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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2:45pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Revisiting Richmond's boxcar village

Emily DeCory’s family was one of many Laguna tribe families that moved to Richmond, California, to work on the railroad.

Some of the first people in the Bay Area were Native Americans – members of the Ohlone tribe, who settled around what is now the city of Richmond. Beginning in the 1920s, another group of Native people found their way to the Bay Area. They were migrants from the Acoma and Laguna tribes of the Southwest. When they arrived, they took up an unusual living arrangement: in boxcars, parked on the dead ends of the city’s railroad tracks.

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2:41pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

A history built on hearsay: Tales of the early Chinese settlers

Artistic director Rene Yung (right) gives instructions to the proxy storytellers during a rehearsal of the theater and oral history project “Chinese Whispers." Photo courtesy of Chinese Whispers

In the mid-1800s, the Gold Rush brought enthusiastic settlers westward, from across the United States. At the same time, another migration was flowing eastward.

Over three decades, the country’s Chinese population grew from 4,000 to over 100,000. The immigrants who landed on California’s shores followed the Transcontinental Railroad across the state, building pockets of community along the way.

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1:22pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Patients who seek physical, occupational, and speech therapy at Kaiser Permanente will no longer be turned away for not having a "physical condition." State regulators ordered the change after more than 100 patients claimed Kaiser had denied them therapy. Kaiser's vice president says there was a misunderstanding…

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8:58am

Tue February 28, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A recent UC Berkeley study concludes that rich people are more likely to cheat at dice games, lie, and drive poorly. The authors say their results reflect a value system rooted in greed and competition…

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5:30pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 27, 2012

Troubled Bay Area criminal justice officials, the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, an abandoned building turned jazz club in Oakland, and local musicians MJ's Brass Boppers.

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