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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3:17pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Shannon & The Clams

The band currently putting a spell on you is Shannon and the Clams. These Oakland boys --and ghoul -- are bringing their signature trashy and surfy sound to Leo's Music Club in North Oakland, tomorrow evening (10.31) for the Total Trash Halloween Bash. They'll be playing alongside other local bands. The show will start at 7pm.   

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6:15pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

A conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. But there’s more to him than that. His identity reaches across many borders. And his storytelling traverses multiple media.

His latest book, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for this year's PEN/Faulkner award. His feature story "The Contestant" was part of the first edition of the California Sunday Magazine. And you may have heard his show Radio Ambulante – a Spanish-language podcast that airs Thursday nights on KALW that is often compared with This American Life.

This Sunday, Alarcón is expanding his broad horizons even further, hosting a live Radio Ambulante event in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The show is called Outsiders and will feature multimedia storytelling from Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and the United States.

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5:02pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Transportation

San Francisco's Prop. L: Are motorists being put at the back of the bus?

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San Francisco paints itself as a green city, a city of walkers and bicyclists, a transportation friendly city. But some say San Francisco has taken its pro-pedestrian stance too far.

A group called the Restore Transportation Balance Coalition wants to take back the roads. That’s the goal of Proposition L, a declaration of policy to make the city’s parking meters, garages and traffic laws more car-friendly. But at what cost?

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4:54pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 29, 2014

In San Francisco, cars are the problem or the solution; a conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón; an episode of Radio Ambulante: "La Balada de Daniel D. Portado"; and the Extra Action Marching Band.

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6:12pm

Tue October 28, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Is the Bay Area in a housing bubble or a housing crisis?

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Real estate markets run in cycles, and right now our regional market is soaring. While the national median price for a home is just over $200,000, the median price paid for a home in the nine-county Bay Area last month was just about $600,000.

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