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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3:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Technically illegal: How thousands of property owners and renters are breaking the law

A demonstrator protests the short-term rentals of apartments in a building where residents have been evicted.
David Zlutnick

Activists gathered in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, last month, to call attention to part of the city’s housing crisis. They got together around a three-unit apartment building where flats are rented out to vacationers through an online broker. The protesters plastered the building with green stickers that said the tourist rentals there are illegal.

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6:30pm

Wed August 20, 2014
OMHT

An antidote to time served: Alameda County’s Operation My Hometown

Santa Rita Jail
Credit Photo by California Energy Commission

Arthur Streeter is taking me to meet an inmate who’s going to be released from jail today.

“So we’re going to pick him up and get something to eat,” Streeter tells me, “and then we’re going to go to an emergency shelter that he’ll stay at at International and East Oakland.”

He’s talking about Hayden Hindenburg, who’s been incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail for the last six months. Streeter is the program director for Operation My Hometown, and his job is to help Hindenburg get a good start outside prison walls.

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6:30pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Reentry: Learning to be a father after spending half a lifetime in prison

William and Brianna Bennett
William Bennett

A note to our readers: this is part 3 of our series on reentry. The names of formerly incarcerated men and their families in this story have been changed to protect their identities.

It’s a long drive from Oakland to the Deuel Vocational Institution, a prison in Tracy, California. For Brianna Bennett, growing up, that meant she rarely saw her father, William. He had never picked her up from school or gone with her to a movie. In fact, they had never stepped outside of the prison gates together.

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5:23pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 20, 2014

An antidote to time served: Alameda County’s Operation My Hometown; an interview with  Lieutenant Marty Neideffer; Reentry: Learning to be a father after spending half a lifetime in prison; and local band Vetiver.

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12:21pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Bayonics

The band you’re hearing now, Bayonics, has become known over the past decade as a Latin hip-hop fusion band. Now, they’re turning their talents to reggae.

Bayonics will be featuring their new sound when they play on Sunday, August 24th at San Francisco’s Union Square. The show is part of Union Square Live, a series of free concerts. This one starts at 2:00pm.

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