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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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  • Today, we explore the tight-knit community of lowriders in San Jose. We hear about hydraulic lifts, custom cars, and socio-political implications. Then, we learn how one lowrider club uses bikes to challenge assumptions. And, a drag queen reflects on the closure of an Oakland queer bar.
  • Malcolm X was often called a polarizing figure. But to one Egyptian diplomat he was a friend. Today, we hear about the friendship which helped lead to the late leader’s spiritual and political transformation. Then, we’ll hear the story of one man and the powerful draw of Islam in prison.
  • Today, we hear from the daughter of Betty Reid Soskin — the iconic 102-year-old park ranger. She shares a story about a different part of her mother's life many of us may not know about — her time as a singer. Then, how one group is working to keep Richmond’s rich music legacy alive.
  • Today, we discuss how wealthy entrepreneurs are influencing city government through money and social media in a conversation with Mission Local Managing Editor Joe Eskenazi. Then, ahead of the Day Of Remembrance, we go to the site of one of the camps where Japanese American farmers were incarcerated during World War II.
  • Today we’re presenting a Valentine’s special from The Stoop podcast. It’s hosted by Leila Day and KALW's own Hana Baba and it’s about Black identity. In this episode, they explore the various ways love is expressed in Black communities — through words, but also through music, dance, family, and friendship.
  • People in prison are no strangers to stigmas and stereotypes — the outside world often perpetuates ideas about who is incarcerated that are far from reality. But stigmas also exist within prison. Today, from Uncuffed, how an HIV diagnosis changed one baseball player’s life, and the unlikely support he found on his team.
  • Today, we visit a park in Stockton that is a weekend haven for Hmong and Cambodian food. We meet the vendors and eat family recipes at Angel Cruz Park. Then, how can you make your home less reliant on fossil fuels? And, a reading from Cameron Park author Beverly Parayno.
  • Last month, Bay Area communities conducted their biannual Point in Time count. Today, a conversation on how we measure homelessness and the things we miss. Then, writer Tommy Orange talks about his latest project — a collaborative novel. And, we explore the history of black communities in San Francisco.
  • The Bay Area is home to a tradition of improvised group singing. In this episode, we find human connection through song. Then, we hear how one local performer teaches people how to go deep and explore their cultural roots through music. And, we explore what some people think they can tell about someone from the way they sound.
  • In this episode, we go to a show at Club Fugazi that’s all about celebrating the City by the Bay. Then, we hear two artists speak about how their work honors Black men and boys. And, we’ll take a look at the legacy the Black Panthers left in East Oakland.