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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6:57pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life

Outgoing SETi director Jill Tarter
Courtesy of SETI

If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you’ll recall a scene where Jodie Foster, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She’s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, her eyes closed. And suddenly, she hears something, the sounds of something – someone  – beyond the earth, communicating with her.

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6:45pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Lita Hernandez

KALW's Hear Here producers met Lita Hernandez (pictured) at the 81st Avenue East Oakland Library. Photo by Audrey Dilling.

Here at KALW, we're experimenting with a new way of producing radio, and it involves you. It's our new community storytelling initiative, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project, in which we take our microphones to local neighborhoods to listen to your stories.

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6:35pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Ham radio

Before Chatroulette, there was ham radio

11-year-old Matthew Meyers operates a ham radio Field Day station under the guidance of Rob Riley, KI6INR, in Menlo Park - photo by Mike Meenan

As you read this, a dead language is flying through the air all around you -- at least, it’s dead for most official uses. It’s the Morse code, a binary digital system that dates back to the 1850s. Among its primary users today are amateur radio operators, better known as hams. I am one of these and am proud to say I’m fluent in Morse. I was texting way, way before it was cool.

Ham radio is a pastime dating back more than a century. Hobbyists built transmitting and receiving equipment long before radio stations, such as KALW, went on the air.

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6:14pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 2, 2012

Looking up: the search for extraterrestrial life; before chatroulette, there was ham radio; Hear Here: Meet Lita Hernandez; and local band Dark Hollow.

4:50pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 1, 2012

A Bay Area fencer slashes her way to the Olympics; San Francisco's roving tailor; the streets of downtown Oakland come alive with "Art and Soul"; and The San Francisco Lyric Chorus.

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