Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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1:14pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Liz Kennedy

The smoky voice you’re here now belongs to Bay Area singer Liz Kennedy. She’s been writing music since she was 12, and now fifty years later, she says, “I’m old enough to have found some style.”

Liz Kennedy is having an album release party on Saturday, July 27th at the Fenix Bar on 4th Street in San Rafael. Music starts about 6:30pm.

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5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Holding back rising sea levels in the City of Alameda

Area slated for nature reserve
Laura Flynn

The east side story

I’m on the east side of Alameda Island, standing in mud in front of a storm drain that empties out into San Leandro Bay. There’s a stretch of homes right on the shoreline looking out at estuaries, the Oakland Airport, and Coliseum. The waterline isn’t quite at my feet right now, but in less than a century I’d likely be standing in water up to my shoulders.

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5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Tough: A “punchy” one woman show

Chris Black from "Tough"
Lydia Daniller

Chris Black is a small woman. She’s five-foot-one and weighs just over a hundred pounds. But don’t let her size fool you. In a tank top that reveals well-muscled arms, and executing a punishing series of push-up-like movements, Black is looking pretty tough. In fact, “Tough” is the name of the dancer and choreographer’s newest piece. It’s a one-woman-show inspired by turn-of-the-century bare knuckle boxing champ John L. Sullivan, whose famous catchphrase went: “My name is John L. Sullivan, and I can lick any sonofabitch in the house.”

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4:37pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 23, 2014

What Alameda is doing to deal with rising sea levels, imagining life in the Bay Area after the next big earthquake, a small dancer in the shoes of a big boxer, and local musicians The Quartet San Francisco.

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4:25pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Quartet San Francisco

The sounds you’re hearing are by the Quartet San Francisco. They aren’t your typical chamber quartet. As they say, “When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove.”

The Quartet San Francisco might be swinging and grooving on Sunday, July 27th; that’s when they open for Rufus Wainwright at the Stern Grove Festival in -- where else -- San Francisco’s Stern Grove. Music starts at 2:00pm, but everyone knows to get there much earlier!

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