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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10:42am

Thu June 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

Film Fatale: Dark times for independent movie theaters

Photo courtesy of Flickr user pix.pls

Take a walk down any major street in San Francisco and you’ll see them: dead movie theaters. Corpses. It’s hard not to shudder when you walk past one – the doors locked and covered with plywood, the entrance collecting tin cans and old newspapers. The theater’s once grand marquee, now deprived of the electricity needed to power the lights, seems gaudy and hubristic. These are dark times for movie theaters.

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10:03am

Thu June 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

The anonymous celebrity behind the Wurlitzer organ

You probably know Jim Riggs best by the back of his head. He's often seen rising out of the stage in Bay Area movie theaters playing the organ. He is among a handful of people in the world who can tame the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive instrument with eighteen hundred pipes, 244 keys, and 32 foot pedals. April Dembosky sat down with Riggs at the Paramount Theater in Oakland to talk about the history of the organ, his technique, and what it's like being an anonymous celebrity.

DEMBOSKY: Can you explain the anatomy of the organ? It seems very complicated.

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9:31am

Thu June 14, 2012
morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, June 14, 2012

(SF Gate) // There's still no BART service between Oakland and San Francisco. An early-morning fire at a West Oakland construction site badly damaged tracks, forcing commuters to buses, ferries, or a Bay Bridge that several people have described as a "parking lot." BART hopes to have at least one track open by later today...

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5:22pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

Flying with Dad: A Father's Day essay

I spent most of my childhood up in the air. My dad, Steve, was a pilot. He loved to fly.

“I just loved the feeling of being up in the air,” he told me. “Kind of above the machines on the ground, that were just kind of crawling along and picking their way. Because you could go anywhere.”

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4:59pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 13, 2012

Becoming a charter school, a tech company driven not by profits but by humanitarian concerns, a fatherly story in time for Father's Day, what a true love means, and local musicians T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes.

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