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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4:38pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Planting a permanent culture in San Francisco

Carries Hughes stands on the sidewalk, near a chain link fence, on the corner of Fell and Laguna streets in San Francisco. Behind her, cars roar past the rows of tidy Victorians. But Hughes is more interested in the wide, sloping lot in front of us, on the other side of the fence. 

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4:36pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Education

Taking the carrot approach to school lunch

Alex "Junior" Nava, age 5, eats a lunch prepared by Revolution Foods.
Anne-Marie Mcreynolds/Collective Roots

San Francisco Unified School District recently hired a new meal provider, Revolution Foods – a private company based in Oakland that serves healthier, all-natural meals to over 600 lunchrooms nationwide.

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11:48am

Wed January 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Counter Culture

Anyone familiar with the Dub Rock/Cali-Reggae scene may already know the band Counter Culture, from Novato. The band, which you’re hearing now, has been playing extensively through Northern California since last summer. 

They’re playing the Fourth Street Tavern in San Rafael on Friday, January 11th. It’s an over-21 show, and music starts about 9:30pm or so.

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5:54pm

Tue January 8, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Unexpected treasure at the Alemany Flea Market

The Alemany Flea Market is a San Francisco institution.  Every Sunday, vendors of useless knickknacks and pricey treasures set-up their wares in the dirt lot along Alemany Boulevard under the 280 underpass. And then they wait for the right buyer to come along. As part of our place profile series, KALW’s Penina Eilberg-Schwartz headed to the market to ask people about what this long-running market means to them.

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5:47pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics

"Micro apartments" make room for more San Francisco renters

Artist's Rendering of Smartspace Unit Courtesy of Panoramic Interests

We already know San Francisco’s housing market is tight and competition is fierce. A new city regulation hopes to make some more room in the housing market. Soon, current and aspiring San Franciscans will be able to live in “micro-apartments,” just 220 square feet each. City Supervisor Scott Wiener wrote the legislation making these hutches habitable. He talked about them with Crosscurrents Executive Editor, Ben Trefny.

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