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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 by Justine Lee.

As the Bay Area marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, demands for police accountability continue in the aftermath of major scandals that rocked the Oakland and San Francisco police departments.

photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is built on dozens of acres of wetlands, and it’s home to many species of birds. Unfortunately for those birds, it's also home to many, many airplanes. That means it’s someone’s job to  keep these flying creatures and flying objects out of each other’s way. 

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? Aug. 7, 2016

Aug 8, 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.

8/8: Snake Lady & Wildlife One

Aug 8, 2016

The Bridge: Life after NUMMI

Aug 5, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We wrap up the first season of The Bridge with one of our favorite stories - about the aftermath of the closure of the NUMMI car factory in Fremont, California.

Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. 

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

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.

8/4: Sacred spaces

Aug 4, 2016

Today's Local Music: Rogue Wave

Aug 4, 2016

There’s lots of live music in town right now, as you probably know, because the annual Outside Lands music festival comes to Golden Gate Park this weekend, August 5-7. 

Photo by Casey Miner, Resized and Cropped

Imagine that one day you lost your sight. Just like that. If you're a person who can see, close your eyes and try to walk to your kitchen, or the bathroom. No cheating! If you're a person who's already blind, or has low vision, you know what this is like. 


San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.

8/3: Cane trainer

Aug 3, 2016
  • The first day of school is just around the corner—how will the San Francisco's school district cope with a shortage of teachers?
  • We meet a woman who specializes in teaching blind people how to get around in the world. 

The Bye Bye Blackbirds, Cropped and Resized

The Bye Bye Blackbirds describe themselves as 'torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century.'

This Saturday, August 6th, they will be playing at The Ivy Room in Albany. Music starts at 9 pm. 

8/2: Positive interventions

Aug 2, 2016

From tough neighborhoods to life-saving health careers

Aug 2, 2016
Tammerlin Drummond

I’m with emergency responders Nicolas Kinney and Chris Channell in a green and white Paramedics Plus ambulance racing to a 911 call in Fremont. We bump over train tracks and swerve through mid-afternoon traffic.

Tammy Drummond


Every Wednesday afternoon, a science classroom in a West Oakland middle school fills up with kids that hang out there by choice. It's become a sanctuary for the neighborhood. Why?

Photo courtesy of Jessica Jones



A study by the city of Oakland recently found that only 25% of adults in the Town eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Among African Americans, the number is even lower.

StoryCorps: A mother remembers growing up in India

Aug 1, 2016

Sreedevi Doctor talks with her daughter, Sachi, about the shock of arriving in the U.S. as an immigrant from India and what she misses most from home. 

Incubating the future at Singularity University

Aug 1, 2016
Photo courtesy of Singularity Education Group

At Singularity University thought leaders, Nobel Prize winners and rocket surgeons put their heads together. They have one mission: design a product or service that will positively impact one billion people within 10 years. Their projects range from room temperature superconductivity to 3-D printed flesh—with no directive toward profit.

Photo courtesy of Liza Veale

If you follow pop culture at all you’ve probably figured out what Pokemon Go is. It’s a smartphone game that uses GPS to create a scavenger hunt for little creatures out in the world around you. Except, they’re not really there—they appear on your phone, planted on the screen amongst what is really there. It’s called augmented reality.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? July 31, 2016

Aug 1, 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.

Today we feature San Francisco's Kronos Quartet. For more than 40 years they've combined musical exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine what a string quartet can do.

8/1: Tech addiction

Aug 1, 2016

Used under CC (modifications allowed / cropped)

Bay Area works to meet new state rules ... Counties prepare for legalization ... Richmond wants to be cannabis hub ... Find out where the most pot is consumed ... and more.

Kyle Trefny

THE INTERSECTION is one of the most ambitious reporting projects to come out of KALW. It's a podcast that explores change in the Bay Area one street corner at a time.

Aaron Campbell (used with permission)

Today we feature the pop-rock sounds of Felsen, from West Oakland.

Felsen will be playing the Ivy Room in Albany on Saturday, July 30th. Music starts around 9pm. And remember their motto: Felsen loves you.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jul 28, 2016

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

Silicon Valley Elites Get Home Loans With No Money Down // Bloomberg

“It turns out that even the well-off need help in a housing market as crazy as the one in the San Francisco Bay area, and lenders are elbowing each other in a rush to provide it.

Brass Magic, Resized and Cropped

We feature a lot of string-based music on Crosscurrents, but not today. Today it’s all brass, courtesy of a band called Brass Magic.

Brass Magic is from Oakland, and they will be playing at the Joe Henderson Lab in the SFJAZZ center on Thursday, July 28th, starting at 8pm. It’s a standing room only show — that’s the way they like it, so the audience is sure to dance!


Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jul 27, 2016
flickr CC user Steve Rhodes, resized and recropped

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


What Jerry Brown Won't Tell The DNC About California // Forbes


Is San Francisco a dying city for artists?

Jul 26, 2016
Ted Andersen

Along the bustling corridor of San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood stands a one hundred year-old former furniture store. It houses a colony of people who don’t have a lot of space in the city anymore: working-class artists.