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Crosscurrents Podcast

Cooking, culture, and connection

Jul 9, 2019

First, we visit a restaurant in conservative rural California that relies on Bay Area diners. Then, we get a taste of some authentic Uyghur Chinese food. And, a mother and daughter bond over their love of food in the StoryCorps booth.

First up, families of people killed by police weigh in on a bill that would change standards around the deadly use-of-force. Then, we hear how one prisoner is able to make his escape, in a new story from Uncuffed, at Solano State Prison. And, Southern California earthquakes have the Bay Area thinking about how to prepare for the Big One. Are you ready?

First up, the Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco — should Oakland nonprofits be concerned the Dubs will take their donations with them? Then, a commission with the mission to protect the Bay has neglected it. And, an annual event that marries joy to danger — it's tug of war between Bolinas and Stinson Beach.

First up, Chinese-American youth change San Francisco policy about mental health services at high schools. Then, the band Santana celebrates the 20th anniversary of their album Supernatural-  former lead singer Tony Lindsay tells us what it’s like to be a part of music history, and finally, a look into the trashy aftermath of the Pride Parade.


Coming up, a San Francisco-based federal court argues with the Trump Administration over its treatment of migrant children. Then, an Eritrean life coach tries to reimagine traditional foods. And, we hear the experience of Vietnam vets who have been charged with a crime.

First, we’ll hear a Bay Area signature sound that sings the song of LGBTQ resistance, then news on the SF Gay Men's Chorus tour of the South, and finally, a drag performer tells us how trans performers are othered in the art of drag.

First, we’ll hear about a San Francisco-based law firm’s 20 million dollar response to a trans woman’s death in ICE detention, followed by the contested sainthood of Junípero Serra, and finally a new episode of Bounce: Warriors' final words after a season gone awry.

Today, we’ll hear from a transgender queer pioneer who was on the frontline of the riot that helped spark the modern gay rights movement 53 years ago. Then, we’ll revisit a legendary drag bar in San Francisco that was home to many in the queer community until it closed.

Released from jail into the night / Music in prison

Jun 24, 2019

First up, a woman’s death shortly after being released from jail sparks demands for change. Then, stories of musicians behind bars: pianist Maimon Pony and guitarist 'Maserati E.'

First up, johns arrested for soliciting prostitutes sit down for an unusual kind of sex ed. Then, catch up with singer Lydia Pense on her long-lasting legacy in the Bay Area. And, it’s storytime with a twist at Drag Queen Story Hour.

First up, one million Californians don’t have clean drinking water and the state has finally reached an agreement to fund a solution. Then, the Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals last week, and now they’re on to an uncertain offseason. We’ll reflect with the latest episode of Bounce: the Warriors’ Last Season in Oakland.

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The Stud, a gay bar and performance space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, turned 50 in 2016. But, it was also in the news that year for another reason: The owner was calling it quits after a new landlord upped the rent by nearly $6000 — from $3800 a month to $9500. 

First, a different kind of doula — a death doula — wants to give agency to people at the end of their lives. Then, an Oakland spoken word artist helps young writers become published poets. And, in this week's Audiograph, we head to Ocean Beach to hang out with some playful pups.

First up, the Warriors are moving to a stadium without a BART stop. So how are fans gonna get to the game? Then, the final series is almost over, and we’ll find out how fans can get their basketball fix in the off-season.

Non-verbal autism / Bay Area Beats: SOL Development

Jun 11, 2019

First up, we meet a young man who was called low-functioning for half his life. He had no voice. Then, he got one. Then, an Oakland music collective is spreading activism and hope through song. Mixtaping the revolution, today on Crosscurrents.

Today: meet the people trying to make insulin open source for diabetics. Then, if you live in East Oakland, where can you get fresh produce with a WIC voucher? And, what it’s like to be locked up in one of California’s most notorious prisons: Pelican Bay?

Today: we head to Santa Clara County, where officials are grappling with what a recent murder may mean for their immigration policy. Then, a San Francisco actor incorporates journalism into his stage performances. And, and Audiograph features throwback jams from an all-women-of-color DJ collective.

Today: The Golden State Warriors last series in Oakland starts tonight! We’re taking a behind-the-scenes look at the team by heading to the barbershop. A new episode of Bounce: The Warriors’ Last Season in Oakland. And, Armistead Maupin’s 'Tales of the City' is coming to Netflix. This time, instead of being set in the 1970s, it takes place in present-day San Francisco.

Tell Them, I Am

Jun 4, 2019

Today is Eid al-Fitr — celebrating the end of Ramadan.

For the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, it’s a major holiday marking the end of a holy month when people fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Folks today are celebrating in different ways — prayer services, giving to charities, then dressing up, getting together with family and friends, baking, cooking. And, we’re celebrating by showcasing a podcast from our friends at KPCC. It’s called “Tell Them, I Am.” It’s about the small moments that define who we are and who we are not. The stories are universal. The voices are all Muslim. Including the host, Misha Euceph.

Coming up, we’re looking to the future of sex ed, and, of course, it involves tech. Then, a local Filipinx artist on how the trauma of colonization drove her to connect with indigenous traditions. And, for this week’s Audiograph, we're going somewhere that’s unusually quiet.

Today: California has been leading the way in health education — but it wasn't always this progressive. Then, the Golden State Warriors head to their fifth NBA Finals in a row tomorrow night. We’ll see how the team is getting ready.

Christine Nguyen / KALW

Many people don’t recognize dementia, and not recognizing it can lead to death. Most caregivers are unprepared to manage dementia in their own family. And, for many ethnic minorities, such as Vietnamese, there is little support.

First up, get deep in a water battle on the Monterey Peninsula. Then, a photographer tells the stories of queer and trans Asian Americans, one snapshot at a time. And, explore legends of San Francisco from a 922-foot peak.

BOUNCE: Homegrown Warriors / Poetry-inspired murals

May 22, 2019

First, from our original podcast Bounce, as the Golden State Warriors go into their fifth straight NBA Finals we meet a homegrown player who made it big with the team. Then, hear from the woman behind some of the Bay Area’s most iconic murals.

Workers on one of the largest fruit farms in the country voted to leave the United Farm Workers union, but the union claims there was meddling in the election Then, the history behind United Farm Workers — the rise of the union that was founded by Cesar Chavez, and its fall. 

The Stoop: What's In Your Blood?

May 20, 2019
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Thin nose, high cheekbones, kinky hair, what you got in your blood? Your blood won’t lie, but does it determine your identity?

First up, how the Warriors are planning on retaining some of the flavor of Oakland when they move to San Francisco next year. Then, we talk about 'authentic' food with the San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic, Soleil Ho.

First up, after a 6-year old and his mother were killed in a hit-and-run, East Oakland residents demand a traffic light. Then, Oakland poet James Cagney on using the pen to get through the loss in his life. And, who’s that ancient king keeping watch over the San Francisco Public Library?