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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11:30am

Wed December 21, 2011
Arts & Culture

“All Day Play”: the station that turns the tables on commercial music

Brandon McFarland is the editor of Youth Radio's streaming radio station, AllDayPlay.fm

For many artists, creating works of art is a deeply personal process –not a lucrative one. But for others, it’s an opportunity to make money. A lot of money. Take today’s pop music artists – you can hear commercially promoted music by tuning into America’s Top 40. But if you want to find emerging artists and diverse sub-genres from the Bay Area and around the world, you should check out All Day Play from Oakland’s Youth Radio. The station DJs follow the latest trends from hip hop to soul to electronica, rock, and house.

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9:24am

Wed December 21, 2011
Arts & Culture

Art center gives voice to the Bay Area’s developmentally disabled

Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center provides a space for adults with developmental disabilities to express themselves

Art can be extraordinary. It can convey beauty ... imagination  ... and wonder. For some artists, it can literally communicate what their words cannot.

In Oakland, artists with developmental disabilities find a place to express themselves at the Creative Growth Art Center. But budget cuts to county and state social service programs are making it harder for them to pursue their artistic visions.

KALW’s Nicole Jones reports.

TOM DI MARIA: That’s a big painting, Barry. What color are you painting right now?

BARRY REAGAN: Blue.

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11:30am

Tue December 20, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Learning to eat well in the land of plenty

Dietician Stefania Manetti teaches refugee children how to read nutrition facts.
Photo by Shuka Kalantari

For most of us, thinking about our healthy eating habits happens maybe once a year at New Years, or right before swimsuit season. But for refugee kids, learning how to eat healthy in America is an entirely new challenge. In another story by reporter Shuka Kalantari, 15-year-old Ja Tu Marip, a foster child from Myanmar, didn’t have a lot of access to junk food like candy and soda. In this story by Shuka Kalantari, Ja Tu’s older sister Seng Raw talks about her adjustment to the American diet.

SENG RAW MARIP: Basically the food in Burma is rice.

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10:30am

Tue December 20, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Food reeducation as a refugee

Ja Tu Marip, a refugee from Myanmar, is learning how to maintain a balanced diet in America.
Photo by Shuka Kalantari

Many refugees are children who come to this country without their parents. And many have little to no understanding of how to eat well in their new home. Ja Tu Marip is one of those refugees. He used to live with his family in a labor camp in Kachin, a northern state in Myanmar. But when he came to the United States, he encountered a remarkable culture shock.

Shuka Kalantari reports.

JA TU MARIP: Kit Kat snack size. Oh yeah, right here. Gummi berries. I like these a lot when I get here. And gummi worms…

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9:30am

Tue December 20, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Counting calories at McDonalds

McDonald's nutrition facts
http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/food_quality/nutrition_choices.html

Hungry? You might be craving that one restaurant in your neighborhood – you know the one. Whichever restaurant you’re thinking of, there’s one popular eatery that you can find in more than 100 countries nowadays for a good old-fashioned American meal.

MCDONALDS COMMERCIAL: Start off your day, everyday, with breakfast  variety at McDonalds! We love to see you smile!

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