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6/5: The East Bay's Dorothea Lange

Jun 5, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

A special presentation of the East Bay Yesterday documentary “'What about the underdog?': Dorothea Lange never stopped fighting for freedom."

Tune in to 91.7 FM at 5:00 P.M.


6/5: “What about the underdog?”

Jun 5, 2017

Today at 5pm on 91.7FM, a special presentation from KALW News: “What about the underdog?”: Dorothea Lange never stopped fighting for freedom, produced by East Bay Yesterday.

Bahn Mi/Wikipedia/public domain (cropped)

Pot ban in cars considered ... Monterey commercial greenhouses to grow new crop ... The return of Lynnette Shaw ... Marley son invests in High Times ... Events, health, and more. 

Murray Bowles


Documentary filmmaker Corbett Redford grew up in Pinole in the 1980s and 1990s, where he says he felt “trapped in a monoculture of fast-food, identical homes and dead-end jobs.”


Today’s local music comes from Sol Horizon, a world-music/reggae band from the North Bay. They describe themselves as “moving feet and inspiring minds.”

 Sol Horizon comes to San Francisco on Friday (6/2) when they play at The Elbo Room.  

5/30: Learning to code without teachers

May 30, 2017

  • Learning to code without teachers.
  • Sights and Sounds of a Bay Area punk film.
  • Sacred harp for the punk at heart. 

Learning to code, sans teachers

May 30, 2017


On any given day across the country, there are over 600,000 openings for technology-related jobs. Over the past few years, training programs called coding boot camps have sprung up to help fill these gaps, but bootcamps are often quick, intensive and expensive.

By Pixabay user 3dman_eu. Licensed under Creative Commons CC0/cropped.

Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Brotherhood Way

May 25, 2017
Truc Nguyen

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.

Sarah Tan


Last May, Oakland Unified School District’s former superintendent Antwan Wilson put forth a master plan to prioritize an inclusion teaching model for its special education students. Inclusion is a teaching strategy in which students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms, and are taught side by side with their general education peers.

5/25: Special needs in the OUSD

May 25, 2017

Meet one of the jailhouse lawyers at San Quentin Prison

May 24, 2017
Nancy Mullane


You can’t practice law while serving time in prison, but at San Quentin, there are inmates who represent themselves and offer legal assistance to other inmates. You won’t find any of them with law degrees, but what you will find are men who have a passion for fighting for their freedom, and the freedom of their fellow inmates.

Lynne Fried


When Jesselito Bie co-founded Steamroller Dance Company over 20 years ago, he wanted to create performances to address the spread of HIV/AIDS. Since then, Steamroller has performed all over the Bay Area, addressing experiences of marginalized people through dance.

StoryCorps: A chef and her daughter

May 24, 2017
Cropped and reused under CC from:

Maritza Hurtado Torres has been cooking for as long as she can remember.

5/24: Jailhouse lawyers

May 24, 2017

Jenn Chan

Today’s local music is by Beso Negro. They play a modern style of European gypsy jazz, but they’re actually from Fairfax. And that’s where Beso Negro will be playing on Friday, June 26, at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar.

Courtesy of Quiles + Cloud

Today’s local music is by Quiles & Cloud of San Francisco. Quiles & Cloud, who are on a national tour, will be at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Friday, May 25. Their next stop after that is in Franklin, Tenn. 

Image cropped and reused from flickr user David Brossard under CC license

Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem about them.  Amy Tan’s mother was serenaded by them as she lay in state.  Jessica Mitford’s memorial procession was led by them. And more than 300 Chinese families a year hire the Green Street Mortuary Band to give their loved ones a proper and musical send-off through the streets of Chinatown. The band traces its roots back to 1911 and the Cathay Chinese Boys Band, the first marching group in Chinatown.

Four religions, four takes on the afterlife

May 23, 2017
Image cropped and reused from @runtaipei under CC license


Right now, a person born in this country will live to be 78.8 Years old. Not bad, but life expectancy has actually dropped in the U.S. for the first time in almost a quarter-century. And let’s face it: many of us don’t really think about mortality all that much.

5/23: Death and life

May 23, 2017

Oakland's Fairyland: a wonderland in miniature

May 22, 2017
Under CC license from Flickr user Connie Ma


Children's Fairyland is a storybook-themed amusement park on the shores of Lake Merritt. Have you ever been inside? Reporter Dalia Cuenca pulls back the curtain.

Historic hot dogs make a comeback in Oakland

May 22, 2017
Claire Stremple


This neighborhood is a palimpsest. Old buildings are filled with new shops and services, apartments are torn down, lots are leveled, and something else springs up. 

Akashic Books

The dark fiction genre, "noir",  evokes smoky black and white crime films, with fast talkin’, gun toting men in slick suits and fedoras. But what does noir mean today? 

In the Bay Area, summer weather usually begins in the fall. Why is that? In this short-answer segment, San Francisco State meteorology professor Oswaldo Garcia explains our "peculiar" climate.

Guess this Bay Area sound! May 20, 2017

May 22, 2017
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. Your job? Listen to the sound in the player above, figure out where it was recorded and what it is, then call to let us know.

5/22: Oakland Noir

May 22, 2017
Editted and cropped with permission

This music is the "Quartet" from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” as performed by pianist Steven Bailey. Steven Bailey has a free performance scheduled on Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. He'll play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Debussy.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Warriors fans

May 18, 2017

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Editted and cropped with permission


Earlier this year, Anne Kirkpatrick became Oakland's newest police chief. Kirkpatrick’s got a Southern twang and change maker cred, having just left her job leading reform efforts at the Chicago police department. But some are skeptical that any one chief can change a department rocked by scandal for so long.

From tough neighborhoods to life-saving health careers

May 18, 2017
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.