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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, an Oakland singer shares her excitement about her upcoming performance at Stern Grove. Then, why one visual artist created an infinity box. And, a celebrated deaf-blind lawyer fights popular assumptions about disability.
  • The Bayview-Hunters Point Coastline is currently being developed into a chain of parks. Today on Crosscurrents, how Free swim lessons are connecting kids with water. Then, we break down the stereotypes about Black people and swimming. And, a Burning Man artist talks about his time at Black Rock city.
  • What kind of care does someone get in San Francisco if they have a mental health emergency? In this episode, a look at the city's policies when people are in crisis with SF Public Press reporters. Then, a Burning Man artist shares his work. And we meet a group trying to make Black Rock City more accessible.
  • This Stoop episode is an ode to Black men's voices. Celebrating some of the voices that soothe, excite, or give us a sense of being grounded. Black men’s voices have symbolized comfort, affection, and authority in pop culture. We also meet voice actor and writer Kingsley Okafor of the group that became a viral sensation: Bearded Black Men Reading.
  • In this episode of Crosscurrents, we hear how tending to our mental health can be tough when it feels like the world is on fire. Today, we dig into the psychological impacts of climate change. Then, the history of one local wildlife haven. It's a conversation and a story about taking care of ourselves and the natural world.
  • Today on Crosscurrents, we learn how cement and concrete produce almost as much carbon dioxide as cars. We bring you a story that exlpores the climate issues with our most used building material. Then, we learn how high school suspension rules in California have changed to protect students.
  • In this episode, we learn how a researcher at UCSF thinks community choirs can be more than just a fun activity. A day with seniors who sing. Then, we explore another possible solution for healing, using sound itself. And, we remember the social significance of the lateGiants baseball icon, Willie Mays.
  • In today's episode of Crosscurrents, we hear how some residents in West Marin are fighting to keep the lights off. But in order to succeed they will need more than just the North Star to navigate through all the municipal red tape. It's part two of a special story from our friends at the Nocturne podcast.
  • In this episode, we hear how doing laundry can mean more than just having clean clothes. We head to the Tenderlion neighborhood to wash a load at San Francisco’s Ministry of Laundry. Then, how some people in Point Reyes are fighting to keep their night sky dark. It's a special segment from the Nocturne podcast.
  • Today, how Bluegrass took root in the Bay Area. It's a day at the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival. Then, we hear the music of riding the rails. And, the story of a cat in space ... that may or may not eat pizza.