Crosscurrents

Series produced by KALW

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Context, culture and connection from around the Bay Area.

KALW's Crosscurrents is the Bay Area's public radio news magazine. Winner of three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and voted "Best Local News Program" by SF Weekly, Crosscurrents brings you context, culture and connection from around the Bay Area.


356 Pieces

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Have you noticed how the way a space feels really depends on how it sounds? Take the California Academy of Sciences for example. With all the hundr...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 09:46
Caption: Rosa Robinson turns out cupcakes and other confections for Sweet Dreams Bake Shop, Credit: Sukey Lewis
Sky-high rents, Google buses and gentrification are all buzzwords around the Bay Area. But that is not the case in the city of Richmond. With unemp...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 05:59
Caption: Listening to Music for a Changing Tide at Ocean Beach, Credit: Julie Caine
Every two years, San Francisco’s Soundwave Festival asks artists and musicians to focus their talents -- and their ears -- on one sonic idea. This ...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 05:18
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A majority of Americans say their biggest financial concern is that they won’t be able to save enough money to retire. This finding, by a recent Ga...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 04:20
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Do you hold your cell phone against your ear? Your user manual probably warns against it. Bret Bocook knew how to use a cell phone. So he didn’t b...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 06:07
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rosie the Riveter smiles out from the side of a trashcan decorated by Daud Abdullah in front of Richmond’s City Hall., Credit: Sukey Lewis
Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah up-cycles pieces of trashed pottery, tile, mirror, and glass to make public art on garbage cans in Oakland and Richmond.

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 05:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Edible Garden at AT&T Park , Credit: San Francisco Giants
Behind a wall in a park in San Francisco, there’s a large and thriving vegetable garden. That might not seem like such a big deal. But the park is ...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 03:22
Caption: Agriculture experts from Acta Non Verba on the job, Credit: Kelly Carlisle
I’m walking across an old baseball diamond at Tassafaronga Park in Oakland with four very qualified agriculture experts. We’re approaching a new ve...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 05:20
  • Purchases: 1
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It all started a couple of years ago, when a happy-go-lucky guy I swim with named Joe Omran showed up at Aquatic Park one day in a foul mood. Thirt...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 14:18
Caption: Santa Rita Jail, Credit: California Energy Commission
Arthur Streeter is taking me to meet an inmate who’s going to be released from jail today. “So we’re going to pick him up and get something to eat...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 12:49
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cast of Multi Ethnic Theater's "Jitney"
In the garage of a house in San Francisco’s Excelsior district, rehearsal is underway. In the space where a car would normally go is a stage set: a...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 07:15
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California seems to be getting it from both sides. The state is in a serious drought at the same time coastal areas are studying ways to avoid bein...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 06:46
Caption: The 168th class of the Oakland Police Academy, Credit: Kyung Jin Lee
After years of struggle, the Oakland Police Department is finally getting some positive news. Crime rates are down in all major categories, includi...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 07:24
Caption: Reporter Martina Castro interviews a pigeon, Credit: Elizabeth Young
So what? I’m a little obsessed with pigeons. I’m not sure when it started exactly, but at some point I realized I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 08:03
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Caption: Wildlife biologist Doug Bell birdwatching at the Altamont Pass, Credit: Judy Silber
California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 07:09
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At about 1:30am, after a night out with friends, Kyle Nichols-Schmolze is waiting for the AC Transit 800 bus near Market and Van Ness in San Franci...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 08:49
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A vibrant mural announces Happy Lot Farm and Garden to visitors and anyone passing by. A greenhouse stands in the middle of the lot, and an improvi...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 06:45
Caption: Oliver Jacobson is a music therapist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Here, he plays a session with one of his patients, Maia Mead, Credit: Liz Mak
Oliver Jacobson started playing violin when he was six years old. At 18, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, one of the top music schools in t...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 09:29
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Caption: Family visits at the Alameda County Jail , Credit: Daniel Arauz
Nearly one in ten children in California have a parent in the criminal justice system, but it’s hard to find numbers for individual cities. Experts...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 05:37
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“The goal is Zero Waste by 2020, and we think that is an achievable goal.” Those words from former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom back in 2009 p...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 06:04