Crosscurrents

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.

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