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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Dayla Soul's film, “It Ain’t Pretty,” shows what it's really like for the women who charge at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Because, Soul has a problem with the "surfer girl" image.

Photo credit: Robbie Walsh

The name “Fantastic Negrito” might throw you off step a little bit. Musician Xavier Dphrepaulezz says that, just like the sound of his music, the name Fantastic Negrito is rooted in blackness and also international. It’s exuberant, but there’s a sharp point to it.

Liza Veale

 

Next week, San Francisco voters will decide if they want to give the Board of Supervisors control over how much affordable housing private developers are required to build—thereby enabling the Supervisors’ plan to hike up the requirement higher than that of any other city in the country.

Today's Local Music: Orchestra Euphonos

Jun 1, 2016
Photo credit: Tomas Pacha

Oakland-based Orchestra Euphonos plays klezmer and Eastern European folk music — songs from places like Romania, Greece and Serbia.
 


Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016
Neon Tommy, used under CC BY. Cropped and resized.

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

Why Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Hillary, despite a bitter history with the Clintons // LA Times

“After carefully avoiding any involvement in the Democratic presidential primary, Gov. Jerry Brown dropped his neutrality – and looked past his bitter history with the Clintons – to endorse Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

6/1: Prop C

Jun 1, 2016


California primaries: Who decides?

May 31, 2016

June 7, 2016 is primary election day in California, and as a California voter, it can be frustrating to watch as the results come in from primaries in other states. 

photo by Julie Caine

 

Next Tuesday all nine counties in the Bay Area will vote on ballot measure AA.

 

On the back porch of Mr. Lucky’s restaurant in Pleasant Hill about 12 people have ordered drinks and are eating chicken fingers and onion rings with ranch dressing.

5/31: Primary politics

May 31, 2016


Today's Local Music: LoCura

May 31, 2016
Courtesy of the artist / resized and cropped

Look up the word “locura” and the first thing you’ll see is the Spanish definition, meaning “madness.” Look a little deeper and you’ll find LoCura is also a Latin/Flamenco band from — as they say — “San Pancho, Califas.” You can translate that one yourself.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016
"Western Pond Turtle," by Flickr user Jerry Kirkhart/ Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

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

Fire at Potrero Hill homeless camp scorches nearby warehouse // SF Gate

 

“A fire with flames that soared up to 40 feet high burned part of a sidewalk homeless encampment Saturday morning in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district.”

 

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Why the Teamsters oppose AUMA … Pot friendly gym planned for  San Francisco … When Bernie dumped Tommy … Opinion … Health … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

BMMR chief visits the Emerald Triangle // North Coast Journal

“ [T]he overwhelming attitude at the meeting wasn't about patients. It was about protecting Humboldt County growers' business interests.”

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.

Photo courtesy of the artist, resized and recropped

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright drawn to science, and the stories of women scientists in particular. Gunderson's one of the most produced playwrights in America these days, but most of her plays premiere right here in her home the Bay Area.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

Photo by Jake Jacobson

So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
by Robert Campbell - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library, used under CC BY-SA 3.0 // Cropped

Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

5/26: SF's newest public school, one year in

May 26, 2016


Brennan Gilroy. Cropped and Resized.

Mahea Uchiyama is the founder and director of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley. She's also the president of the board of World Arts West, which puts on the annual extravaganza that is the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Audrey Dilling

 

On June 7, Bay Area voters will weigh in on the Bay Area’s first-ever regional tax to fight climate change. If passed, Measure AA would collect $12 per year from property owners in all nine Bay Area counties.

 

5/25: Sea level rise on the ballot

May 25, 2016

Every morning in the Tenderloin, when people all around San Francisco are starting to wake up, around 30 people gather at St. Boniface Church, waiting to go sleep. This is the story of one morning.

Fear and Self-Loathing: A tale of San Francisco millennials

May 24, 2016
Lydia White / resized and cropped

In Tony Tulathimutte’s debut novel, Private Citizens, a group of four recent Stanford graduates are living in San Francisco. 

StoryCorps: Paint and pride in the Mission

May 24, 2016
StoryCorps

 

The Mission District is famous for its vibrantly colored murals, and some of the oldest murals can be found in Balmy Alley.

Can you guess this Bay Area sound? May 22, 2016

May 24, 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.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
By Flickr user Alejandro Lavin, Jr. / used under CC license / resized and cropped

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

Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders // SF Gate

“Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin faced tough questioning by Bayview community leaders Monday evening where residents asked for answers in last week’s officer-involved shooting that led to former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

Photo courtesy of Laura Oda

 

Stand outside Yaelisa’s East Oakland dance studio on a quiet night and you can hear the sound of dancers practicing their footwork. Inside the studio, about ten women in long skirts are standing in line behind their teacher.  She sings throughout her class and calls out guidance to her students as she keeps the rhythm with her hands and feet. The dancers move in unison. The sounds of their stomps take on the quality of a drum.

5/24: Stories from San Francisco

May 24, 2016
Illustration by Rich Black.


"Google Self-Driving Car" by Flickr user smoothgroover. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Cropped and resized

When people are actually comfortable enough to take an automated car out for a spin, who exactly is in charge? And, if you get into an accident, who’s held responsible?

 

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