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 Specialist: Snap Judgment

Jan 3, 2017
Photo by Casey Miner

Every time we go out and interview people for our show, all kinds of specialists, they’re curious about what we do. They hear some back episodes, take a look at the recording gear, and say 'wow, your job is so interesting.'

FAR-West 2012 PGS

 

What you’re hearing now is the singing, and ukulele playing, of Aireene Espiritu.  Espiritu is part of a fundraising concert for The Little Village Foundation. This group supports performers from non-traditional backgrounds who would never have heard their music recorded otherwise. All proceeds from CD sales and concerts go to the artists. 

1/3: Meet Snap Judgement's story sculptor

Jan 3, 2017

  • In the season finale of The Specialist, we pull back the curtain on the craft of podcasting.
  • A bonus story from Glynn Washington, host of the podcast Snap Judgment, about happily failing in a dull job.


Live storytelling from San Quentin

Jan 2, 2017
Photo by Peter Merts

 

Today we have a rare opportunity to hear from the men in the San Quentin Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class, in a live storytelling event inside the prison's education center.

1/2: Live from San Quentin

Jan 2, 2017

Members of the San Quentin Creative Writing Class present the stories they've been writing to fellow inmates and guests at a live event inside the prison.


By Pixabay user audreysteenhaut. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

Murder for hire leads to marijuana charge ... Update on CBD classification ... Mexico importing medical cannabis from California ... Better golfing through cannabis ... and more.

East Bay Express

The deadline for submitting an essay has been extended to Jan. 11. See details below! 

by Pixabay user urguru. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

California recreational cannabis laws could stall sales ... New restrictions on CBD ... Santa Rosa extraction firm now legal ... Petitions, Health, and more.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Lost Landscapes

Dec 15, 2016
Claire Mullen / 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.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

In a sun-filled classroom at an Oakland high school, a room full of adults are learning English.

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.

San Francisco Girls Chorus

Looking for a holiday event like no other? Then you might consider this year’s concert by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, called “A Highlands Holiday.” Choristers will present seasonal works and sing-alongs, and they’ll be joined by local bagpipers! 

12/15: Letters to Santa

Dec 15, 2016

 

  • Teaching immigrant parents English can help the educational experience of their kids.
  • What happens to all those letters written to Santa.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.


photo courtesy of fayecarol.com

Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburg, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.

Photo by CC Flickr user D Coetzee, resized and recropped

 

Ah, for the good old days, when you could buy a piece of Bay Area property for $1,000.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the web text and the current audio falsely states that SF BARF is mostly funded by "ordinary renters." In fact, over $86,000 of the group's funds were contributed by real estate and corporate groups. They also described the site as being "less than a mile" from the Bayshore Caltrain stop. In fact, the border of the site reaches all the way to the station. Lastly, we did not mention that the Baylands Site includes land that is not landfill. 

 

A few months ago, when it became clear that the small town of Brisbane was looking to build up a huge development that would not include any new housing at all, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim floated the idea of basically annexing part of the town into her city, so that San Francisco could make sure housing got built. 

12/14: What to do with Brisbane's Baylands

Dec 14, 2016

 

  • Residents of Brisbane feel the pressure to build high-rise housing.
  • How the town of Brisbane got its start in the dark days of the Great Depression.
  • How singer Faye Carol helps people find their voices.


Crosscurrents' 10 best stories of 2016

Dec 14, 2016

In the last year, many remarkable story lines have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area: the affordability crisis changed the face of the region; local newsrooms united to call attention to entrenched homelessness and possible solutions; the California drought continued for a sixth year; Donald Trump was elected president. We mourned the Ghost Ship fire.

If today’s local music sounds like something you’d enjoy on a long drive, that’s by design, according to songwriter Kevin Lehner from Berkeley.

Courtesy of Angelina Castillo.

Before there was punk, there was the Bay Area’s Jonathan Richman. He's touring with his first new album in six years.  You can hear Jonathan Richman at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Photo by Tom Levy

San Francisco's Japantown is a historic relic of an earlier time when Japanese immigrants and their families clustered here and found homes. In 1899, they founded a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist congregation, the first of that tradition on the continent.

Update: President Donald J. Trump signed an executive action on Jan. 25, 2017 to withhold federal grants from "sanctuary cities." 

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States on Jan. 20, part of his 100-day action plan is to block federal funding to sanctuary cities. San Francisco received approximately $1 billion in federal funds last year. Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose also stand to lose funding.

12/13: The cost of being a sanctuary city

Dec 13, 2016


Gay and Syrian: One refugee’s journey to San Francisco

Dec 12, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

In his campaign, President-elect Trump attacked the program that resettles refugees in the United States. He singled out Syria in particular, saying he would "suspend" the admission of Syrian refugees.

 

Today's Local Music - Sarah Cahill

Dec 12, 2016
Marianne La Rochelle

Sarah Cahill, host of KALW’s “Revolutions Per Minute" among many other things will be playing chaconnes, a musical style popular in the Baroque Era, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco. The music starts at 6:30 p.m.

StoryCorps: An unsung WWII hero

Dec 12, 2016
StoryCorps

 

Bob Lauber is a World War II veteran who talked with his daughter, Jennifer Mascari about being stationed in France, smuggling food to local children there, and the time he met Charles de Gaulle.

 

"Surveillance Screen" by Flickr user marcokalmann, Cropped from original: http://bit.ly/2gtOTvn

 

While he was running for President, Donald Trump made it clear he’d be willing to spy on Muslims. "I want surveillance of certain mosques, if that's okay. And you know what?" Trump said, "We've had it before and we'll have it again."

 

12/12: Local surveillance under a Trump administration

Dec 12, 2016


Guess this Bay Area sound! December 10, 2016

Dec 12, 2016
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.

State treasurer explores “marijuana banking” ... Oregon at a standstill due to testing ... New ‘drugged driving” rules ... Meet the trimmigrants ... Cannabis and Cabernet considered ... and more.

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