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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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Fri September 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

The lights go out at San Francisco's Lumiere Theater this weekend

The tragic tale of San Francisco's indie movie scene continues, as the lights go out on another monument to Bay Area celluloid history.

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Thu September 20, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Eyes on the skies

Surprise! These days the space shuttle Endeavor flies 747 like the rest of us.

The retired NASA ship is hitching a piggyback ride from Sacramento to its new home in Los Angeles this Friday. This is the last – and for many of us the only – chance to see Endeavor in the air. The convoy, which started in Houston on Wednesday, will make several low passes at Bay Area landmarks, including the state capitol in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Nasa Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

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Thu September 20, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Serendipity on the airwaves

East Oakland fifth grader Lita Hernandez shows off the ID badge given to her by her new mentors at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Audrey Dilling

The 81st Avenue Library is connected to two small elementary schools. So you can imagine how this place is abuzz with loud voices and tiny feet.

“I’ve been able to meet all these wonderful children and fifth graders, and I don’t have children of my own, so it’s a pleasure for me to be able to be a part of a child’s life and to meet kids and to just experience how wonderful they can be, especially the fifth graders,” says Senior Library Assistant, Anthony Propernick.

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Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Storycorps: A child's struggle with dyslexia

Ida Cortez and her mother, Kim Wargo at the Storycorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco.

Ida Cortez is eight years old, and she has already had to overcome a tough challenge in her life. She has the developmental reading disorder dyslexia. She and her mom, Kim Wargo, stepped into the StoryCorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum to discuss how they’re handling it.

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Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Audiophiles: Cellist Zoe Keating Takes to the Woods

Zoe Keating's unique style of music has gotten her to the top of the iTunes classical and electronic music charts, and all the while she's remained an independent artist. KALW's Martina Castro went to talk with her at her home studio about how she experiments with the sound of her instrument.

All the music in this story was performed live during this interview. And it was all performed by just one woman, her cello, and her laptop.

Zoe Keating is walking me around her house. We're looking for woodpeckers.

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