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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5:10pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 15, 2012

"Dreamers" become eligible for temporary legal status in the U.S. today; young job seekers get a resume boost with local tech companies; getting thousands of patients and employees at a hospital to recycle (is difficult); reporter Hadley Robinson explores a green waste facility; and Oakland rapper Kreayshawn.

5:06pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

How much garbage does it take to treat a patient?

Image courtesy of East Bay Express

One thing you probably don’t think of when you think of hospitals is garbage. And yet, these huge institutions generate tons of garbage that goes straight into our landfills. According to this week’s East Bay Express cover story, on average it takes 33 pounds of garbage to treat each patient.  Reporter Kathleen Richards says the medical industry is one of the leading producers of waste, but has been slow to recycle.

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4:30pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The dirt on compostable plastics

The Sonoma Compost Company is just off Highway 101, northwest of Petaluma. All day, trucks haul in plant materials; others haul out soil. Sift through that soil, and you might find remnants of chicken feathers (apparently great for vegetable growers), rice hulls (nice for clay soils), and more.

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12:42pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics

New immigration initiative inspires undocumented Americans to DREAM

Rev. Debbie Lee addresses Dreamers on the steps of the Grace Cathedral
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

This morning, thousands of young undocumented immigrants became eligible for temporary legal status due to the implementation of President Obama's policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is considered the most expansive immigration policy to take effect in the past 25 years. The federal initiative grants access to work permits and temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

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7:46pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The pension problem: California cities search for solutions

Under CC license from 401kcalculator.org/Flickr

Thousands of Californians spent years working for city governments and are now collectively owed billions of dollars in retiree health care benefits. But a new study by the nonprofit research group California Common Sense finds that many cities, including Oakland and San Francisco, haven’t ever set aside money to pay these costs.

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