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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Benjamin Wallen

  Today’s local music is by Dirty Cello.  They say they play cello "like you've never heard before." This isn't classical cello, as you can hear now.  This Saturday, June 20, Dirty Cello is taking part in the 2015 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival is only one day this year, and it has a new location: St. Cyprian’s Church on Turk Street in San Francisco. The event takes place from noon until 10pm. 

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse / Getty Images
photo courtesy Antique Naked Soul

Antique Naked Soul is an Oakland band with a message: Music can change the world, and make you move.

They describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only the sounds of their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their music, and their message.

The Upshot: Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland

Jun 16, 2015
Katy Grannan for The New York Times

In November 2013, agender teenager Sasha Fleischman was riding the 57 bus home from school when teenager Richard Thomas set Fleischman’s skirt on fire. Fleischman went to the hospital for 23 days; Thomas went to prison for 7 years. In a recent New York Times magazine article, journalist Dashka Slater explores the lives and motivations of both these teenagers.

A neighborhood history tour aims to strengthen Bayview-Hunters Point; The Upshot: Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland; and Bay Area Beats: Antique Naked Soul.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015
S.F. Examiner / Mike Koozmin

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

Plan to increase S.F. police staffing advances through committee  // SF Gate 

"A plan to increase San Francisco’s Police force is one step closer to being realized after passing a Board of Supervisors committee on Monday.  

Colin Peden

Punk rock started as a kind of music for people who didn’t fit in. San Francisco, a city that has long been a place for outsiders to make their own communities, was one of the centers of this movement.

San Francisco was also on the forefront when it came to women joining the punk scene.  Enter Penelope Houston. In 1976, she and some friends started one of the most influential San Francisco punk bands ever—The Avengers.

Colin Peden

 

I’m inside what looks like it could be a college library or a research institute. People sit quietly working at desks and tables, surrounded by shelves full of periodicals and rows of storage boxes that are neatly indexed by color and symbol. Lydia Athanasopoulou shows me around. She’s the senior content coordinator here -- kind of like the head librarian.

Punk Show! San Francisco punk from the beginning of the movement. Maximum Rock 'n' Roll, Penelope Houston, SF band Flesh World, and local musicians Fang.

Fang 2014

Hardcore band Fang, which formed in Berkeley in 1980, plays THE punk venue 924 Gilman this Friday, June 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $14 at the door.

Bay Area Beats: Flesh World

Jun 15, 2015
Top L-R: Andrew Luttrell (Bass), Scott Moore (Guitar) Bottom L-R: Jess Scott (Vocals, Guitar), Diane Anastasio (Drums)
Melissa Farley

In our latest episode of Bay Area Beats we'll hear from the band Flesh World. They've been playing together in San Francisco since 2012. Guitarist Scott Moore comes from the hardcore punk scene while singer Jess Scott used to play a punk genre called noise pop. Together, they make something altogether new. They talk about their new album The Wild Animals in My Life and the naked truth about how they met at Maximum Rock and Roll Headquarters where Scott Moore lived at the time.

Poster designed by R 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 exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 15, 2015

Jun 15, 2015
#OurDroughtIsReal Photos
Huffington Post San Francisco

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

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California Orders Major Water Cuts For Farmers // Huffington Post

transmitdistort

Hash oil explosions targeted by lawmaker… Cops behaving badly… Jimi Hendrix is now a brand… Giants hire a pot user… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Audiograph Special

Jun 11, 2015
Graphic design by R. Black

Welcome to Audiograph – the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Each week, we play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area, ask you to tell us what it is, and where we recorded it.  We reveal the story behind our mystery sounds every Thursday on Crosscurrents.

To celebrate two years on the air, we’re doing something a little different – a special half-hour edition of Audiograph that brings together some of our favorite sounds and stories from the past year.

Mike Koozmin / SF Examiner

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

S.F. top cop Suhr now says all rape kits will be tested this year // SF Gate 

"San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Tuesday said the city’s entire backlog of old rape kits has been counted by hand and will be tested by the end of the year with money already in the department’s budget.

Today's local music is by Gypsy Jazz band Barrio Manouche

Barrio Manouche is performing Sunday (06.14) at this year’s Fairfax Festival, starting at 4:30pm.   

Support systems in the aftermath of police shootings, SF rapper DaVinci, Belva Davis, and local musicians Underwoman and the Believers.

StoryCorps

Music is a powerful way to connect people who come from different experiences, but there's a special kind of magic when music amplifies the diversity, heart, and history within one culture. Journalist Belva Davis and KKSF jazz show host Miranda Wilson tease out how the roots of Jazz and hymns are significant to African-American culture, starting with revisiting how Wilson started as an MC on a Bay Area jazz show.

San Francisco rapper DaVinci says it was hard to ignore the gentrification in his neighborhood when he was growing up. He’s from the Fillmore District, which has been in phases of decline, redevelopment, and change since the 1960’s. In the past decade, the Fillmore has undergone a surge of economic activity that’s changed the face of the famous jazz quarter of the city once again. In this installment of Bay Area Beats, DaVinci shares how growing up in the Fillmore influenced his music.

Kevin Jones

 

This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular.

New FBI files show wide range of Black Panther informant's activities // Oakland Tribune

"Newly released FBI records reveal that Richard Masato Aoki, widely revered as a radical hero in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s, had a deep relationship with the FBI, informing on his fellow Asian activists and on Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

Dr. Vance Vredenburg / San Francisco State University

I’m in a room stacked with rows of 50 gallon fish tanks, surrounded by gurgling water pumps. But this isn’t a fish store. I’m with conservation biologist Jessie Bushell in a building way behind the scenes of the San Francisco Zoo. She’s giving me the lowdown on the tadpoles’ menus.

“These guys eat primarily algae,” says Bushell, “so we give them a variety of algae. We give them the gel that we make here, so we plate that out, and then we also have a different type of algae gel that we plate for their evening meal.”

Monarch butterflies and the Mona Lisa

Jun 9, 2015
Photo by: Marlo McKenzie

“There's one on the ground there. Are there two? No way! Are they mating?” I turn to ask longtime monarch sanctuary volunteer, Barb Thomas. We hover over the two butterflies at our feet and discover that they are indeed attempting to mate. Surrounded by trees, we stand in the middle of the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, in Pacific Grove, California. California has more than 450 monarch sanctuaries, and this is one of the oldest known ones, located about a two-hour drive south of San Francisco. Monarchs overwinter in the sanctuary from about October to March.

Saving wild nature in San Francisco

Jun 9, 2015
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelizardwizard/

KALW’s Julie Caine sat down with Amber Hasselbring to talk about nature corridors.

Over 830,000 people live in San Francisco and that number is growing. Yet beneath the dense urban atmosphere is a hidden world that goes about its own business and even has its very own roads. Well, you might call them roads, they're actually nature corridors that connect one habitat to another.

Cohabitation Show!

Monarch butterflies and the Mona Lisa; saving wild nature in San Francisco with Amber Hasselbring; and frogs in danger of croaking: fighting a fungal epidemic. Plus, local soul singer Goapele.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 8th, 2015

Jun 9, 2015
Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Police chases balance danger of criminals, safety risk to public // SF Gate

Three times in the past three months, suspects racing away from San Francisco police have plowed cars into innocent people, killing a woman and sending several others to hospitals. Each time, officers apparently followed department policy. But in the aftermath of twisted metal and grief, a long-nagging question has re-emerged:

Disasters often befall the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in the movies.

This story originally aired on September 18, 2014.

Bob Hakins 2014

This music is by HowellDevine (one word!). Perhaps you heard their Bay Area Beats segment on Crosscurrents a few weeks ago.  Howelldevine will be performing Saturday (06.13) at Club Deluxe on Haight Street in San Francisco. It’s an early show, from 5 to 8pm. 

Isabel Angell

Throughout film history, the Golden Gate Bridge has been leveled in earthquakes, ripped apart by apes, melted, and even bitten in half by a mega-shark.

But how would the iconic span fare in more realistic disaster scenarios? We're going to take a close look at three very real situations – overcrowding, a tsunami, and an earthquake – and find out if those disasters could bring down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hassan Astaneh is a professor of structural engineering and bridge engineering at UC Berkeley.

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