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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4:26pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Getting ready for rising seas in the Bay Area

Sutro Baths on the San Francisco shoreline.
Flickr user Wally Gobetz

In 1995, the movie Waterworld predicted catastrophic changes to the earth’s sea levels, and painted a picture of the chaos that resulted when the water rose and society collapsed.

The movie was a flop. But it got one thing right: scientists say melting glaciers are already contributing to rising sea levels, and that they’ll melt faster in the next century. Changes in the Bay Area—which has over a thousand miles of shoreline—could be dramatic.

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4:05pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Commentary: Plague of frogs

Xenopus, or the African clawed frog, can be found in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Under CC license from Flickr user Gregory Moine

Science loves a frog. And why not? They're easily disassembled, they produce large numbers of transparent embryos, and they walk  goofy.

But our dissectable friends aren’t doing so well. Scientists have also noted that amphibian extinction rates appear to be anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of times higher than usual.

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2:56pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Transportation

Bay Area drivers face few consequences in pedestrian deaths

A crosswalk in San Francisco (via flickr user nathanpachal)

Most drivers who kill pedestrians in the Bay Area are never charged, even when they are found to be at fault, an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals. And the drivers who are charged face light punishments at best.

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12:25pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Education

East Bay Express: A people-focused solution

Students at Montera Middle School in Oakland said the school's eighth-grade class was full of "drama" earlier this year. There had been a fight between two girls, and the conflict had broadened to the girls' friends. Some students "were coming to school in sweats, ready to fight," recalled Yari Ojeda-Sandel, a staffer at Montera who coordinates the school's new conflict-resolution program known as restorative justice.

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6:34pm

Wed May 22, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 22, 2013

A special co-hosted-by-Glynn-Washington edition of Crosscurrents! What happens when you call 911? Meet Oakland's first responders; San Quentin Radio Project: When victims and offenders talk; What we can learn from wild animals and the people trying to save them; and Give Me Shelter, San Francisco!

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