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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6/15: Breathmobile

Jun 15, 2016
Audrey Dilling

 

Marie-Jo Fremont pays a lot of attention to the sky these days.

Sound healing

Jun 14, 2016
Truc Nguyen

Eric Cetnarski works as a sound healer in Oakland. Sound healing can be many things: from listening to our favorite songs to using our voices. 

Oona Stern /resized and cropped

Antarctica is officially the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on Earth. At almost one and a half times the size of the United States, 98% of it is covered with thick sheets of ice. 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jun 14, 2016
By Flickr user W. Seto. Used under CC. Resized and Cropped.

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Local Music: ZOFO

Jun 14, 2016
Courtesy of ZOFO

We’re all familiar with the sound of a pianist playing a piano. But it’s less often that we hear TWO pianists playing a piano. And that’s exactly what you see and hear with the ZOFO duet.

ZOFO takes part in the Switchboard Music Festival at Brava Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, June 18. Their performance begins at 2:30 in the afternoon.  

6/14: Noise

Jun 14, 2016

 


Bay Area mourns victims of Orlando shooting

Jun 13, 2016
Ben Trefny

The shooting at an LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend shocked the world, hitting especially hard here in the Bay Area.

"Jack Ohman" by Flickr user theNerdPatrol. Used under CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized.

 

When events like last weekend's mass shooting made the headlines, it can be hard to make sense of such a tragedy. And often times, we'll look outside of ourselves to get the perspective we need.

"San Quentin State Prison sign” by Flickr user Michael LoRusso. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Resized and cropped

The STEP Project (Sex Trafficking Exploitation Prevention Project) was started by Kathleen Jackson− a long time San Quentin volunteer − and me, Louis A. Scott.

Today’s local music is by Zoe Keating. She’s being accompanied here by a program on her laptop computer, while she plays the cello. 

You can hear Zoe Keating, with her laptop and cello, on Wednesday, June 15, at the SFJazz Center, starting at 7pm. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 13, 2016

Jun 13, 2016
"Castro and Market Streets" by Flickr user ebjSF, used under CC/resized and cropped

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Vigil in SF’s Castro Mourns Orlando massacre victims // SF Gate

6/13: Speaking up and speaking out

Jun 13, 2016


Jamie Tanaka

Kevin Kelly has seen the future, and it’s full of numbers. Want an example?

“Every 12 months we produce eight million new songs, two million new books, 16,000 new films, 30 billion blog posts, 182 billion tweets, 400,000 new products,” writes Kelly.

 

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Medical pot now legal in half of U.S. … Legalization gets pushback … Oakland grow houses linked to Mexican cartels … Time for a cannabis cocktail … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

State excise tax out of Assembly, going to governor // Orange County Register

Julie Caine

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.

Hari Simons

Hockey fans across the Bay Area are hunkering down to watch the San Jose Sharks hit the ice and face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup. But have you ever thought about just how the ice you see on your TV gets made? Hint: it’s a lot more complicated than you think. The Specialist’s Casey Miner has more.

Tasha Ceyan and Brontez Purnell are members of Blank Map, a Bay Area collective of queer Black artist-performer-musicians. They describe their collaborative work as “Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism.”

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016
from Flickr user miheco, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 // Resized and cropped

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Builders Pierce California’s Environmental Shield With New Weapon: The Ballot // NY Times

Credit: Spencer Handley / Resized and cropped

This music? It’s by a San Francisco jazz artist and music producer known as Herbie One. He takes jazz samples and live performance and mixes them with drum sounds and grooves heard in club music. 

 Herbie One will be presenting his skills at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco on Sunday, 6/12. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

6/9: The Ice Guy

Jun 9, 2016


Liza Veale


 

In 2014, media attention was white-hot on Central American children crossing the border alone. Though the headlines have since died down, the migration — and the gang warfare causing it — has not.

6/8: Seeking asylum

Jun 8, 2016

A special report on unaccompanied migrants from Central America seeking asylum in Oakland. The media attention has died down, but kids continue to make their way to the Bay Area. Their journeys aren't over once they arrive.


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

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Clinton claims milestone as first female major-party nominee, wins California primary - LA Times

“Hillary Clinton carved her name in history Tuesday, becoming the first woman ever chosen to lead a major party into the fall presidential campaign.

 


Californians waited a long time to see if their votes would make a difference in the presidential race, and they nearly made it to the finish line.

By Tony Webster/ under CC license/ cropped and resized

 

When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Eli Wirtschafter

In February, new express lanes opened on Interstate 580 near Pleasanton. These express lanes are just like carpool lanes – in most ways. They’re free for buses, motorcycles, and cars with more than one rider. But in an express lane a single driver can get in too, for a price.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

The VTA Flex pilot program ended on July 1. VTA's Chief Technology Officer Gary Miskell says they are examining other ways to deploy on-demand transit. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing such transit were already visible. 

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

Courtesy of Old First Concerts. Resized.

What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a Brahms sonata for violin and piano. And that violin is in the hands of San Francisco native Kenneth Renshaw

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jun 7, 2016
By Flickr user Janne Huttunen / under CC license/ cropped and resized

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City Preparing to Close Pier 80 Homeless Shelter // SF Weekly

“San Francisco's temporary homeless shelter at Pier 80 just below Dogpatch is set to close July 1, when a two-month extension expires. 

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