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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4:25pm

Tue March 6, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Is It Okay To Talk About Self-Harm On Social Media?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmurch/372795847/

The social media site Tumblr announced new community guidelines to crack down on users promoting self-harm – things like suicide and eating disorders. The move created a lot of controversy among users, with some arguing they should be able to use the site to express themselves freely.

The Tumblr staff blog wrote that the most common critique of the new guidelines was something like this:

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1:12pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Afternoon News Digest

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An Oakland judge has agreed to delay the release of a report on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. An attorney for a union that represents campus police says it needs more time to determine if releasing the report would violate a state law designed to protect the names of officers interviewed during the internal investigation...

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9:18am

Tue March 6, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A record number of lobbyists were hired in 2011 by labor unions, business, and other interests. Union groups like the California Teachers Association are among those who have spent the most...

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5:43pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Education

Documentary examines how mainstream media hurts young women

Miss Representation is a new film about the rapid proliferation of media in the 21st Century and how it affects young boys and girls. The film notes that the reach of media today is unprecedented and more pervasive than ever before – and it may be presenting a very skewed portrayal of what it means to be female. Women are only 16 percent of the protagonists in movies and, Miss Representation argues, girls are encouraged by ads, TV and films to achieve an unrealistic standard of beauty at younger and younger ages. Here are some girls talking about how images are affecting them:

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5:23pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 5, 2012

Listeners comment on the Occupy Wall Street movement, the secret world of little girls, media's negative affects on women and the film, Miss Representation, a theater dedicated to producing the work of female playwrights, and local musician Ned Boynton.

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