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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Angela Johnston

 

Austin Newsom is an Amtrak ticket agent at the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. On his lunch breaks, he takes walks along the Embarcadero.

“It’s really nice, and people usually, when they’re walking along the waterfront, for whatever reason they have big smiles on their faces. I think it makes people happy.”

 

Photo courtesty of DISH SF

 

Today, there are about 19,000 San Franciscans living in SRO’s — that’s single room occupancy buildings or residential hotels — but that number is scarce compared with 50 years ago.

Eleanor Petry

Hey, wake up! Never Young is on the radio! They say they play “an exceedingly tight, hook-filled slab of noise.”

Phil Daley

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band started its life as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corp in 1978. 

12/6: Investigating the water quality of the Bay

Dec 6, 2016


Marissa Ortega-Welch

 

The city of Oakland is continuing to sort through the remains of the Ghost Ship, the warehouse in the Fruitvale District that burned down during a party on Friday night. Thirty-six people have now been confirmed dead, with about a third of the building yet to be searched. The site is now an active crime scene.

Courtesy of DISH SF

Some of the only housing that’s gentrification-proof in the inner cities of the Bay Area are SRO’s or Single Room Occupancy buildings. They’re the residential hotels you see mostly in neighborhoods like the Tenderloin and SOMA and in downtown Oakland.

Melorra Green

When Artist and curator Melonie Green and her twin sister moved to San Francisco 15 years ago, they made themselves an integral part of the arts community through art shows, public events, and even their own weekly radio show on KPOO. 

12/5: The tragedy at 'Ghost Ship'

Dec 5, 2016


Commentary: Are all Buddhists atheists?

Dec 2, 2016
Front Group

In the comments on our Nov. 21 story, "Some, None or Done: A Zen Atheist," listeners discussed whether Buddhism is theistic or non-theistic. We asked  John Nelson, a scholar of religion who serves on The Spiritual Edge's academic advisory committee, to help us understand the issue:

Dark times expected with Attorney General pick ... Some dispensaries selling recreational cannabis ahead of 2018 ... LED lighting helps sustainable growers ... Emerald Cup, and more.

Here's the sound we played as a clue. We asked you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Will social media shift after the election?

Dec 1, 2016
CC Flickr user Sarah Marshall, resized and recropped

Nearly 1.8 billion people use Facebook each month. It’s become a go-to news source, and that’s had a big impact. In fact, some suggest that social media companies, including Facebook, impacted the presidential election by encouraging fake news and polarizing political views.

Courtesy of Guatam Tejas Ganeshan

Berkeley-based singer Gautam Tejas Ganeshan plays Carnatic music -- a devotional form traditional to South India. But he's bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound.

12/1: Social media's shifting impact

Dec 1, 2016

 


Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

 

Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835 over 180 years ago. To celebrate him we’re telling you the story of his time out West, where he launched his career as a writer.

11/30: Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

A tribute to the American writer Mark Twain and his time in the West. 

Local Music: Jinx Jones and the King Tones

Nov 30, 2016
Jinx Jones

This music is by Jinx Jones. One reviewer says of him, “Whether navigating rockabilly, swing or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless.”

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Nov 29, 2016

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Heidi de Marco / Kaiser Health News, resized and recropped

Patients over 65 tend to be less resilient during a hospital stint than younger patients, research finds, and more vulnerable to mental or physical deterioration, even if they recover from the illness or injury that sent them there.

11/29: Making hospitals safer for older patients

Nov 29, 2016


The hunt for German bread in San Francisco

Nov 28, 2016
Alexandra Augustin

 

In a city with a world renowned versatile culinary scene one thing is still hard to get: Good German bread.

Heidi de Marco/KHN, resized and recropped

 

Hugging a baby doll can sometimes soothe even the most upset toddler, and some researchers say it can do the same for adults with dementia. Doll therapy is catching on in nursing homes, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

The sunny sounds you’re hearing now come from four native San Franciscans who call themselves The She’s. They list their influences as their surroundings, surfer boys, and each other. 

Thomas Pacha

Kitka is a women's singing ensemble based in Oakland. For more than 35 years, the group has been singing songs drawn from Eastern European vocal traditions. What began as an informal group of singers with a passion for those Eastern European harmonies and rhythms has grown into a critically-acclaimed professional ensemble.

11/28: The debate around doll therapy

Nov 28, 2016

 

Today on Crosscurrents: How doll therapy can help patients with Alzheimer's. An interview with an Oakland group specializing in Eastern European traditional music. The search for German-style bread in San Francisco.

New Attorney General nominee raises concerns ... They’re coming for your guns, pot smokers ... Global leaders call for total decriminalization ... A possible solution to the cannabis banking problem ... and more.

She bangs the drums: Women Drummers International

Nov 23, 2016
Alexandra Augustin

 

When it comes to music made by women, some clichés still persist: Women sing, and men play loud guitars and heavy drums. Conga drummer Carolyn Brandy wants to change all that.

Scott La Rockwell

When muralist and painter Aaron De La Cruz arrived at art school at California College of Arts and Craft, he had trouble believing that he belonged there. Cruz grew up in Fresno tagging walls and not quite believing art could be an actual career.

Audrey Dilling

An unusual scene has been playing out at Ocean Beach over the past few weeks.

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