Crosscurrents Podcast | KALW

Crosscurrents Podcast

First up, what happens when a wild turkey lands on a prison yard. Then, what it’s like to be stuck in a prison cell for nearly a year — a firsthand perspective on lockdown. We’re putting the focus on the prison system, and speaking with a returned citizen who used to report for San Quentin Radio. 


First up, a new program is addresses behavior issues early so students don’t wind up with a special ed designation. Then, two teachers pay tribute to their former students who lived, and died, in Jonestown. And, an Audiograph takes us to the outer edges of the Bay Area.

First up, a new episode of our podcast BOUNCE: the Warriors’ Last Season in Oakland. We’ll visit the businesses around Oracle Arena to see how the team’s move will affect them. Then, we’ll meet another local basketball team that competes in a different sort of arena. The San Quentin and Golden State Warriors.

First up, we’ll hear an update about how Oakland’s cannabis equity program is playing out. Then, a celebrated deafblind lawyer from Oakland fights popular assumptions about disability.

Coming up, how did the Bay Area get the worst roads in the country? Then, we dive into the vaccination debate. And, a prisoner is brought back to life, by a guard who was once his nemesis.

First up, a non-profit in the Mission helps low-income families by digging into real estate. Then, this weekend is the Bay Area Book Festival and we meet the woman who walked away from her day job to start it. And, we’ll go back in time — to when radio first got its start.

First up, is it time for charter school reform? Then, the Warriors are rolling through the playoffs, now. But they’re leaving Oakland after the season. How will the move impact their most emotionally invested fans? 

Coming up, your gas bill may be going up next year — we’ll get an update on PG&E and wildfires. Then, we go to the West Coast's biggest gun show in Daly City, for what might be the last time. And, we’ll meet an author whose debut memoir has him confronting cross-generational family trauma.

On today's show: Why Facebook wants to help build a train across the Bay. Then, a new exhibit showcases the righteous rage of feminist art. And, we’ll hear how one man in prison turned his life around by pulling strings. Literally.

On today's show: San Francisco approves a plan to build its largest homeless navigation center on the Embarcadero waterfront against vehement neighborhood opposition. Then, Theatre of Yugen brings modern and ancient traditions to Japanese performance. And, we’ll hear one of San Francisco’s signature sounds — with a little amplification.

BOUNCE: From wilderness to superteam

Apr 24, 2019

From KALW's new podcast Bounce, it's the story of half-a-century of the trials and tribulations of the Golden State Warrior through the eyes of a longtime fan.

Inside the hunt for a wildfire arsonist

Apr 23, 2019
Courtesy of Alan Carlson

Hundreds of California’s wildfires are set on purpose, and the arsonists who start them are rarely caught. This is how CAL Fire caught one of them.

Coming up, an explosion of flowers! We’re digging into the recent “super bloom” craze. Then, a replica of the City from the 1930s comes out of hiding. And, we’re saying goodbye to a Mission icon after 90 years.

On today's show: Meet the people always trying to get your attention on your way to and from Warriors games. It's a look at the underground economy in episode two of our new series, Bounce: The Warriors Last Season in Oakland. Then, event curator Michael Orange tells us how storytelling can help build community.

LGBTQ refugees make new homes in San Francisco

Apr 16, 2019

On today's show: We hear how a gay, Syrian refugee made his way to the Bay Area. Then, a new film shares his story and other LGBTQ refugees struggling to make new homes in San Francisco. "Unsettled" at the San Francisco Film Festival.

Today's show: Why some kids do better in school inside juvenile hall. Then, it’s tax day, and today we’re finding out how filing works in another country. And, a prisoner has an unconventional idea for stopping crime.


Today's show: Why the crackdown on trafficking online has sex workers feeling unsafe, and silenced. Then, San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet and the all-star composer who’s laying down the score for their steps. 

BOUNCE: A new series from KALW

Apr 10, 2019

Coming up, the Golden State Warriors are wrapping up their final regular season in Oakland. It’s beautiful. It’s bittersweet. And we’ve got lots of stories to share with you in the debut of the original KALW podcast "Bounce."

On today's show: A young man helps his Mayan community speak their truth in Bay Area courts. Then, a band whose upbeat pop music contains hidden sci-fi undertones.

Today's show: What do the Lyft and Uber IPOs mean for drivers? Then, a look behind-the-scenes at how tech is shaping our lives in ways we can’t always see. And, when getting out of prison means being deported and separated from your family.

Oakland herons / Salt ponds / Año Neuvo Island

Apr 4, 2019

On today's show: The story behind the wild bird noises you might be hearing at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Then, a kite’s eye view of the Bay Area’s vibrant salt ponds and marshes. And, the sounds of a sea life sanctuary.

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What does love look like when your partner might not ‘get it’? We’ll hear from three interracial couples on how they talk about race and racism, and how sometimes, with kids in the mix, those conversations can be even harder. 

On today's show: Local teenagers connect for the first time to their parents’ homeland — through protest. Then, a Berkeley coffee shop dedicated to helping resettle refugees. And, from San Quentin Radio, a story about a prison chef who turns chow hall meals into magic. 

On today's show: Parents of murdered girls react to the halt of capital punishment in California. Then, two men condemned to life in prison ask why some get mercy and others don’t. And, a Berkeley researcher follows black men in the Fillmore district trying to abandon criminal life.

Coming up, we meet a Cambodian man grappling with his deportation. Then, a San Quentin inmate reflects on police-community relations in Cambodia. And, we go inside a government building where routine maintenance has gotten mired in controversy.

On today's show: A bus that’s used for more than transportation. Then, an Oakland educator writes a book that follows her unaccompanied migrant students. And, an annual concert celebrating Bay Area women musicians.

On today's show: The story behind one of the Bay Area’s most distinctive sounds. Then, How did Muni’s oldest streetcar survive the chopping block? And, untold stories from queer history at the Oakland Museum of California.

On today's show: we head out into the Santa Cruz Mountains to meet the owner of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. Then, an agnostic inmate turns to prayer, after being sentenced to death.

Coming up, the world’s largest conference for game developers is in town. But some women don’t feel safe at the nighttime parties. Then, we’ll meet the voice behind one of the catchiest songs to ever come out of the Bay. 

On today's show: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the godfather of the Beat Generation, is celebrating his centennial. We’ll hear from San Francisco’s first poet laureate and people he inspired. Then, we’ll meet the current United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, who grew up in Fairfield. And, poetry from Solano State Prison. We’re celebrating the beauty of language.