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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Photo courtesy of Bethanie Hines, resized and recropped

Soccer, or futbol, as the rest of the world knows it can be a source of joy and release in a complicated world. Bay Area theater artist, writer and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph knows the feeling.

Choreographer Micaya on empowerment through the art of hip-hop

Nov 16, 2016
Courtesy of Paradox-Sal Dance Crew / cropped and resized


This year, the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest celebrates its 18th anniversary of bringing hip hop dance to the Bay Area stage. Companies come from as far away as Vietnam, and as close as Oakland.

11/16: The art of soccer

Nov 16, 2016

 

Photo courtesy of John Sasaki

It’s not only football players protesting during the national anthem. Members of the Oakland Unified School District Honors Band also discussed ways to take part.

Today’s local music is by Jay Som, a name that translates as “Victory Moon." Jay Som crosses the bridge from Oakland on Friday, Nov. 18 to perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 9 p.m.  

"San Quentin State Prison" by Zboralski. Used under CC BY-SA 3.0. http://bit.ly/2fxIh2g


More than two-thirds of inmates in California state prisons are Latino or African American, according to the most recent census. More than 1,000 military veterans are admitted annually.

Photo courtesy of flickr user Sam Howzit

  Colin Kaepernick ignited a heated conversation over race and patriotism with a simple gesture involving the national anthem.

 

We’re all familiar with the song; it’s played at the beginning of major sporting events in the United States.

Photo courtesy of Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group

On September 10, football players from Mission High School in San Francisco were headed to a game in Redwood City. They were led by San Francisco Chronicle 2015 football player of the year Niamey Harris, a 17-year-old senior quarterback from Bayview.

Screenshot from Al Jazeera English. http://bit.ly/2fhPLnd

For many people, this is a time to reflect on what it means to live in the United States. The election season revealed a divided nation, and many folks are saying they feel like strangers in their own country. Clearly, many already did.

11/15: Race, protest, respect and the national anthem

Nov 15, 2016

Photo courtesy of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation

 

As of this month, San Francisco’s public housing is now all privately run. 3,500 units have been transferred from the city’s ownership to various housing groups: some non-profit, and some for-profit.

Prop 13: Mad as Hell

Nov 14, 2016
Photo courtesy of Retro Report

In 1978, when Howard Jarvis declared that he was mad as hell about rising property taxes in California, he started a tax revolt in the state. Thirty-eight years later, Jarvis’s Proposition 13 is still on the books in California, but the debate over its consequences remains.

11/14: Mad as hell

Nov 14, 2016


All you need to know about passage of Prop. 64 ... Marijuana at work? ... Better eye sight with pot ... and more.

Modern Times, iconic bookstore in the Mission District, is closing

Nov 10, 2016

 

In the back of Modern Times Bookstore Collective, there’s an image of Charlie Chaplin gumming up the works of a machine in his movie Modern Times.

 

Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News

 

Substance abuse is a factor in 80 percent of cases where a child is removed from a home. And there are signs that the opioid epidemic is sending more kids into the foster care system.

Julie Caine

We played you this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Eli Wirtschafter

Today thousands of high school students walked out of their classrooms and marched in downtown San Francisco to protest the election of Donald Trump. They follow in the footsteps of people who took to the streets yesterday across the Bay Area.

Steve Haimovitz cropped and resized with permission

The music you're hearing now is being played by banjo master Bill Evans, when he was a guest of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He's also the author of the instructional book, Banjo for Dummies.

  • The Bay Area reacts to the presidential election.
  • Bookstore Modern Times closes.
  • A Sacramento drug court tries to keep families together.
  • An opera singer performs in an unexpected place.


Muslim leaders are easing the anxiety of their communities  today, who were the target of Donald Trump attacks all through his campaign. Earlier this afternoon a number of national Muslim organizations held a press conference in Washington DC led by CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

11/9: Election recap

Nov 9, 2016

  • A recap of state and local election results.
  • An interview with Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. 


Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

J.C. Howard

Many people in the heavily Democratic Bay Area awoke, as if from a bad dream, to a new political reality Wednesday morning. 

Photo by Jürgen Klemm

Back in 1898, San Francisco and Vallejo were among the first cities in the nation to exercise direct democracy, where specific policy questions are put before voters. 


ELECTION BRIEFS: Measure RR - BART bonds

Nov 4, 2016

BART opened 44 years ago, in 1972. Now, the system is wearing out. Break-downs and delays have become more common, and as our population grows, the system has become overcrowded.

Prop V is known as "the soda tax" and "the grocery tax," but on the ballot it’s “the tax on distributing sugar-sweetened beverages.” Okay, so what’s a "sugar-sweetened beverage?"

Prop Q is about clarifying the city’s policy on homeless tent encampments. Right now, tents and other make-shift shelters often violate a few rules, like sit/lie or public nuisance ordinances and other rules against blocking sidewalks. Prop Q would make them specifically illegal.

Prop P is one of several super technical housing policy measures on the San Francisco ballot. It would change the way the city picks developers to build affordable housing on public land.

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