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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I’m here at Pick-n-Pull to sell my beat-up 1998 Subaru Outback Legacy to the State of California under the Consumer Assistance Program, or CAP.

  • Added: Dec 28, 2014
  • Length: 12:51
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To make sense of this new era in low-income housing in San Francisco, we’re going to travel back in time and follow the story as it unfolds into th...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 28, 2014
  • Length: 10:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Stepping inside the Taurus Bookbindery is kind of like stepping back in time.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 11:20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: East Bay Muslims pray atop a UC Berkeley hill, Credit: Hana Baba
About 20 Muslim families are gathered on a hilltop outside the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, just after sunset. A water fountain bubbles, w...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 08:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: William and Brianna Bennett, Credit: William Bennett
More than 2.7 million minors in America live with a parent in prison. Studies show that the majority of incarcerated parents reside over 100 miles ...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 06:18
Caption: Taken at Wallenberg High School, Credit: Luisa Beck
At the age of 51, William Bennett was one of the oldest people in California who could claim that. But in June 2013, eight months after leaving pri...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 07:25
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Bennett and Porter do their cooking in a shared kitchen that’s part of a transitional house in West Oakland. But they met many years ago. “Well, w...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 10:42
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This Thursday night, Paul McCartney will close the show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. It will be the final public event at the storied stadi...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 04:15
Caption: Candlestick fan Fernando Aguilar
As San Francisco bids farewell to Candlestick Park, we’re talking to people about their memories of this iconic San Francisco landmark. Today we he...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 02:24
Caption: Amelia Martinez and Elizabeth Montiel hit the streets to survey Mission residents, Credit: Melanie Young
With the start of a new school year, families all around San Francisco are sending their children off with hopes for a good year and a bright futur...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Northern elephant seal weaners return to the wild after rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center, Credit: Mike Adaskveg
Women are underrepresented in a lot of scientific fields, but there’s one branch of biological science that bucks the trend: veterinary science. Wo...

Bought by KZYX, XRAY.fm, and WAMC


  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 07:52
  • Purchases: 3
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Little Opera is an after-school program that leads local children through the creation and performance of an original opera. This past year, the pr...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 09:35
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In August 2014, we lost a man who inspired laughter in the Bay Area and all around the world – Robin Williams. Robin Williams was a local, and actu...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 04:22
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Caption: Pastor Megan Rohrer at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Credit: Michael Pisais
Pastor Megan Rohrer plays a contemporary pop song as a launch pad for discussion. Some heads nod to the beat, but it’s clear that this kind of mus...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 10:19
Caption: The Entrance to the Gates Co-op at Richardson Bay, Credit: Sandhya Dirks
From the outside, Richardson Bay in tony Sausalito looks like a manicured sea of floating million dollar homes, bobbing up and down in orderly rows...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 09:00
Caption: Theresa Flanderich (r) and Diego Deleo (l) in Deleo's apartment, Credit: Melanie Young
At the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, two dozen residents of North Beach come on a recent Tuesday night to hear from neighbors who have experi...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 08:11
Caption: R.B. oversees the work of the Scraper Bike Team in the backyard of El ColectiVelo bike shop in East Oakland, Credit: Audrey Dilling
At the end of a narrow alley off of International Boulevard, through the open doorway of El ColectíVelo bike shop, I’m greeted by a young boy. “R....

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 06:25
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San Francisco is a bike-friendly city, despite its famous hills. There are designated bike lanes on streets throughout town, and the number of ride...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: Sonj Basha stands in front of Mills Hal, Credit: Angela Johnston
Skylar Crownover is walking me through the lush tree lined streets of Mills College, and through buildings with red clay roofs. Students constantly...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 06:48
Caption: John Lovell checking his fog harvest, Credit: Leila Day
Lovell is a fog harvester. He’s obsessed with the fog, and the water resources that are floating right over our heads. He points at a little white ...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 08:45
  • Purchases: 1