Crosscurrents

The San Francisco Shipyard: Undoing the toxic legacy

Jun 12, 2014
Luiza Leite

Marie Harrison is very familiar with the health issues in Bayview Hunters Point.

"I've lived and raised children in Bayview for almost 50 something years, and honestly for as long as I can remember there have always been complaints. Because no one really understood the relationship between their illnesses and where they lived," Harrison says.

The San Francisco Shipyard: Who gets the jobs?

Jun 11, 2014

Freddy Carter is working on block 51. This is one of the first buildings in the reinvention of the historic Hunters Point Shipyard that will come on the market.

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Linda Richardson is sitting in her car just outside a huge, fenced off, construction zone. This is where Lennar Urban is slowly building a new development at the site of the abandoned Navy shipyard. 12,000 homes by 2021. Richardson, a long time resident and community activist, wants to show me who will be most affected by the redevelopment.

Ira Glass spends an hour with KALW News Director Holly Kernan geeking out about radio, with stories about the early days of radio, Radio Havana in the Mission, and the first bi-lingual radio program.  Today at 5pm.

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Can you name California’s State Song? Are you even aware that California has a State Song? Well, it does, and it used to be sung widely at special events, such as the Inauguration of the Governor. If you know anyone who went to school in the Golden State before the 1960s, they can probably still sing part of it, because classes started each day with students reciting the Pledge to the Flag, along with the song, “I Love You California.”

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.

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Written on the Dock of the Bay: May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.

Saturday, May 25

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is having its 38th annual conference right here in San Francisco May 29th through June 1st.  KALW will be well-represented on the opening afternoon for a special session called “recipe for good listening.”  Among the panel participants: KALW’s Martina Castro, co-founder and senior producer of Radio Ambulante, the spanish-language podcast that features compelling, sound-rich radio stories from everywhere Spanish is spoken.  Details at nfcb.org.

Women learn the art of a knock out

Apr 25, 2013
Impact Bay Area's website.

One Sunday afternoon at a fitness center in San Jose, a chorus of yelling and cheering can be heard: “Leave me alone. I don’t know this man. This man in the blue shirt is bothering me. Go away.”

It sounds like someone is being seriously threatened but instead it’s eight women demonstrating what they’ve learned after 22 hours of self defense training with Impact Bay Area, at the Morning Crane Healing Arts and Fitness Center.

KALW's Nancy Mullane spent the last year touring the most secure prisons in California, including death row at San Quentin, the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran, and Pelican Bay State Prison. 

She sat down with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) deputy secretary Terry Thornton to discuss why these stories aren’t told more often.

Today's local music: Slim Jenkins

Apr 22, 2013
Slim Jenkins promo photo

If you’re looking for old-style Voodoo Blues and swing, look no further than Slim Jenkins.

The group is part of this spring’s “Swing in the Square” dance and concert series. They play a free show on Wednesday 24, April, at San Francisco’s Union Square.

Dance lessons are at 7pm, with Slim Jenkins taking the stage at 8pm.

According to Slim Jenkins' website, the band is a celebration of great American roots music.

Golden Gate Toll Booth

Apr 18, 2013

Bikes are a common sight around San Francisco, and one of the most celebrated city experiences is biking across the Golden Gate. If you do that on a regular basis, you’ve surely noticed that there are no more toll collecting officers on the Bridge. Earlier this month, we spoke with Jacquie Dean who worked for 18 years in a Golden Gate Bride Toll Booth. After airing her story, we asked what listeners thought about the new toll system.

Today’s Local Music: Los Trovadores

Apr 18, 2013

That voice? It belongs to Fito Reinoso. He’s the singer for a new Bay Area group that performs Cuban Son, Danzon and Boleros. They call themselves Los Trovadores, and they’re playing acoustic dance music on Earth Day this Saturday, April 20, at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue in Alameda. The music begins at 8:00pm.

Proposed museum would shine light on New Deal

Apr 17, 2013
Works Progress Administration

In the coming months, San Francisco’s grand Presidio park will announce a new tenant. The space up for grabs is the commissary building on Crissy Field, currently occupied by Sports Basement. And while George Lucas’ proposal for a museum of illustration has gotten the most press, there were 15 others, including a plan for a global observatory, a center dedicated to play, and a National New Deal Museum.

Today's local music: Rupa & The April Fishes

Apr 1, 2013
www.theaprilfishes.com

A worldly ban with a worldly sound, is Crosscurrents' band for Monday April 1. 

San Francisco-based band Rupa and the April Fishes is a collaboration of Aaron Kierbel and Safa Shokrai, Misha Khalikulov, Mario Alberto Silva, and is headed by Rupa.

Summoning ghosts at the Oakland Museum

Mar 14, 2013
Photo by Frederic Larson, courtesy Port of Oakland

If you’ve traveled out of Oakland airport, you’ve probably seen a beautiful piece of artwork – graceful, long-legged cranes painted on the windows in Terminal 2. It’s called “Going Away, Coming Home.” It’s a piece about being of and from two places at once, about the in-between existence we inhabit in transit. By looking at it, you’d probably never imagine that the artist once risked her life to make paintings like this.

Access to legal counsel proves challenging for immigrants

Mar 12, 2013

You would never notice it if you were walking by, because there are no signs, but San Francisco's immigration court is on the eighth and ninth floors of a nondescript office building here on Montgomery Street in the city's financial district. Immigrants can get a notice to appear here if they are facing deportation or applying for asylum. The people outside are here without lawyers. When I asked a man if he had a lawyer, he told me he wasn't sure if they'd let him see a judge or not.

Sarah Cahill is considered one of the architects and champions of the new music scene in the Bay Area. She founded the annual Garden of Memory concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, which is one of the many ways she tries to make contemporary music more accessible to a wider audience. She also does that Sunday nights on her radio show Then and Now on KALW on Sundays at 8pm. Cahill spoke with KALW's Martina Castro and played some songs for her, as she described why she ended up leaving the more formal classical world, for the freedom of the experimental genre.

Today we're featuring the Bay Area band Hot Einstein. They claim to be old and new, at the same time. That’s partly because some band members have known each other a long time, while others are new. You can ask who’s who if you show up at Disco Volante in Oakland on Saturday, March 23. Hot Einstein plays there the third Saturday of each month. Music starts at 9pm.

Finding jobs in the green economy, musician biographies, sound design for the exhibit "Chinese Whispers," the Audiograph answer for the week, and local musician Nils Bultman.

The year is 1985. Ronald Reagan has been sworn in for his second term in office, “We Are the World” tops the charts, and here in the Bay Area, Stanford history professor Clayborne Carson receives a call from Coretta Scott King that will change his life forever. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow asks Carson to tell her late husband’s story through his papers. Carson is momentarily conflicted about accepting King’s request, even recommending more qualified individuals, but agrees to take on the hundreds of thousands of documents in her possession.

 

Today your listening to the Knuckle Knockers.  They’re from way down south … in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. The Knuckle Knockers are part of the   on Saturday, February 16, at The Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, where they’re playing for a square dance! Doors open at 7pm.

Urban Debate has existed since 1985 and has continued to evolve – making it a national and local phenomenon. The Bay Area Urban Debate League sponsored a recent tournament at UC Berkeley, where 400 Bay Area high school students showed up ready to debate.

The SFJazz Center opens in San Francisco, a profile of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, the Ashby Flea Market in Berkeley, and local musician Brian Gore.

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know. 

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

Lisa Ratner

Public radio takes the stage for a live performance of KALW's news magazine, Crosscurrents!

We'll kick off the night with a special presentation from KALW's community storytelling project, Hear Here. Then with host Hana Baba, we'll take you on a sonic journey through Bay Area news, arts, and culture, with our live house band, Tin Cup Serenade and special guests, including audience participation...you won't want to miss it!

East Bay Express: Scary local election updates

Oct 31, 2012
Justin Freitas

On this Halloween holiday, some might find that their deepest fears stem not from ghosts or witches, but from the possible outcomes of the upcoming election. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with with East Bay Express co-editor Robert Gammon on this to discuss some of the scariest election battles in Berkeley, Oakland, and the state.

Gammon explains the controversy over Berkeley’s Measure T, which would allow for dense growth on six sites in West Berkeley. Local public employees union SEIU local 1021 wanted to endorse it, but the union’s county leadership voted against it.

Passion Profile: John Charlebois

Oct 23, 2012

We’ve been honoring the people in our neighborhoods who display a healthy dose of passion in their lives, day in and day out, inspiring us to generate a little of our own. Listener Carmen Dicinque called us recently to tell us about horse trainer John Charlebois. KALW’s Alyssa Kapnik and Ashleyanne Krigbaum went out to meet Charlebois and his horses.

Listen to the profile above.

City College of San Francisco has been in the news quite a bit since July, when it received a very critical report from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, throwing the college’s accreditation into question. Since that time, the college has been scrambling to plan and implement reforms based on the recommendations included in that report.

Today we're featuring the melodic finger-style guitar of long-time session player Mark Goldenberg.

Goldenberg -- who has played lead guitar for Jackson Brown since the Nineties -- is one of a trio of guitar masters taking part in the Acoustic Guitar Summit on Sunday, September 30th, at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. The show starts at 8pm.

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