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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5:18pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Cops & Courts

Access to legal counsel proves challenging for immigrants

You would never notice it if you were walking by, because there are no signs, but San Francisco's immigration court is on the eighth and ninth floors of a nondescript office building here on Montgomery Street in the city's financial district. Immigrants can get a notice to appear here if they are facing deportation or applying for asylum. The people outside are here without lawyers. When I asked a man if he had a lawyer, he told me he wasn't sure if they'd let him see a judge or not.

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4:52pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Astronomy

Where's the best place to view the Comet PanSTARRS?

UFOs may be a bit far fetched, but this week there is something else coming from outer space. The Comet PanSTARRS can be seen in western skies this week.  To learn more about the science behind the spectacle, KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar.

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4:36pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Arts & Culture

Vietnamese American author Andrew Lam on his new book "Birds of Paradise Lost"

The immigrant experience is meant to be a smooth one, full of promise. Ideally, people from developing countries come to America for better work, education, human rights and, overall, and a better future for their children.

However, many of these stories turn out to be not as polished as that narrative. Immigrants often need to learn a new language, navigate a new system, face realities they never have before, and find their way in a new adopted country. Their hopes are high, and sometimes they end up unmet.

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6:21pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Cops & Courts

Go inside the prison that houses Charles Manson

After being cleared at the second checkpoint, we then passed through this exterior sally port.

It’s early. About 5 in the morning and I’m heading south on Highway 5 toward Corcoran, a farming town of about 24,000 people. However, that population count is misleading. About half of the people living in Corcoran are locked up in two of the state’s largest prisons just south of downtown.

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6:07pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 11, 2013

Nancy Mullane takes a tour of the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran Sate Prison; Dispatches from the Inside: Expectations, regulations and the realities of parole; and local Journey cover-band Evolution.

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