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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Can you name California’s State Song? Are you even aware that California has a State Song? Well, it does, and it used to be sung widely at special ...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 10:47
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Just under 22 years ago, a fire caught in the Oakland hills. That fire killed 25 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and it was so destruct...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 08:37
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When we think of policing, we don’t always think about psychology. One is academic; the other, relentlessly real-world. But many police departments...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 09:51
Caption: Hope Fox of Oakland and her daughter, Pat McKern, Credit: Credit Visakha Som
The cost of living in the Bay Area has risen sharply, especially in the past few years, but the federal benefits that many seniors rely on are ofte...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 07:53
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Nearly every city in the US has a Tenderloin. Here in San Francisco, it’s a neighborhood home to a dozen social service agencies, low-rent resident...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 08:52
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Before artist and performer Ise Lyfe became Ise Lyfe, he was Isaac Brown, growing up in East Oakland, probably playing Nintendo games like he is ri...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Closed session sign outside an Oakland Citizen Police Review Board meeting, Credit: Credit Under CC license from Flickr user allaboutgeorge
The Citizens’ Police Review Board, or CPRB, was established in 1979 after two OPD officers killed Melvin Black, a 14-year-old African-American boy....

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 12:32
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The last decade has seen more than a hundred officer-involved shootings – 39 of them fatal. When one of those shootings happens, OPD’s Internal Aff...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 08:12
Caption: Pennsylvania farmer sees fracking's effects on farms., Credit: Credit Under CC license from Flickr user Public Herald
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” could be a revenue bonanza for California. The nation’s largest reserve of deep-rock oil is in ...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 08:33
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With events ranging from Big Gay Trivia Night to Big Gay Golf to the Dinner and Drag Show, and 19 other events – Pride in Napa has officially arriv...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:54
Caption: San Francisco Zoo vet tech Gail Hedberg poses with Pike, a 30-year-old polar bear she raised from birth., Credit: Credit Courtesy of San Francisco Zoo
For every famous name in animal science — Jane Goodall, Ivan Pavlov, Charles Darwin — there are easily 100 scientists you’ve never heard of, includ...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 07:36
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The Jane Warner Plaza, on the corner of Castro and Market streets in San Francisco, is better known, locally, as the Buff Stop. That’s because of t...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 08:56
  • Purchases: 1
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In 2010, we brought you a whole show focused on ADHD and its effects. We spoke with four San Francisco teenagers living with ADHD about how they ma...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 11:24
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About 3,000 homeless people live in Oakland. Their challenges include finding places to stay, food to eat, and something else that many people take...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 03:16
Caption: Food Hackathon, Credit: Mary Willis
Even here in the local-food loving Bay Area, most food is not ‘farm to table.’ It’s farm to processor to distributor to wholesaler to retailer to t...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 08:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Student teacher Diana Arbas in her classroom
This is Diana’s radio diary of her first year teaching at Oakland High in a ninth grade English class. You’ll hear what was challenging and what wa...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2013
  • Length: 11:05