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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8:48pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Transportation

AC Transit seeks cooling-off period as workers threaten to strike

AC Transit workers are threatening to shut down service starting Thursday
Isabel Angell

With a potential BART strike still looming, union workers from Bay Area bus agency AC Transit are gearing up for possible strike on Thursday. ATU Local 192 gave their 72-hour notice on Monday, while the agency has asked Governor Jerry Brown for a 60-day cooling-off period to prevent a strike from disrupting about 100,000 riders around the East Bay.

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5:33pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Arts & Culture

Old Skool Cafe addresses new school problems

Old Skool Café is a 1940s-themed jazz supper club, run by at-risk youth. They cook homemade food, serve it to all guests, and perform their music, dance and poetry onstage.  Working at the café, they get professional skills and a support network—all while dressed in their 1940s best.

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5:23pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

County rehabilitation camps absorbing California's young offenders

Tina Hayes School of Etiquette Class

California has been in an ongoing struggle trying to figure out how to deal with overcrowding in prisons. The problems extend to the Division of Juvenile Justice, where the state’s most serious young offenders are held. For youth from Alameda County, being sent to one of the DJJ facilities is one of the worst alternatives. They’re spread out all over the state, which means it can be hard to keep family connections, and complaints of abuse and unsafe conditions have dogged the system for more than a decade.

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5:10pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: A mother remembers meeting her adopted daughter

Provided by StoryCorps

Before Laurie Brookner adopted Kate, she knew her as only as a blown-up, photocopied photograph. On the photograph was a Chinese name: Yu Mingren. Anxiously, Laurie traveled all the way to Jiangsu in China to adopt her. Soon Mingren became Kate. As Laurie held Kate in her arms, she was filled with utmost joy—mixed with a dash of sadness that her daughter would never know her Chinese birth mother. Fifteen years later, Kate and Laurie came to the StoryCorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Kate wanted to ask her mom what it was like when she saw her for the first time.

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4:23pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 15, 2013

Welcome to Camp Sweeney; Old Skool Cafe addresses new school problems; StoryCorps: When Laurie Brookner first met her daughter; and local band Akron Engine.

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