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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11:23am

Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Yes-Go's

Music by The Yes-Go's

The music you’re hearing now is by San Francisco punk band The Yes-Go’s. They try to include a couple of new songs in each of their live shows to make sure the audience is really paying attention. Animals inspire lots of their music, even when it's not really about animals. The Yes-Go’s have a rare daylight show on Saturday April 6 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, starting at 3pm.

4:44pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Google Brain goes into beta testing

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Since its launch in 1998, Google has evolved from simple searches to near total Internet domination. It owns the video-sharing site YouTube. It launched its own social network, Google Plus. And they’ve recently started talking about a new product, Google Glass – smart spectacles that take pictures, perform searches, and navigate for whoever wears them.

Google caught some flack for the futuristic – and downright nerdy – look of the glasses. So the company hired Silicon Valley startup, Bergoglio, to design and test the prototype of a Google Brain, which boasts all the features of Google glasses without the fashion statement. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Alexis Channing-Sorkle, the first recipient of the still-in-beta product, to pick – or search – her brain.

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4:43pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

San Francisco’s Current TV is going through significant changes, again. The channel, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was sold to Al Jazeera for half-a-billion dollars in January. It’s a lot of money, but the gamble could pay off for the Arab network by providing entreé to the lucrative American media market.

Current, which initially tried to capitalize on user-generated content, has had trouble cracking that marketplace. It developed a stable of left-leaning political programs, including “The Young Turks” and “The Gavin Newsom Show,” but neither made Current a household name.

So what will Al-Jazeera do? Industry analysts speculate it will dissolve Current and reprogram it to create Al-Jazeera America. But KALW investigative reporter Chris Hoff got inside access to secret meetings taking place at Current headquarters in San Francisco to find out what’s really going to happen. Hoff filed this report.

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4:31pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 1, 2013

A very special April 1 Edition of Crosscurrents. Subtitle: The Most Important Episode of Crosscurrents Ever.

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4:29pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Education

The city by the Bay (without kids)

Dolores Park in San Francisco with no child to be found.
Flikr user Jeff Croft

 

The number of children in the city of San Francisco is dwindling. Back in the 1960s, kids made up a full quarter of the population. The latest census numbers showed the city was made up by only 13.4 percent of them. But now, after a concerted effort by City Hall, there’s been a dramatic change.

A note for our readers: the following story is of an adult nature.

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