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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3:03pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

High school student wins award for environmentalism

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Every year, the Bay Nature institute honors people who are making outstanding contributions to the understanding and stewardship of the natural world. One of this year’s awardees is Sean Fitzhoward. She’s a 16-year-old junior at San Francisco’s Lowell High School who founded the Protect the Bay Club. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Sean Fitzhoward, and asked her about what her club does for the environment.

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2:51pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Cops & Courts

Local youth respond to Trayvon Martin's death

Jabari and Gerald Gray
Photo by Colleen Higa

Criminal justice news continues to make national headlines, with the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Social networking sites are full of commentary on the killing. Many in the African American community are wondering how to talk to their sons about such tragedies.

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1:34pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Politics

The cost of recycling scavengers

San Francisco is considered a national leader in pro-environmental policy, advocacy, and education. And while the City is a pioneer in recycling it may be getting tougher on street recyclers who scavenge from blue bins throughout the city.

Supervisor Christina Olague has requested a hearing looking into how much money the City is losing because of scavengers, as well as ways to prevent the practice. That investigation could begin next month. Street recycling is a growing underground economy. And it is illegal. Ben Trefny has the story.

1:14pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

State funds are being readily directed at California’s transportation overhaul. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved a $1.5 billion dollar plan to expand Caltrain so that it can hold more riders and accommodate a high-speed rail by 2019…

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1:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Where Race Matters In the Trayvon Martin Case, and Where It Doesn’t

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Race has played an increasingly large role in the case involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old boy who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month in Sanford, Florida.

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