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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 Matt Beardsley

In order to talk about Andre Thierry, first you have to talk about the godfather of Zydeco music, Clifton Chenier.

Ladies in line

May 18, 2016
PERNILLA PERSSON. Cropped and resized

The Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center is the only building on the block where there is constant activity. Laughter pours out of the cafeteria, which for now has been turned into a dance floor. 

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
Flickr user Susie Plascencia. Used under CC BY. Cropped.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News.

Oakland Green Lights Drug War Reparations, Passes Marijuana Equity Program // East Bay Express

“Oaklanders who’ve been jailed for pot in the last two years will go to the front of the line for legal weed permits under a revolutionary new program enacted by the City Council Tuesday night.

5/18: Birthday party!

May 18, 2016

Let's celebrate KALW's 75th birthday with special guest Peaches Christ. 

The Specialist: Sidewalk canvasser

May 17, 2016
Raja Shah

On this episode of The Specialist, we spend a day in the shoes of a sidewalk canvasser.

Todd Whitney


If you have walked the streets of the Bay Area recently -- you might have seen posters featuring the names and faces of Oscar Grant, Renisha McBride, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, among others. 

"Rainbow flag: Harvey Milk Plaza," by Flickr user torbakhopper/Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

ACT (Acting With Compassion And Truth) is a program designed to educate the San Quentin general population about the prison's LGBTQ community.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016
"Ghost Bike, East Village," by Flickr user Salim Virji/ Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

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Tesla factory's expansion helped by cheap foreign labor // Mercury News


“When Gregor Lesnik left his pregnant girlfriend in Slovenia for a job in America, his visa application described specialized skills and said he was a supervisor headed to a South Carolina auto plant."

5/12: Podcasts and the radio

May 17, 2016

A special live edition of Crosscurrents showcasing KALW-affiliated podcasts!

  • Guest Avery Trufleman introduces her story  99% Invisible story "The SOHO Effect."
  • Guest David Boyer introduces "The Intersection," a podcast about San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. 
  • A segment from KALW podcast "Kamau Right Now!"
  • A special sneak preview of new KALW podcast "The Stoop."

5/17: Modern civil rights

May 17, 2016

Hana Baba

All of Delaine Eastin Elementary School’s 863 students — plus 18 teachers and staff — are on the school tarmac, formed into squares of eight dancers each on one sunny morning. Ivan DeSouza, also known as Mr. D., is the music teacher; he's teamed up with the PE coaches to help the kids try to break the Guinness world record for largest square dance today. 

Vijay Rakhra

California has long been a land of possibility. From the Gold Rush to the promise of fertile farmland, people from all over the world have flocked here for the chance at a new life.

Leila Day

In some churches when the music starts, so does the praise dancing.

Dancers stand near the choir or the pulpit and perform choreographed routines that mix ballet, modern, and jazz. They are often young girls, who practice every movement and their focus is to praise.

John Lucas, used under CC attribution / cropped

The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016
"Untitled" by Flickr user Ali Khan. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / cropped and resized

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Can you guess this Bay Area sound? May 15, 2016

May 16, 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.

5/16: Renewing dance traditions

May 16, 2016


Used under license from Creative Commons

New state agency wants input … Calaveras officials and public clash over Green Rush … Pot prices plummet with legalization … and more


KALW's Hana Baba is African. KALW's Leila Day is African American. In between making radio stories and interviews for Crosscurrents, they've had MANY casual conversations on the side ... many of them about black identity.

On the May 13, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

Sights & Sounds of East Oakland: Art after foreclosure

May 11, 2016
Photo courtesy of Oakland Voices


This is my grandmother’s story as much as it is mine. I lived with her, Attaway, on 2657 67th Avenue from August 2006 to May 2012 and enjoyed every minute of it. But, a series of events killed my joy.

Angela Johnston

It’s the last week of school at Bessie Carmichael Elementary on 7th and Harrison in the South of Market neighborhood. Photographer Janet Delaney and I are here to see someone we’ve been trying to get in touch with for months -- Bobbie Washington.

Luisa Cardoza

There’s a lot of graffiti at 60th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland. Tags in various colors are thrown up on storefronts all along the street, but the mural on the side of Aswad, Inc., screenprinting shop remains untouched.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

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Mayor Lee put on public display over SF police reforms - San Francisco Examiner

“With beefed up security at City Hall and a room full of protesters, Mayor Ed Lee was taken to task Tuesday by members of the Board of Supervisors who sought answers for how San Francisco will address a beleaguered police department.

5/11: Arts around the bay

May 11, 2016
  • In East Oakland, a woman uses art to heal after her grandmother's home was foreclosed on.
  • Snapshots from San Francisco’s SOMA district, from back before they called it SOMA.
  • Our favorite moments from the many artist interviews we’ve aired on Crosscurrents.

Phil Daley

San Francisco wasn’t the first city to celebrate LGBTQ pride every June, but its Pride parade is world-renowned. One of the annual delights of that parade is the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.

A shepherd finds the perfect flock

May 10, 2016
Michael Pisais

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits on a quiet residential corner in the outer Sunset district of San Francisco.

Today's Local Music: Brian Thorsett

May 10, 2016
Courtesty of Brian Thorsette

Brian Thorsett has been described as having “a deeply moving, resonant, and unblemished voice.”

Thorsett, who has studied at a variety of Bay Area music programs, will be accompanied on piano by Ming Luke, Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Chorus & Orchestra, taking place Saturday, May 14, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Music starts at 2pm.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016
By Flickr user FarOutFlora/ under CC license/ cropped and resized

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SFPD unaccountable, uses ‘stop and frisk,’ D.A.’s panel says // SF Gate

5/10: Firsts with Jesse Thorn

May 10, 2016

A special hour-long episode, with special guest Jesse Thorn, host of NPR’s "Bullseye." A story from the first episode of "Crosscurrents" reported by the show's first sound engineer, Roman Mars. The first openly transgender head pastor of a Lutheran Church. And the country’s first openly gay marching band.