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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5:23pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Jazz Perspectives

Jazz Perspectives: Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo was born in the West African country of Benin. She grew up listening to traditional music but was soon influenced by American rhythm and blues singers and jazz artists. She started composing at age 10, writing about political topics starting at a very early age.

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4:49pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: November 15, 2012

What does Proposition 30 mean for California public schools?; Court budget crisis creates long lines at legal self-help centers; and Jazz Perspectives: Angelique Kidjo.

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3:13pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

Court budget crisis creates long lines at legal self-help centers

Under CC license from Flickr user s_falkow

One of the areas hit hardest by state budget cuts is California’s judicial branch. Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature cut $350 million from the court system this past fiscal year.

In response, courts across the state have had to reduce hours and lay off staff. In San Diego, San Bernardino, Tulare, and Fresno counties, whole courthouses have closed down. That means people who have civil and family court proceedings like restraining orders, custody cases, and divorce will have to travel further, wait longer, and pay more to use the legal system.

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12:39pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Alan Farley Tribute

Sarah Cahill

KALW is hosting a public remembrance of our long-time announcer and all-round cultural diplomat, Alan Farley. Alan died October 21st, after 39 years with this station. Several musicians associated with KALW will present music at the event: Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill, David Latulippe, Eric Wayne and Sarah Cahill. The event takes place next Monday, November 19th at the Green Room of the War Memorial Building at San Francisco’s Civic Center, from 5 to 8 pm.

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5:05pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Transportation

What it takes to keep BART rolling

Photo by Casey Miner

You might think BART stations would be quiet at 2am. The platforms are empty, no trains rushing through. But they’re not quiet. In fact, the noise is deafening.

Huge machines run back and forth on long stretches of track, grinding down rails and carrying new ones. Crews deep in the tunnels take huge saws to pieces of metal and cranes drop other pieces on the ground.

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