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Flu season hits the Bay Area hard

Jan 31, 2018

The flu season is here, and it’s really felt like a nasty one. 

1/30: 40 Weeks

Jan 30, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • We go to a rally in San Francisco where women — especially Black women —who’ve had babies prematurely are working with researchers to find solutions
  • The latest practices being used to help prematurely born babies survive
  • The volunteers who help the smallest babies meet the world

Courtesy of UCSF


Babies being born early is the No. 1 cause of infant mortality in the United States. After years of decline, it’s back on the rise, particularly for Black women. Now mothers around the Bay Area are demanding solutions.


CC Flickr user Evelyn, resized and recropped


Thousands of babies are born at Stanford Children's hospital each year, and most of them go home with their parents. But for some families, the joy of giving birth becomes a nightmare.

Courtesy of UCSF

Elizabeth Rogers is the Associate Clinical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with her to hear more about what technologies and medical techniques are being used to save the most vulnerable premature babies.

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

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It’s 7:45 AM and I’m in the car with Albany resident Steve Shea. We’re headed from the East Bay to his office in Novato.


“Yeah I’ve been commuting to this job ten years now,” he says, his hands on the wheel, eyes fixed on traffic ahead.


1/29: The rise of vehicle sharing in the Bay Area

Jan 29, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Voices from this weekend’s Walk For Life March
  • Why car sharing has gotten easier in Berkeley and Oakland
  • The story behind the construction of a Bay Area bridge

Amber Miles / KALW News

This Saturday, two weeks after President Trump addressed via teleconference the National Walk for Life in Washington, D.C., the 14th annual Walk For Life West Coast took place in San Francisco. 

Eli Wirtschafter

Zipcar. Ford GoBikes. Scoot. Shared vehicles are multiplying like rabbits in the Bay Area. Just this month, a company called JUMP rolled its electric bikes onto San Francisco streets.

1/25: Oakland's natural magic

Jan 25, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Driving in an express lane — for a small fee
  • The Alphabet Rockers on creating socially conscious hip-hop for kids
  • A tour of Oakland's herbs and trees with the "woke witch"
  • A remembrance of Ursula K. Le Guin

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

Jan 25, 2018
Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch / CC Flickr User University of Oregon, resized and recropped


This week the Bay Area lost a homegrown hero, Berkeley-born writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

Jacob Albert


On a warm Sunday afternoon, a group of people gather for a tour around Oakland’s Lake Merritt. It isn’t just any tour – it’s a Witches’ Walking Tour.

Eli Wirtschafter

In February of 2016, 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.

Courtesy of Alphabet Rockers


When we think of hip-hop shows, we may think of night clubs and big loud concert halls. But how bout 11 a.m. at the public library in the kids section?

1/24: African entrepenuership in Silicon Valley

Jan 24, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Analyzing the Trump Administration’s statements and policies on immigration
  • African entrepreneurs meet Silicon Valley investors in Mountain View this weekend
  • Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminika on overcoming trauma through making art

Bay Area Beats: Sahba Aminikia

Jan 24, 2018
Matthew Washburn

Contemporary classical composer Sahba Aminikia came to San Francisco as a refugee. Born and raised in Iran in the '80s, he left as a young man to study music in Russia, and was a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Hana Baba


This weekend African entrepreneurs and innovators are converging in Mountain View to talk business.

ep_jhu / Flickr Creative Commons


Elected officials throughout the state have made it clear that they do not agree with federal immigration policy.

Cari Spivack


Sheila McLaughlin lived in the same San Francisco neighborhood for over 20 years. She had friends, raised a son, and felt connected to her neighbors. But by 2013, things around her had quickly changed.

Courtesy of Marie de Porres Taylor


While it may seem like quilting is just for grandmas, it has a long history all over the world and it’s a thriving art form today. Here in the Bay Area, the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland’s 80 members meets monthly to work on personal projects, as well as bigger art pieces.

1/23: Getting to know your neighbors

Jan 23, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deeper look at the proposed bridge toll increase
  • Inside the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland
  • ​The story of a photographer in the Western Addition who who was determined to know the people living around her

Tess Dixon / Flickr/Creative Commons


The tolls for driving on Bay Area bridges could go up by three dollars in the coming years. On Wednesday the Bay Area Toll Authority approved the increase, meaning it will go before Bay Area voters in June.

This is a story about one of my very first teachers, Janet Daijogo. She’s the one who taught me how to tie my shoes and how to read my first book. I’m just one of hundreds of kids who’ve passed through her kindergarten classroom in the more than fifty years she’s taught.  

The Stoop: Angry Black woman

Jan 22, 2018

For decades, Black women have been stereotyped as being "loud" and "dramatic" and often asked to quote "tone it down" — especially in the workplace.

The Women's March 2018 : Bay Area faces and voices

Jan 22, 2018

More than 100,000 attended Women's Marches around the Bay Area this Saturday — in big cities like San Francisco and smaller towns like Walnut Creek, Pacifica, and Sonoma.

1/22: Sounds from the 2018 Women's March

Jan 22, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Testimony from around the Bay Area at this weekend’s Women’s March
  • Combating the caricature of the angry Black woman with The Stoop
  • A Bay Area teacher reflects on how her early childhood experience in an incarceration camp impacted her as an educator

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Reflecting back on the anniversary of the first women’s march
  • Hearing from you about what’s missing from the conversation around sexual harassment
  • A conversation with comedian Jesús U. BettaWork

Courtesy of Pui Ling Tam

This story originally aired in February of 2017

An estimated three million people worldwide took to the streets to participate in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.


The Stoop podcast is hosted by KALW's Hana Baba and Leila Day. 

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