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Around the world, and around the Bay Area, people will be celebrating Chinese New Year’s eve tonight. Lunar year 4716 is a year of the dog, according to the Chinese zodiac system.

 

San Francisco-based Feng Shui consultant Janet Louie joined us in the studio to talk about Chinese astrology, Chinese metaphysics, and what the year of the dog has in store for all of us.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full story. 

2/15: The future of Oakland's Downtown

Feb 15, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Oakland decides on the future of its downtown
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

2/14: Combatting sexual harassment at school

Feb 14, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A man seeking asylum in San Francisco is arrested by immigration agents
  • African American teens in Oakland talk about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault at school
  • More on the Oakland Unified School District's new sexual harassment policy

Combatting sexual harassment in Oakland schools

Feb 14, 2018

Girls of color who attend Oakland public schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault, according to a recent report issued by the district. The question is: What is being done about it?

Lee Romney

Girls of color who attend Oakland Unified schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault. That’s according to a report commissioned by the district.

""No Human Being is Illegal" by CC Flickr user Lynn Friedman

 

Last week in San Francisco, Omer Abdelmaged entered a government office in the SoMa district for an asylum interview.

2/13: World Radio Day

Feb 13, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A visit to an indie Turkish radio station operating at a time of increasing government crackdowns on opposition media
  • A single conversation produced two different stories about an activist childhood in California

StoryCorps: One conversation, two stories of life, family and politics

Feb 13, 2018
StoryCorps

Here at Crosscurrents, one of the first assignments we give the fellows in our Audio Academy is to listen to a 40-minute conversation between two loved ones provided by our partners at StoryCorps — then pick out the best bits, and edit and craft it together into a short audio documentary.

Jeremy Dalmas / KALW News

 


After a failed coup in 2016, the Turkish government closed 169 newspapers, publishers, and TV and radio stations. Thousands of reporters lost their jobs, or worse. Currently Turkey has more journalists in jail than any other country in the world.

2/12: The healing powers of the humble acorn

Feb 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at the new state law that requires education about human trafficking in school
  • How acorns are helping native habitats grow back in the fire-ravaged North Bay hills
  • A Bay Area Beats with legendary Bay Area turntablist DJ Qbert

Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Feb 12, 2018
Bo Walsh

 

Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

Sawsan Morrar

 

The North Bay wildfires tore through neighborhoods and hills last fall. More than 100,000 acres of wilderness in Napa and Sonoma counties were destroyed, including thousands of oak trees.

photo courtesy of heatwatch.org

As many as 100,000 children are sexually trafficked in the United States every year. The average age of these trafficking victims is between 11 and 14.

California — and the Bay Area in particular — are hubs for selling kids for sex.

2/8: Are we headed into another drought?

Feb 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Deciphering this winter's abnormally warm weather
  • What severe cutbacks at the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times mean for staying informed in the Bay Area
  • Enjoying the beats of Bollywood by the Bay

 

This month we’ve experienced record-breaking weather across the state.

 

CC Flickr User Steve Rhodes, resized and recropped

 

More than two dozen journalists and support staff at the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News are out of work this week.

Bringing bhangra to the Bay

Feb 8, 2018
"TEDx SF 2011 Alive - Vicki Virk with Non Stop Bhangra ©Suzie Katz #4836" by CC Flickr user Tedx SF, resized and recropped

 

By now many Westerners have been exposed to Bollywood, the lively cinematic musical soap-operas iconic to the movie industry in Mumbai. Today Bollywood films are regular shown in cinemas around the Bay. Some people though have gone beyond the screen to experience first-hand the infectious music and dance that inspire some of the famous scenes from Bollywood films.

2/7: Combatting car break-ins

Feb 7, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A look inside San Francisco’s car break-in crisis.
  • A conversation with Paul Flores, who fuses documentary and playwriting.
  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered.

Margaret Shear / Flickr / Creative Commons

Everyone in San Francisco seems to have a story about a car break-in. It’s expensive, frustrating — and predictable.

Latino communities remember Alex Nieto through art and activism

Feb 7, 2018
Josiah Luis Alderte

 

Alex Nieto was a young Latino from San Francisco who was shot at 59 times by four San Francisco police officers on the night of March 21, 2014, in Bernal Heights Park. All four officers were later acquitted of all charges.  

2/6: Stories of Sikh American Resilience

Feb 6, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What it’s like to grow up in the Sikh community
  • How the media can help combat negative stereotypes and misinformation with more accurate reporting on Sikh stories

Sikh Coalition

 

Hate crimes against many communities have increased in recent years, and Indian Sikhs are no exception.

Sara Sandhu

A program aimed at tripling the number of Oakland students who graduate from college is entering its second year.

2/5: Back to School

Feb 5, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An Oakland-based program designed to help college-graduation rates rise
  • From Snap Judgment, a story of a teenager from El Salvador navigating his senior year of high school in San Francisco

Asal Ehsanipour / KALW News

 

Alemany Farmers Market started during WWII to support rural farms near San Francisco. Throughout the market’s evolution, its maintained modest prices, diverse customers, and a “local first” attitude towards selling produce. You’ll find an assortment of Latin and Southeast Asian ingredients unlike anywhere else, and it’s open every Saturday, all year long.

Liza Veale / KALW News

 

As the mayor that presided over a wave of gentrification and displacement, Ed Lee took a lot of heat from the public. But, he also easily won reelection.

2/1: Looking back at Ed Lee's housing record

Feb 1, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deep look at Ed Lee’s approach to housing
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

Bay Area Beats: DiaPa’Son

Jan 31, 2018
Courtesy Maria De La Rosa.

 

Son Jarocho is a style of Mexican folkloric music that’s been growing roots here in California for at least 50 years. The music grew out of the historical mix of Indigenous, Spanish, and African cultures in the state of Veracruz, which borders the Gulf of Mexico. It’s often practiced at a type of gathering called a fandango, where the community shares music, dance, poetry, and food.

 

 

Ramekon O’Arwisters is a fabric and social practice artist who likes to say he has “no reverence for systems of control.” He is best known for creating a series of public art events called crochet jams, where he makes a space for people to create a communal work of art.

 

1/31: Is this flu season worse than normal?

Jan 31, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at this season's flu
  • A Bay Area Beats with DiaPa’Son
  • An interview with crochet artist Ramekon O’Arwisters

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