Crosscurrents Podcast

1/11: The legal limbo of the cannabis business

Jan 11, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How federal policy is shutting legal marijuana businesses out of banks.
  • A lawsuit challenging Oakland’s ban on coal exports is headed for trial.
  • From the Kitchen Sisters, a story about the great egg wars of the Gold Rush.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What does the legalization of cannabis mean for our lungs?  
  • What California’s new cannabis law will mean for immigrants here in the Bay Area
  • A conversation with El Cerrito's first poet lauereate, Maw Shein Win

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  • Relief aid from the Northern California fires is harder to access for undocumented residents. So other people living in Sonoma County are stepping in.
  • Local novelist Shanthi Sekaran addresses questions of immigration and motherhood in her new book Lucky Boy.
  • A mother and daughter bond over their love of food in the StoryCorps booth.

1/8: Fantastic Negrito and the Last Days of Oakland

Jan 8, 2018

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12/21: Folk music for misfits

Dec 21, 2017

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  • What happens to cars that are donated to charities
  • A Bay Area Beats with singer/songwriter Eli Conley
  • What Christmas is like in San Quentin

12/20: The price of selling cannabis

Dec 20, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A North Bay mom pushes for her daughter’s right to access medical cannabis at school.
  • Entrepreneurs getting into the marijuana business are bringing money and new ideas to the table.

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  • The legal-cannabis industry is causing a green rush of new businesses. Can government create a fair marketplace for people convicted of marijuana offenses?
  • An Oakland company tries to measure if you’ve been driving while high

oday on Crosscurrents:

  • The cannabis industry's effect on the state's water supply.
  • How a team of researchers have been using satellite images to study cannabis grow sites for three years.

12/14: Combatting chronic absenteeism

Dec 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How one Bay Area school district is offering families extra support so kids get to school on time every day.
  • Inside Real Guitars, the oldest vintage guitar shop in the city.

12/13: Stories of Chinese migration

Dec 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new art exhibit traces the journey of bone boxes throughout the Chinese diaspora
  • A spot on the U.S.-Mexico border where Chinese food rules supreme
  • A woman born in San Francisco’s Chinatown discusses her glamorous life as a chorus girl

12/12: The legacy of Mayor Ed Lee

Dec 12, 2017

A special presentation from KALW News: 

  • A remembrance of Ewin M. Lee, San Francisco's 43rd mayor.

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12/7: Creating community for adults with autism

Dec 7, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a group of Bay Area parents built a community for young adults with autism.
  • The verdict in the Kate Steinle case revives debate about border security and illegal immigration.
  • A conversation with choreographer and performance artist Keith Hennessy.

12/6: Stories from Youth Radio

Dec 6, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A young man reflects on a lifetime spent in the California foster care system.
  • Youth Radio's new executive director Jabari Gray discusses big plans for youth-driven media around the country.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Inside an experimental housing model that lets homeless alcoholics keep drinking and live indoors.
  • What the city of Oakland is doing about the tent camps that have been set up around town.

12/4: Cleaning up after the North Bay fires

Dec 4, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Crews in Santa Rosa race against the clock to make sure toxic debris from the North Bay fires don't end up in our water.
  • An update on the fire-cleanup efforts in the North Bay.
  • Bay Area Beats interviews Oakland-born legend Sheila E.

11/30: Traveling by tube

Nov 30, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a song helped a San Francisco teenager reflect on the impacts of the AIDS crisis on his family.
  • Comedian Karinda Dobbins talks about making jokes in this challenging political moment.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

11/28: City of Refuge

Nov 28, 2017

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11/27: Coming to America

Nov 27, 2017

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  • What a change in immigration status will mean for a small Haitian church in the North Bay.
  • The complicated history of African American student achievement in San Francisco, and an expansive new plan for improvement.


11/20: Learning to love the 880

Nov 20, 2017


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11/16: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

  • There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town in the classically monopolistic sense: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs there and it owns more land than anyone else.


11/15: Homeless in Googleville

Nov 15, 2017

  • Right outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View we meet a Googler living in an RV in a company parking lot; a subcontractor living in a trailer on the street; and a man living in a van. Find out how they ended up here and what the city of Mountain View is doing to help them. 

11/13: THE INTERSECTION — Life before Google

Nov 15, 2017

11/14: Home Sweet Google

Nov 14, 2017

  • Google has made a lot of its employees very, very rich. So why are some of them living in a mobile home park next to the company's global headquarters? And how do other park residents feel about their new neighbors? Find out on the latest installment of THE INTERSECTION. 

11/9: Discretionary review

Nov 9, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A “special power” lets San Franciscans halt new construction.
  • Come January, will legalized marijuana be available in your city?
  • Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio discusses her documentary about West Oakland's blues history and what it can tell us about the city's future.

11/8: Jaco's story

Nov 8, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The North Bay fires burned a Santa Rosa school for high-functioning autistic students, as well as some of their homes.
  • A festival celebrating contemporary Latinx choreographers is happening this weekend.

11/7: Harm reduction for homeless alcoholics

Nov 7, 2017


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11/6: What's killing California's trees?

Nov 6, 2017

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11/2: A new city skyline

Nov 2, 2017


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