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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5:01pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The voices of San Francisco's unemployed speak up

Occupy protesters in New York make a statement about unemployment with their pink slips
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Close to 100,000 jobless Californians will lose as many as 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits by the end of May. Improvements in California’s economy and a drop in the unemployment rate will end an extension of federal benefits. At an Employment Development Department on Franklin and Turk, KALW’s Angela Johnston spoke to Little Vila, John Saunders, Maurice Gonzales and Yvette, who wouldn’t give her last name. Here are their thoughts on being unemployed in today’s economy:

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3:56pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Question Bridge: How do you feel about yourself as a gay black male?

Courtesy of Question Bridge

At the Oakland Museum of California, a special art installation is exploring some of life’s big questions among generations of the black male community. Over 150 black men from all over the country came together to answer questions like these for the project called Question Bridge: Black Males. Today, we bring you a question from Ronald Porter, who teaches at UC Berkeley, and who asked this question: How do you feel about yourself as a gay black male?

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2:00pm

Tue May 29, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Forget Med School, Become A Plumber Says Thiel

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Peter Thiel, prominent venture capitalist and founder of PayPal, recently claimed on 60 Minutes that plumbers make more money than doctors. So why bother with higher education? It’s expensive, and you can get an equally well-paying job without it, goes the rationale.

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12:14pm

Tue May 29, 2012
News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Associated Press // The popularity of California’s 280 state parks may be a factor in why California legislators are developing bi-partisan legislation to them. Californians camped at 10,000 sites in state parks over the Memorial Day weekend, yet even a quarter of those parks are expected to close this July.

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11:15am

Tue May 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Tycho

 

Today we are featuring the San Francisco techno-acoustic performer known as Tycho

He doesn’t just twiddle knobs on a computer keyboard at his shows. Real guitars and drums are also part of the sound. And aside from music, Tycho – whose real name is Scott Hansen – is also a graphic designer. He creates abstract patterns and designs to accompany his ambient songs, which he calls “artifacts from the future.”

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