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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Jason Clark, the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party, is optimistic about the new administration despite the vitriol of the campaign. Clark, who is gay, spoke with KALW's Julie Caine about President Trump's position on LGBTQ rights and "coming out" as a Republican.

Holly McDede

Some of the Bay Area’s most celebrated writers met up at the San Francisco Main library last week to share their ideas on the state of the world. It was a Litquake event called “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump.” 

1/23: The Bay Area under Trump

Jan 23, 2017

  • Bay Area voices from the Washington, D.C. and local protests.
  • Perspective from Jason Clark, the  chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party.
  • Writers respond to Trump.
  • How President Trump's first actions will affect the Bay Area. 
  • The first in our series "Ask an Estonian."


Trump Administration could undo legalization moves ... State banking bill could help canna businesses ... Marijuana prices still dropping ... Can cows get high? ... and more.

Dear Donald Trump: "I am not your convenient vagina"

Jan 19, 2017
George Baker

This Saturday, millions of people will take to the streets in cities across the country in concert with the Women’s March on Washington.

Violet Overn with Zach Romeo, resized and recropped

 

"F*ck U, in the Most Loving Way" is an exhibition presented by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art that features 52 artists, from performance art to documentary film. It was curated by Tanya Augsburg, a feminist performance scholar and Associate Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. 

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

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.

1/19: Women artists speak out

Jan 19, 2017


Cropped and used under CC license from Flickr user Steve Rhodes

 

Civil rights advocates draw cautionary parallels from this moment in history to the 1940s, when the U.S. government forcibly incarcerated more than a hundred thousand Japanese Americans.

"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.

Dear Donald Trump: "We may have lost the presidency, but we didn't get our asses kicked."

Jan 18, 2017
G. Billie Quijano

This Saturday, millions of people will take to the streets in cities across the country in concert with the Women’s March on Washington.

Pete Hartigan

Today’s local music is by singer-songwriter Bob Hillman of San Francisco. Susan Stamberg of NPR said, “I’ve never heard of this Mr. Bob Hillman but that song about ‘War & Peace’ is enough to make you want to pick up ‘War & Peace’ and start reading it.” 

1/18: Dear Donald Trump

Jan 18, 2017

  • More letters to President-Elect Donald Trump from Bay Area women.
  • The story of Fred Korematsu, the Oakland-born Japanese-American civil rights hero who defied forced incarceration.
  • BART officials reach out to homeless people taking shelter in stations.


JoAnn Mar

The average life span has nearly doubled during the last century.  But while people are living longer, they're now facing health challenges that were less prevalent before—severe chronic illness, cancer, lung disease, dementia, and Alzheimer's—debilitating conditions that often cause great pain and suffering. 

Dear Donald Trump: "You may think you have all the power. You are wrong."

Jan 17, 2017
Photo by George Baker

This Saturday, millions of people will take to the streets in cities across the country in concert with the Women’s March on Washington.

Still recovering from the holidays? Can’t take a vacation? Then maybe you need Healing Potpourri. No, that’s not a spa treatment, it’s the San Francisco band you’re hearing right now. 

Guess this Bay Area sound! January 14, 2017

Jan 17, 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.

1/17: End-of-life palliative care

Jan 17, 2017

  • Bay Area women write letters to President-Elect Trump.
  • The dilemmas of palliative care for people at the end of their lives. 
  • Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki captured a Greek sea captain's mission to save refugees. 


Cannabis under the Trump Administration ... Oakland municipal bank idea might help dispensaries ... “I bribed the sheriff” ... and more.

Community colleges rethink remedial education

Jan 12, 2017
Sarah Tan

 

With more than 2 million students, California has one of the largest community college systems in the country. But its graduation rates have been disappointing for years.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The Stud

Jan 12, 2017
Meradith Hoddinott

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.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

 

Navy veteran Ron Ekika Riveira Jr. says that when you first see him and all his tattoos, you might see a “big bad scary-looking Hell’s Angels guy”. But if you look closer, you'll see that the ink tells a different, much more surprising story.

1/12: Rethinking remedial college courses

Jan 12, 2017

 


musicapacifica.org cropped & editted with permission

Have you ever experienced “enormous musicality?”  That’s one way critics describe Musica Pacifica, who you’re hearing now.

 

Clerical workers at the University of California went on strike across the state on Tuesday to push forward contract negotiations.

Photo courtesy of Robbie Sweeny

Iconic dance troupe Dance Brigade is celebrating its four decades of intersecting art and social issues with the show Gracias a La Vida - Love in a Bitter Time. The evening will touch on everything from immigration to freedom of the press, all with the company’s signature blend of fierce dancing, taiko drumming, and a live band.

"1st Ave. at International Blvd., Oakland" by flickr user AC ServiceInfo. Cropped and used under CC: http://bit.ly/2il0hOA

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. While trafficking might seem like an issue we’re all on the same side of, when it comes to how we should go about combating the problem, people don’t always agree.

 


Today’s Local Music: “Black Map”

Jan 11, 2017

The music you’re hearing now is by Black Map, a trio from San Francisco. They call their musical style “American post-hardcore.” Black Map appears on Friday the 13th at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Today’s local music is by Logan Magness. Now living in San Francisco, Logan thinks his sound was definitely shaped by having grown up in Memphis. 

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