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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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From the series Uncuffed:

Joe Kirk is known for his quiet ways, and commitment to the arts. He’s a musician, a singer, and an actor. Before he came to prison, he used to ride the rails, going from town to town and playing music. I spoke to Joe about the life he left behind.

CBD—snake oil or panacea?

Sep 11, 2018
Nikolas Harter / KALW News

Have you heard about the popular new cannabis health product, CBD? THC’s non-psychoactive cousin, CBD gained fame earlier this decade after being used to successfully treat children with intractable epilepsy. Since then it’s been claimed to alleviate a whole host of conditions, including anxiety, inflammation, pain, and even acne.

Lee Romney / KALW News

A growing number of parents whose kids suffer from seizures have discovered that medical cannabis can reduce their frequency and intensity. Over the past few years, seven states have passed laws giving kids access to that medicine while they’re at school. California’s not quite there. For one Santa Rosa family the stakes are high and the fight isn’t over.

Courtesy of Alia Sharrief

A young musician in Oakland is making waves in the Muslim community: Alia Sharrief. She’s part of a new generation of Muslim hip hop artists following in the footsteps of people like Yasiin Bey, best known by his stagename, MosDef, Lupe Fiasco, Qtip, Ali Shaheed Mohamed, the list goes on.

Ben Trefny / KALW News

The Global Climate Action Summit will be hosted here in San Francisco. World leaders will evaluate how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement. The three-day event is co-chaired Governor Jerry Brown.

The eyes of the environmental world are on San Francisco, this week, where global leaders are gathering to talk about climate change. It’s a few years after the Paris Climate Agreement, and a year since President Donald Trump said the U.S. would pull out of the accord.

Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, and it's neon. And, after nearly two decades Allen Michaan purchased his political soapbox for 3.75 million dollars and can’t wait to start renovations and put it in the National Register of Historic Places.

Courtesy of The Marsh

Actor Don Reed has been gracing Bay Area stages with stories about his family and life growing up in East Oakland. Now he’s back with the latest installment of his autobiographical one-man show, “Can You Dig It: The '60s.”

Melinda Stuart / Flickr user melystu, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Cropped

The fall semester has just begun at colleges and universities across the Bay Area, which means hundreds of thousands of undergrads and grad students are squeezing themselves into the region’s tight housing market right now. 75% of University of California, Berkeley undergrads live off campus — at San Francisco State University it’s much more than that. The waitlists for dorms are thousands of students long. So most of them are looking for rental housing like everyone else. Somehow, some way.

Last Labor Day at the Lusty Lady

Sep 5, 2018

When the Lusty Lady peep show in North Beach closed on Labor Day weekend in 2013, it was the only unionized, worker-owned sex club in the United States. To mark the five-year anniversary of the Lusty Lady’s closing, we revisit its closing days with Princess Pandora Noir, the Lusty’s former CEO, and some of the Lusty’s last customers.

Public Domain

When people migrate to the US, they have to deal with lots and lots of paperwork, to be able to live and work in the country. When you’re here and you’re petitioning for your spouse or children to join you from another country, it’s even more paperwork. It can get confusing and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know English.

A Muslim organization has been planning to build a mosque and community center in rural San Martin, in Santa Clara County, for over a decade, but the project has run into opposition and government delays. Is it proper protocol or Islamophobia?

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The past month there have been debates over how to manage the water in the Delta — the Bay Area’s largest source of freshwater — and that's drawn a lot of attention from the state capitol. What it comes down to is whether more water should go to fish or to farms.

Bo Walsh

Shortly after the 1967 “Summer of Love,” artist Lee Conklin arrived in San Francisco with dreams of becoming a part of the city’s growing rock & roll concert poster scene.

KALW hiring managing editor

Sep 4, 2018

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced audio story editor, ideally with management experience, to work on our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and other projects. You’ll work in a highly collaborative and supportive newsroom, joining our award-winning team producing short and long-form features and innovative podcasts.

Lee Romney / KALW News

Teaching can be tough — especially for educators who work in schools where families are scraping by, lots of kids face challenges at home and in the community, and they often score low on standardized tests. Add to that isolation and high staff turnover and you’ve got a recipe for a revolving door. That’s been a problem for years in San Francisco Unified schools in the city’s Bayview district. But SFUSD administrators have been working hard to stabilize the workforce, and there are signs of success.

Bay Area Beats: Tajai Massey

Aug 30, 2018
Bo Walsh / KALW News

For the past 25 years, Oakland’s Hieroglyphics crew has been a staple in the Bay Area underground hip hop scene. As one of the founding members of Oakland’s Hieroglyphics, Tajai Massey and his group Souls of Mischief became household names with their classic hit "‘93 til Infinity". In this edition of Bay Area Beats Tajai talks about juggling his careers in music and architecture as well as the importance of the Hiero Day Festival which has quickly become an Oakland tradition.

Ian Lewis / KALW News

One of the greatest outdoorsmen in the world is not a man. And, she’s not an adult, either. She’s 14-year-old Maxine McCormick, and she’s a world champion fly caster.

Fly casting is a form of fishing, where you cast out your line with a fake fly at the end and you try to land it in the water near the fish. Or, if you’re just casting, near the target.

Marissa Ortega-Welch / KALW News

Bears in places like Yosemite are hot on human food — because we introduced it to them in the first place. We’ve been inventing solutions to keep them out of our food ever since.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News

Nearly two hundred undocumented immigrants facing deportation for violating federal immigration laws were detained at West County Detention Center in Richmond, awaiting hearings to decide their fates. As of late last week, ICE had transferred all of those detainees to other sites, many of them out of state.

Ben Trefny / KALW News

Earlier this month, the man known as the federal homelessness czar visited the Bay Area. Matthew Dougherty met with San Francisco homeless programs director Jeff Kositsky and Mayor London Breed, discussing a nine-million dollar boost to grants provided for the city. The meeting drew media coverage, but as we know, money won’t necessarily bring lasting solutions. We know that in part because we read Street Spirit.

Where are Asian Americans like me on the big screen?

Aug 23, 2018
Courtesy of Ashlee Nguyen

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

When I was a little girl, I always went to the movies. My favorite films were always ones that showed girls saving the day.

Is it us or is it the video games?

Aug 23, 2018
Flikr Creative Commons User Whelsko

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

Up until a few months ago, I loved video games. But I didn’t just love gaming; I was obsessed. I remember racing home everyday after school to play League of Legends. I gamed for hours and hours everyday, up until at least midnight.

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From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

My friend Dandar Ganbold is vaping inside my car. He puts an e-cigarette that looks like a metallic USB called JUUL up to his mouth and inhales.

The history of a hidden castle in Hunters Point

Aug 22, 2018
Holly J. McDede / KALW News

 

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

 

When Bill Gilbert was a cop patrolling San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, he’d regularly pass by the Albion Castle. He’s a history buff, and that’s part of what drew him to it.

Discovering my mother’s homeland

Aug 22, 2018
Christopher Olvera

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

Mexico is an unknown country to Christopher Olvera. But it’s also his mother’s place of origin, a homeland she left as a young girl and never returned. Now, a U.S. citizen, Elizabeth Olvera longs to visit Mexico to show her American-born children their ancestral roots. Mother and son sat down to talk about their shared Mexican heritage.

The struggle to relocate after a lifetime in San Francisco

Aug 22, 2018
Julian Rodriguez

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

My grandmother, Maria Rodriguez, couldn’t afford the mortgage for her home in Bernal Heights. Living on a fixed income, she took a loan to help and eventually lost it to foreclosure. Now, she lives with her daughter in Pinole, but moving out of her home meant leaving her grandchildren and church community behind.

Buskers of San Francisco: Cordell

Aug 21, 2018
Photo by CC Flickr user Yutaka Seki, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Cordell, a bassist at the Powell street cable car turnaround.

Buskers of San Francisco: Larry

Aug 21, 2018
CC Flicker user Cristina Tosi, resized and recropped

If you wander around Bay Area cities, you know that street musicians are a dynamic part of the soundscape.

Lance Gardner spent some time meeting many of San Francisco's buskers, and he produced a series of profiles.

In this one, we meet Larry, a drummer performing at the corner of 3rd and Market.

by Wikimedia user Sollok29, used under CC BY-SA 4.0 / cropped

 

Last Wednesday, media outlets across the country came together in solidarity, speaking about the importance of a free press. The next day, the U.S. Senate unanimously declared “the press is not the enemy of the people” in a roll call vote. This is in response, of course, to President Trump’s statement that the media is the enemy of the American people.

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