink or strengthen rent control

Feb 27, 2017

  • Legal aid attorneys battle displacement in eviction court.
  •  Two advocates debate the rent control law known as Costa-Hawkins.


Will California be ready for “adult use” in January? ... Will Trump administration ignore pot? ... Cannabis treatment saves boy from institution ... Where to hide a nuclear bomb ... and more.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: SoundBox

Feb 23, 2017
Cory Weaver / cropped and resized

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.

Travis Jensen


If you like going to open mic nights in San Francisco, chances are you’ve seen comedian Irene Tu hosting one. Man Haters, Hysteria, The Mission Position — those are just some of the places you'll find Irene telling jokes, and trying to make better, safer spaces for women and queer comics to perform.

Guess this Bay Area Sound! Feb. 18, 2017

Feb 23, 2017
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. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

cropped and editted with permission

Today’s local music features pianist Monica Chew, half of the Minsky Duo. She and the other half of the duo, a violinist known as Nato Green focus on Russian chamber music.

2/23: Derailing the Bay Area's transportation plans

Feb 22, 2017

  • The Trump administration is derailing the Bay Area's transportation plans.
  • Laugh along with San Francisco stand-up comic Irene Tu.
  • Discover the answer to this week's Audiograph clue


2/22: The failed promise of the Internet

Feb 22, 2017

  • San Jose residents try to recover from the flood of the century
  • A segment of the program On The Media considers why the information age has become the disinformation age


The failed promise of the Internet

Feb 22, 2017
Licensed picture by Robert Smith via Wikimedia Commons /Resized and Cropped

 

The web has been seen as the originator of the information age. But to many, it's now the perpetrator of the disinformation age.

Are you longing for the laid-back Mendo surfer vibe, but don’t have time to travel north? Then maybe you should hear Mendonesia. This San Francisco band describes their sound as “somewhere between psych and folk.” 

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