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Crosscurrents
Mondays–Thursdays at 11 am; rebroadcast at midnight

Crosscurrents is KALW Public Radio's award-winning news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community.

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Latest Episodes
  • The Public Media Journalists Association just announced their 2024 winners. We are thrilled to announce KALW won 3 of those awards. In honor of that, we bring you the first place winner for Interview Podcast, Division B. It’s Uncuffed’s episode “Hole In The Heart.” And, Bay Poet, Jenny Qi.
  • In this episode, a San Francisco chef explores what “home cooking” really means. We get a taste of Texas in the Bay. Then, we meet an artist who positions our consumer society against the fossils that fuel it. And, San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin centers housing in his campaign for mayor.
  • Today, how two young men are working to keep public transit alive. Then, we meet someone who creates languages for major fantasy films and shows. And, we hear from pioneering journalist Tasneem Raja on the importance of local news outlets today.
  • There’s a new cohort of journalists learning how to make radio in California prisons. In this episode we get to know them more through their favorite songs. Today, we meet this year’s Uncuffed class at San Quentin.
  • For Pride Month, we meet two people who are fighting homophobia in the Black community. We are celebrating those who live at the intersection of Blackness and Queerness. What it means to be Black, Queer and Free, its a story from the Stoop podcast.
  • Calls for universities to divest from Israel echo a time 40-years-ago when students made similar demands to boycott South Africa for apartheid. Today, we explore similarities and differences. Then, why Gen Z is under performing at the polls.
  • Climate change is scary. And it's even scarier for teenagers who feel like it’s up to their generation to fix it. Today, climate anxiety and action, it’s another episode from our podcast by, about and for teenagers, tbh. Then, a reading from San Francisco author Caroline Paul.
  • Oakland’s Parker elementary school is closed down, but now the building is home to something new. Today we hear about the second life of a closed school. Then, what do teenagers think about artificial intelligence? We find out in a story from our podcast, tbh.
  • For many high schoolers in the Bay, school lets out this week. Summer’s about to start and at KALW that means we’ll be welcoming a new class of teenagers to produce the next season of tbh. Today, we want to revisit one of those stories from last year, it’s about the intersection of AI and art.
  • College campus protests are turning away from traditional media and relying on student journalists from their schools. Today, how a new generation of organizers is redefining “good journalism.” Then, a conversation with psychologist Helen Hsu, the author of the “Healing Trauma Workbook for Asian Americans.”