Crosscurrents

6:23pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Arts & Culture

A Conversation With Novella Carpenter

Author Novella Carpenter
http://ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com

Writer Novella Carpenter knows more than a little bit about urban gardening. She lives in West Oakland in a place called Ghost Town Farm where she is raising her daughter alongside chickens and pigs and goats. But her back-to-the-land lifestyle has a history. Her father lived -- and still lives -- off the grid, farming and foraging for his food. In her newest book, “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild,” Carpenter searches for her father and untangles the idea of what it means to be a family.  KALW’s Holly Kernan talked with Carpenter about her urban farm, her father, and her journey to find her roots.

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9:51am

Tue August 26, 2014
MANAGER'S REPORT 8/26/14

Listen to the latest Manager's Report

On the latest Manager's Report to the Listeners, KALW General Manager Matt Martin talks about some big news at KALW:  After 14 years at the station, News Director Holly Kernan is going to be leaving KALW.  Matt shares his thoughts about Holly's departure, and his appreciation for the visionary work she has done creating and growing Crosscurrents and KALW News.  He also responds to listener e-mails about coverage of Gaza, the station's new fundraising partnership with My Broker Donates, and the pilots of the new music show Liner Notes.

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6:05pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Education

A survey of Mission District families tries to discover why kids are falling behind

Amelia Martinez and Elizabeth Montiel hit the streets to survey Mission residents
Melanie Young

With the start of a new school year, families all around San Francisco are sending their children off with hopes for a good year and a bright future. But according to Carolina Guzman with the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency, or MEDA, children in the Mission District struggle on every rung of the education ladder. She says half the children entering kindergarten aren’t prepared to learn.

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5:33pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

The Altamont Pass -- good for renewable energy, bad for birds

Wildlife biologist Doug Bell birdwatching at the Altamont Pass
Judy Silber

If you remember the early 1970s, you remember the long gas lines during the Middle East oil embargo. The crisis was a sharp reminder of U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Soon after, the government began investing in alternative energy.

California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’80s, the Altamont was the country’s biggest wind farm. To many, the turbines were more than a new technology. They were symbols of hope, a sign of progress and a world that no longer relied on fossil fuels.

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5:31pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Learning to appreciate the city pigeon

Reporter Martina Castro interviews a pigeon.
Elizabeth Young

So what? I’m a little obsessed with pigeons. I’m not sure when it started exactly, but at some point I realized I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them.

I take photos of them whenever I get the chance: making patterns in the sky as they play in the wind; huddling on telephone lines; bathing in the dirty water that pools on the side of the road. I think it’s fascinating to see how they survive alongside us, in all of our filthy urban glory.

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