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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6:05pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 9, 2014

A show on homelessness: Using a public bus as a hotel, San Francisco's solutions to homelessness, providing showers for those who don't have them, and local musicians Spider Heart.

5:57pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Transportation

Checking out of Hotel 22

Helen Garcia in Downtown San Jose, where she now has an apartment.
Isabel Angell

While I was reporting “Finding a home on Hotel 22” about the way some homeless use Line 22 in Santa Clara County as a shelter, I looked up the bus line on Yelp. I found a bunch of reviews, mostly from regular riders of the bus. 

People said pretty typical things, like “love those fast aggressive male drivers” and “bus drivers please lower the bus so I can get my bike on the rack easier.”

But the one that caught my eye was from Helen Garcia. She wrote:

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5:56pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Transportation

Finding a home on Hotel 22

Elizabeth Garber talks to the bus driver at the Palo Alto Transit Center
Isabel Angell

I’m on the Valley Transportation Authority’s Line 22 bus somewhere between East San Jose and Palo Alto. It’s 2:30 AM, and it’s raining. I start a conversation with a man sitting down, and ask him if he’s heard the nickname for the bus.

“Yeah, well there's the Motel 22 or Hotel 22. That's the big one I've heard.”

I ask him what he calls the bus.

“I call it home.”

That’s Michael Garber. He’s spending the night on the bus with his wife, Elizabeth.  

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9:06am

Wed April 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Spider Heart

The band you’re hearing now is called Spider Heart, from Oakland. One fan says their sound “makes me want to surf and break mailboxes at the same time!”

If you want to get in on some of THAT action, Spider Heart will be playing Saturday, April 12th at the venerable Starry Plough in Berkeley. The fun begins about 9:00pm.

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8:12pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Must love broccoli: A community garden plays matchmaker


San Franciscans love to garden, but a backyard is hard to come by if you live in an apartment. And the 36 city-operated community gardens have wait lists with hundreds of names on them.

That’s why the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department had to get creative on the Golden Gate Park Community Garden. 

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