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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4:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Economy/Labor/Biz

West coast protests disrupt ports

Protesters march on the Port of Oakland, 12/12/11
Photo by Julie Caine

Occupy protesters marched on ports from Anchorage to San Diego Monday in a coordinated action designed to shut down operations.

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3:25pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Economy/Labor/Biz

Foreclosure crisis hits home for San Francisco resident

The front door at 150 Ankeny Street
Jen Chien

Josephine Tolbert’s house is locked. It has a “No Trespassing” sign posted on the front door, but through the small lace-curtained windows at the front of the house, she can still see her daycare business.

“We have a little table where the kids draw, and play little games. There's a radio in the back that plays kiddie music, and they do their little kiddie dance. And its a wonderful daycare, I love it and the kids love it … It is beautiful, I wish you could get in there,” she describes.

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1:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Arts & Culture

Neighbors hardly strictly happy with Speedway Meadow name change

Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park is set to become Hellman Meadow if the Recreation & Park Department approves the plan unanimously passed last week by the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. The name change would honor Warren Hellman, the financial and spiritual force behind the three-day free music fest known as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. But festival neighbors see this motion as being out of tune with their concerns.

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10:59am

Tue December 13, 2011
Politics

Connecting the dots: Top stories for Tuesday, December 13

Newly-elected mayor Ed Lee wants to eliminate homelessness in San Francisco, and he says the magic number to do it is three million -- dollars, that is. $500,000 of those dollars come from a Dave Matthews Band fundraising concert in 2005...

65% of California adults support Governor Jerry Brown's  plan to raise sales and income taxes on people that earn over $250,000 a year...

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6:39pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Arts & Culture

What's brewing in San Francisco

KALW Pumpkin Ale
photo by Brian Pelletier

Brewing beer is a complete sensory experience. I can feel the heat on the stove top as the grains and water are boiled to make the wort, the smell of hops fills the kitchen. Later, I can hear yeast feasting on the freshly brewed wort and see the release of the gaseous bubbles that result.

Making beer is like learning a fine art – one that’s been nourished here in the Bay Area for more than 200 years. And as a San Francisco-based homebrewer, I wanted to find out more about our fermenting forebears.

San Francisco’s brewing history

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