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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4:59pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 24, 2013

Lacking police presence, Oakland residents take control of their streets; a new film about Oakland's First Friday; 99% Invisible: Game Changer; and local band The Whiskey Pills Fiasco.

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5:09pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Regreturature: The sorry literary past of some of San Francisco's best writers

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This Thursday, members of the esteemed San Francisco Writers’ Grotto will stand up and read their worst writing, in front of an audience. It’s part of the annual Litquake Festival, and it’s called "Regreturature." KALW’s Martina Castro went to last year’s show and did some thinking about her own creative process.

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5:08pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 23, 2013

The United States of Debt; StoryCorps: Living With Multiple Sclerosis; Regreterature: The sorry literary past of some of San Francisco's best writers; and The San Francisco State Percussion Ensemble. 

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5:06pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

StoryCorps: Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Melanie Rowen (R) Kristina Wertz (L)

Melanie Rowen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her late twenties. She remembers the first symptoms, such as bad vision and physical numbness, and her unsuccessful attempts to diagnose herself. As an attorney, normal tasks like writing briefs and remembering what was said at meetings suddenly became much more difficult.

The cost to treat the disease is over $700 a month. Rowen describes in detail how she deals with these financial burdens while trying to forge a new identity for herself.

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4:55pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

The United States of Debt

Hello My Debt Is ...
Jen Chien

Upon entering the Eastside Arts Alliance in East Oakland, it’s clear that this a special kind of conference. On the welcome table is a stack of name tag stickers, the kind that usually read “Hello, My Name Is…” But these stickers read: “Hello, My DEBT Is…”

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