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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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Pamela Denise Harris

Carolina De Robertis traveled to her family’s country Uruguay and learned about the nation’s queer history. The trip inspired her latest book "Cantoras," about five lesbians living during a dictatorship who escape to a rustic beach that becomes their sanctuary.

  

In today's Audiograph, we’re going to a forest.

Claire Stremple

 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has been an advocate for safe injection sites for illegal drug users since she was first elected. It’s an idea that has been unpopular with the federal government. But earlier this fall, a federal judge ruled that a safe injection site in Philadelphia does not violate federal law.

Holly J. McDede / KALW

On Christmas Eve in 1975, Vicki Hennessy worked her first shift inside a San Francisco jail. Decades later, she went on to be elected San Francisco’s first female sheriff.

The Specialist: Sidewalk Canvasser

Nov 6, 2019
Raja Shah

On this episode of The Specialist, we spend a day in the shoes of a sidewalk canvasser.

The Specialist: Poll Locator

Nov 5, 2019
Photo courtesy of Julie Caine

It’s election day today in San Francisco. There are over 450 places where voters can cast their ballots this year. And that’s all thanks to a group of people who start working long before the election day. In this episode of The Specialist, two polling place scouts get intimate with democracy.

Angela Johnston / KALW

In 2000, San Francisco passed what was considered a highly progressive public finance system for city elections. But since that time, analysts say that San Francisco has fallen far behind other major U.S. cities.

Courtesy of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

California is getting an energy czar. That’s according to Governor Gavin Newsom, who announced a big re-shaping of the utility company PG&E in response to the state’s ongoing wildfire crisis. 

Episode 2: Rebuilding Family Relationships

Nov 4, 2019

Cleo Cloman grew up in a two-parent household and had dreams of playing pro baseball. After a rocky relationship with his father, he lost his passion for the sport and found a new pursuit: the streets. He was convicted of murder, and spent over two decades behind bars. This is the story of how he rediscovered his love of baseball, and his father.

Courtesy of NorCal Underwater Hunters

Purple sea urchins are spiny underwater invertebrates that look like pincushions. They’re native to the ocean along the California coast and share their home with sought-after delicacies like red urchin and abalone. Now, after a few years of rapid growth, some people are calling purple sea urchins a scourge.

There’s a saying that “a woman’s work is never done.” Studies show that women put 11 more hours weekly into unpaid labor than men. Artist Sawyer Rose depicts this inequality through large sculptures in her exhibit Counting the Hours.

Ghost Hunter Captures Voices From The Beyond

Oct 31, 2019
Julie Caine

 

In this Audiograph, we explore an historic estate in Hayward, where some visitors have had some very strange encounters.

Courtesy of Legion M

The entertainment startup Legion M is taking fan power to another level and giving them the opportunity to financially invest in film, TV and digital projects. The founders are based in Emeryville, and making big changes in Hollywood.

Porfirio Rangel / KALW

With Hallow’s Eve just around the corner, it's time to bring out the ghosts and ghouls that make the celebration fun. But drag performer, Hollow Eve, takes it a step further and leaves a crowd at the edge of their seat. Hollow pushes the limits of what their body can do.

Lynn Friedman / Flickr Creative Commons

Next Tuesday, San Franciscans will vote for a mayor. Just like they did last year. Ever since Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away in December of 2017, the city’s top position has mostly been held by London Breed.

David Boyer / KALW

THE INTERSECTION looks at changing cities through physical intersections. This time we’re doing something different: The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We’re going to a remote corner of Nevada for Burning Man.

Uncuffed

Content warning: this story contains descriptions of violence and abuse.

From the project Uncuffed:

In my time in prison I have noticed that a lot of the men around me are incarcerated for some form of domestic violence. Floyd Henley is one of those men. Throughout his stay, he has not only attempted to change himself, but has changed the lives of many of the people around him.

Marissa Ortega-Welch / KALW

Smartphones are making the wilderness easier to access, but no longer a place to escape and unplug.

Courtesy of Juanita Chavez

Ethnic Maya from Central America are escaping gang-related violence and food insecurity and building new communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Take Aim At Golden Gate Park's Archery Range

Oct 24, 2019
Photo by Luisa Cardoza

For today's Audiograph, we're headed to a tucked away area in a popular park.

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Ben Trefny / KALW

Paul Ybarra Robertson joined the Marine Corps as a teenager. Later in life, he spent his time helping guide teenagers, as Dean of Students at San Francisco’s Galileo High School.

Lee Romney / KALW

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

The Big Lift, an original KALW documentary, follows Carver Elementary School’s family liaison over the course of a year as she works to support struggling parents and guardians — so their kids can thrive in the classroom.

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Last December in Sudan, people began a revolt against the brutal 30-year rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Ellen Lee Zhou is one of five candidates running to unseat San Francisco’s current mayor. She’s got a Master’s Degree in social work from San Francisco State, and has worked as a behavioral health clinician. 

Richmond Brings Air Pollution Control To The People

Oct 22, 2019
Sharon Beals

We hear a lot about bad air quality in California. And, it’s hard to know what to do about it. But thanks to a 2017 law, two Bay Area communities known for their air pollution are helping set their own air quality policies. But what does putting air pollution in the hands of the people really look like? 

Episode 1: Sky Boii

Oct 21, 2019

Remus Sam Langi is serving 38 years to life on a second-degree murder conviction. In prison, he’s become a guitarist and songwriter. And recently, he wrote a song about the people he harmed.

Ben Trefny / KALW

Joel Ventresca is a long-time San Francisco city resident who’s a retired airport analyst. He’s run for public office before and bills himself as the most progressive candidate in this race. 

Ian Lewis / KALW News

In this Audiograph, we head to the Golden Gate Park Angling and Casting Club. 

Lee Romney / KALW

A big data project led by Stanford University's Sean Reardon aims to crack the code on our nation’s stubborn student achievement gaps by mapping race, ethnicity, poverty and academic test scores.

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Ben Trefny / KALW

Wilma Pang is an opera singer and musician. She’s also unsuccessfully run for public office in San Francisco several times. And now she’s running to be the city’s next mayor.

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