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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6:15pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

Extended interview: Chronicle's Jaxon Vanderbeken on the Bay Bridge controversies

Crossing the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
Under CC license from Flickr user mrjoro

The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Vanderbeken has been covering the Bay Bridge controversies. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation.

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6:00pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Oakland restaurateur looks back on recession

The economic recession reared its head in all industries, especially in the food industry. It might be the first place where consumers cinched their belts. The USDA reports that during the recession, from 2007 to 2009, we spent less on all food. We spent less on groceries, ate at home more, and went out to eat less.

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5:43pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Bay Bridge

New Bay Bridge
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The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

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5:20pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 6, 2013

Oakland restaurateur looks back on recession; The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Bay Bridge; Meet the woman behind the new Peninsula Museum of Art; Audiograph's Sound of the Week Revealed! and local musicians ZOFO Duet.

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4:32pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

Bay Area traffic rises with the economy

Approaching the Bay Bridge (via flickr user vision63)

The Bay Area has two of the top ten most congested cities in the country. No other state, let alone region, can claim that title. While San Francisco has always been a top contender for the worst traffic, San Jose jumped up in the list this year.

In 2010, it didn’t even make the top ten. Now, San Jose commuters can expect to waste 33 hours per year sitting in traffic, while San Francisco drivers waste an extra 50 hours each year in their cars.

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