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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5:43pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Finding alternatives for homeless encampments

One of several tents under the I-280 on-ramp at 5th and King, in San Francisco.
Mary Rees

As California sloshes through its rainy season, homeless people around the Bay Area are looking for places to stay dry. In San Francisco, the spaces under freeways are popular, and groups of homeless people sometimes band together for their mutual protection. Still, as you might expect, living on the streets isn’t safe or easy.

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5:27pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 11, 2012

Dealing with homeless encampments in San Francisco, giving dogs and supplying food trucks for the homeless, The Powers of Ten at SFMOMA, and local musicians Bill Hansell.

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4:09pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Size matters in "Powers of Ten" tribute

Futurefarmers, A Variation on the Powers of Ten, 2010–12; Production photo: Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, Futurefarmers; Courtesy the artists; © Futurefarmers

Charles and Ray Eames are best known as mid-20th Century designers of architecture and furniture, but they also worked in graphic design, fine art, and film. Unquestionably their most famous film was “Powers of Ten” (1968), which they describe as “a film dealing with the relative size of things in the universe, and the effect of adding another zero.”

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3:56pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Guitar Pull

The Lady Crooners will be performing at the upcoming Guitar Pull

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day – a Guitar Pull. The term seems to come from the Great Depression when a group would get together to play songs. Often only one player would have a guitar, so they’d “pull” it from each other to have a turn.

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6:05pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Transportation

Get to school on a walking school bus

A walking school bus heads to an elementary school in Missouri.
Under CC license from Flickr user MoBikeFed

There's  a place in the urban East Bay where you might have to look twice to spot the school bus. That’s because it’s a special kind of bus: kids get off to climb trees and pick strawberries along the way; the drivers don’t need a special license; and -- most importantly -- it runs on sneaker feet, not wheels.

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