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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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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Covering Sports at San Quentin / James 'Sticknasty' Small / The Zohar

Today, we meet the man who reports on the athletes at San Quentin prison who play everything from basketball to pickleball. Then, Fantastic Negrito's drummer James “Sticknasty” Small talks about his debut solo album. And, we’ll hear why a seminal Jewish text got an updated translation.


Confronting Caste / New Arrivals / Grant Avenue Follies

Today, we talk to reporter Sonia Paul about a first-in-the-nation measure to add caste to state anti-discrimination laws. And we hear from three Bay Area authors with three very different novels. Then, we meet the ladies of the Grant Avenue Follies who celebrate mid-century Chinatown's cultural scene one song and dance at a time.


Oakland Coal Trains / Center Of Sexy Times / Bay Poets

Today, we meet researchers using a special night vision camera to track the movement of trains and pollution. We hear how open air coal trains are impacting Oakland communities. Then, we learn how the Folsom Street Fair got it's start. And, we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by highlighting the work of some Bay Area poets.


Meet San Francisco's Fire Chief / The Future of Small Presses

Today, we meet the first openly LGBTQ fire chief in the country in a new story from our series "At Work." Then, a conversation about the future of small publishing with J.K. Fowler, the founder of Oakland's now-shuttered Nomadic Press.


La Maison Bleue / Who Is The Most Influential Latino In The Bay Area?

In today's episode, we go to a blue house in San Francisco that attracts crowds of French people. It's a new story in our series Culture Keepers, celebrating Bay Area communities. Then, we get an unexpected answer to a question about the most influential Latino in the Bay Area from our collaborative reporting series, Hey Area.


DIY Punk Culture / Pacific Athletic Conference Collapse

In this episode, we rock out with a Bay Area band who takes public performance and the idea of moving to music to a whole new level. Today, we’re checking out the DIY punk scene. Then, we hear why 10 out the 12 members left college footballs' Pacific Athletic Conference. What led to the PAC-12's sudden demise?


Keeping History Alive and Ringing / Actor Wayne Harris's 'Train Stories'

Today, we climb into the bell tower at Holy Trinity Cathedral to meet a bell ringer who's been cultivating his craft since childhood and is passing it on to the next generation. Then, we meet Wayne Harris, who wrote and stars in the play "Train Stories," about three African-American men on a train ride, figuring out their place in a 1948 America.


Uncuffed: To My Children / The Future Of Anchor Steam

Today, two formerly incarcerated mothers reflect on how their children keep them strong. Then, we hear how becoming a teacher led one person to finally feel seen. Stories from Uncuffed’s re-entry class. And, we get an update on the possible resurrection of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company.


Oakland's Snail Bar / The Stud / Imprisoned Pianist

In this episode, we meet an East Bay chef who goes beyond shopping at the farmer’s market. We hear how he works to connect food, urban diners and nature. Then, we’ll go back in time to visit San Francisco’s oldest gay bar before it closed its doors. And, we hear how piano playing can create a future for those in prison.


The Stoop: Reclaiming Blackness / 40 Years Of Creativity Explored

In this episode, we travel thousands of miles to hear how Bay Area movements like the Black Panthers influenced activists in Australia. It's an award-winning episode from The Stoop podcast. Then, we bring it back to San Francisco to visit a place where creativity has reigned supreme for four decades.


San Quentin Film Maker / The Stoop: Within These Walls

Today, we begin with a new story from Uncuffed. We'll meet an incarcerated media-maker who shares how a program at San Quentin rekindled his creative spark from childhood. Then, a 2023 Gracie award-winning Stoop episode explores the secrets of Black history that a building can hold within its walls.


Poet Sarah Fathima Mohammed / The Stoop: Pious And Pleasured / New Arrivals

In this episode we speak with nationally recognized poet, Sarah Fathima Mohammed. She shares how the women in her life inspire her work and how she found her voice through poetry. Then, in an excerpt from The Stoop podcast, we hear from a wellness educator who says female sexual pleasure is a neglected part of Muslim teachings. And, a reading from Cloverdale author Vince Montague.


KALW Day: 82 Years on the Air

Tomorrow our station turns 82 years old — happy birthday KALW! We’re one of the oldest FM stations in the country and the very first one west of the Mississippi. So, we're going to take a moment to look back at what we've accomplished and look forward to where we want to go from here.


Disability System Accountability / Investigative Journalism / Disco Tour

In this episode, we hear how a new state bill can bring more accountability to California’s developmental disability system. Then, one of San Quentin’s award-winning reporters talks about his investigative journalism career. And, a walking tour honors a San Francisco queer and disco icon. Plus we get an update on new COVID-19 variants.


Former disability group home admin accuses parent company of abuse, mismanagement

Our investigation deepens when an administrator at Katrina’s group home comes forward. She discloses disturbing details about resident mistreatment, and describes a facility — and company — in disarray.


Investigation Uncovers Abuse of Nonverbal Autistic Woman in 'Enhanced' California Group Home

A group home employee reaches out to the family of a nonverbal autistic woman with evidence of abuse. We investigate their allegations and discover a residential facility that was cited over and over but allowed to continue operating.


tbh: Activating Teen Voters / New Arrivals: Anita Gail Jones

Gen Z is known for being one of the most politically active generations, but their turnout at the polls still lags behind previous generations. What’s behind the low numbers? We hear it directly from teenagers in an episode from the KALW original podcast, tbh. Then, Novato author Anita Gail Jones reads from her latest novel.


tbh: Climate Apocalypse Fatigue / New Arrivals: Jane Kuo

Climate change is scary and it's even scarier for teenagers who feel like it’s up to their generation to fix it. In an episode from the KALW original podcast tbh, teenagers tackle climate anxiety and action. Then, a reading from San Carlos author Jane Kuo. Plus, our local music segment spotlights Decant. They’re playing at Berkeley Art Gallery this Friday.


tbh: Losing A Classmate To Fentanyl / Activism From Grief

In this episode, we hear how students honored the life of a classmate who died from a fentanyl overdose. A story of student journalism making an impact in the fourth episode from the new season of our podcast, tbh. Then, we hear how the family of a man who was killed by police in 2017 carries on his legacy.


tbh: Wellness Centers / How Texas Is Approaching Homelessness

Today, we meet recent Independence High School graduate, Jamareion Adrow. He was guided through high school with the help of his school's wellness center. Now, he's advocating for better resources and encouraging his peers to do the same. Then, we hear how California officials have been visiting Texas to get advice on how to deal with homelessness.