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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3:36pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Vinyl Spectrum

Today's local music is by Vinyl Spectrum.

You can experience Vinyl Spectrum live April 17, 2015 at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. They’re the opening band, starting about 8:30pm.

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1:46pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Digest

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 16, 2015

A beached Sperm Whale is attended to by marine bioligists in Pacifica, CA
Paul Chinn The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters // East Bay Express 

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6:55pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Economy/Labor/Biz

Everybody disagrees on how to solve San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis

San Francisco's housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Micah Weinberg, of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, says that over the past seven years, "we have built less than half of the housing in this region that the state estimates we need."
flickr user Jeremy Brooks

 

In one of America's most expensive cities, there's a fringe political party whose name sums up their concerns: The Rent is Too Damn High. That city is New York – but in San Francisco rents are even higher. And while no party around here has been quite so blunt about it, organizations are taking action.

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute hosted a housing forum earlier this year, and the conversation showed there are many ways to look at the problem – and many ways to disagree on how to solve it.

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5:40pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Howell Devine


The band Howell Devine -- Josh Howell, Pete Devine, and Joe Kyle Jr. --  is bringing the southern blues to the Bay. For this episode of Bay Area Beats, we caught up with the founding members to find out how the blues got into their souls.

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5:35pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Transportation

Where is San Francisco's transportation system headed?

Under CC license from Flickr user Phil Dokas

 

A new report from the Dutch mapping company TomTom ranks San Francisco the second most congested city in the country; only Los Angeles is worse. And in times of gridlock, people often choose to take public transit, bike, or even walk in order to avoid driving. It’s the job of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make those alternatives as appealing as possible.

Tom Nolan is chairman of the SFMTA. Nolan has served on transportation boards throughout the Bay Area, including SamTrans and Caltrain. Now, as Muni's chair, he’s presiding over the board at a time of rapid change. Tom Nolan sat down with KALW’s Raja Shah to talk about the current state of public transit in San Francisco and where it might be heading.

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