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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4:31pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

The streets of downtown Oakland come alive with "Art and Soul"

Meshell Ndegeocello, one of the musicians scheduled to perform at this year's Art and Soul Festival in Oakland.
http://www.meshell.com/photos/

If you want to connect with huge numbers of people this weekend, you might want to make your way to Oakland’s biggest street celebration -- The Art and Soul Festival is a two-day celebration featuring live jazz, rock, gospel, and many other forms of soul music, along with art installations and film projections on the streets of downtown Oakland.

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3:13pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Sharing Economy: San Francisco's roving tailor

Treadle sewing machine. Under CC License.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfrenzy/

The door to the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco's Tenderloin district is unlocked on the 15th of each month, rain or shine, fog or wind, and a converted tamale cart is rolled onto the sidewalk. The man pushing it into place is Michael Swaine.

“People either call me the Sewing Guy or The Roving Tailor,” he says.

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10:15am

Wed August 1, 2012
EAST BAY EXPRESS

East Bay Express: Dawn of the digital sweatshop

The funny thing about the biggest shift in production in years is that almost nobody knows it happened. Which makes sense, if you think about it: It occurred invisibly, online, anonymously — all over the world, but, at the same time, nowhere in particular. And it's poised to — if most people who know about it are to be believed — completely change the way we think about work, the way we consume technology, and the way the global economy functions.

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5:23pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 31, 2012

Buildings in the upscale neighborhood of Pacific Heights, the public library as homeless shelter, Adobe Books in San Francisco closes after 22 years of operation, and local musicians The Charles Unger Experience.

5:07pm

Tue July 31, 2012
WALOFF.Fencer

A Bay Area fencer slashes her way to the Olympics

Doris Willette practices with her teammate, Gerek Meinhardt, at the Massialas Foundation at Halberstadt Fencing Club.
Mariel Waloff

Up until last week, the legendary sword-fighting scene in The Princess Bride—where Inigo Montoya and ‘the man in black’ show off their skills on a mountaintop—pretty much summed up my fencing knowledge.

“You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you,” Montoya says.

“You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die,” responds the man in black.

The music picks up, followed by the sharp clanking of swords and it’s all pretty dramatic and entertaining.

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