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Crosscurrents Episodes

9/20: Music as palliative care

Sep 20, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The bills that the California Assembly passed to protect immigrants — and the one that didn’t.
  • What SF Music Day means to local performer Destiny Muhammad.
  • How music brings comfort and healing to people nearing the end of life.

9/19: Kaepernick

Sep 19, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An updated broadcast of the KALW original radio documentary "Kaepernick" 

9/18: A sneak preview of The Intersection

Sep 18, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  •  A new season of David Boyer’s celebrated series The Intersection, exploring a corner smack in the middle of Google's headquarters in Mountain View.

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • The debate about sex offender registries, redemption and public safety.
  • A story from our colleagues inside San Quentin State Prison to hear what it’s like to be on lockdown.
  • A conversation with Aeeshah Clottey about racial healing.  

9/13: Homeless students in Oakland on the rise

Sep 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A mother and son who lost their housing in Oakland — and what that means for his education. 
  • A conversation about how white people can truly be allies to people of color.
  • Revolutionary poet Tongo Eisen-Martin keeps San Francisco’s literary fires burning with the release of his new book.

9/12: The After School Satan Club

Sep 12, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A group that has made Satan the good guy in a fight to keep the separation of church and public schools.
  • Hastings Law Professor Joan Williams discusses white working class and identity politics.
  • The art of sound healing. 

9/11: What to do when you witness harassment

Sep 11, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Sitting in on a bystander intervention class.
  • A conversation  with AC Thompson, a reporter with ProPublica’s ‘Documenting Hate’ project.
  • San Francisco's secret weapon for disaster response: old Muni buses.
  • A story from our partners at San Quentin Radio about a man's unusual relationship with nature.


9/7: Unearthing the Green Revolution

Sep 7, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How massive chemical companies impacted farming in India, leading to large scale migration to California.
  • A conversation with food activist and chef Bryant Terry. 
  • Musician Thao Nguyen talks about a new documentary that captures her first ever trip to Vietnam.
  • Answering your questions about Glen Canyon.


Today on Crosscurrents

  • San Jose residents speak out against a proposal to build "tiny homes" for the homeless.
  • Exploring the roots of agribusiness in Punjab, India, and the Central Valley.


9/5: From Punjab to the Central Valley

Sep 5, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A conversation with Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center about the Trump administration's decision to phase out DACA.
  • How a community of Punjabi farmers ended up in California.

8/31: Bay Area hip-hop

Aug 31, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An interview with Bay Area rapper Nump. 
  • Exploring a training ground for young beat makers.
  • A Bay Area Beats with DJ's Celskiii and Deeandroid. 

8/30: Inside a syringe access program on Haight Street

Aug 30, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Are San Francisco police officers discouraging drug users from getting clean needles?
  • Lawmakers push legislation to ease California’s housing crisis
  • A conversation with poet and performer Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • California looks to expand its earthquake early-warning system. 
  • The backstory of Bruce Lee's formative years in the Bay Area.
  • A story from San Quentin Radio about the barbers of San Quentin. 

8/28: Nisrin's story

Aug 28, 2017


Today a special presentation from KALW News:  Nisrin Abdelrahman, a doctoral student at Stanford University, was detained at JFK Airport after President Trump passed his initial travel ban denying entry to citizens from seven majority-Muslim nations. This is her account of what happened, produced by the Stanford Storytelling Project.

8/24: Bay Area braces for weekend rallies

Aug 24, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Discussing the upcoming free speech rallies in Berkeley and San Francisco.
  • A high school reporter heads to Japantown for the San Francisco Anime & Cosplay Festival.
  • We reveal source of this week's Audiograph.

8/23: UC Berkeley's new chancellor

Aug 23, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A conversation with UC Berkeley’s new chancellor.
  • Constitutional lawyer and law professor Julie Nice on defining free speech.
  • A high-school reporter explains why Korean pop music is making people in San Francisco want to dance.

8/22: The legacy of August Vollmer

Aug 22, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Revisiting the legacy of Berkeley's first police chief, August Vollmer.
  • A conversation with East Bay artist and printmaker Sanaa Khan.
  • The dangers of feeding California black bears.

8/21: Meet the new superintendents

Aug 21, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Talking to the new superintendents of Oakland and San Francisco public schools.
  • A personal testimony from Youth Radio about the consequences of the model minority myth.
  • A high school reporter explores a new wave of gourmet boba shops in San Francisco.

8/16: Reinventing remedial education

Aug 16, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A big change in the Cal State University system that’s going to affect twenty five thousand first-time students each fall.
  • Long-time writer and activist Cherrie Moraga on the need for optimism in the face of history.
  • A Bay Area Beats with The Sons Of Soul Revivers.

8/15: Readying for the eclipse

Aug 15, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • All the information you need to know to enjoy the upcoming solar eclipse here in the Bay.
  • A story from our friends at 99 Percent Invisible about the Salton Sea.

8/14: Studying air pollution, block by block

Aug 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

8/10: The survival of street art in the Mission

Aug 10, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A desecrated mural reveals the role street art plays in the survival of the Mission District’s culture
  • A Stanford researcher explores the effects that affirmations can have on young students of color
  • The answer to this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

8/8: Remembering Alex Nieto

Aug 8, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a San Francisco man killed by police is being remembered
  • A daughter of Holocaust survivors explains how trauma can be inherited
  • A veteran discusses his struggle to return to civilian life after fighting in Iraq


Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • How California’s commitment to cap-and-trade pollution policy will affect local communities.

  • The story of a great summer romance between the National Parks Service and the San Francisco Public Library.

  • Remembering the lives impacted by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

7/27: Legal action about climate change

Jul 27, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • A legal case involving two Bay Area counties, 37 giant oil companies, and rising seas.
  • A surprising origin story about rock-n-roll.
  • The answer to this week’s Audiograph mystery sound.

7/26: The Stoop

Jul 26, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  •  A special presentation of an episode of the new podcast The Stoop.  

7/25: The power of icons

Jul 25, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • An artist who couldn’t just do art for art’s sake, and found his calling within the Russian Orthodox church.
  • A conversation with a doctor who believes medicine is moving towards a time of integrating mind, body and spirit.

7/24: I ain’t here for no reason

Jul 24, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • An original documentary exploring the lives of Sikh American youth in the Bay Area

7/20: Boat culture on the Delta

Jul 20, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Getting to know boat culture on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
  • An interview with Bay Area artist Yetunde Olagbaju
  • More poetry from Youth Speaks as Brave New Voices returns to the Bay Area 

7/18: Getting to know California's water hub

Jul 18, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • As the state debates water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, we’ll meet the people whose lives it would affect
  • East Bay photographer Matthew O'Brien tells us about his multi-year project photographing Colombia
  • Poetry from Youth Speaks