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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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3:44pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Transportation

Transportation secretary says high-speed rail will boost the economy

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a 2011 High Speed Rail Conference (photo: USDOT)
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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3:00pm

Wed February 8, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Facebook Initial Offering: Our Great Anti-Wall Street Hope?

Photo courtesy of Facebook

The build up to the most anticipated tech initial public offering (IPO) since Google hit the market has officially begun after years of speculation and hype. On Wedensday, Facebook filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in their documents a lengthy letter to potential investors from founder Mark Zuckerberg that reads in places more like a hacker manifesto from a mildly Disneyfied William Gibson novel than it does from a cut-throat businessman:

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1:50pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Transportation

Take BART to rural California

Keith and Ileah Roquemore, with daughters Raci and Riata and horse D.H., at the Mendocino County Fair Rodeo. Photo courtesy of Lisa Hamilton.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Hamilton.

If you’ve ridden on BART lately, you might have seen a photograph of a blue and white beach umbrella standing at the edge of a green farmer’s field. The caption reads, “Those are potatoes.” Or one with a girl in a cowboy hat standing upright in her horse’s saddle, swinging a lasso over her head. The caption: “She’s Also Pretty Good At Volleyball.” Or one with a boy wearing a green 4H tie, proudly holding a goat to his side. “Jesús and Lightning,”

The photos are visions of rural California, pasted on the walls one of the state’s most iconic urban structures.

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1:44pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Century-old ballet still pushing boundaries

Sonsheree Giles, Was It A Dream I Loved
Heike Liss

One hundred years ago, on a late May evening in Paris, an 11-minute ballet so scandalized audiences that it’s still making waves today.

“Afternoon of a Faun” was choreographed by then-23-year-old Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballet Russes. The dancers were barefoot and the angular movements of the dance rejected the formal constraints of classical ballet. Then there was the issue of the subject matter, which was overtly sexual in a way that audiences of the time had never seen. 

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12:18pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Zoe Boekbinder

Photo Courtesy of Zoe Boekbinder

For many years Zoe Boekbinder had a recurring dream about being Princess of the Moon, and that lightness is reflected in her music.

She’ll be performing at Studio Querqus, a visual & performing arts exhibition space in Oakland, this Friday (February 10). 

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