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: Tamsin Kearns with staff and residents at Sweetwater Spectrum’s farmstand., Credit: Jesse Rhodes
Over the next decade, between 500,000 and a million children with autism will age into adulthood. Advocates say when it comes to giving these indiv...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 10:18
Caption: Jeremy Jue with his dad, Robert, Credit: Jeremy Jue
“Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind” reports on legacy letters and how they are helping people prepare for death, say goodbye, and grieve lov...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 17:46
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Safe Time Home Sharing, a new nonprofit, is trying to alleviate the homelessness crisis by asking East Bay residents to open their homes, and tempo...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 09:15
Caption: SFPD outside the syringe access program on July 26, 2017., Credit: Andy Bosselman
In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the San Francisco Police Department may be preventing injection drug users from getting clean needles. That cou...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 10:55
Caption: Bruce Davis, Zen Hospice resident, listens to guitar played by Thad Povey., Credit: JoAnn Mar
There's an increased use of live music at Bay Area’s major hospitals and hospices to bring healing and comfort to people who are near death.

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 09:25
Caption: Colin Kaepernick takes a knee, Credit: Screenshot from Al Jazeera English. http://bit.ly/2fhPLnd
For many people, this is a time to reflect on what it means to live in the United States. The election season revealed a divided nation, and many f...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 07:06
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Caption: Quartz crystal singing bowls, Credit: Truc Nguyen
Eric Cetnarski works as a sound healer in Oakland. Sound healing can be many things: from listening to our favorite songs to using our voices.

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:39
Caption: One of San Francisco's mass casualty ambulances, capable of carrying up to 22 patients. (From left: Chief Andy Zanoff, Lieut. Jonathan Baxter, and Capt. Clem Avila.), Credit: Eli Wirtschafter
As American cities recover from floods, hurricanes and violent political demonstrations, we take a look at one of San Francisco’s more unusual tool...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 06:28
Caption: Crowd at Muir Woods, Credit: SAYRA TREJO
One of the most popular parks in the country is just north of the Golden Gate bridge in Marin County. It’s so close to San Francisco that Muir Wood...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 05:31
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There’s been a lot of news about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan and their attempts to enter Europe, but we hear far less about people t...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 09:08
Caption: Lyle Beckman, Night Minister with The San Francisco Night Ministry, Credit: Ian Lewis
Many people living in need rely on churches for meals, support or simply a place to get off the street and rest. But like other types of service ce...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 07:30
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It’s been over a year since undocumented immigrants in California have been able to get driver’s licenses through the AB 60 law. The first week the...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 05:31
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In recent years it has become more and more common for arrangements to buy and sell sex to be made online and behind closed doors. A lot of the tim...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 06:52
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Caption: Gary Shields Sr., training son Gary Shields Jr. at God's Gym, Credit: RENATA GRAY
At the corner of Broadway and 25th Street in Oakland, there’s black building with a name painted on it that might makes you do a double-take – God’...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 07:34
Caption: Subhi Nahas with Fred Hertz, who hosted him for his first two months in California, Credit: ELI WIRTSCHAFTER
There are now more displaced people around the world than at any time since the end of World War II. In the Bay Area, some local groups are creatin...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 10:57
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Caption: Concepción Caballero Antonio at her workplace., Credit: Leila Day
Since 1989, San Francisco has been a sanctuary city -- a place that offers undocumented migrants a chance to start a new life, without the threat o...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2016
  • Length: 11:40
Caption: Saahil Arora in Alameda where he lives with his championship winning DOTA 2 team., Credit: Jeremy Dalmas
Video games are now a spectator sports. And Dong Won, who’s 24, has made over $160,000 in prize money by playing in tournaments, sometimes for tens...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 10:02
Caption: A view of Lehigh Cement plant in the Silicon Valley foothills near Cupertino., Credit: Angela Johnston
Since 2010, the Bay Area’s population has grown at a faster rate than the US, or California as a whole. And the growth in population – spurred by t...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 08:52
Caption: A white shark (commonly referred to as a great white shark)., Credit: "GREAT WHITE SHARK - CAL RIPFIN" BY GEORGE PROBST, CC LICENSE, RESIZED AND RECROPPED
White sharks are uncommon — some research shows there could be fewer than 500 along our coast. Scientists are pretty sure that no one has ever reco...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 08:16
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Caption: JaVonne Hatfield shows off his signature cut out heart atop his overpass dance floor, Credit: Holly J. McDede
For JaVonne Hatfield, overpasses are the only dance floor necessary. Every Thursday and Friday afternoon, he shimmies, shakes, and smiles from the ...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 06:53
  • Purchases: 1