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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Caption: Sergeant Kelly Kruger surrounded by files of cases, Credit: Holly J. McDede
Street protests and town hall meetings swiftly followed the shooting death by police last week of 26-year-old Mario Woods in San Francisco’s Bayvi...

Bought by WAMC, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and WABE


  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 09:34
  • Purchases: 3
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This year, teens at San Francisco Unified School District’s School of the Arts walked into a brand-new kind of class: the district’s first-ever LGB...

Bought by WABE and WAMC


  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 07:06
  • Purchases: 2
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Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challeng...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 06:29
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Following the Supreme Court decision to stop the vote count in Florida, during the 2000 presidential election, theater owner, Allen Michaan, began posting messages on the marquee.
Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, a...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 04:36
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jessica Lanyadoo is known for her laid back fortune teller vibes
Chances are that at some point in your life you’ve been asked, “What’s your sign?” That phrase is both a terrible pickup line and proof that astro...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 07:29
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Nowadays, all young lovebirds need to get the romance flowing is a Netflix account and a bag of Microwave popcorn. Back in the 1950's and 60's, dat...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 07:47
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California’s Family Leave Act is a step ahead of the U.S. as a whole, in giving all parents the right to some time off, but it’s complicated. What ...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 11:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lin-Lin Tsou-Otani, a real estate agent at DeLeon Realty., Credit: Liz Mak
Many wealthy Chinese people have found a safe investment for their money actually lies in the U.S. – specifically, in American real estate. Accordi...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 06:35
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Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl, members of the band Dirty Cello, are doing a sound check in the middle of the day, in an unconventional location: t...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 05:46
Caption: Golden State Warriors fans paraded through Oakland following victory, Credit: AMIR AZIZ FROM FLIKR CREATIVE COMMONS
When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship back in June, fans across the Bay Area exploded with pure, rapturous joy. For Oakland resid...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 07:22
Caption: The assembled writers and creators behind Shipwreck, Credit: ALAN LEGGITT
When I first started working at The Booksmith, the local independent bookstore a couple blocks from my apartment, it was a lot like what I expected...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 07:20
Caption: Luke Iseman puts together raised bed garden containers, Credit: Chris Hambrick
Here in the Bay Area, rents are rising, and housing inventory is shrinking. It’s forcing many here to decide -- either you have to leave the area c...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 07:42
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Geography Bee at Mission Hills Middle School, Credit: HANA BABA
Americans are often stereotyped as not knowing much about the rest of the world. But, according to the numbers, it’s more than a mere stereotype. ...

Bought by WAMC and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 09:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tanner, a pit bull rescued from a dogfighting operation, is now rehabilitated and has found a home, Credit: LOUISE CODD
Pit bulls are the most bred dog in America. They are the most common in shelters, and they are the most euthanized as well. There are organizations...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 07:29
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It’s not every day that a local person becomes a saint, but on September 23rd, more than two hundred years after he died, Junípero Serra will be ca...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 05:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Eli Mcamis is 14 years old. He and five other young teens sit around a table, each rolling dice and flipping through game manuals — thick binders, ...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 09:03
Caption: A dead sperm whale in Pacifica's Mori Point, Credit: Hannah Kingsley-Ma
Back in April, a 48 foot-long sperm whale was found on a beach in Pacifica called Mori Point. A lot of people had gathered around the whale to bear...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 08:29
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Water trough at Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood, California, near the California Delta., Credit: Audrey Dilling
In the summer of 1901, San Francisco’s mayor, James D. Phelan, hiked up to an oak tree near the north bank of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite’s Hetc...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 14:02
Caption: Jon Stern out on his boat underneath the Golden Gate Bridge
Marine biologist Jon Stern studies cetaceans: porpoises, dolphins and whales. Stern is a professor at San Francisco State and also leads field stud...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 08:14
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In the mid 1800’s, boomtown-San Francisco was a city of men, only about 15 percent women. Slavery was illegal in the West but still-- white men wer...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 10:30
  • Purchases: 1