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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4:08pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Transportation

Look both ways, twice, when crossing San Francisco's streets

“I advise you when crossing the street to always look left and right,” John Alex Lowell tells me.

When Lowell crosses a San Francisco street, he doesn’t just look both ways. He looks left, then right, then left again, then over his shoulder, to make sure no one’s coming from behind him making a turn. He’s also keeping tabs on the countdown of the walk sign.

“Only if it’s a double digit, or at least an 8, should you start walking, and not have it become 1 and you’re right there in the middle of the intersection,” Lowell advises.

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11:07am

Tue September 18, 2012
COmmunity voices

Passion Profile: Todd David

In the past few weeks, we’ve asked you to tell us about the most passionate people you know in the Bay Area so that we can share their stories with our listeners. Listener Ellen Schatz nominated Todd David of EdMatch, a program of the San Francisco School Alliance. KALW’s Nina Nicole Morente went out to speak with David and brought back this profile.

10:18am

Tue September 18, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 17, 2012

The first anniversary of the Occupy movement; Occupy is already a museum art exhibit; and the San Francisco rental wars.

5:07pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the local level

Foreclosure fighters in Atherton
Courtesy of Occupy Bernal

It’s Sunday afternoon, and two-dozen San Francisco homeowners and activists are gathered in front of venture capitalist Peter Briger’s house, in the wealthy South Bay suburb of Atherton chanting,  “Come out and talk to us! Don’t throw us under the bus!”

Briger is co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, which owns the company foreclosing on some of the demonstrators’ homes. A protest two weeks earlier at the downtown San Francisco offices of the company did not draw a response, so they are taking their concerns to Briger’s home.

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4:48pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

Occupy Art Gallery: the movement gets an exhibit at YBCA

Poster by Chuck Sperry.
http://chucksperry.net/

Artist Jon Paul Bail remembers being at a coffee shop in the East Bay when his friend walked in and said, “Hey, we’re gonna go down to Oscar Grant Plaza and kick it in a tent and spend the night.”

“Really?” he replied. “You’re gonna go down there and do that?”

“Come on, J.P. dude”, his friends continued. “You can’t choose when things go down because you don’t like the weather.”

Bail held his ground, but a few days later, he arrived at the Occupy encampment with some of his artwork.

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