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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If you’ve driven across the Bay Bridge this month you probably noticed the banner above the Treasure Island Tunnel that says “Armenian Genocide 1915.” It's been just over a century since the Ottoman Empire began to systematically kill what would eventually be 1.5 million Armenians. Waves of refugees immigrated to the Bay Area, fleeing the killings. Today, tens of thousands of people of Armenian descent live here.

A regal statue keeps watch of San Francisco Main Library's Fulton Street entrance. Who is he and why is he there? 

4/24: The Armenian Genocide, on the anniversary

Apr 24, 2017


By Wikimedia user Monpirri. Used under license from Commons.wikimedia.org (cropped).

“Marijuana sanctuary” bill before Assembly ... Homeland Security chief changes his mind ... the fate of 4/20 event ... Scratch & sniff book for tokers ... and more

Abrams Image books

You might not take a book titled “The Scratch & Sniff Book of Weed” seriously. And you might not take the book’s thick pages, like those in books for babies, seriously either. But then you open the cover and find those pages packed with information.

PHOTO CROPPED AND RESIZED

Songwriter Michael McNevin, who you’re hearing now, grew up in the train town of Niles, California. His songs have been described as “short stories, full of heart and humor.”

4/19: Regulating Bay Area refineries

Apr 19, 2017

Listen to KALW's full show examining the health issues of communities closest to Bay Area oil refineries, and a groundbreaking proposal to cap greenhouse gas emissions.


Credit: Library of Congress

 

President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

Courtesy of Al Bronzini

 

“This is old Italian neighborhood,” Al Bronzini says. “That’s the house I was raised in, right there.” Al is showing me some of the places that were important to him growing up in East Oakland, almost 80 years ago. “Boy this is different,” he says. “Wow.”

4/18: Lost histories

Apr 18, 2017


Jeremy Jue

 

Nazira Babori moves around The 1951 Coffee Shop with ease: mixing, steaming, and grinding coffee like a pro -- but the truth is, she’s new to this, and not so long ago, she was in a very different place.

In Estonia, tax filing is done in one minute

Apr 17, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I received an email reminding me that it would soon be time to file my U.S. tax return for 2016. The email said that first and foremost, I’d have to locate my W-2 form showing my earnings and taxes for last year.

Cropped and reused from Wikimedia Commons: http://bit.ly/2oIWUnD

The murder rate across Bay Area cities has risen in the last two years, reflecting national trends. But, when a homicide happens in the city of Richmond, the chances that the assailant will be arrested are pretty low. In fact, the city has the second lowest clearance rates for homicides in the state of California. Why is that? And what’s being done about it?

4/17: The unsolved murder rate

Apr 17, 2017


In 1925, Redwood City's real estate board offered a $10 prize for the best slogan for the growing city. The winning submission? "Climate Best by Government Test." In this Hey Area short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm digs into whether the claim is true. Click the player above to hear the answer.

Are there more crows in the Bay Area than there used to be?  The answer is yes. For this short-answer segment, reporter Jurgen Klemm teamed up with veteran birder Alan Hopkins to learn why. Click the player above to hear the story. 

Regulation changes proposed in Congress ... Small growers in Mendo feeling squeezed ... Big pot bust on I-580 ... How to enjoy 4/20 event ... and more.

The Bay Bridge that was

Apr 13, 2017
Lina Misitzis

 

The last of the old Bay Bridge came down a few weeks ago. That means the end of a habitat for the double crested cormorants that nested there. At their height in 2007, more than 1,200 nests were counted in the underbelly of the bridge.

Marissa Ortega-Welch

 

The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting was awarded to the staff of the East Bay Times for “relentless coverage of the ‘Ghost Ship’ fire ... and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”

What am I supposed to do after an earthquake?

Apr 13, 2017
Eli Wirtschafter

We all know we’re supposed to prepare for earthquakes, but how many of us really have a plan?

4/13: Earthquake preparedness

Apr 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Behind the scenes with community emergency response trainers.
  • The back-story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the Ghost Ship fire.
  • Can Bay Bridge officials lure the cormorants into the new bridge? 

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Bay Area Beats: LoCura

Apr 12, 2017
Courtesy of Locura

The San Francisco band LoCura reflects the Bay Area’s mix of cultures and histories. Locura blends flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia and ska to make its own revolutionary party music. LoCura will join fellow Bay Area musical groups Bang Data and Rupa & The April Fishes at a benefit concert at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley this Friday, April 14th. For details, click here.

Marylee Williams

A line is forming outside Glide Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. People are waiting to get dinner or to get sent to another shelter for the night. But that’s not what Jana Lee* is here for.

This music is from the newest album by Danny Paul Grody. SF Weekly named it one of the “Five Best Bay Area Albums of 2016.”

Let the artists tell it: East Oakland has a “vibe,” a distinctive feel and flavor, and they do all they can to capture and convey it. Join KALW Public Radio and Oakland Voices for Sights and Sounds of East Oakland: Come Together, the second annual event celebrating the community by the artists who live, work, and create here.

A spiritual haven for African refugees in Kansas City

Apr 11, 2017
Steve Mencher

Mid-February in Kansas City is usually a time for sweaters and scraping ice off your windshield. Not really when you'd expect to be firing up an air pump to inflate a kiddie pool. But the pool, if it holds air and water, may have a higher calling.

Some, Done, or None: To be Muslim in the U.S.

Apr 11, 2017
Judy Silber

The Spiritual Edge has been putting together a series of profiles about how people do — and do not — practice their religious beliefs. Ahmad Rashid Salim is Muslim, and a prayer leader at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.

Today's Local Music: Ed Neumeister

Apr 11, 2017
Albert Handler, 2013

Now here’s something you may never have heard: music for solo trombone! That’s trombone master Ed Neumeister performing.

4/11: Migration, refuge and religion

Apr 11, 2017


Courtesy of blackgirlscode.com

Electrical engineer and computer programmer Kimberly Bryant says that when she was in college, she was one of only a few women, and the only black woman, in her class. When she had her own daughter, Kai, she wondered what she could do to get more young girls of color into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

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