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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5:08pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Money Diaries: Unemployed and on food stamps

Money Diaries is a series presenting stories from young people in Oakland, talking about their relationships with money.
Under CC license from Flickr user 401(K)

For the next few weeks, KALW News will be presenting stories from young people in Oakland, talking about their relationships with money. It’s part of a collaboration with the Oakland-based nonprofit Game Theory Academy, which works with low-income youth to improve their economic decision-making skills. Independent producer Lisa Morehouse worked with students at Game Theory Academy to record their experiences, in pieces we’re calling Money Diaries. 

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5:06pm

Mon March 4, 2013
YOUTH PERSPECTIVE

Commentary: Fighting misperceptions on the bus

Students at San Francisco’s Washington High School were asked in a school assignment to respond to the question: “When is a time your identity mattered?” Senior Jessica Ruan had this answer.

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4:40pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Cops & Courts

Fraudulent lawyers prey on immigrants

When criminal defendants can’t afford to pay for a lawyer, the court will appoint them one for free. But not all defendants have that right. If you’re called to immigration court, for example, you have to hire a private attorney. If you can’t afford one, you’re on your own. Many agencies provide free legal services to immigrants in these situations, but these agencies are overwhelmed. And even immigrants who can afford an attorney have to be careful who they hire. Some unlicensed practitioners prey on unsuspecting immigrants to make easy money.

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3:39pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Transportation

Free Muni for Youth gives 40,000 S.F. students a free ride

Students celebrate the start of Free Muni for Youth (photo by Isabel Angell)

Starting this month, some kids in San Francisco can ride the bus for free. The new program, called Free Muni for Youth, aims to make life a little easier for the city’s low- and moderate-income families. The city estimates that 40,000 young people qualify for the program.

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7:58pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Politics

Will Durst: From Pope to "Joe"

A few words here about the recently resigned Pope. (It doesn't matter who you are, that's always going to be at the top of your resume). 

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