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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4:33pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Rental war wages on in San Francisco

Under CC license from Flickr user Charleston's TheDigitel

This probably isn't news to anyone living in San Francisco, but our City by the Bay has the highest rent in the country, and the competition out there for an apartment is fierce. San Francisco rents have gone up about 15.8 percent from a year ago while rents in other parts of the country are rising with a rate of inflation of about 2.7 percent. While some argue that owners are taking advantage of the tech bubble to hike up the market value of their properties, but there are owners who resist  the urge to cash in on the rental wars.

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4:25pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph: A piano burns in Half Moon Bay

The crowd gathers to listen to the last notes
photo by Julie Caine

All month long at sundown people have been coming to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay to play and listen to a baby grand piano. Originally, it belonged to Elida Oetell. When her house was foreclosed, she had to leave the piano behind. The new owner, Christina Conklin, tried to get it tuned for her kids to play, but it was beyond repair. So she called Mauro Di Nucci. He calls himself Mauro Ffortissimo. He’s an artist, sculptor and musician, and he likes to make things out of pianos.

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2:30pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Amy X Neuburg

Amy X Neuburg is playing at SF's Jewish Community Center on 03.02.
Credit Amy X Neuburg

If you listen to 'Other Minds' on KALW, Fridays at 11pm, you probably already know that the 18th annual Other Minds Festival is this week.

Performers from as far away as India are on the schedule - along with Bay Area musician Amy X Neuburg, who is featuring today on Monday's Crosscurrents (02.25).

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11:00am

Sat February 23, 2013
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: Can yoga keep kids out of prison?

Traditionally, many U.S. counties have relied on “scared straight” tactics to keep youth from getting back in trouble. In Florida, for example, one juvenile detention center sits down young offenders in front of a “wall of shame,” a collection of photos of teens who have been shot and killed post-release. But one city is trading in these scare methods for a yoga mat and a couple of hours of meditation.

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4:25pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: The fate of alcohol at First Fridays

The City of Oakland plans to clamp down on drinking at the popular monthly street festival, but it promises to be an uphill battle.
Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

A few months ago, Kim Nguyen realized she had a problem on her hands — except maybe it wasn't a problem, or at least it was the kind of problem every business owner dreams of having: Saigon Market, the narrow, cluttered convenience store that she runs along with her husband just north of the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 23rd Street, was absolutely overrun with customers. Or rather, it was overrun exactly one night a month: the first Friday, when the art walk and street fair of the same name descends on Uptown Oakland, its center right in front of her little store.

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