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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5:48pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: A community college's fate affects mine

Steve Rhodes

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I was sitting in my boyfriend’s room in my pajamas, picking out classes when I opened the email informing me that my school had lost its accreditation and might close its doors next year.

It was definitely a shock, and I immediately felt sad. Just getting to college had been a struggle for me.

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5:21pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: Green-energy storage: 'the next big thing'

For the past decade, California has been a leader in the clean-energy revolution. Groundbreaking state laws require our major utilities to purchase 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020. And some green-energy experts expect that mandate to rise to 50 percent or more in the following decade. To date, the rapid growth of solar and wind power has fueled the move to renewables. But for California to fulfill its green-energy future, it must solve an important problem: how to deliver electricity to consumers when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.

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5:15pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 5, 2013

Billionaires’ sailboat race may leave San Francisco in debt; sailors with disabilities race on the Bay; young rockers tap their creativity at Rock Band Land; and this week's Audiograph answer revealed!

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4:59pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Young rockers tap their creativity at Rock Band Land

Welcome to Rock Band Land. It’s a place where 4 to 9 year olds are introduced to music by learning to write it themselves. They go through the whole process, up to when they are on stage in front of 300 screaming fans.

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4:53pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics

Billionaires’ sailboat race may leave San Francisco in debt

On a rare, hot summer Saturday on the San Francisco Bay, a race between a pair of 10 million dollar sailboats has just begun: Team Italy against Team New Zealand. Spectators at a viewing area on San Francisco’s Embarcadero lounge on bean bag chairs. Piers 27-29 have been converted into a giant pavilion, with big screen TVs, picnic tables, a concert space, and Nespresso machines at every corner.

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