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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11:50am

Wed April 18, 2012
Education

Undocumented students wait for DREAM Act to become a reality

Twenty-three-year-old Alejandro Jimenez is an honors student at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s scheduled to graduate in May. “And it’s been worth it,” he says. “It’s been tough, but nothing we’re doing or we’re having is easy.”

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8:41pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Evening News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Assembly Committee on Public Safety has rejected a bill that would make it a felony for teachers to date students, voting it down 3-0. The bill was incited by the much publicized case of a 41-year-old-teacher in Modesto leaving his wife and three children to move in with an 18-year-old student. Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto pledged to keep pushing for similar legislation...

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4:55pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 17, 2012

San Francisco's parklets put public space on the map; social networking goes open source; StoryCorps: The Manalo Love Story; honey: the cure for your seasonal allergies?; and Oakland electro-pop band, Mwa-ha-ha.

2:01pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Radical Idea: Open source social networking

Can social networks become open source, or are users permanently tied to specific companies such as Facebook and Myspace?
Courtesy Flickr user hanspoldoja

In some ways, the Internet is an open, unlimited space. But it can also feel very private, especially when communicating one on one, or conducting personal business like paying a bill, or doing your taxes. As more and more of our daily lives go digital, some big questions arise. What are we giving up? What truly is the cost of our being so dependent on it, and who is truly benefiting from how much we’re glued to our screens? Author Jason Benlevi explores this question in his book, Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech.

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10:57am

Tue April 17, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Try this for your seasonal allergies

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down. But what if the medicine itself were sweet?

People have taken honey through the centuries as a treatment for a variety of ailments – including as an allergy suppressant. But can something that tastes that good really be a medicine?

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