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Mondays–Thursdays at 5 p.m.

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 are going to hear what it’s like being a medic at a favorite summer destination, Great America. Then, we speak with author Judy Juanita about joining the Black Panther Party in the 60s. And, we’ll hear readings from three San Francisco authors: Beth Winegarner, Virgie Tovar, and Jodi Klein.
  • Today, we learn about lowrider bikes and the way one bike club is working to change the perception of lowrider culture in Northern California. Then, we hear from an activist who created a space for queer arts to be a form of wellness. And, we listen to readings from three local authors: Vanessa Hua, Angela Terry, and Charlie Jane Anders.
  • Today, we meet an artist who takes ordinary objects and experiences and reimagines them to find new meaning. We speak with Multi-media artist, Robin David. Then, we talk to Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife, who recently led a campaign to cap the annual increase on rents in rent-controlled buildings. And, we listen to three Bay Area authors read from books for and about young people.
  • Pride March is one of the biggest events in San Francisco, but after all is said and done, who cleans everything up? Today, we hear about the delicate balancing act of cleaning confetti and glitter. Then, what happens when you sing a song with toxic lyrics on repeat for three days straight? And, we’ll listen to a reading from Oakland author Faith Kramer.
  • The Warriors just won their fourth NBA title in eight years – we hear from the man who coached them to their first title here back in 1975, former Warriors head coach Al Attles. And, Bay Area authors Evelyn LaTorre, Masha Rumer and Loren Rhoads read from their memoirs in a literary collection from our podcast, New Arrivals.
  • Today, we hear the story of how a burrito sparked a special connection between two Bay Area comedians. It’s a new installment of Into The Fold with Kristee Ono. Then, we will go to a half century old San Francisco establishment that uses sound for healing. And, we will hear a reading from Pacifica author Toni Mirosevich.
  • Today, we are going to talk about slavery, maybe what comes to mind is the American South- but California has a history of enslavement too. So why isn’t it better known? We’ll hear a story from California's history. Then, we speak with a dancer from Fairfield who shares her experience of competing on the reality show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.”
  • Today, we explore how California is making plans to become a sanctuary state for abortion access. We learn what California’s role will be if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade. Then, we hear how you can be a father, from inside prison, to a child whose voice you’ve never even heard. And, we’ll hear a reading from Oakland author Mitchell Schwarzer.
  • The Warriors are in the NBA finals — we’ll hear from a player slash poet who was on the team when they originally moved to the city 60 years ago: hometown hero Tom Meschery. Then, How one man left his finance job to become a magician for Silicon Valley's elite. And, we’ll hear from a San Jose author.
  • Today, we hear about the challenges native tribes face when they apply for federal recognition. Then, we talk to Oakland muralist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith about how she turns large, blank walls into art that tells a story. And, Oakland author Mac Barnett reads from his new children’s book.