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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4:28pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz pianist is back in town

Pianist George Cables has an intensely rhythmic style and always comes out swinging. He first became famous as a sideman in the 1970s, playing with such luminaries as Art Blakey and Dexter Gordon.

Some of Cables’ best work in those years came as a sideman with saxophonist Art Pepper. It seems that Cables’ was fond of Pepper. “Art Pepper was a bit eccentric,” says Cables. “He was a great alto player and very warm.”

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4:22pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

As need for court interpreters grows, who pays?

Jude Joffe-Block

Like many of the people waiting to turn in paperwork at Clark County’s family court, truck driver Ruben Vargas is here because of a custody battle. Whenever his ex doesn’t let him see their 6-year-old boy, he takes her to court.

But since Vargas only speaks Spanish, he’s had to pay for his own interpreter every time.

“I didn’t expect that I would have to pay,” Vargas said. “I thought it would be free. I thought there were people in the court to help people. But there isn’t.”

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1:30pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Independent workers seek communal workspaces

Participants focus during a PHP basics workshop at Tech Liminal in Oakland.
Irene Florez

Instead of working alone, independent workers—freelancers, contractors, independent consultants and temps—are increasingly joining co-working spaces. These are collaborative work environments where independents can rent desk and meeting space down to the hour. Roughly like a gym membership, at co-working spaces, you pack your laptop instead of your sweats.

In Oakland, 2012 is the boom year for formally expanding the prevailing cubicle-centered notions of work and worker archetypes. By the end of the year, Oakland will have at least four formal co-working spaces. 

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1:18pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Crosscurrents

Today's Local Music: Blue Light River

Summer’s almost officially here, so the Iron Springs Pub in Fairfax is doubling up on their music offerings. The band Blue Light River, that is today's feature music, will be joined by the Dry Creek Rounders on both Wednesday and Thursday nights June 20th and 21st this week, starting around 9pm.

9:51am

Mon June 18, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for June 18, 2012

(SF Bay Guardian) // Creative, artistically minded people are leaving San Francisco in search of affordable housing in the East Bay. Oakland is fast becoming the new hip location for the working class and young artists driven out of San Francisco by sky-rocketing rents. Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan says those moving into Oakland and surrounding East Bay cities are of many different ethnicities including Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Vietnamese...

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