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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CAL TABUENA-FROLLI

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  

 

 

Bay Area Book World Breaking News!  

San Francisco may cut ties with Chevron, and libraries are involved

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 14, 2016

Mar 14, 2016
"Mission San Juan Capistrano," by Flickr user David M. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / cropped and resized.

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

At Stanford, UC Berkeley, battles rage over controversial names on campus // Mercury News 

"College students inspired in part by the Black Lives Matter movement, are calling for the removal of symbols honoring people connected to slavery and colonialism."

3/14: Bugs and rot

Mar 14, 2016

 

Lawrence Chan adds this song by a former San Francisco resident to My Mixtape because it makes him dance.

Used under license from Creative Commons – CCO

Marijuana laws modified…  Investors alerted to possible scam… “Altered States” exhibit preview… Opinion, Stephen Colbert, and more….

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

The Leaf endorses AUMA // The Leaf

What pioneering advocate Chris Conrad likes and dislikes about the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Adrian Graham adds this enigmatic Nick Cave song to the mixtape... but why?

Photo by James Hosking, resized and cropped with permission

All week long we've been playing one sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Image courtesy Thompson Dorfman

 

 

For decades, development investors didn’t want to touch Oakland. In 1997, one economist called the city an “ugly duckling in a bay of swans.” But these days, Oakland is one of the “hottest,” or fastest-growing, real estate markets in the country.

Shifting narratives through art and activism

Mar 10, 2016
Courtesy of Favianna Rodriguez

Visual artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez grew up in the Fruitvale district in East Oakland, far from her parents’ native Peru. She says she wants to change how immigrants and other marginalized groups are portrayed so that the full spectrum of people's stories can be shown. 

Hey! Wake up! The Bum City Saints are in the house! This San Francisco punk trio started in 2007, inspired, as they describe it, “by boredom and a burning desire to play music.”

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mar 10, 2016
by Flickr user 401(K) 2012 used under CC BY-SA 2.0 // Resized and cropped

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

Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam // SF Gate

3/10: Development in Oakland

Mar 10, 2016


 

 

Marin County is noted for its open spaces, and also for some pretty pricey property. One of the towns there is considered by many to be so exclusive that it doesn’t even allow any businesses. That would be Belvedere.

Think Candlestick Park is gone forever? Think again

Mar 9, 2016

 

 

In September 2015, San Francisco lost one of its iconic symbols—its sports cathedral, Candlestick Park, where the 49ers of the 80’s dominated football, winning 5 super bowls in 14 seasons under Joe Montana and Steve Young.

 

 

 

In the Bay Area, one strategy for dealing with the housing shortage is to try to build ourselves out. But brand new housing can be too expensive for middle- and working-class people to move into. In San Francisco, it now costs $700,000-800,000 to build a new unit. That’s forced many developers in the area to ask if there is a way to build more quickly and for less money. There is. It’s the same way we build anything more efficiently—by using factories.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Mar 9, 2016
San José Library, used under CC BY, croppped and resized.

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

 

Mudslide probably caused Bay Area commuter train derailment, railroad official says // LA Times

“A preliminary investigation shows that a mudslide triggered by days of rain probably caused a Bay Area commuter train to derail on Monday night, according to an official of Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the tracks.

3/9: Going Modular

Mar 9, 2016


This American Life: Poetry of Propaganda

Mar 8, 2016
"San Francisco Houses," by Tom Donald/Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

What happens when children take on the subject of gentrification with a musical?

Interview: Producer H.P. Mendoza

Mar 8, 2016
Used with permission / Resized and cropped

While musicals about paying rent are at least as old as the musical “Rent”, there’s only one musical ever about living in a town best known for its cemeteries. 

Today's Local Music: Kim Nucci

Mar 8, 2016

Today’s local music is by Kim Nucci of Oakland. She describes herself as a multimedia artist/composer and improviser. 

3/8: The poetry of propaganda

Mar 8, 2016
  • Today on Crosscurrents: From This American Life, ​examining the poetry of propaganda.
  • H.P. Mendoza on being an Asian filmmaker, and the 10th anniversary of his film "Colma: the Musical."

 


Courtesy San Francisco Public Defender's Office / cropped and resized

 

On July 1st last year, Kate Steinle was shot and killed. An undocumented man, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is currently on trial for her murder. The shooting spurred anti-immigrant groups nationwide, who rallied to end Sanctuary City policies – polices that limit how much city employees may help Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Critics say they protect undocumented people from being handed over to immigration authorities – even when they commit a crime.

 

Korean-Americans find new identities through an ancient beat

Mar 7, 2016
Courtesy of Ieumsae / cropped and resized

 

Their hands pounded the hourglass shaped drums that were strapped across their bodies as they followed the lead beat of a small metal gong. And their echoes carried through the 30-acre farm on U.C. Santa Cruz’s campus as they performed and practiced the instruments of their ancestors.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

Before the third meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in Law Enforcement even began, it was easy to see evidence of the strained relationship between the San Francisco Police Department and the community they serve.

Local Music: Sugar Ponies

Mar 7, 2016
courtesy of Suzanne Kramer / cropped and resized

The music you’re hearing now is by Sugar Ponies. Vocalist Suzanne Kramer is the Songwriter-in-Residence every Tuesday this month at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Kramer and guests will start playing at 7 pm.

3/7: Public trust and the SFPD

Mar 7, 2016


Daily News Roundup for Monday March 7, 2016

Mar 7, 2016
"Red" by Flickr user marcin ejsmont. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / cropped and resized

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

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers // Oakland North

"Guests were met with the soft and periodic sound of whizzing traffic on one side and ferry boats on the other as they made their way up the steps into the new Oakland offices of Sunset Magazine in Jack London Square. A smiling security guard opened the door with a small whoosh and let them enter the 110,000-square foot office space with white cubicles and office chairs on one end and tables for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and party bags on the other."

Today we revisit one of the earlier entries to My Mixtape, a song that Kyle Tabuena-Froli had on repeat to psych himself up for a very difficult summer job.  

Used under license from Creative Commons – CC0

More states seeking legalization … Montana court guts medical marijuana … Swarms of workers want jobs in California’s “green rush” … Painkiller deaths drop in legal states … Analysis, opinion, profiles, and more…

Photo by Luisa Cardoza

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.

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