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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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  • People have come to the U.S.YS for different reasons. Sometimes, it can be a matter of life and death. Some LGBTQ+ immigrants flee from their home countries and leave everything behind. And as we head into October, which is LBGTQ+ History Month, we are revisiting a story from someone who shared his experience with just that.
  • Today, we meet the man who reports on the athletes at San Quentin prison who play everything from basketball to pickleball. Then, Fantastic Negrito's drummer James “Sticknasty” Small talks about his debut solo album. And, we’ll hear why a seminal Jewish text got an updated translation.
  • Today, we talk to reporter Sonia Paul about a first-in-the-nation measure to add caste to state anti-discrimination laws. And we hear from three Bay Area authors with three very different novels. Then, we meet the ladies of the Grant Avenue Follies who celebrate mid-century Chinatown's cultural scene one song and dance at a time.
  • Today, we meet researchers using a special night vision camera to track the movement of trains and pollution. We hear how open air coal trains are impacting Oakland communities. Then, we learn how the Folsom Street Fair got it's start. And, we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by highlighting the work of some Bay Area poets.
  • Today, we meet the first openly LGBTQ fire chief in the country in a new story from our series "At Work." Then, a conversation about the future of small publishing with J.K. Fowler, the founder of Oakland's now-shuttered Nomadic Press.
  • In today's episode, we go to a blue house in San Francisco that attracts crowds of French people. It's a new story in our series Culture Keepers, celebrating Bay Area communities. Then, we get an unexpected answer to a question about the most influential Latino in the Bay Area from our collaborative reporting series, Hey Area.
  • In this episode, we rock out with a Bay Area band who takes public performance and the idea of moving to music to a whole new level. Today, we’re checking out the DIY punk scene. Then, we hear why 10 out the 12 members left college footballs' Pacific Athletic Conference. What led to the PAC-12's sudden demise?
  • Today, we climb into the bell tower at Holy Trinity Cathedral to meet a bell ringer who's been cultivating his craft since childhood and is passing it on to the next generation. Then, we meet Wayne Harris, who wrote and stars in the play "Train Stories," about three African-American men on a train ride, figuring out their place in a 1948 America.
  • Today, two formerly incarcerated mothers reflect on how their children keep them strong. Then, we hear how becoming a teacher led one person to finally feel seen. Stories from Uncuffed’s re-entry class. And, we get an update on the possible resurrection of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company.
  • In this episode, we meet an East Bay chef who goes beyond shopping at the farmer’s market. We hear how he works to connect food, urban diners and nature. Then, we’ll go back in time to visit San Francisco’s oldest gay bar before it closed its doors. And, we hear how piano playing can create a future for those in prison.