8:58pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Arts & Culture

Earth Day Special with musical naturalist Bernie Krause

Howling wolves

We celebrate Earth Day with renowned natural sound recordist Bernie Krause. He talks about his early career in professional music and how he made the transition to naturalist and bio-acoustitian. Krause will take us on a sonic tour to some of his favorite wilderness areas.  He talks about his new book "The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places."  This Sunday 4/21 7 am and on Monday 4/22 9 pm

7:29pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

What Richmond's drop in crime means for other cities

A man was shot dead at the Richmond BART station during rush hour.
Mariel Waloff

Residents in the city of Richmond are reeling from a recent shooting spree, including the murder of a 19-year-old. The city has had four homicides so far this year – all committed in public, all during the day. And there have been other daytime shootings. They’ve shocked city residents – because crimes like that are no longer the norm.

KALW’s criminal justice reporter Kyung-Jin Lee joined Holly Kernan in studio to talk about the crime drop in Richmond – and what other cities can learn from Richmond’s approach.

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6:52pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Money Diaries: When money comes at a cost

Money Diaries is a series of stories featuring young people from Oakland and their relationships with money.
Under CC license from Flickr user 401(K)

The Money Diaries is a series of stories featuring young people from Oakland and their relationships with money. Jabari Omari is a high school senior. For Omari, leaving high school comes with an emotional burden few young people have to face. His mother died after a stroke several years ago. In her will, she left him insurance money – but he can’t access it until he’s 21. So until then, he’s applying for college scholarships, and trying to figure out how to become an adult on his own.

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6:42pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 15, 2013

A new approach in Richmond to battling violence, how some of those lessons can be applied to Oakland, a final episode in Money Diaries, and local musicians Manring Kassin Darter.

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4:17pm

Mon April 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Online Tools Help People Connect After Boston Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:21 am

Even as the shock and horror of the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon had yet to subside Monday, people were turning to online tools to check on the safety of their friends and family who were at the event. The latest estimates of the casualties include more than 3 dozen people injured, with two dead.

As has been the case in previous calamities, Google and the Red Cross helped to connect people with runners, spectators, and volunteers who were at the race.

Here are several tools that came into use today:

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4:07pm

Mon April 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: 'All Americans Stand With The People Of Boston'

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:21 am

President Obama speaks on the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

During a short statement to the country, President Obama promised to find out who perpetrated a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.

"We still do not know who did this or why," Obama said. "And people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

Obama also offered Boston the full support of the American government.

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3:25pm

Mon April 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Blasts Lead To Heightened Security Elsewhere

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:23 am

U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers stand guard on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House Monday. Security there was tightened after at least two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Monday's explosions in Boston have led to heightened security elsewhere, with New York, Washington and Los Angeles among the cities taking action within hours of the blasts.

"We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned," Paul J. Browne, the deputy commissioner of the New York Police Department, .

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3:21pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

Richmond finds success in reducing gun violence

Courtesy of Flickr user Henderson Images

It may be hard to believe, but many residents of the city of Richmond now talk about rampant gun violence there as a thing of the past. Less than a decade ago, the city experienced the chaos of a violent crime wave. There were 29 murders in 2002, and that number rose to 47 in 2007 and 2009. For a city its size – just over 100,000 people – that was almost ten times the national average.

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3:13pm

Mon April 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Granta's 'Best Of Young British Novelists' Shows A 'Disunited Kingdom'

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:36 pm

Once every decade, the literary magazine Granta publishes an issue called "Best of Young British Novelists," with short excerpts from the novels of 20 emerging authors. In the past, the list of names has proved unusually prescient, with authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith featured before they were widely read.

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2:41pm

Mon April 15, 2013
It's All Politics

Background Checks Bill Gains Backers On And Off Capitol Hill

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 3:38 pm

Newly made AR-15 rifles at Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., last Wednesday.
Charles Krupa AP

The Senate was due on Tuesday to take up legislation embodying the bipartisan compromise reached by two senators, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.

The effort to extend background checks to weapons purchases at gun shows and online received a boost over the weekend when an important gun rights group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced its support for the measure.

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