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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Top 15 Crosscurrents stories of 2015

Dec 18, 2015

At Crosscurrents, KALW's daily news show, we report Bay Area news that goes deeper than the headlines — stories that lends context and connection to life in our region. These are some of our favorites from 2015. 

ArtsCult.com, used through CC images. Cropped.

San Francisco’s cannabis task force… More support for AUMA… Banking survey… Preachers concerned… Health, Business, Opinion, and more….

[Technical difficulties beyond my control: The links on all of these stories seem to work, despite appearances.]

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION


Every year, post offices around the country are inundated with letters to Santa Claus asking for toys, candy, puppies and more. For 103 years the post office and its volunteers have been answering these letters as part of the Letters to Santa program.

Many people still think of San Francisco’s most famous intersection -- Haight-Ashbury -- as the epicenter of the hippie movement of the mid-1960s. Plenty of the businesses along Haight Street ensure that era is not forgotten.


LIVE FROM THE TENDERLOIN

In the heart of the Tenderloin, amid the crowded corners and occupied stoops, there’s an anomaly that’ll catch your eye. It’s a man in a suit and a fedora, clutching a microphone that reads: TL TV.  A few feet away is a camera guy with a large DSLR propped up on his shoulder ready to roll. This is the duo behind the Mister Geoffrey Show.

 

The Point Reyes Light, a weekly newspaper in West Marin, is known for a lot of things. It won a Pulitzer Prize, it’s done muckraking reporting on a local cult, and riled up residents with its change in ownership. But these days, one of its most popular features is a police log that transforms people’s worries into something close to literature.

An excerpt from The Point Reyes Light Sheriff's Calls: An oak tree was reportedly dying, its debris crumbling into the roadway

"San Francisco", David Farrer, used under CC license, cropped and resized

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

SFPD shooting study hasn’t stopped incidents // SF Examiner

"The last time the San Francisco Police Department studied police shootings in The City, it found the department needed to find less lethal tools and training to ensure fewer incidents escalate into shootings."

12/17: Local legend

Dec 17, 2015

 

 

12/16: Alternative fashion

Dec 16, 2015


Fashion and drama at SF Opera's Costume Sale

Dec 16, 2015
David Boyer

People in San Francisco like to dress up. Whether it be for theme parties, street fairs, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Pride, or, of course, Burning Man (a.k.a. the Playa). San Francisco seems to jump at any excuse to throw off daily wear in favor of something more theatrical. 

When Deborah Bevilacqua lost her leg in a motorcycle accident ten years ago, she had to get a prosthetic leg. It’s been functional she says, but it’s not pretty.

For some people, getting dressed in the morning isn’t about just throwing on what’s in reach, or clean. For others, it’s more of a ritual with attention to the finest detail and a commitment not to leave the house in nothing but their finest.  

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015
Flickr user Adriel Hampton, used under CC license. Cropped.

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

The Trimmigrants of Humboldt County

Dec 15, 2015
Brett Myers / Youth Radio

 

On a Thursday in October, I arrive just in time for the morning lecture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California.

Behind the scenes on a pot farm in Mendocino

Dec 15, 2015
DAPHNE MATZIARAKI

  Federally, marijuana production is still a major crime – one that can land you in prison for decades. Yet, in northern California, there’s a whole economy built around it. 

12/15: Marijuana, the ultimate cash crop

Dec 15, 2015


Daily news roundup for Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015
“Pothole” by Flickr user JoshuaDavisPhotography. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / resized and cropped

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Long neglected road maintenance is now urgent and expensive // CALmatters

Californians pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country yet we have some of the worst roads. The state needs $135 billion to repair all the roads in poor or mediocre condition that have been identified by state and local officials.

12/14: NUMMI, five years later

Dec 14, 2015

When the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont closed five years ago, thousands of people lost their jobs. Some workers had decades of experience — but it wasn’t easy to get work. A new car company moved in, but it was … different. 

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California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Jeremy Dalmas

  All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what it is and where in the Bay Area we recorded it. 

Opening the voice with Silvia Nakkach

Dec 10, 2015

The human voice is a demanding instrument. Handling it requires precision and skill. But for composer and musician Silvia Nakkach, it’s more than a tool to make pretty sounds. She sees it as a gateway to spiritual growth.

By Amy Snyder

Oakland-based visual artist Zarouhie Abdalian makes art work that examines how people interact with their surroundings. She spoke to KALW’s Jen Chien about using “unremarkable materials” to create memorable experiences for the viewer.

This year, teens at San Francisco Unified School District’s School of the Arts walked into a brand-new kind of class: the district’s first-ever LGBTQ studies class for high school students.

"Beats Antique Press Photo 2013", Beats Antique

The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

Daily news roundup for Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 10, 2015
"880 to Downtown Oakland" by Michael Patrick, used under CC / Cropped

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Repairing the Gash in the Heart of Oakland // Streetsblog SF

"On a rainy morning in Preservation Park in Oakland, I met with Andrew Faulkner and Jonathan Fearn, advocates with 'Connect Oakland,' to discuss their organization’s vision to remove the 980 freeway, which sits between downtown and West Oakland. . ."

12/10: History in the making

Dec 10, 2015
  • One of the nation's first high school LGBTQ studies classes.
  • The local woman who believes the voice is a gateway to spiritual growth
  • This week's Audiograph mystery sound revealed.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

 

Street protests and town hall meetings swiftly followed the shooting death  by police last week of 26-year-old Mario Woods in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

Liz Mak

 

Ever seen those huge billboards above the 101 Freeway, advertising for the HempCon or this weekend’s Emerald Cup in Sonoma, and wondered what these marijuana festivals and competitions are all about?

Todd Whitney

Despite the recent rain and projections that El Niño is on its way, there’s little chance that the storms will end California’s drought. At least, Governor Brown’s not counting on it.

12/9: Police Crisis Training

Dec 9, 2015

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