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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3:57pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crossscurrents: April 11, 2012

 Why California gas prices are so high, the relationship between poverty and health, listener responses to the lack of free bus passes for students, and local musicians Future Twin.

1:58pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The toll foreclosures take on public health

Foreclosures can have a profound impact on public health as well as private finance.
Courtesy Flickr user Jeffery Turner

Researchers have been starting to study how the recession will affect our health in the coming years. Dr. Sanjay Basu is a researcher at UCSF. KALW's Ben Trefny visited him at San Francisco General Hospital and asked him how he has seen impoverished conditions conspire to bring down one’s physical and emotional health.

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1:07pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

California's tax income was less than anticipated last month, missing estimates by just over $233 million, or 4.2 percent. While notable, State Controller John Chiang says money received – or not received – in the next few months will be of more concern, since over a third of all State funding generally comes in between now and July...

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12:41pm

Wed April 11, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

The Minerva Project: an elite online university

Image courtesy of www.minervaproject.com

Ben Nelson, the founder of the online photo finishing company Snapfish, just received $25 million from Benchmark Capital in Silicon Valley, to launch what he claims is the answer to the  “lockjaw” problem at elite universities. In other words, top tier schools are overcrowded and unable to expand their undergraduate capacity, resulting in droves of qualified applicants turning to less prestigious institutions. His idea is called the Minerva Project, an online elite university.

 

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5:48pm

Tue April 10, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

R&D lab for theater’s rising stars launches in Berkeley

Photo courtesy of Berkeley Repertory Theater

In keeping with the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving startup culture, one of the region’s renowned theaters is launching a creative lab that will fuel 13 productions and promote collaboration among the notable local, national, and international artists selected to working intensively in a dramaturgical summer camp of sorts in Berkeley.

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