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Crosscurrents Podcast

First, we’ll hear from young filmmakers on climate change, their future, and film. Then, we’ll head to a neighborhood known as San Francisco’s “Garden District." And, we have a chat with one of the dancers in Hamilton.

Coming up, new legislation is changing the landscape for gig workers and other freelancers throughout California. Is AB5 a done deal? Then, we’ll share a new story from the Uncuffed team at Solano State Prison. And, we find possible solutions to heal ourselves using sound.

We’ll hear about the battle for People’s Park in Berkeley. Then, we'll meet the man behind this signature Berkeley sound. And, monologist Josh Kornbluth wants us to be more positive about aging. 

First up, stories of abuse or serious neglect in nursing homes make headlines, but patients and consumer advocates are also trying to bring attention to systemic issues. We’ll also hear from long-time advocate Patricia McGinnis about what’s worked … and what hasn't.

Long-Term Nursing Care / East Oakland Community

Sep 17, 2019

First up, we look into why nursing home patients and their families can feel squeezed by their insurers. The impact of insurance on senior care. Then, our documentary “Where is East Oakland?” looks at the culture of the community.

First up, long-term nursing care is getting harder to find in expensive, urban areas. Then, what’s behind the name of a new Muni station in San Francisco’s Chinatown? And, we’ll meet a guy in prison who started a spiritual group … based on Superman.

First up, Brown versus Board of Education -- in jeopardy. Then, a samba dancer in Oakland answers the call of the African drum. And, we’ll take you behind the scenes at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.


First up, Bay Area tech companies are facing pushback after contracting with ICE. Then, we visit the building in San Francisco where pretty much the entire history of the internet is kept. And, Oakland’s film festival opens the doors of creativity for filmmakers of all ages.

First up, we hear how solar energy is empowering people in a Berkeley homeless encampment. Then, a local artist is documenting a peculiar trend in San Francisco house paint. And, the memories of the oldest park ranger in the country — stationed right here in the Bay Area.

First up, a new tool used by the San Francisco district attorney redacts race from police reports. Then, a new book chronicles the trauma that’s pushed many of the city’s vagabond youth to the streets. And, from Uncuffed, a former gang member tells his story.

First up, we get an update on a controversial plan for the future of ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore. Then, we chop it up about food and culture with The Splendid Table’s Francis Lam. And, from Audiograph, one man shares his talent in an unlikely place.

It's Chocolate O'Clock

Sep 4, 2019

Today, we have a show that may make your mouth water — it's about the Bay Area’s long history of chocolate connoisseurs. And, we’ll meet local artisans who are changing the way we consume it.

First up, a big development planned in Alameda and we’ll hear about how residents feel about it. Then, San Francisco is designating a parking lot where people living without homes can sleep. And, how Muni’s oldest streetcar survived the chopping block.

First up, why so many inmates are dying in East Bay jails. Then, we'll meet a high school teacher who is giving lessons on everyday skills. It's the final installment of our series "It Takes A School." And, we'll hear about the ghostly mastermind behind a South Bay mystery mansion.

First up, a longtime staple of the Bay Area’s radio dial is gone. We’ll hear what you had to say about it. Then, from our series "It Takes A School," we’ll meet a woman who has worked in a variety of roles throughout the San Francisco school district. And musician Tammy L. Hall talks about the challenges and privilege of making her family proud.

First up, a battle between builders and conservationists over Bay Area land goes to court in Livermore. And, from our series “It Takes A School” we meet a former activist who inspired students with his social justice approach to learning. 

First up, we'll meet a longtime resident of San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point who has spent a quarter-century contributing to her neighborhood elementary school. Then, with football season right around the corner we'll hear about a man coaching flag football ... in prison.

First up, we hear how a former actor is bringing mindfulness practice to kids in the Bayview. Then, in our new series “It Takes A School” we introduce you to a security guard in the Mission who has been the heart and soul of his campus for more than three decades.

We’re celebrating people making a difference in our schools, today on Crosscurrents.

First up, the Bay Area is taking on a new Trump Administration policy that advocates say could hurt immigrants’ health. Then, we’ll learn what it’s like to be an undocumented day laborer in Trump’s America. And, a local DJ finds personal freedom through music.

The Radical History of the Murals at George Washington High School

Aug 20, 2019
Ariella Markowitz / KALW

San Francisco Unified School District is back in session, and at George Washington High School, students will walk by the controversial Victor Arnautoff murals that depict images of slavery and Native American genocide. 

Froebel's Gifts / A Prisoner's Remorse

Aug 19, 2019

Coming up, SFUSD is back in session today. As the kids go back to school, we’ve got a story about the surprising history of early childhood education. Learning with toys inspired by nature. Then, regret and reflection in a new story from Solano State Prison.

The Gull Chain Reaction / Latin Rock Band Dakila

Aug 15, 2019

Coming up, a story about a bird that lives in the Bay and eats our trash. Then, in Bay Area Beats, we’ll hear the story of the San Francisco band Dakila, who after more than four decades are reaching a new generation of fans.

First up, Bay Area readers express how Toni Morrison’s work changed their lives. Then, a conversation about the importance of jazz to black culture. And, we check out an old-time ballgame with wool uniforms, tiny gloves, and good sportsmanship.

First up, an iconic symbol of San Francisco is shutting down. The Haight Ashbury Music Center is going out of business. But the Bay Area’s still home to many people who make music … and instruments. Meet someone who fixes some of the world’s most valuable guitars. And, we talk with a San Franciscan dedicated to promoting craftsmanship around the world

San Francisco Chronicle

Today, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo talks about his plan to tackle the issue of homelessness in the South Bay. Plus we hear from other stakeholders. What should the Bay Area do for people living without homes? Different perspectives, today, on a special edition of Crosscurrents in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle's SF Homeless Project.

San Francisco Unified Superintendent Vincent Matthews draws from his childhood to plan for each and every student in the district. Then, we explore the Bay through sounds in this week’s Audiograph. And, we find out where 'the wave' first started.

First up, why family members are showing up to pack Santa Clara courtrooms. Then, should we really be worrying about robots taking over our Bay Area jobs? And, how sometimes what we think will be the wave of the future… isn’t.

First up, we talk to advocates for a Daly City man who they say was unlawfully transferred by police to ICE custody. Then, a look inside the California Condor Recovery Program in Oakland. And, we go looking for exotic animals right here in San Francisco’s Glen Canyon Park.

Mayor London Breed talks about her plan to tackle the issue of homelessness in San Francisco. Then, the meaning behind some prison slang.

First, a battle over elk and cows in Point Reyes National Seashore comes to a head this summer. Then, we dig into the best places to eat in East Oakland.