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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12:39pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Clinic goes mobile to reach underserved youth

What’s the quickest way to a child’s heart? How about a Harry Potter movie? The staff at the Bay Area’s Teen Health Van know their patients are no exception.

Katie Baker, the van’s newest physician’s assistant, says showing movies makes the patients feel “more comfortable” when waiting for treatment. The mobile clinic’s waiting room is the size of a cubicle. The movie drowns out any sounds coming from nearby exam rooms, helping preserve patient privacy.Patients range in age from 10 to 25 years old. Half are homeless. Most lack health insurance.

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8:29pm

Sun March 17, 2013
Politics

Will Durst: The charmingly offensive road tour

Thankfully the current revival of President Obama’s Charm Offensive is not a theatrical production because the reviews are decidedly mixed. Seeing him furiously pirouette around Washington for the last two weeks like a carnival contortionist makes you wonder if he might be secretly setting up a post-presidential career in a Las Vegas Cirque de Soleil spin-off.

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2:14pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

East Bay Express: A graphic novel for people who don't like graphic novels

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Thien Pham is what you might call a big personality. In a 2011 Expresswrite-up of the artist, Oaklander, and graphic novelist's last book, Level Up, Luke Tsai described him as an "outsized personality: the smack talker, the maker of outrageous statements." Pham's speech is loose, expressive, and uncommonly fast, his words occasionally stumbling over each other as they exit his mouth. Even his drawings, which are rendered in thick lines, graphic shapes, and bright colors, impart a sort of existential bigness.

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11:53am

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? March 17, 2013

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

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2:10pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Undocumented teens out of the shadows at last

Marco Perez, a senior at Roosevelt High School, gained confidence from the school’s Dreamers Club.
Mitzy Ballesteros

Seventeen-year-old Marco Pérez seems like an ordinary teenager. He wakes early each morning and rides his bicycle to Theodore Roosevelt High School. As a senior, he is applying to college. Yet he has a challenge unlike those of most other college-bound students. He is a “dreamer,” an undocumented immigrant student with dreams of legalizing his immigration status in the United States.

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