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Crosscurrents Podcast

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


11/30: Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

A tribute to the American writer Mark Twain and his time in the West. 

11/29: Making hospitals safer for older patients

Nov 29, 2016

11/28: The debate around doll therapy

Nov 28, 2016


Today on Crosscurrents: How doll therapy can help patients with Alzheimer's. An interview with an Oakland group specializing in Eastern European traditional music. The search for German-style bread in San Francisco.

11/23: Creating a space for women drummers

Nov 23, 2016

11/22: Shane Bauer on disenchanted white men

Nov 22, 2016

11/21: The WRAP

Nov 21, 2016

11/17: The quest for artificial photosynthesis

Nov 17, 2016

  • Scientists at UC Berkeley try to make fuel from sunlight, air, and water with the help of bacteria.
  • A new report about the health of the San Francisco Bay.
  • Sounds from an "Unthanksgiving" ceremony in the middle of the bay.

11/16: The art of soccer

Nov 16, 2016


11/15: Race, protest, respect and the national anthem

Nov 15, 2016

11/14: Mad as hell

Nov 14, 2016

11/9: Election recap

Nov 9, 2016

  • A recap of state and local election results.
  • An interview with Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. 

11/2: What exactly is a municipal bond?

Nov 2, 2016