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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4:56pm

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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4:32pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Education

Teaching young people to be smart about social media

Once upon a time, the anonymous Internet predator was every parent's nightmare. Now they worry about enemies closer to home: the bully who doesn’t leave his taunts in the hallways or the college admissions officer using Facebook as a character reference. 

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6:49pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

Truths and tales about mental illness and guns

“If you disagree with background checks, the logical jump is you believe it’s okay for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns,” explains Bay Area Congressman Mike Thompson, speaking about his own proposed legislation to limit access to firearms. Thompson’s not the only one to connect mental illness with violence. The country has heard similar statements from national figures across the political spectrum, including the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, who has stated: “We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics."

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6:18pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Where do older prisoners go when they get out?

Frank Williams, SEOP Director

The older we get, the harder it is to think of ourselves as “old.” But as far as the government is concerned – specifically, the federal corrections system – you’re “aging” or “elderly” once you turn 50. California houses one of the country’s biggest populations of elderly prisoners. And gradually, it also releases them.

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5:49pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Money Diaries: Confessions of a Shop-aholic

The Money Diaries is a series which explores young people from Oakland's relationships with money.
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The Money Diaries is a series in which young people from Oakland explore their relationships with money. Zakiya Jackson is calling her story “Confessions of a Shop-aholic.” She has two jobs to help pay for her shopping habit. For one of them, she gets paid on Fridays, and the money often doesn’t last the weekend. This is her story.

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