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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5:01pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Inside the creative minds at the SF Writers' Grotto

Photo courtesy of Flickr user ROSS HONG KONG

The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is not a grotto, really. A grotto is a cave … or, something like a cave. This is just a floor in a nondescript office building: 31 offices surrounding a conference room, where a few dozen people can sit somewhat comfortably. From the hallways, each office door looks about the same. What makes this place special, though, is what’s behind each door.

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3:05pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Finding the truth in the digital age

In the era of Mike Daisey making up facts for his stories about Apple factory workers in China, or the uproar over the motives behind the recent KONY video, we have to start asking ourselves how real these real world videos really are. What’s going on outside the frame of a YouTube video? What’s true? And, who decides?

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12:47pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Creak

Oh, banjo music! Some people love it, others can’t stand it.

If you’re in the first group, you’ll want to know about the San Francisco band called The Creak.

They don’t remember who thought of the name, but they like it because it brings to mind “the sound of something old and worn-in and comfortable.”

They have a show scheduled for Friday (05.18) in San Francisco at The Lost Church on Capp Street, starting about 9pm. 

12:00pm

Thu May 17, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Diagnosing Yourself With Dr. Google? Get A Second Opinion

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Victor1558

Women are twice as likely to consult Google for a health diagnosis as opposed to a real doctor — but apparently one in four women end up misdiagnosing themselves from the information they get on the Internet.

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10:02am

Thu May 17, 2012
Politics, connecting the dots

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Thursday, May 17, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) // On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a case determining whether the State Bar has the authority to allow an undocumented immigrant to practice law. Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who graduated from Chico State University and a Florida law school, passed the Bar exam in 2009...

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