Crosscurrents

Today’s local music is by Matt Jaffe & The Distractions from Mill Valley. They’re a bit unique these days because they actually play and sing live, with no computer enhancement: what you see on stage is what you get. 

Winni Wintermeyer with permission from Mother Jones

Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer has spent time in an Iranian prison, gone undercover as a guard at a maximum security prison in Louisiana, and recently embedded with militiamen patrolling the U.S. border with Mexico.

Today's Local Music: Lauren Hulbert

Oct 24, 2016
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The languid voice you’re hearing now belongs to Lauren Hulbert. She taught herself to play guitar, but having ten years of classical piano lessons probably helped with that exercise.

Courtesy of Stroy Moyd // Resized and cropped

Bay Area comedian Stroy Moyd was born in East Oakland, moved to Berkeley as a teen, and now performs all over the Bay, and beyond. The twenty-something has been doing stand-up since he was 16, inspired by his dad's sense of humor and way with words.

Vallejo hopes to plug into the electric car market

Aug 16, 2016
Max Pringle

 

 

 

If you’re a former Navy town that’s been navigating rough economic seas since your base closed 20 years ago, a high-tech electric car assembly plant may just be the thing you’re looking for to turn your fortunes around.

Tammy Drummond

 

Every Wednesday afternoon, a science classroom in a West Oakland middle school fills up with kids that hang out there by choice. It's become a sanctuary for the neighborhood. Why?

Ben Trefny

It’s the final game of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Junior Warriors 8th grade girls basketball league. The SOMA Stars and the Lady Hurricanes take their positions on the court. A tall, wiry man – the referee – steps to the center. He looks at all the girls, smiles, and tosses the ball straight up in the air. Two girls jump for it, and the game is on.

John Lucas, used under CC attribution / cropped

The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Shipra Shukla

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on our daily news magazine Crosscurrents. You’ll work in a highly collaborative and supportive newsroom, joining our award-winning team producing long-form features and innovative podcasts. Your primary job will be to work with journalists and storytellers, help them craft reporting plans, follow through with advice during their reporting process, provide insightful edits, and help deliver memorable stories.

John Navas

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio journalism story editor to work on a special project called The Spiritual Edge (TSE), exploring the innovative American spirit through the lens of spirituality and religion. This initiative, launched in 2014, will be directed toward building a national audience and launching a podcast with stories coming from KALW reporters and from around the country.

 

Local filmmaker Amir Soltani was fascinated by the people making a living recycling bottles and cans in his West Oakland neighborhood. So Soltani and his collaborators spent spent seven years following the lives of three recyclers for their documentary “Dogtown Redemption.”

Image by Flickr user Youth Radio, under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

 

 

For decades, media has treated the Saudi Arabian woman as the posterchild for female oppression. But changes in the Kingdom are now challenging that image.

 

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.

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. 

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.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mar 2, 2016
By Flickr user Stefano, used under CC by-NC-SA 2.0/resized and cropped

Six Bay Area Newspapers to Consolidate Into Two // New York Times

“Six daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area will be merged into two, one serving Oakland and the East Bay and the other Silicon Valley. The Bay Area News Group said the move would result in a modest reduction in staffing, but did not provide details."

 

StoryCorps: Dancing despite disability

Feb 10, 2016

Twenty eight years ago, Bonnie Lewkowicz got a phone call from someone wanting to know what she thought about the idea of disabled people dancing. That question set her on an improbable odyssey.

Image cropped and modified from http://marcibowers.com/

Dr. Marci Bowers is an OBGYN with a practice in Burlingame, and she's a global leader in her field. She also may be the first gender reassignment surgeon to have undergone the surgery herself.

Daily news roundup for Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016
"Super Bowl 50," by Flickr user Charlie Lyons-Pardue. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / resized and cropped

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

Super Bowl 50’s crazy ticket prices drop slightly, but Niner fans still left out // Mercury News

The Specialist: Zoo Chef

Jan 13, 2016
Image courtesy of Oakland Zoo

Meeting wild animals' needs and wants, and the dietary preferences of a very picky vulture.

We’d love your feedback, and your ideas. Do you know any specialists? Are you a specialist? Email specialistpodcast@gmail.com. 

Click the audio player above to hear the piece.

Sound design of this piece by Seth Samuel, who also wrote all the music. 

1/7: Playgrounds past and present

Jan 7, 2016
  • Playground equipment has changed in the Bay Area—for safety’s sake.
  • How the Oakland neighborhood of Jingletown got its name.
  • A beloved restaurant fuses Mexican and Vietnamese food.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16, 2015
"Je Suis Paris" by Flickr user The Apex Archive. Used under CC / resized and cropped.

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

France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away // SFGATE

"France launched massive air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp where Iraqi intelligence officials say the Paris attacks were planned."

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

The Specialist: Home stager

Nov 3, 2015
Casey Miner

In Episode 4 of The Specialist, Bay Area home stager Cora Sue Anthony shares tips for how to turn the place you live into a product you're selling, the difference between house and home, and why you never want to run into the back of a sofa.

Pat Mazzera

Classically trained composer and pianist JooWan Kim's new performance piece, The Town on Notice from Dimensions Dance Theater, is about Oakland’s gentrification. Together with his group Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Kim fuses hip-hop and classical elements together to make what he calls “hybrid music."

Today's Local Music: The Dirty

Oct 5, 2015
courtesy of the artist

Today's music may sound like Southern Rock, but The Dirty - the Bay Area band you're hearing now - prefers to simply call it American Rock. 

Today’s local music is by Pat Wilder. She started learning guitar as a teenager after her mother “encouraged” her to take up any instrument other than the one she was learning – drums!

Pat Wilder has a show on Friday (10.02) at noon. She’ll be performing at 201 Spear Street in San Francisco. It’s part of this year’s free People in Plazas series.

Poster designed by Rich Black


This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Mental health parity; Afro-Cuban dance; Choreographer Amara Tabor-Smith  

These voices belong to members of La Peña Community Chorus. They have prepared an evening of Peruvian music, Friday at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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