Crosscurrents show


Summary: Crosscurrents is KALW Public Radio's award-winning news magazine, broadcasting in the Bay Area Mondays through Thursdays on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community.


 Communicating In A Polarized World / Luenell / New Arrivals: Nonfiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1514

Today, we ask how can people better understand each other in a charged political environment? We'll hear about new research on the matter from UC Berkeley. Then, the actress and comedian Luenell tells us about the career dream she’s working to make reality. Her journey from Oakland to Hollywood. And, we'll hear from three local authors as they read from their books of nonfiction.

 Muppet Performer David Goelz / New Arrivals Collection: Memoirs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1393

Muppet performer Dave Goelz tells us what it was like to work in the creative world of the late Jim Henson. Then, three local authors read from their memoirs: Rachel Michelberg, Melissa Harris, and Kristin Keane.

 @Work: Great America / Judy Juanita / New Arrivals Collection: Essays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1513

Today, we are going to hear what it’s like being a medic at a favorite summer destination, Great America. Then, we speak with author Judy Juanita about joining the Black Panther Party in the 60s. And, we’ll hear readings from three San Francisco authors: Beth Winegarner, Virgie Tovar, and Jodi Klein.

 Lowrider Bike Club / Activist Kin Folkz / New Arrivals Collection: On Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1454

Today, we learn about lowrider bikes and the way one bike club is working to change the perception of lowrider culture in Northern California. Then, we hear from an activist who created a space for queer arts to be a form of wellness. And, we listen to readings from three local authors: Vanessa Hua, Angela Terry, and Charlie Jane Anders.

 Sensory Rich World Building / Oakland Rent Increase / New Arrivals Collection: Youth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1513

Today, we meet an artist who takes ordinary objects and experiences and reimagines them to find new meaning. We speak with Multi-media artist, Robin David. Then, we talk to Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife, who recently led a campaign to cap the annual increase on rents in rent-controlled buildings. And, we listen to three Bay Area authors read from books for and about young people.

 Cleaning After Pride / Songs of the Patriarchy / New Arrivals: Faith Kramer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1514

Pride March is one of the biggest events in San Francisco, but after all is said and done, who cleans everything up? Today, we hear about the delicate balancing act of cleaning confetti and glitter. Then, what happens when you sing a song with toxic lyrics on repeat for three days straight? And, we’ll listen to a reading from Oakland author Faith Kramer.

 Former Warriors Head Coach Al Attles / New Arrivals Collection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1334

The Warriors just won their fourth NBA title in eight years – we hear from the man who coached them to their first title here back in 1975, former Warriors head coach Al Attles. And, Bay Area authors Evelyn LaTorre, Masha Rumer and Loren Rhoads read from their memoirs in a literary collection from our podcast, New Arrivals.

 Into The Fold: Life, Death And Burritos / Spatial Sound Art / New Arrivals: Toni Mirosevich | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1393

Today, we hear the story of how a burrito sparked a special connection between two Bay Area comedians. It’s a new installment of Into The Fold with Kristee Ono. Then, we will go to a half century old San Francisco establishment that uses sound for healing. And, we will hear a reading from Pacifica author Toni Mirosevich.

 Gold Chains: California Fugitive Slave Law / Isabel Jones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1207

Today, we are going to talk about slavery, maybe what comes to mind is the American South- but California has a history of enslavement too. So why isn’t it better known? We’ll hear a story from California's history. Then, we speak with a dancer from Fairfield who shares her experience of competing on the reality show “Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.”

 Sanctuary State For Abortion / Fatherhood From Afar / New Arrivals: Mitchell Schwarzer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1131

Today, we explore how California is making plans to become a sanctuary state for abortion access. We learn what California’s role will be if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade. Then, we hear how you can be a father, from inside prison, to a child whose voice you’ve never even heard. And, we’ll hear a reading from Oakland author Mitchell Schwarzer.

 Bounce: San Francisco Warrior Tom Meschery / Magician Dan Chan / New Arrivals: Kristina Micotti | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1316

The Warriors are in the NBA finals — we’ll hear from a player slash poet who was on the team when they originally moved to the city 60 years ago: hometown hero Tom Meschery. Then, How one man left his finance job to become a magician for Silicon Valley's elite. And, we’ll hear from a San Jose author.

 Federal Recognition for Bay Area Tribes / Muralist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith / New Arrivals: Mac Barnett | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1454

Today, we hear about the challenges native tribes face when they apply for federal recognition. Then, we talk to Oakland muralist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith about how she turns large, blank walls into art that tells a story. And, Oakland author Mac Barnett reads from his new children’s book.

 Hey Area: Joaquin Miller Park / Baruch Porras-Hernandez / New Arrivals: Lee Kravetz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1513

Today, we learn about what happens when a park is constructed on stolen land. What the history of one East Bay park can tell us about borders, access, and equity. Then we speak with writer and performer Baruch Porras-Hernandez about body positivity and being queer. And, we’ll hear a reading from San Mateo author Lee Kravetz.

 Oaklandside: Reparations / First Black Woman Judge / New Arrivals: Dahlia Gallin Ramirez | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1514

Today, we’ll hear updates on what California’s reparations task force has been doing. Then, we’ll speak with Judge LaDoris Cordell, Northern California’s first Black woman judge. And, we’ll hear a reading from San Francisco author Dahlia Gallin Ramirez.

 Oakland Zoo Centennial / The Specialist: Zoo Chef | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1513

Today, the Oakland Zoo celebrates its centennial. We’ll hear about its evolution and what’s next. Then, we'll meet the zoo’s specialized chefs serving the entire animal kingdom.


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