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Crosscurrents Episodes

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Inside an experimental housing model that lets homeless alcoholics keep drinking and live indoors.
  • What the city of Oakland is doing about the tent camps that have been set up around town.

12/4: Cleaning up after the North Bay fires

Dec 4, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Crews in Santa Rosa race against the clock to make sure toxic debris from the North Bay fires don't end up in our water.
  • An update on the fire-cleanup efforts in the North Bay.
  • Bay Area Beats interviews Oakland-born legend Sheila E.

11/30: Traveling by tube

Nov 30, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a song helped a San Francisco teenager reflect on the impacts of the AIDS crisis on his family.
  • Comedian Karinda Dobbins talks about making jokes in this challenging political moment.
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

11/28: City of Refuge

Nov 28, 2017

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11/27: Coming to America

Nov 27, 2017

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  • What a change in immigration status will mean for a small Haitian church in the North Bay.
  • The complicated history of African American student achievement in San Francisco, and an expansive new plan for improvement.


11/20: Learning to love the 880

Nov 20, 2017


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11/16: Mountain View or Googleville?

Nov 16, 2017

  • There's a reason some locals fear that Mountain View is becoming a company town in the classically monopolistic sense: Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs there and it owns more land than anyone else.


11/15: Homeless in Googleville

Nov 15, 2017

  • Right outside of Google's headquarters in Mountain View we meet a Googler living in an RV in a company parking lot; a subcontractor living in a trailer on the street; and a man living in a van. Find out how they ended up here and what the city of Mountain View is doing to help them. 

11/13: THE INTERSECTION — Life before Google

Nov 15, 2017

11/14: Home Sweet Google

Nov 14, 2017

  • Google has made a lot of its employees very, very rich. So why are some of them living in a mobile home park next to the company's global headquarters? And how do other park residents feel about their new neighbors? Find out on the latest installment of THE INTERSECTION. 

11/9: Discretionary review

Nov 9, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A “special power” lets San Franciscans halt new construction.
  • Come January, will legalized marijuana be available in your city?
  • Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio discusses her documentary about West Oakland's blues history and what it can tell us about the city's future.

11/8: Jaco's story

Nov 8, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The North Bay fires burned a Santa Rosa school for high-functioning autistic students, as well as some of their homes.
  • A festival celebrating contemporary Latinx choreographers is happening this weekend.

11/7: Harm reduction for homeless alcoholics

Nov 7, 2017


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11/6: What's killing California's trees?

Nov 6, 2017

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11/2: A new city skyline

Nov 2, 2017


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10/31: Spirits, ghosts, legwarmers for dance class

Oct 31, 2017

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10/30: Bookstore survival in the age of Amazon

Oct 30, 2017


Tomorrow on Crosscurrents:

  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Green Apple Books.
  • From our partners at The Moth, Bay Area author Laura Albert explains the story behind her longtime pseudonym, JT LeRoy.

10/26: The art of Día de los Muertos

Oct 30, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A personal reflection on the Day of the Dead.
  • Taking a curated tour of the Día de los Muertos exhibit at San Francisco’s SOMArts Cultural Center. 
  • Bay Area Beats — with singer/songwriter Kelly McFarling.


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How the firestorm up north will affect the affordable housing crisis.
  • How San Francisco’s hot housing market is keeping homeless people out of available units.
  • Two close friends reflect on their experience caring for abandoned elderly patients in the wake of an assisted-living residence's closure.
  • The story of the man who made Golden Gate Park.

10/24: The health effects of wildfire smoke

Oct 24, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A pulmonologist considers the lingering health effects of the North Bay fires.
  • Why IS there a gigantic but unused crane towering over San Francisco’s Hunters Point Shipyard?
  • How a community came together to make San Francisco’s Bayview District more beautiful.


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How people who lost their cars in the North Bay fires are getting where they need to go.
  • How the Oakland Symphony found its niche under conductor Michael Morgan.
  • This week’s Audiograph mystery sound revealed.


10/17: Fleeing from flames, a second time

Oct 17, 2017

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Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The story of two incarcerated men battling the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County
  • From our partners at San Quentin Radio, a man serving time with his entire family in prison reflects on the cycle
  • Oakland author Pendarvis Hernshaw shares the advice he’s gathered from elders

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How one radio station dropped everything to step up for Sonoma County.
  • A look at the local history of gonorrhea.
  • 76-year-old Ira Watkins, a self-taught artist, talks about his own version of artistic success.


10/11: Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind

Oct 10, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The latest updates on the devastating fires in the North Bay.
  • The original documentary "Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind," an exploration into a letter-writing process that’s helping people prepare for death, say goodbye, and grieve after a loved one has passed


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Legalized recreational marijuana is just a few months away. Is the Bay Area ready?
  • Comic Dhaya Lakshminarayanan talks about how she sharpened her comedy skills during her career as a venture capitalist.
  • A firsthand perspective from an ex-offender who became homeless, from our friends at Stories Behind the Fog.

10/3: Stories Behind the Fog

Oct 3, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A rundown on the environmental bills sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, and the ones that didn’t make it there.
  • An interview with Diya Guha, creative lead on the multimedia project “Stories Behind the Fog.” 
  • The story of a man who overcame homelessness, and his thoughts on the best ways to solve the problem.

10/2: Jakeri's story

Oct 2, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new nonprofit is trying to alleviate the homelessness crisis by asking East Bay residents to open their homes to those in need.
  • A radio diary of a young mother-to-be during the last two months of her pregnancy.

9/28: Following-up on the San Pablo Fire

Sep 28, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Six months after a huge fire in West Oakland, many residents are still without permanent housing.
  • Musician Maya Songbird talks about how she made space for herself and found her audience as an electronic musician.
  • This week’s Audiograph mystery sound revealed.