Crosscurrents Podcast

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • California looks to expand its earthquake early-warning system. 
  • The backstory of Bruce Lee's formative years in the Bay Area.
  • A story from San Quentin Radio about the barbers of San Quentin. 

8/28: Nisrin's story

Aug 28, 2017


Today a special presentation from KALW News:  Nisrin Abdelrahman, a doctoral student at Stanford University, was detained at JFK Airport after President Trump passed his initial travel ban denying entry to citizens from seven majority-Muslim nations. This is her account of what happened, produced by the Stanford Storytelling Project.

8/24: Bay Area braces for weekend rallies

Aug 24, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Discussing the upcoming free speech rallies in Berkeley and San Francisco.
  • A high school reporter heads to Japantown for the San Francisco Anime & Cosplay Festival.
  • We reveal source of this week's Audiograph.

8/23: UC Berkeley's new chancellor

Aug 23, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A conversation with UC Berkeley’s new chancellor.
  • Constitutional lawyer and law professor Julie Nice on defining free speech.
  • A high-school reporter explains why Korean pop music is making people in San Francisco want to dance.

8/22: The legacy of August Vollmer

Aug 22, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Revisiting the legacy of Berkeley's first police chief, August Vollmer.
  • A conversation with East Bay artist and printmaker Sanaa Khan.
  • The dangers of feeding California black bears.

8/21: Meet the new superintendents

Aug 21, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Talking to the new superintendents of Oakland and San Francisco public schools.
  • A personal testimony from Youth Radio about the consequences of the model minority myth.
  • A high school reporter explores a new wave of gourmet boba shops in San Francisco.

8/16: Reinventing remedial education

Aug 16, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A big change in the Cal State University system that’s going to affect twenty five thousand first-time students each fall.
  • Long-time writer and activist Cherrie Moraga on the need for optimism in the face of history.
  • A Bay Area Beats with The Sons Of Soul Revivers.

8/15: Readying for the eclipse

Aug 15, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • All the information you need to know to enjoy the upcoming solar eclipse here in the Bay.
  • A story from our friends at 99 Percent Invisible about the Salton Sea.

8/14: Studying air pollution, block by block

Aug 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

8/10: The survival of street art in the Mission

Aug 10, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A desecrated mural reveals the role street art plays in the survival of the Mission District’s culture
  • A Stanford researcher explores the effects that affirmations can have on young students of color
  • The answer to this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

8/8: Remembering Alex Nieto

Aug 8, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered
  • A daughter of Holocaust survivors explains how trauma can be inherited
  • A veteran discusses his struggle to return to civilian life after fighting in Iraq


Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • How California’s commitment to cap-and-trade pollution policy will affect local communities.

  • The story of a great summer romance between the National Parks Service and the San Francisco Public Library.

  • Remembering the lives impacted by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

7/27: Legal action about climate change

Jul 27, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • A legal case involving two Bay Area counties, 37 giant oil companies, and rising seas.
  • A surprising origin story about rock-n-roll.
  • The answer to this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

7/26: The Stoop

Jul 26, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  •  A special presentation of an episode of the new podcast The Stoop.  

7/25: The power of icons

Jul 25, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • An artist who couldn’t just do art for art’s sake, and found his calling within the Russian Orthodox church.
  • A conversation with a doctor who believes medicine is moving towards a time of integrating mind, body and spirit.

7/24: I ain’t here for no reason

Jul 24, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • An original documentary exploring the lives of Sikh American youth in the Bay Area

7/20: Boat culture on the Delta

Jul 20, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Getting to know boat culture on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
  • An interview with Bay Area artist Yetunde Olagbaju
  • More poetry from Youth Speaks as Brave New Voices returns to the Bay Area 

7/18: Getting to know California's water hub

Jul 18, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • As the state debates water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, we’ll meet the people whose lives it would affect
  • East Bay photographer Matthew O'Brien tells us about his multi-year project photographing Colombia
  • Poetry from Youth Speaks


7/17: Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup

Jul 17, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An in-depth look at Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup
  • A conversation with Youth Speaks founder James Kass
  • A preview of this week's International Poetry Slam competition

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Going up in a crane to see what San Francisco’s development boom looks like from a bird’s-eye view.
  • A profile of dancer Carlos Carvajal.
  • Finding the right note in a garden full of pianos.

7/12: Equity in the cannabis industry

Jul 12, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new program designed to give communities ravaged by the War on Drugs a leg up in the legal pot industry.
  • A quiet cemetery in East Oakland that hides a long history.  

7/11: Oakland contemplates its very own bank

Jul 11, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How some people in Oakland are trying start one of the nation’s first city-run banks
  • From 99 Percent Invisible, a look at the rich history of Colma

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • As housing units open up at San Francisco’s Shipyard, we look back at this massive redevelopment in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood
  • From The Moth, a local author grapples with his wife’s mental illness  

7/6: The state of the Oakland Police Department

Jul 6, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Recapping recent turmoil at the Oakland Police Department
  • A man incarcerated for over two decades reenters society with a newfound friendship with his parents
  • A profile of a trumpet player whose stage is the streets of San Francisco
  • The answer behind this week's Audiograph mystery sound

7/5: The rise of tabletop gaming

Jul 5, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • A look at the dramatic growth of tapletop gaming in the Bay Area
  • Reflecting back on one of the West Coast's most influential nightclubs
  • Another installment in our continued series profiling the street musicians of San Francisco

6/29: Is the water we swim in clean?

Jun 29, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Diving into the issue of water quality in swimming spots in the Bay
  • How one dance form encourages physical closeness in unfamiliar ways
  • The second in our series profiling San Francisco street musicians 

6/28: Evaluating San Francisco's Navigation Centers

Jun 28, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • We go to the Mission District, where the first navigation center opened up to see whether the city’s investment is paying off

  • A conversation with Mission Local reporter Laura Waxmann about the state of SF's navigation centers

  • The first in a new series profiling San Francisco street musicians


6/27: The Making of the Summer of Love

Jun 27, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Taking stock of the Summer of Love as San Francisco celebrates its 50th Anniversary. A special presentation of The Intersection brought to you by KALW News.  

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a vigilante group is using guerrilla tactics to make streets safer for bicyclists
  • An afternoon with Oakland’s Scraper bike team
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

6/21: Death over dinner

Jun 21, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How death cafes are attracting thousands of people in the Bay Area and beyond
  • Reflecting on 40 years of queer theater with Theatre Rhinoceros
  • Remembering one of San Francisco's forgotten monuments