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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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Mon August 20, 2012
Turnstyle news

Beware of Googlecare?

One of the most interesting side effects of the Obamacare debate has been the reporting on the history of health insurance in America, and how it came to be so predominately employer-based.

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Mon August 20, 2012
east bay express

Chevron is the problem

Fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond from the Berkeley Hills.
Credit D.H. Parks, under CC License /

Chevron Corporation reaped $26.9 billion in profits last year. That's right: $26.9 billion. Yet for reasons still to be explained, the San Ramon-based company declined to spend any of that cash on replacing a small, aging section of pipe at its Richmond refinery during an inspection last fall. Last week, that eight-inch pipe began to leak oil profusely before igniting a fireball that could be seen throughout the Bay Area and unleashing a giant plume of smoke that sickened hundreds of nearby residents.

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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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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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Thu August 16, 2012

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.