Crosscurrents Podcast

3/15: The battle for San Francisco's curb space

Mar 15, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How Uber, Lyft, and driverless cars could change the shape of our streets
  • The story behind this week’s mystery sound takes us to a mall in San Jose

3/14: San Francisco students walk out

Mar 14, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • San Francisco students walk out to protest gun violence
  • San Quentin Radio: Inmates reflect on guns and school safety
  • Curb Wars, Part 2: Can you imagine, an $8/hr parking meter?

3/13: The price of a parklet

Mar 13, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How much it costs to build a parklet on Valencia
  • How Berkeley is trying to reinvent municipal finances using the technology behind Bitcoin
  • A visit to a new gallery in Oakland created for and by Black women

3/12: The Future of Googleville

Mar 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A brand new episode of the original KALW podcast THE INTERSECTION, examining how the city of Mountain View is planning for the future while dealing with current housing and transportation crises 

3/8: A night out with the Chulita Vinyl Club

Mar 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a blind woodworker helps other visually impaired artists feel comfortable in the woodshop
  • Listening to throwback jams from an all-women-of-color DJ collective, the Chulita Vinyl Club

3/7: Stories from Syria

Mar 7, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A young man from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo copes with both the privilege and distance that come with asylum in the United States
  • How a local children’s author tells the harrowing story of a Syrian child living through war
  • A musician from Syria shares his love of drumming

3/6: Bringing new voices to the stage

Mar 6, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What it means to live in a sanctuary city
  • A look inside Las Hociconas, a new theater residency program that supports artists of color

3/5: The cannabis industry comes to Oakland

Mar 5, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Is a cannabis business displacing artists in Oakland?
  • A man without a home talks about the inhumanity of poverty
  • A conversation with the new director of Youth Speaks

3/1: The LARPers of the Berkeley Hills

Mar 1, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Supportive housing for homeless veterans and low-income families comes to San Francisco’s Mission Bay
  • How a history of racist government decisions led to institutionalized poverty
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

2/28: Revisiting the Compton's Cafeteria Riot

Feb 28, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A theater piece brings the country’s first known act of militant, queer resistance against police brutality back to life
  • How interracial relationships are faring in the era of Black Lives Matter
  • A Bay Area photographer uses her camera to give back to her community

2/27: The Kerner Report turns 50

Feb 27, 2018

Today on Crosscurents: 

  • The Bay Area invests in driverless car technology
  • Scholars at UC Berkeley revisit the Kerner Report, which investigated the racial unrest of the summer of 1967

2/26: The great heron experiment

Feb 26, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • Herons that have been nesting in downtown Oakland for years look for new homes at Lake Merritt
  • An organization tries to disrupt stereotypes about who is and who is not ‘outdoorsy'
  • Memories recounted by the oldest park ranger in the country, Betty Reid Soskin

12/21: Counted: An Oakland Story

Feb 21, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

2/15: The future of Oakland's Downtown

Feb 15, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Oakland decides on the future of its downtown
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

2/14: Combatting sexual harassment at school

Feb 14, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A man seeking asylum in San Francisco is arrested by immigration agents
  • African American teens in Oakland talk about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault at school
  • More on the Oakland Unified School District's new sexual harassment policy

2/13: World Radio Day

Feb 13, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A visit to an indie Turkish radio station operating at a time of increasing government crackdowns on opposition media
  • A single conversation produced two different stories about an activist childhood in California

2/12: The healing powers of the humble acorn

Feb 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at the new state law that requires education about human trafficking in school
  • How acorns are helping native habitats grow back in the fire-ravaged North Bay hills
  • A Bay Area Beats with legendary Bay Area turntablist DJ Qbert

2/8: Are we headed into another drought?

Feb 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Deciphering this winter's abnormally warm weather
  • What severe cutbacks at the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times mean for staying informed in the Bay Area
  • Enjoying the beats of Bollywood by the Bay

2/7: Combatting car break-ins

Feb 7, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A look inside San Francisco’s car break-in crisis.
  • A conversation with Paul Flores, who fuses documentary and playwriting.
  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered.

2/5: Back to School

Feb 5, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An Oakland-based program designed to help college-graduation rates rise
  • From Snap Judgment, a story of a teenager from El Salvador navigating his senior year of high school in San Francisco

2/1: Looking back at Ed Lee's housing record

Feb 1, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deep look at Ed Lee’s approach to housing
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

1/31: Is this flu season worse than normal?

Jan 31, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at this season's flu
  • A Bay Area Beats with DiaPa’Son
  • An interview with crochet artist Ramekon O’Arwisters

1/30: 40 Weeks

Jan 30, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • We go to a rally in San Francisco where women — especially Black women —who’ve had babies prematurely are working with researchers to find solutions
  • The latest practices being used to help prematurely born babies survive
  • The volunteers who help the smallest babies meet the world

1/29: The rise of vehicle sharing in the Bay Area

Jan 29, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Voices from this weekend’s Walk For Life March
  • Why car sharing has gotten easier in Berkeley and Oakland
  • The story behind the construction of a Bay Area bridge

1/25: Oakland's natural magic

Jan 25, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Driving in an express lane — for a small fee
  • The Alphabet Rockers on creating socially conscious hip-hop for kids
  • A tour of Oakland's herbs and trees with the "woke witch"
  • A remembrance of Ursula K. Le Guin

1/24: African entrepenuership in Silicon Valley

Jan 24, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Analyzing the Trump Administration’s statements and policies on immigration
  • African entrepreneurs meet Silicon Valley investors in Mountain View this weekend
  • Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminika on overcoming trauma through making art

1/23: Getting to know your neighbors

Jan 23, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deeper look at the proposed bridge toll increase
  • Inside the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland
  • ​The story of a photographer in the Western Addition who who was determined to know the people living around her

1/22: Sounds from the 2018 Women's March

Jan 22, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Testimony from around the Bay Area at this weekend’s Women’s March
  • Combating the caricature of the angry Black woman with The Stoop
  • A Bay Area teacher reflects on how her early childhood experience in an incarceration camp impacted her as an educator

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Reflecting back on the anniversary of the first women’s march
  • Hearing from you about what’s missing from the conversation around sexual harassment
  • A conversation with comedian Jesús U. BettaWork

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • The population of people living on the streets has been the same for years. If the numbers aren’t changing — what is?
  • The world premiere of Harriet's Spirit, a stage show that introduces kids to Harriet Tubman through opera
  • An excerpt from the new podcast The Stoop