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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5:59pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

History isn’t a turnoff – if it’s properly presented

Photo by Lisa Hamilton Courtesy of www.realrural.org/

My first award at school was for history, in fifth grade. I didn’t even know you could win awards for history, but I was pleased to get it. This early inclination has always made me wonder why many people find history to be boring. Personally, I always enjoyed learning about the individual events and the individual people behind those events. Now I realize that much of history is presented more like a math problem than a story – i.e., “When did the Panama Canal open?”

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5:34pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

The haves and have-nots of San Francisco's mid-Market district

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco's Mid Market district

The mid-Market district of San Francisco is undergoing tremendous change. Construction cranes literally cast shadows over the businesses and charities serving long-time residents of the neighborhood. This is an area filled with supported housing and Single Room Occupancy hotels. Homeless people and panhandlers traverse the wide sidewalks. One of the food pantries that serves them is run by The Quaker Meeting House. It’s on 9th Street, just south of Market, and has been around for nearly 20 years. To date, Twitter has run its global operations around the corner for about half-a-year. Which means these two entities with similar sounding names and strikingly different purposes are unlikely neighbors.

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5:25pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 17, 2013

The Haves and Have-Nots of San Francisco's Mid-Market; The California Historical Society experiments with a new concept in how we explore the past;  and the very first Audiograph solution!

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6:22pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Who passed the first drug laws in America?

"People often forget that at the turn of the last century, drugs were entirely legal," says Bay Area resident Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the California chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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5:21pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

A 21st century approach to drug control

A note to readers and listeners: An earlier version of this transcript incorrectly identified the quotation above from Professor Rob MacCoun as being stated by Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Institute's Drug Policy Research Center. The text has been edited to correct this error, but the audio has not been updated.

2013 marks one hundred years since California outlawed marijuana – and with the state supreme court poised to decide the fate of medical marijuana next month, the relationship between California and the drug could change yet again.

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