Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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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12:00pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Reductions in prisoners equals reductions in resources

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

It's been slow in coming, but there have been some noticeable changes here, due to the state's realignment plan. We used to get a half-dozen big, green buses pulling in each week, disgorging thirty or forty new arrivals at a time. These days we might get one per week. Because of this, the population has decreased, reducing the number of prisoners in some dorms. 

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5:30pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

Straight talk about ethnic hair

Gabrielle Douglas, who brought home the gold in the gymnastics individual all-around competition a couple of weeks ago, is one of the many Olympians coming home to great fanfare this week.

While the world will remember Gabby's phenomenal skill and poise, a few people decided to focus on something that had nothing to do with her competition...her hair.

A handful of negative tweets about the Olympian’s hairdo initiated a heated debate online about vanity, ethnicity, and hair texture that carried over to mainstream media.

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5:25pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 16, 2012

Performance-enhancing drugs, the complex world of falafel, the cultural importance of hair in black communities, a story about squid, and local musician Robin Galante.

4:52pm

Thu August 16, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Our nemesis, the squid

Science writer Max McClure won KALW's first ever "Hear Here Story Slam-wich."
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On Friday, August 10, KALW's community storytelling team Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project invited you to the first-ever "Story Slam-wich." That's right: a grilled cheese cook-off and storytelling competition. Our winning story came from Max McClure, a Stanford University science writer, who shared these thoughts on an old enemy: the squid.

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4:51pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Sports

What's a fair advantage for professional atheletes?

The next chapter in the story of athletes and performance enhancing drugs in sports has been written, and it takes place in San Francisco. Wednesday, Giants left-fielder Melky Cabrera was suspended for the rest of the year, without pay, by Major League Baseball, for failing a drug test: he had high levels of testosterone.

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