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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5:24pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 18, 2014

Black folks in nature,  the history of African Americans in the West, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians The Hipwaders.

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3:59pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Memorializing San Francisco’s homeless

Reverend Lyle Beckman and other faith leaders prepare for the memorial
Laura Flynn

The memorial

About a hundred people have gathered in a circle at Civic Center Plaza, a park at the footsteps of San Francisco’s City Hall. Holding lit candles, the crowd huddles closely together.

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1:44pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Hipwaders

Do you have kids? Do you know every word to every song from the movie “Frozen?”  Then maybe it’s time you took a break and discovered The Hipwaders, who you’re hearing now.  This award-winning band has been producing music for children – and their parents – for over 20 years. 

The Hipwaders will be coming in from Vacaville on Saturday (12.20) to play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Don’t worry about keeping the kids up late – it’s an 11am show.  

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6:14pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Interview with Robert Okin

Dr. Robert Okin served as chief of Psychiatry at San Francisco General hospital for 17 years. During that time, he cared for many of the people you see on the city’s streets when they end up in the hospital. Okin says many homeless people suffer from mental illness and as we walk by them on the street, we too often fail to remember that they are just like you and me. So, Dr. Okin spent two years photographing and talking to San Francisco’s homeless population, collecting their profiles in a photo essay book called Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street.

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6:08pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Arts & Culture

Newly discovered John Steinbeck story now on newsstands

John Steinbeck's childhood home.
Max Pringle

 

 

John Steinbeck, the author of such classics as “the Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” was born to a middle class family in a beautiful, turreted Victorian on Central Avenue in Salinas, California. Guides lead tours around the house, describing the period decor and sharing stories.  

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