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Crosscurrents Episodes

2/13: World Radio Day

Feb 13, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A visit to an indie Turkish radio station operating at a time of increasing government crackdowns on opposition media
  • A single conversation produced two different stories about an activist childhood in California

2/12: The healing powers of the humble acorn

Feb 12, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at the new state law that requires education about human trafficking in school
  • How acorns are helping native habitats grow back in the fire-ravaged North Bay hills
  • A Bay Area Beats with legendary Bay Area turntablist DJ Qbert

2/8: Are we headed into another drought?

Feb 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Deciphering this winter's abnormally warm weather
  • What severe cutbacks at the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times mean for staying informed in the Bay Area
  • Enjoying the beats of Bollywood by the Bay

2/7: Combatting car break-ins

Feb 7, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A look inside San Francisco’s car break-in crisis.
  • A conversation with Paul Flores, who fuses documentary and playwriting.
  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered.

2/5: Back to School

Feb 5, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An Oakland-based program designed to help college-graduation rates rise
  • From Snap Judgment, a story of a teenager from El Salvador navigating his senior year of high school in San Francisco

2/1: Looking back at Ed Lee's housing record

Feb 1, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deep look at Ed Lee’s approach to housing
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

1/31: Is this flu season worse than normal?

Jan 31, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A look at this season's flu
  • A Bay Area Beats with DiaPa’Son
  • An interview with crochet artist Ramekon O’Arwisters

1/30: 40 Weeks

Jan 30, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • We go to a rally in San Francisco where women — especially Black women —who’ve had babies prematurely are working with researchers to find solutions
  • The latest practices being used to help prematurely born babies survive
  • The volunteers who help the smallest babies meet the world

1/29: The rise of vehicle sharing in the Bay Area

Jan 29, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Voices from this weekend’s Walk For Life March
  • Why car sharing has gotten easier in Berkeley and Oakland
  • The story behind the construction of a Bay Area bridge

1/25: Oakland's natural magic

Jan 25, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Driving in an express lane — for a small fee
  • The Alphabet Rockers on creating socially conscious hip-hop for kids
  • A tour of Oakland's herbs and trees with the "woke witch"
  • A remembrance of Ursula K. Le Guin

1/24: African entrepenuership in Silicon Valley

Jan 24, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Analyzing the Trump Administration’s statements and policies on immigration
  • African entrepreneurs meet Silicon Valley investors in Mountain View this weekend
  • Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminika on overcoming trauma through making art

1/23: Getting to know your neighbors

Jan 23, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents

  • A deeper look at the proposed bridge toll increase
  • Inside the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland
  • ​The story of a photographer in the Western Addition who who was determined to know the people living around her

1/22: Sounds from the 2018 Women's March

Jan 22, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • Testimony from around the Bay Area at this weekend’s Women’s March
  • Combating the caricature of the angry Black woman with The Stoop
  • A Bay Area teacher reflects on how her early childhood experience in an incarceration camp impacted her as an educator

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Reflecting back on the anniversary of the first women’s march
  • Hearing from you about what’s missing from the conversation around sexual harassment
  • A conversation with comedian Jesús U. BettaWork

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • The population of people living on the streets has been the same for years. If the numbers aren’t changing — what is?
  • The world premiere of Harriet's Spirit, a stage show that introduces kids to Harriet Tubman through opera
  • An excerpt from the new podcast The Stoop

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • The story of a small school in Pescadero where students haven’t been able to drink from the water fountains for years
  • Author Dashka Slater discusses her new book The 57 Bus, the story of a transgender Alameda County teen who was set on fire by a schoolmate

1/11: The legal limbo of the cannabis business

Jan 11, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How federal policy is shutting legal marijuana businesses out of banks.
  • A lawsuit challenging Oakland’s ban on coal exports is headed for trial.
  • From the Kitchen Sisters, a story about the great egg wars of the Gold Rush.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • What does the legalization of cannabis mean for our lungs?  
  • What California’s new cannabis law will mean for immigrants here in the Bay Area
  • A conversation with El Cerrito's first poet lauereate, Maw Shein Win

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Relief aid from the Northern California fires is harder to access for undocumented residents. So other people living in Sonoma County are stepping in.
  • Local novelist Shanthi Sekaran addresses questions of immigration and motherhood in her new book Lucky Boy.
  • A mother and daughter bond over their love of food in the StoryCorps booth.

1/8: Fantastic Negrito and the Last Days of Oakland

Jan 8, 2018

Today on Crosscurrents:

12/21: Folk music for misfits

Dec 21, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • What happens to cars that are donated to charities
  • A Bay Area Beats with singer/songwriter Eli Conley
  • What Christmas is like in San Quentin

12/20: The price of selling cannabis

Dec 20, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A North Bay mom pushes for her daughter’s right to access medical cannabis at school.
  • Entrepreneurs getting into the marijuana business are bringing money and new ideas to the table.

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • The legal-cannabis industry is causing a green rush of new businesses. Can government create a fair marketplace for people convicted of marijuana offenses?
  • An Oakland company tries to measure if you’ve been driving while high

oday on Crosscurrents:

  • The cannabis industry's effect on the state's water supply.
  • How a team of researchers have been using satellite images to study cannabis grow sites for three years.

12/14: Combatting chronic absenteeism

Dec 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How one Bay Area school district is offering families extra support so kids get to school on time every day.
  • Inside Real Guitars, the oldest vintage guitar shop in the city.

12/13: Stories of Chinese migration

Dec 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new art exhibit traces the journey of bone boxes throughout the Chinese diaspora
  • A spot on the U.S.-Mexico border where Chinese food rules supreme
  • A woman born in San Francisco’s Chinatown discusses her glamorous life as a chorus girl

12/12: The legacy of Mayor Ed Lee

Dec 12, 2017

A special presentation from KALW News: 

  • A remembrance of Ewin M. Lee, San Francisco's 43rd mayor.

Today on Crosscurrents: 

12/7: Creating community for adults with autism

Dec 7, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a group of Bay Area parents built a community for young adults with autism.
  • The verdict in the Kate Steinle case revives debate about border security and illegal immigration.
  • A conversation with choreographer and performance artist Keith Hennessy.

12/6: Stories from Youth Radio

Dec 6, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • A young man reflects on a lifetime spent in the California foster care system.
  • Youth Radio's new executive director Jabari Gray discusses big plans for youth-driven media around the country.