Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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.

Subscribe on iTunes or copy-paste http://feeds.feedburner.com/crosscurrentskalw into another app

Got a comment, tip, or a story we should cover? Email news@kalw.org or call (415) 264-7106

 

Local filmmaker Amir Soltani was fascinated by the people making a living recycling bottles and cans in his West Oakland neighborhood. So Soltani and his collaborators spent spent seven years following the lives of three recyclers for their documentary “Dogtown Redemption.”

photo by Julie Caine

One of the joys of baseball is listening to games on the radio. There’s the sound of the crowd, the crack of the bat, the seventh inning stretch … all woven together by the announcers’ excitement and disappointment as they do the live play-by-play.

Taskrabbit.com


For about a third of Americans, regular hours and benefits are giving way to a patchwork of contracting, temping, and moonlighting. The way we make a living is changing.

Photo by Liz Iversen. Cropped and resized.

 

San Francisco band  Sea Knight have been compared to the Pixies and the Breeders.   

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 4, 2016

Apr 4, 2016
"Green Grass Society" by Flickr user Soul Assassin. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0/resized and cropped

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

Will Oakland's Legal Weed Industry Leave People of Color Behind? // East Bay Express

4/4: The Gig Economy

Apr 4, 2016

Ted Muldoon

Paula Boyton has never flown with her pet sea lion, but she’s never flown without him, either. Earlier this week Paula filed a discrimination suit against the airline Lineair, for having prevented her emotional support animal from boarding a flight destined for Hawaii via San Francisco.

Courtesy John Givens. Cropped and resized from original.

Berkeley based guitarist and songwriter John Givens brings a sensibility for visual art into his songwriting; he used to be a filmmaker and art director. Together with his 8-piece soul band, No Lovely Thing, he also explores themes ranging from the political to the emotional. He shares the stories behind some of their songs in this edition of Bay Area Beats.

Courtesy of Anya Manes

San Francisco educator Anya Manes used to teach sex ed in her high school biology class. Now, she teaches parents how to take up the discussion at home.

‘Yes means yes’: Teaching teens affirmative consent

Mar 30, 2016
Photo taken by Christopher Pepper

Jordan Diaz-Boutte is a sophomore at Phillip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco. From her perspective, consent is still an ambiguous issue.

Seungho Yoo

Today’s local music is by the Wooden Fish Ensemble of San Francisco. They present concerts from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds.

3/30: Sex Education

Mar 30, 2016


 

U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. 

Walking the Philosopher’s Way

Mar 29, 2016

 

If you know San Francisco, you’ll know the newly remodeled Dolores Park, where people gather to eat ice cream in the sun.

You’ll also know the Presidio, the former military complex now designated a National Park. And you’ll easily name the city’s largest park, since it’s twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York: it’s Golden Gate Park. But can you name the city’s second largest park? 

From Donald Trump’s attack of Latinos, to Ted Cruz's call to 'patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods', some of the political rhetoric this year can be downright depressing.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mar 29, 2016
By Flickr user Marc / used under CC license / resized and cropped

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

State-managed retirement plan for California workers takes shape // Sacramento Bee

“By the end of the decade, millions of California workers could be enrolled automatically in a state-run retirement program viewed by proponents as the most significant attempt to address golden-years poverty since the New Deal.

3/29: How to ask for forgiveness

Mar 29, 2016


Out of prison, soap making offers a clean start

Mar 28, 2016
Tammy Drummond

“When I was 11 years old, I sold my first crack rock — you know, 'cause times was hard back then,” says Jessie James King, who grew up in West Oakland in the 1990s.

The Book Report: Amy Berkowitz

Mar 28, 2016
Cal Tabuena-Frolli

In The Book Report series, KALW talks to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Tyler Vile's Never Coming Home from Amy Berkowitz, a writer living in San Francisco.

Image by Victoria Smith.

San Francisco outfit Geographer is known for their energetic live shows, with music featuring beautiful, haunting melodies. 

Image courtesy of Global Press Institute.

Reporter Cristi Hegranes trains women around the world to take control of their stories.

3/28: Prison to employment pipeline

Mar 28, 2016

 

Sandra Chen chose to add this song to My Mixtape because of its melancholic beauty.

Used under license from Creative Commons

Supreme Court tosses marijuana case … Canada ruffles U.N. narcotics conference … “Massive recall” of pot over pesticides … Vets risk felonies … Sports, opinion, and infused Nutella ….

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Canada shakes up the U.N. narcotics conference // National Post

Joshua Bloom adds this piece of conscious hip-hop to My Mixtape, because it is a piece of radical music with the potential to reach people.  

Photo by Bethanie Hines, courtesy of Youth Speaks

Twenty years ago, writer and educator James Kass was in graduate school at San Francisco State University. He had a small idea: a writing workshop for city teens.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Twin Peaks

Mar 24, 2016

 

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.

"2569" by flikr user Jeremy Brooks used under CC license. Resized and cropped.

 

There’s been a 45 percent increase in mental health-related calls to BART police since 2011. When officers don’t know what to do, they call Armando Sandoval.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016
Courtesty of Flickr user Daniel Ramirez, used under CC BY 2.0 // Resized and cropped

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

Utah Governor Signs Bill to Advance Oakland Coal Plan // KQED

"Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that approves $53 million in state funds to aid construction of a new Oakland cargo terminal that backers hope to use to export coal.

Three Times Bad

The band you’re hearing now is called Three Times Bad, a San Francisco band that’s difficult to categorize. Some call it bluegrass music, others call it Americana – and still others say it includes “a hint of vaudeville.”

Three Times Bad is appearing tomorrow, Friday, March 25, at Peri's Bar in Fairfax. They'll start about 9pm.

Pages