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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4:29pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 6, 2012

Journalist Mary Roach on the Mars rover landing, Oakland's three professional sports team might be on the move out, a cooperative for bikes in East Oakland, and local musician Amelia Romano.

1:34pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Amelia Romano

Today we are featuring the harp-playing of Amelia Romano. She’s one of three young harpists performing at the “Festival of Harps, the Next Generation,” taking place this Wednesday, August 8 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

1:28pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Bilingual Bike Repair in Fruitvale

Entrance to the shop, with volunteer-painted sign. Inside: Kathleen Mills, Steven Hobdy and Morgan Kanninen
Photo by Jen Chien

Bike culture in the Bay Area runs the gamut, from high performance racing to hipster fixies. Keeping a bike can be an expensive hobby, and as with cars, some people use their bikes as an extension of their personal style.

At ColectíVelo, a community bike shop in East Oakland, bicycles are still seen for their primary purpose: transportation. The shop provides free space and tools, bike repair training in Spanish and English, and access to bicycles for those with low incomes.

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4:07pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Grilled cheese sandwiches, stories, and you! Join Hear Here next Friday in Downtown Oakland

KALW's community storytelling team, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project, is bringing their brand of live storytelling event to Awaken Cafe in Downtown Oakland next Friday evening, August 10th.

What happens when you combine local public radio, a story slam, and a grilled cheese cook-off? A recipe for a good time! KALW is bringing you a live menu of food-themed tales from professional storytellers and local residents. It's part of our new community storytelling project, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project. Be sure to stay for the evening’s three acts:

APPETIZER: Professional storyteller and radio producer hamming it up on stage

MAIN COURSE: Grilled cheese cookoff, judged by select audience members

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6:57pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life

Outgoing SETi director Jill Tarter
Courtesy of SETI

If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you’ll recall a scene where Jodie Foster, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She’s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, her eyes closed. And suddenly, she hears something, the sounds of something – someone  – beyond the earth, communicating with her.

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