Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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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5:22pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Biohacking project a glowing controversy

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antonyevans/glowing-plants-natural-lighting-with-no-electricit

When we think of garage scientists, eccentric, gray-haired Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future might come to mind. But these days, garages seem a little old-fashioned -- especially when you can work in a tricked out DIY Bio Lab. DIY, or Do It Yourself, labs are for citizen scientists to collaborate. Rather than for profit, the projects are for learning -- things like building robots and printing live cells from 3-D printers. Collective membership dues make the fancy lab equipment affordable. And that’s the goal: make science more accessible, and less intimidating. 

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5:13pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 24, 2013

Biohacking project is a glowing controversy; an exhibit examines the social evolution of mental health; chess on Market; and local band the Mobius Trio.

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11:32am

Tue September 24, 2013
Transportation

California becomes first in nation to regulate ride-sharing

A Lyft car in San Francisco, easily identified by its pink mustache
Spiros Vathis Flickr

California regulators gave the go-ahead to ride-share apps last week, making it the first state in the nation to legalize peer-to-peer services connecting riders to drivers who use their own cars.

That's an about-face from a year ago, when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was handing out cease-and-desist letters to companies like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber.

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9:05am

Tue September 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

Local Music: The Mobius Trio

Many bands we feature here write their own music, but The Mobius Trio – who you’re hearing now – might be the first one who has all of it commissioned for them.  By doing so, they are expanding the music available to all contemporary classical guitar groups.

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5:51pm

Mon September 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

A love supreme in San Francisco

On Sunday morning, while the Fillmore District is brunching or sleeping in, I’m sweating to attend something I’ve never run for in my life: church. I’m hoofing it past hair salons, fast food chains, corner markets, and thrift stores to catch the start of Mass. Just up the street from an abandoned pool hall and a windowless police station, I come across what looks like a dormant storefront window. I almost pass it, but I check the address. I’ve arrived.

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