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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5:40pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The most densely populated place on record

Walled City Night Views (from SW Corner), 1987.
Greg Girard

In 1898, China granted a 99-year lease to Great Britain for the areas across the harbor in the British controlled island of Hong Kong. But smack in the middle of that territory, known as Kowloon, was an enclave that wasn't included in the lease. A place that would, at least officially, still be controlled by the Chinese. It was a large fort, built decades earlier to put a check on British expansion. But it evolved into something very, very different. 

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5:36pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

The luxury of living in a tiny house

Jay Shafer, owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in front of one of his homes.

From a young age, many of us dream of the houses we’ll own. But those dreams don’t get into the reality of how much houses cost. These days, buying a house means getting a mortgage – which can wind up taking decades to pay off. And that’s if you keep from defaulting – defaults in the Golden State are more than double the national average.

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5:30pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Transportation

Listener feedback: More to the story on Uber

Back in December, we ran a story about Uber, the app that matches users to the closest town car or taxicab. Uber gets its money by charging its own rates, which can cost much more than a typical meter.

Listener Mark Gruberg called in to let us know that we missed something: that regular cabs are using apps, without the extra cost.

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6:16pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 7, 2013

A Hear Here Special: Hear Here Live!; Hear Here: David Peterkofsky and the Cathedral of Christ the Light; Hear Here: Visit The Harvey Milk Photo Center; and local singer Curt Yagi.

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4:50pm

Mon January 7, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Visit The Harvey Milk Photo Center

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What’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why? Our Hear Here community storytelling project wants to know the answer. Over the past few weeks, KALW News reporters have fanned out to places all over the Bay Area – parks, churches, markets, and other public places – to ask the people there why these spots are special. KALW’s Steven Short visit the Harvey Milk Photo Center in the Castro and brought back this story from Reynaldo Cayetano.

REYNALDO CAYETANO: My name is Reynaldo Cayetano and I’m a “Junior.” My mom tells me to tell people that.

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