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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.

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Black diaspora dialogue / African writer's dilemma / Statue honors incarcerated Native American activist

An Oakland race healer is getting folks to have some tough intra-racial conversations. We, listen to some of the voices working to connect Black communities. Then, we hear why a Zambian author turned down a prestigious award. And, an artist creates a 12-foot statue to honor a Native American political prisoner.


21 Oct 2021

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1991 Oakland Firestorm Part 2 / New Arrivals: Rachel Sarah

It’s been 30 years since the Oakland Firestorm, and we hear from those who lived through it and remember its lessons. We look at the aftermath of one of the most deadly urban wildfires in the United States, and what that means for us today. And, a Berkeley author reads from her new book.


20 Oct 2021

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A look back at the 1991 Oakland Tunnel Fire / Fire, rain and toxic runoff

It’s been 30 years since the 1991 Oakland firestorm. Today, we look back at one of the most destructive and deadliest fires in California history. Then, we hear about some of the health risks that come with post-fire clean-up and rain.


20 Oct 2021

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Finding housing during shelter-in-place / New Arrivals: Judith Ann Bernhard

Shelter-in-place orders gave some unhoused Oakland residents time to stabilize their lives, but for others, it became stagnant. Today, we hear what happens when a transitional solution overstays its welcome. Then, a San Francisco author reads from her collection of short stories.


18 Oct 2021

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A Poet Recounts His Border Crossing / Oakland Rapper Jwalt / New Arrivals: Joel Landmine

Today, poet Javier Zamora recounts crossing through the Sonoran desert and the difficulty of settling in a new land. Then, Oakland rapper and NYU student Jwalt discussed his personal growth on his latest work. And, Oakland poet Joel Landmine reads from his new book.


14 Oct 2021

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The Spiritual Edge: Fearless Nuns

Today, in a story from The Spiritual Edge we'll meet two Catholic nuns who, after decades of work with immigrant detainees, aren’t slowing down. They attend rallies and prayer vigils, meet with immigrants in detention centers and when they see an opportunity, press for legislation that will bring more humanity to a system where it can be lacking.


13 Oct 2021

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Project Homekey / Church Of Coltrane / New Arrivals: Kim Shuck

A state grant is helping San Francisco achieve its ambitious goals on homelessness. Then, how one church uses the music of John Coltrane at the center of their services. And, a former San Francisco poet laureate reads from her new book.


7 Oct 2021

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Sacred Steps: A Mennonite Couple Turn Street Ministry Into Song

Today, in a story from The Spiritual Edge, we'll meet Al and Andi Tauber, married singer-songwriters who direct music for a congregation of urban Mennonites in Chicago. For the Taubers, this means taking their ministry - and their music - to the streets.


6 Oct 2021

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The Wildfire Litigation Industry / Dangerous Air / New Arrivals: Stephanie M. Wildman

When towns face the destruction of wildfires, many outsiders rush in to help. Today, we hear how some residents are questioning whether these newcomers have their best interests in mind. Then, we speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about a new study that reveals just how dangerously smoky our air quality is. And, San Francisco author Stephanie Wildman reads from her new book, "Privilege Revealed."


5 Oct 2021

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Firefighter Training Risks / Pittsburg Unified Lawsuit / New Arrivals: Annalee Newitz

Today, we learn how seasonal firefighters are getting sick, and even dying, during training. Then, we talk about how the ACLU is suing an East Bay school district for discrimination. And, a San Francisco author reads from their new book about ancient cities and their decline.


4 Oct 2021

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