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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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Thu February 9, 2012

Rebuilding community, one family at a time in Bayview Hunters Point

Devon Burroughs and Eason Ramson of CARE
Jen Chien

San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood has higher rates of poverty, unemployment, and violence than any other part of the city. But its relative geographical isolation – it’s cut off by the 101 and 280 freeways – can make those issues all but invisible to residents of other neighborhoods.

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Thu February 9, 2012

Will Durst: Tone deaf, tin ear

There's something about Mitt. And whatever it is, a few folks are definitely allergic. Maybe they sense he has the same connection to humanity that a drive shaft has to bouillabaisse. Could be he's worth more than most small Balkan nations. Might be the Mormon thing or perhaps he just smells odd?

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Wed February 8, 2012

Crosscurrents: February 8, 2012

Community project helps incarcerated and those affected, bounce back; taking BART to rural California; a century-old ballet is still pushing boundaries; and local singer Zoe Boekbinder.


Wed February 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Community project helps incarcerated and those affected bounce back

Photo courtesy of Project What

Community Works started working with inmates in San Francisco's jail system in 1997. Since then, the program has grown to include programs for men who have committed domestic violence and for children with incarcerated parents. On Saturday, Community Works is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a benefit show at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. KALW's criminal justice editor Rina Palta sat down with a team from Community Works to discuss where the program has been, and where it’s going.

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Wed February 8, 2012

Transportation secretary says high-speed rail will boost the economy

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a 2011 High Speed Rail Conference (photo: USDOT)

On a stop in Fresno today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pushed for high-speed rail in the state.

“High-speed rail in California is about helping to get the California economy moving again, to get unemployment down, to put friends and neighbors to work,” said LaHood. “And implementing high-speed rail in California will do that.”

The section of the rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, where construction is set to begin later this year, is the only segment of the estimated $100 billion project with secured funding.

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