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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1:38pm

Fri June 1, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: The Potemkin candidate

Permanently capitalizing the “P” in Presumptive Nominee, the Texas primary shoved Mitt Romney right over the delegate precipice. And now with the nomination locked up tighter than a rusted pickle jar 20,000 leagues beneath the sea, the campaign has taken a sudden turn towards the nebulous. Candidates don’t make mistakes in the murky bog of summer. Even when they do, the atmosphere is too hazy to notice.

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3:48pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 31, 2012

Proposition A: San Francisco's garbage and recycling system; dumpster diving; living on food stamps ($4.50 a day); and local musician Tornado Rider.

2:42pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Documenting the "Food Stamp Challenge"

As the number of Americans receiving food stamps increases – it has now reached an all time high of more than 21 and a half million households – an ongoing debate over whether the system is working has emerged.

Last fall, over a dozen members of Congress took the “Food Stamp Challenge” to see what it was like to live solely on a food stamp budget for a week. Bay Area representatives Barbara Lee of Oakland and Jackie Speier of San Mateo both participated. Congresswoman Lee had to live on four dollars and fifty cents a day.

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2:39pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Politics

Why voters might trash Prop A

Photo courtesy of Flickr user KayVee.INC

On June 5th, San Franciscans will be voting on many things, one of which has to do with their trash.

Since the 1930s, the company Recology has been taking care of The City’s trash and recycling, with no competition. This year, proponents of Proposition A want to change that by opening up the city's trash collection and processing services to a competitive bidding process. Other companies – even out of state ones – would have the chance to bid for the job.

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2:33pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Dumpsters: sometimes you just have to dive in

One Wednesday night, just after nine o’clock as Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco closed, I notice a small group of people rummaging through the store’s three dumpsters. I see a man look at the time and say, “Oh they’re closing now – let’s go check the dumpster.” Another woman, also digging into the trash, says: “I gotta admit, it’s kind of like Christmas.”

Beside the contents of the three industrial size dumpsters, employees had placed boxes full of fruit: dozens of apples, pears and lemons. About five people of various ages and races rummage through an enormous amount of food.

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