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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4:40pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Transportation

SF Bike Coalition plans friendlier roads for cyclists

In Downtown San Francisco on Market Street, subtly hidden next to the glitzy Westfield Shopping center, 10 floors above the newly painted green bike lanes, are the offices are the San Francisco Bike Coalition. It’s big and lofty-feeling; there’s a wall filled with hooks for bikes. This is the brain trust of the city’s bike movement. The person in charge is SFBC’s executive director, Leah Shahum. And she has a vision:

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3:45pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Transportation

Top Five Bike Lists

On today's show, we played a lot of top five bike lists – everything from the top five reasons it's great to bike in San Francisco to the top five tips for being an urban female biker. Listen to them all, plus a few extra, here.

Chris Hoff, KALW sound engineer

Top five bike gripes

5. San Francisco hills. These mighty obstacles have forced the strongest of us to dismount on occasion and walk our trusty steeds up their towering heights. Or, just go around them.

4. Drivers talking on their cell phones. Sweet Fancy Moses.

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11:07am

Sun July 29, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: Romney, presumptive tax dodger

Who knows why Mitt Romney doesn’t release his old tax records. Obviously he's hiding something. But what?

So desperate to avoid the question, he ran away to the Olympics. Why? Because that’s where the cameras are pointed. And apparently he’s determined to get in front of them and not answer any questions about his taxes, which makes a person wonder even more what could possibly be buried under there. Is it too complicated for we mere mortals to understand. Or something nefarious?

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5:27pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 26, 2012

Reporting on the Olympics, an interview with reporter Scott Ostler; Olympic table tennis born in the South Bay; Hear Here: Meet Anna Zhu and Alison Zhao; and local band the Josh Jones Quartet.

4:10pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Olympic table tennis born in the South Bay

The US dominates in many Olympic sports – track and field, swimming, basketball. But, one sport the US has never won a medal for is table tennis.

This year, the US team is hoping to change that. It’s going to be challenging. Only 4 players qualified to compete on the 2012 US Olympic Table Tennis team. Three of those four live and train right here in the Bay Area at an unlikely Olympic training ground – a converted warehouse that’s part of the Indian Community Center in Milpitas (ICC).

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