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: Los Gigantes broadcast booth, Credit: Julie Caine
One of the joys of baseball is listening to games on the radio. There’s the sound of the crowd, the crack of the bat, the 7th inning stretch … all ...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 10:08
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The Point Reyes Light, a weekly newspaper in West Marin, is known for a lot of things. It won a Pulitzer Prize, it’s done muckraking reporting on a...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
  • Length: 05:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The destroyed building, alongside new condos, Credit: Hannah Kingsley-Ma
On January 28th, a fire consumed a mixed-use apartment building on 22nd and Mission. The conflagration destroyed more than 30 local businesses, and...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
  • Length: 07:55
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California eighth graders are ranked 45th in the country in math, according to the most recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Pro...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
  • Length: 07:05
  • Purchases: 2
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In the heart of the Tenderloin, amid the crowded corners and occupied stoops, there’s an anomaly that’ll catch your eye. It’s a man in a suit and a...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
  • Length: 07:15
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Duniya Dance and Drum Company practicing using the saap -- a traditional tool used in the Punjabi dance known as Bhangra., Credit: Sandhya Dirks
California has long been a land of possibility. From the Gold Rush to the promise of fertile farmland, people from all over the world have flocked ...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
  • Length: 06:52
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A heat map from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's study of ALPR hotspots in Oakland
Surveillance and privacy issues have been in the news a lot in the past few years. Perhaps the biggest news was made by by Edward Snowden, who leak...

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  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 09:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: San Francisco's housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Micah Weinberg, of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, says that over the past seven years, "we have built less than half of the housing in this region that the state estimates we need., Credit: flickr user Jeremy Brooks
In one of America's most expensive cities, there's a fringe political party whose name sums up their concerns: The Rent is Too Damn High. That city...

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  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Aerial view of Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_hintsa/
Twice a week, the Heart of the City Farmers Market transforms San Francisco’s gritty United Nations Plaza with dozens of white canopies and trucklo...

  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:07
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There are at least 7,000 homeless people in San Francisco each night, and only enough shelter space to house a small fraction of them. This is one ...

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  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Alyssa Arian has worked in San Francisco restaurants for a decade and, like most servers, she got into it for the tips. “Some nights you leave wit...

  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 09:06
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Here in the Bay Area, fraternities based at UC Berkeley have had their share of problems. According to the University of California Police Departme...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 07:10
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Remember in 2008 when the terms green economy and green collar jobs were big buzz words? You probably know the basic idea: if we’re going to curb t...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 06:02
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Many people still think of San Francisco’s most famous intersection -- Haight-Ashbury -- as the epicenter of the hippie movement of the mid-1960s. ...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 07:46
Caption: San Pablo Reservoir, Credit: Todd Whitney
Turning on your faucet may be easy, but the process of getting you that water is anything but. Water has a long journey to get to your tap, often s...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 04:03
Caption: The proposed site for the new development
If you want to hire a worker in Oakland, you’re going to have to pay a little bit more these days. At the beginning of the month, Measure FF, overw...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 06:30
Caption: California is entering its fourth year of drought – and it’s really starting to show in some of the state’s most vital water resources. The Central Valley Project, which supplies water for about a third of California’s farmland, recently announced it had , Credit: Under CC license from Flickr user Janet Ciucci
California is entering its fourth year of drought – and it’s really starting to show in some of the state’s most vital water resources. The Central...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: San Francisco's Stockton tunnel is shut down due to a water main break in March of 2014., Credit: Flickr user toyzrus8
The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water system, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), carries water to 2.6 million customers in ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 04:57
Caption: Comedian W. Kamau Bell performing his stand up act, Credit: flickr user Florida International University
In the auditorium of Willard Middle School, about 300 people have gathered, many of them sitting on those rickety school bucket chairs, the ones th...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 09:31
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Artist OREE ORIGINOL's artwork on display on the corner of 24th and Byrant in the Mission., Credit: Todd Whitney
If you have walked the streets of the Bay Area recently -- you might have seen posters featuring the names and faces of Oscar Grant, Renisha McBrid...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:00