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: Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate hopefuls gather on stage, Credit: Holly J. McDede
Poet laureates reign across the country, representing different cities and states like kings and queens of the written word. Often, they’re college...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 06:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jasmine Jurado (left) and Nurse Lopez, with baby Anais., Credit: Liz Mak
Nurse Family Partnership, or NFP, found that limited access to good parenting information, or role models, can present an even greater challenge to...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Group photo in front of the meeting hall mural, Credit: Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland
The words “Native American Reservation” might conjure an image of an expansive Southwestern landscape, or maybe a Casino. But for the 45,000 Native...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:46
Caption: Client of doula Traver Riggins, 7 months pregnant., Credit: Leila Day
A doula is a woman who helps another woman through the process of childbirth. Traver Riggins says when she learned about how a doula could help, sh...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 06:13
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Lt. Robinson points out the warden who died at his desk, Credit: Chris Hambrick
They had me at homemade shiv wall. “Shiv” is a slang term for an improvised weapon. I heard the San Quentin Museum has enough shivs to make an enti...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 07:27
Caption: Arvaughn Williams: "Because of his incarceration, I have to show the world that I won't fall into this system and this cycle that traps so many people, black men like myself.", Credit: Catherine Girardeau
When someone is imprisoned, it doesn’t just affect the incarcerated. It affects the people left behind. Young people. Nearly three million children...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 07:33
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San Francisco is a renter’s worst nightmare. It might seem obvious. You know, your mum knows, your friends know, but me? I did not know. It is hard...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 09:39
Caption: Erika Escalante stands in front of her home at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, Credit: Angela Johnston
Buena Vista is a diverse community, made up of seniors, families, people with disabilities. The majority of residents are low income, and Latino. P...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:08
Caption: Mesha Irizarry at a protest outside Mission police station, Credit: KEVIN JONES
This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular. “The night ...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 09:34
  • Purchases: 1
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It used to be that if you wanted to learn how to make a guitar, you had to apprentice with a luthier. You’d find them in Europe, and you had almost...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 06:23
Caption: A stone tablet honors author Robert Louis Stevenson
Most people who visit Calistoga -- a town in the Napa Valley -- come for the wine and the spa treatments; few come for the literary history. But th...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2015
  • Length: 10:19
Caption: Poster for this year's Schmulowitz exhibit
Sometimes the things we write can cause controversy, and even end up being deadly. Early this year two gunmen opened fire in the office of the Fren...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 06:34
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March 29 was the last night Delilah Soto slept on the street. She’s a recovering heroin addict who’s been living in a tent in San Francisco’s Missi...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 09:47
Caption: Lydia Athanasopoulou, Eli Wald, and Grace Ambrose, Credit: COLIN PEDEN
I’m inside what looks like it could be a college library or a research institute. People sit quietly working at desks and tables, surrounded by she...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 10:05
Caption: Dr. Vance Vredenburg swabs frogs to test for chytrid., Credit: DR. VANCE VREDENBURG SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
I’m in a room stacked with rows of 50 gallon fish tanks, surrounded by gurgling water pumps. But this isn’t a fish store. I’m with conservation bio...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 06:28
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bo Barnes, president of Kayaks Unlimited., Credit: TASIN SABIR
The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. Homeless camps, graffiti, and factori...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2015
  • Length: 06:44
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Imagine a tower more than 40 stories high, sparkling as the sun catches a hundred thousand pieces of colorful cut glass. Imagine this tower at nigh...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2015
  • Length: 10:44
  • Purchases: 1
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I killed my first deer in the backwoods of Wisconsin when I was 13 years old. This was the first time I really understood the existential price of ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2015
  • Length: 11:58
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“There's one on the ground there. Are there two? No way! Are they mating?” I turn to ask longtime monarch sanctuary volunteer, Barb Thomas. We hove...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2015
  • Length: 08:22
  • Purchases: 1
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In this three-part episode of "Crosscurrents" KALW's Liza Veale looks into the Bay Area’s sex industry: it's advantages, it's complications, and it...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2015
  • Length: 22:46