Crosscurrents Podcast


  • Japanese American farmers who were incarcerated during World War II and resisted.
  • A San Francisco teacher reflects on her early childhood experience in an incarceration camp.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound: Tanforan.

2/15: Will the water come?

Feb 15, 2017

A original documentary looking at the lasting impact California’s drought has had on the Central Valley, specifically in the tiny community of Okieville, Calif.

2/14: A love letter to the Portola neighborhood

Feb 14, 2017

2/13: High-speed rail in California

Feb 13, 2017

2/1: Are President Trump's executive orders legal?

Feb 1, 2017

  • A conversation with an ACLU attorney about President Trump’s immigration ban.
  • Three San Francisco students reflect on the Women’s March on Washington.
  • An Iranian-American composer whose music bridges cultural divides.

1/30: Bay Area responds to Trump's immigration ban

Jan 30, 2017

  • Bay Area Muslims respond to President Trump's executive order limiting immigration.  
  • A new edition of Bay Area Beats with the band Bang Data.
  • Squatting in the "ghost town" of San Francisco's Presidio. 
  • Today's local music is the Screaming Bloody Marys

1/26: San Francisco looks to update its bail system

Jan 26, 2017


1/25: Bay Area writers respond to Trump

Jan 25, 2017


1/24: "Advanced directives" for the end of life

Jan 24, 2017

  • Just one third of Americans have a document spelling out their end-of-life medical wishes. 
  • A local author spent a week with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Looking for enlightenment through fasting.

1/23: The Bay Area under Trump

Jan 23, 2017

  • Bay Area voices from the Washington, D.C. and local protests.
  • Perspective from Jason Clark, the  chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party.
  • Writers respond to Trump.
  • How President Trump's first actions will affect the Bay Area. 
  • The first in our series "Ask an Estonian."

1/19: Women artists speak out

Jan 19, 2017

1/18: Dear Donald Trump

Jan 18, 2017

  • More letters to President-Elect Donald Trump from Bay Area women.
  • The story of Fred Korematsu, the Oakland-born Japanese-American civil rights hero who defied forced incarceration.
  • BART officials reach out to homeless people taking shelter in stations.

1/17: End-of-life palliative care

Jan 17, 2017

  • Bay Area women write letters to President-Elect Trump.
  • The dilemmas of palliative care for people at the end of their lives. 
  • Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki captured a Greek sea captain's mission to save refugees. 

1/12: Rethinking remedial college courses

Jan 12, 2017



1/10: The future of health care

Jan 10, 2017

  • As Congress prepares for a showdown over the Affordable Care Act, locals prepare for the consequences.
  • Doctors want to help ready patients for end-of-life care.

1/9: The students of San Francisco Juvenile Hall

Jan 9, 2017


1/5: Cybersecurity in the digital age

Jan 5, 2017


1/4: Oakland picks a new police chief

Jan 4, 2017

  • After seven months, Oakland picks a new police chief.
  • The rain worries neighbors of a creek that divides two cities.
  • A disability rights lawyer explains why bringing clients to the negotiating table can be more effective than lawsuits.

1/3: Meet Snap Judgement's story sculptor

Jan 3, 2017

  • In the season finale of The Specialist, we pull back the curtain on the craft of podcasting.
  • A bonus story from Glynn Washington, host of the podcast Snap Judgment, about happily failing in a dull job.

1/2: Live from San Quentin

Jan 2, 2017

Members of the San Quentin Creative Writing Class present the stories they've been writing to fellow inmates and guests at a live event inside the prison.

12/15: Letters to Santa

Dec 15, 2016


  • Teaching immigrant parents English can help the educational experience of their kids.
  • What happens to all those letters written to Santa.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

12/13: The cost of being a sanctuary city

Dec 13, 2016

12/12: Local surveillance under a Trump administration

Dec 12, 2016

12/8: Living in an SRO

Dec 8, 2016

12/7: Homelessness and mental health

Dec 7, 2016

  • Mental health problems are often a consequence—not a cause—of homelessness.
  • Nonprofit pledges to fund Street Spirit, a newspaper that covers homelessness.
  • One man makes a home inside a Tenderloin residential hotel.

12/6: Investigating the water quality of the Bay

Dec 6, 2016

12/5: The tragedy at 'Ghost Ship'

Dec 5, 2016

12/1: Social media's shifting impact

Dec 1, 2016