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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3:07pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

A final resting place for furry friends

Presidio Trust intern Kaitlin Shawgo

In the 1989 Stephen King classic Pet Sematary, the Creed family’s cat, Church, gets hit by a car on the busy road in front of their new home. Rather than burying Church in the pet cemetery with the many other pets who lost their lives on the same road, Louis Creed decides to venture to the burial site just beyond. That’s when things start to get ugly.

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6:52pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Voting from the Korean American perspective

Under CC license from Flickr user valuef

We conclude our series in partnership with New America Media, delving into the issues California’s ethnic voters care most about this year, with a look at the politics of Korean Americans. California is home to 451,000 Korean Americans. The biggest community is in LA, but a sizable number are here in the Bay Area, with the highest concentrations in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. So what’s this community talking about one week ahead of the elections? KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Won Yi, a talk show host on Korean television KEMS TV in San Jose.

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6:36pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Meet the most committed candidates you’ve never heard of

Sonja Trauss is running as a write-in candidate for the BART board in her district
Courtesy of http://www.district7.trauss.com/#!voting/c1u32

If you’ve got a mailbox, chances are that at this point in the election season, it’s stuffed with campaign literature. You might be so sick of it that you’re considering writing in your own candidate on Election Day. It’s a whimsical way to show dissatisfaction with the candidates who are running.

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6:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Democrat vs. Democrat in California's 15th District

Democrat Eric Swalwell is challenging Democrat incumbent Pete Stark in the race to represent California's 15th Congressional District.

For the past 39 years, the California’s 15th Congressional District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by 81-year-old Pete Stark. He has gone mostly unchallenged until this year.

Eric Swalwell – a member of the Dublin City council – is running against Stark. Swalwell is quite a contrast: he's 31 years old, a soccer coach and a prosecutor. He’s also a democrat, which makes this race Dem v. Dem. This is the first time that two candidates from the same party can run for the same seat, a reform made possible by voters in 2010.

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5:37pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Oakland’s District One candidates on cops, debt, and economic growth

Courtesy of maps.google.com

Three incumbents are leaving their city council seats in Oakland this year, including District One’s councilmember, Jane Brunner. District One is basically North Oakland, separated by the 24 freeway, which divides the more upscale neighborhoods of Temescal and Rockridge from the historically lower-income neighborhoods to the west. Both Oaklands come together at the corner of Alcatraz and San Pablo Avenue, just shy of the Berkeley border.

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