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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The Bridge: Real heroes read audits

Jul 8, 2016
Kyle Trefny

San Francisco voters have approved over $3 billion in loans for public infrastructure over the last decade. Some of the people who make sure the projects stay on track are ordinary citizens who spend their free time reading bond reports. Who ... signs up for this?

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Shane Bauer witnessed prison life firsthand during his four months undercover as a guard at the Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. What he experienced is detailed in a report he wrote for Mother Jones.

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Oakland singer and vocal activist Melanie DeMore believes in the power of song to bring people together. It’s what drives her work as performer, songwriter, and teacher.

Brother's Keepers: A suicide support group for inmates

Jul 7, 2016
Under CC license from Flickr user Jitze Couperus.

Deaths by suicide in prison are rare, but when they happen they create shockwaves. Inmates need support with handling trauma, and in 2005, Dennis Pratt co-founded Brother’s Keepers, a support group that works with inmates to prevent suicide and help each other through crises.

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Today’s local band is called The Lemon Hammer.  This Berkeley group says their most representative song lyric is, “You’ll be fine, if you are who you say that you are.” 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Interim SFPD chief credits reforms with peaceful ending to standoff // SF Examiner

"A tense, hours-long standoff between an armed suspect and San Francisco police that shut down streets and rerouted Muni lines in the mid-Market area Wednesday ended without incident.

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The California ballot will be crowded this November. Last week, the Secretary of State put out a list of the official initiatives –- all 17 of them. We’ll be voting on whether the state should legalize marijuana, lower the cost of pharmaceuticals, repeal the death penalty, require condoms in porn, and countless others. And the large number of measures makes the process a lot more expensive. Here’s why.

 

Playwright Star Finch was born and raised in San Francisco, which means she’s seen a lot of change in her hometown over the years. Those changes, and her thoughts and concerns about them, show up in her work as a playwright and author. 

Peeing in your pants is more common than you might think

Jul 6, 2016
Lauren Whaley, resized and recropped

My two-year-old son doesn’t pee in his pants or wear diapers. But, ever since he was born, I do.

7/7: Undercover in a private prison

Jul 6, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, July 6 2016

Jul 6, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SF’s gig economy comes into focus // SF Examiner

“More and more residents in San Francisco are earning supplemental income from digital platforms like Airbnb and Uber, but as this new economy grows, so do the regulation challenges.

7/5: Wide gauge

Jul 6, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.


7/6: How much is your signature worth?

Jul 6, 2016


photo courtesy Antique Naked Soul

Oakland's Antique Naked Soul describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their sound, and their message.

Angela Johnston

 

In 2018, Bay Area commuters will be able to go a little bit farther on BART. The transit agency is building a 10-mile extension from the Pittsburgh station, to Antioch.

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The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
 
San Francisco Considers Tax on Tech Companies to Pay for Boom’s Downside // New York Times

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Today’s local music is by Cathy Lemons. She’s been part of the Bay Area blues scene since the 1980s. Her singing has been compared to Tracy Nelson and Gladys Knight. But there’s no confusing her voice with anyone else. You can hear Cathy Lemons at The Saloon on Grant Street in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood next Thursday (07/14).

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Recreational cannabis makes November ballot ... Senator Boxer supports reclassification of cannabis ... Senator Feinstein opposes research ... Talking menstrual cramps with Whoopie ... and more.

The Bridge: Homeless at night

Jul 1, 2016
Kyle Trefny

Bay Area media organizations have put a spotlight on homelessness this week. In this episode, we hear two stories from the KALW newsroom about what it's like to be homeless in the Bay Area at night.

Holly McDede

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.

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Though it may not always make the headlines, Santa Clara County has the ninth biggest homeless population in the United States.

What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a track from Hieroglyphics.  Their website says they’re an “underground Oakland hip-hop group.” But they’re playing San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. That’s makes them “above ground,” doesn’t it? 

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Crime: In rare occurrence, big three Bay Area cities see similar midyear homicide counts // San Jose Mercury News

"Halfway through the year, the homicide numbers of the Bay Area's three largest cities have reached a rare occurrence: They're nearly the same.

Jessica Placzek

When you’re living on the street, mail can be an essential way to connect with social services and keep personal relationships going. For San Francisco's homeless, there's a general delivery window in the Tenderloin post office where no home address is needed.

Rocky and Delilah: Voices from the Navigation Center

Jun 29, 2016
by Ken Fisher, Resized and Cropped

 When we first heard from Rocky Anderson and Delilah Soto a year ago, they were on the brink of finding housing through the Navigation Center in San Francisco.

by Ben Trefny

Navigation Centers are a new approach in San Francisco to move homeless people into housing. They’re temporary residences designed to connect people with long term housing and social services - without separating them from their partners, pets, or belongings.

6/30: Seeking shelter

Jun 29, 2016


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jun 29, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

944 Lost Guns // Mercury News

"Nine-hundred and forty-four guns. From Glocks, Sig Sauers and Remingtons to sniper and assault rifles… 

6/29: San Francisco's Navigation Centers

Jun 29, 2016

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