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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

The music of Betty Reid Soskin

A new documentary tells the story of Betty Reid Soskin — the iconic 102-year-old park ranger, famous for being assigned to the Rosie the Riveter WWII Education Center in Richmond. The documentary tells the story about a different part of her life many of us may not know about — her time as a singer.

Reid’s family was a musical family, and she and her husband opened Reid’s Records on Sacramento Street in Berkeley in 1945. While her music wasn’t known for a long time, she has recently unearthed it for the documentary "Sign my Name to Freedom" directed by Bryan Gibel.

Hana Baba talked to Soskin’s daughter, Diara Melite Kitty Reid, to tell her about the musical side of her mother.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.