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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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Mon December 9, 2013

City College helps formerly incarcerated with a second start

City College Alumnus Carl Irons

For  the past year and a half we’ve been covering the troubles facing City College of San Francisco – the college has until this coming July to meet a set of  requirements, or its accreditation could be revoked. This could leave thousands of students in the lurch-- City College is California’s largest community college. One of the largest in the country, in fact, with enrollment between 70 and 80 thousand students. Later this week, we’re going to devote an entire show to this issue, but today we’re bringing you the story of just one of City College’s many students.

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Mon December 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

The sour truth behind San Francisco food myths

Our part of the world is famous, or maybe infamous, for its interest in food and how it’s grown. We’re also known for local specialties ranging from sourdough bread to the super burrito. Author Erica J. Peters of Mountain View explains the history of several “signature dishes” in her book San Francisco, A Food Biography.

The book highlights a number of Gold Rush-era specialties. Two of note are the Hangtown Fry, and sourdough bread.

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Mon December 9, 2013

Crosscurrents: December 9, 2013

A City College program that helps formerly incarcerated students, on the hunt for the best falafel, San Francisco's sourdough bread origin story, and local musicians The Daniel Castro Band.

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Mon December 9, 2013

Experts raise concern about Bay Bridge rods

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge
Isabel Angell

Two Bay Area engineers have released a scathing report about the official analysis of the broken rods on the Bay Bridge, Charles Piller of the Sacramento Bee reports.

The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee conducted the analysis after 32 key seismic rods broke on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge back in March.

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Fri December 6, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: December 6, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Mayor owns pot shop… Grow bans approved by CA court… Are you puffing pesticides?...  Bill Clinton did inhale, and so did Greg Kihn… and more.


SF Gate // Robert Jacob, a cannabis dispensary owner and legalization advocate has been named mayor of Sebastopol, CA, in California’s wine country.


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