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Crosscurrents Episodes

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


7/17: Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup

Jul 17, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • An in-depth look at Treasure Island’s radiation cleanup
  • A conversation with Youth Speaks founder James Kass
  • A preview of this week's International Poetry Slam competition

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Going up in a crane to see what San Francisco’s development boom looks like from a bird’s-eye view.
  • A profile of dancer Carlos Carvajal.
  • Finding the right note in a garden full of pianos.

7/12: Equity in the cannabis industry

Jul 12, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A new program designed to give communities ravaged by the War on Drugs a leg up in the legal pot industry.
  • A quiet cemetery in East Oakland that hides a long history.  

7/11: Oakland contemplates its very own bank

Jul 11, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How some people in Oakland are trying start one of the nation’s first city-run banks
  • From 99 Percent Invisible, a look at the rich history of Colma

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • As housing units open up at San Francisco’s Shipyard, we look back at this massive redevelopment in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood
  • From The Moth, a local author grapples with his wife’s mental illness  

7/6: The state of the Oakland Police Department

Jul 6, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Recapping recent turmoil at the Oakland Police Department
  • A man incarcerated for over two decades reenters society with a newfound friendship with his parents
  • A profile of a trumpet player whose stage is the streets of San Francisco
  • The answer behind this week's Audiograph mystery sound

7/5: The rise of tabletop gaming

Jul 5, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents

  • A look at the dramatic growth of tapletop gaming in the Bay Area
  • Reflecting back on one of the West Coast's most influential nightclubs
  • Another installment in our continued series profiling the street musicians of San Francisco

6/29: Is the water we swim in clean?

Jun 29, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Diving into the issue of water quality in swimming spots in the Bay
  • How one dance form encourages physical closeness in unfamiliar ways
  • The second in our series profiling San Francisco street musicians 

6/28: Evaluating San Francisco's Navigation Centers

Jun 28, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • We go to the Mission District, where the first navigation center opened up to see whether the city’s investment is paying off

  • A conversation with Mission Local reporter Laura Waxmann about the state of SF's navigation centers

  • The first in a new series profiling San Francisco street musicians


6/27: The Making of the Summer of Love

Jun 27, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Taking stock of the Summer of Love as San Francisco celebrates its 50th Anniversary. A special presentation of The Intersection brought to you by KALW News.  

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How a vigilante group is using guerrilla tactics to make streets safer for bicyclists
  • An afternoon with Oakland’s Scraper bike team
  • The story behind this week’s Audiograph mystery sound

6/21: Death over dinner

Jun 21, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • How death cafes are attracting thousands of people in the Bay Area and beyond
  • Reflecting on 40 years of queer theater with Theatre Rhinoceros
  • Remembering one of San Francisco's forgotten monuments 

6/20: Implicit Bias

Jun 20, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Excerpts from NPR's podcast 'Invisibilia' 
  • An ancient dance form jingles onwards in Berkeley


6/19: Creating sanctuary

Jun 19, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A Berkeley church that is prepared to shelter people facing threat of deportation.
  • What happens when an undocumented immigrant ends up in ICE custody after reporting a stolen car to police.
  • The secret that unlocked a new life for the historic immigration station at Angel Island.

6/15: Seeking compassionate release

Jun 15, 2017


  • An update on yesterday's shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco 
  • Finding a sympathetic ear in a time of need with San Francisco's warm line
  • A brother and sister fight for compassionate release prison

6/14: Lake County after the fire

Jun 14, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • After the devastating valley fire, Lake County wants to rebuild something better than what was lost
  • A new documentary tells the backstory of Armistead Maupin

6/13: The cuddlers of the NICU

Jun 13, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents

  • The volunteers who help the smallest babies meet the world.

  • A conversation with Susan Cervantes, an artist who’s helped fill San Francisco with murals.

  • A Bay Area Beats with Antique Naked Soul. 

6/12: Saved by science

Jun 12, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents: 

  • From the Spiritual Edge, a story about making meaning from behind bars.
  • A StoryCorps conversation between an uncle and a nephew remembering the trip of a lifetime.


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Inside the Hall of Justice, where routine maintenance has gotten mired in controversy
  • San Quentin inmates give us a lesson in how to prepare for parole
  • How a tiny community in Marin landed the name Dogtown

6/7: The future of self-driving buses

Jun 7, 2017


Today on Crosscurrents:

  • A self-driving bus that’s coming soon to a parking lot near you
  • A interview with artist Taro Hattori, who creates installations to start conversations
  • How photographer Erica Deeman uses silhouettes to challenge cultural stereotypes

6/6: Art on BART

Jun 6, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

  • Why can’t BART be a gallery for public art?
  • A local hero and music teacher retires—here's what made him so special.
  • The art of air guitar.

Tune into 91.7 FM at 5:00 P.M. Audio will be uploaded after the show.

6/5: The East Bay's Dorothea Lange

Jun 5, 2017

Today on Crosscurrents:

A special presentation of the East Bay Yesterday documentary “'What about the underdog?': Dorothea Lange never stopped fighting for freedom."

Tune in to 91.7 FM at 5:00 P.M.


5/30: Learning to code without teachers

May 30, 2017

  • Learning to code without teachers.
  • Sights and Sounds of a Bay Area punk film.
  • Sacred harp for the punk at heart. 

5/25: Special needs in the OUSD

May 25, 2017

5/24: Jailhouse lawyers

May 24, 2017

5/23: Death and life

May 23, 2017

5/22: Oakland Noir

May 22, 2017

5/18: Oakland's newest police chief

May 18, 2017