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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3:55pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Education

How one Oakland school is getting kids to class

A board encouraging attendance greets students and parents as they walk into Garfield Elemantary School.
Isabel Angell

Chronic absence is one of the best indicators of future success in school. That’s when a student misses more than two days of school out of the month for any reason. Students with high rates of absence have lower test scores, and if it starts when they’re young, they’re more likely to drop out in high school.

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3:04pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 9, 2014

A conversation with Oakland Unified School District's new Superintendent Antwan Wilson; how one Oakland school is getting kids to class; and local pianist Debbie Poryes.

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1:51pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

LOCAL MUSIC: Debbie Poryes

The piano you’re hearing is being played by Debbie Poryes of Oakland. She keeps busy teaching and performing in the East Bay. And this Friday (12.12), she’ll also be half of a piano duo.  Debbie Poryes will be joined by veteran session player John R. Burr, of Pleasanton. They'll both take the stage at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. Friday's  show starts at 8pm.  

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6:00pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Technology

Robots for humanity: how technology is changing the life of one Bay Area man

Jane and Henry Evans at their house
Angela Johnston

A normal life

Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads with steep switchback turns. On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school.

“Life was more what you want to call normal,” says Jane Evans. “We had a very busy life raising four kids, my husband was a CFO for a startup company. We were very involved in our children’s activities whether it was boy scouts or hikes, bicycle rides, coaching them in sports.”

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6:00pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Technology

Robotic seals comfort dementia patients but raise ethical concerns

Paro the seal, charging by its electronic pacifier
Angela Johnston

At the Livermore Veteran’s Hospital, there are a few animals residents can see: wild turkeys that run around the grounds, rattlesnakes that hide out in the dry grass, and therapy dogs that make weekly visits. But there’s one animal in particular that Bryce Lee is always happy to see: a baby harp seal.

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