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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5:09pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

Lesley Philips and Sharena Thomas.
The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, www.theracetoanemergency.org.  

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  

10:06am

Mon January 20, 2014
Cops & Courts

Tonight at 5pm: How does 9-1-1 work in Oakland?

"The Race to an Emergency," a special hour-long documentary by KALW News examining the 911 Emergency Response System in Oakland.  Reporter Ali Budner and host Martina Castro will trace the path of a 911 call and the response, through dispatchers to emergency responders, and will also talk to residents who feel they can't rely on 911 in neighborhoods where there's more poverty and crime.  We'll also introduce you to the People's Community Medics, a group of residents who decided to train themselves in basic first aid so they could keep people alive while they wait for help.

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2:48pm

Sun January 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? January 18, 2014

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

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12:02pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: January 17, 2014

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Court clarifies federal vs. state laws concerning raids… DEA worked with Mexican cartels… Legalization "scares" DEA… Proposal for pharmacies to be cannabis distributors… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Federal law trumps state law concerning raids on dispensaries // SF Gate  [I’ve been saying this for years. - Ed.]

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5:28pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Green Gulch Zen Center

Green Gulch is a zen practice center and organic farm in Marin County
David Boyer

 

All week long we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

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