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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6:10pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Politics

A ‘doorkicker’ on campus: UC Berkeley student and Iraq veteran tells his story

UC Berkeley student and Iraq veteran Dave Smith

For many of us, ten years can seem like a long time. Things that happened a decade ago feel far away. But for veterans of the Iraq war, and their families, ten years can feel like very little – because the damage wrought by that war is still right there with them.

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5:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
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Crosscurrents: April 10, 2013

Life after the Iraq War: we profile a Marine Corps veteran and talk to Aaron Glantz about what makes transitioning to civilian life so hard. Also, local musicians Club Foot Orchestra.

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5:35pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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Crosscurrents: April 9, 2013

Santa Clara kids learn how to protect their privacy on the internet, a Union City school district wins a $29 million federal grant, a literary squat in the middle of prime San Francisco real estate, and local musicians Big Cat Tolefree.

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5:12pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Education

Funding technology curriculum in schools

Dan Barbus http://www.flickr.com/photos/utnapistim/73429019/

School districts are increasingly teaching technology as part of their regular curriculum, but the high cost of computers and tablets can hinder that effort. Last year, the federal government pitched in to help some schools out. Hundreds of school districts participated in the Race to the Top program, which is awarding major technology education funding to three school districts in California. One is in the Bay Area, Haven Unified, which serves Union City, in Alameda County.

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4:56pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

Sneak into a squat for a dose of local literature

A recent reading at 851: The Squat.
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Given the high demand for living space in San Francisco, it may be hard to believe that any apartment is sitting around empty. But there's at least one. It's in Steven Trull's building in the Lower Haight neighborhood, and once he managed to get a key to the place, a new poetry reading series was born.

It's called 851: The Squat. Steven Trull is the series coordinator, but when hosting, he goes by his pen name, Janey Smith. I visited 851: The Squat for the first time in December 2012, to get a sense of what the reading series is all about.

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