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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9:05am

Tue June 25, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: SF Gay Men's Chorus

The music you’re hearing now is by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. They’re presenting a world premiere this week titled “I Am Harvey Milk.”  Their first spontaneous public performance occurred on the steps of San Francisco City Hall 35 years ago … following the assassinations of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. An extra performance of this work has been added, tomorrow, June 26th, at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, starting at 8pm. 

6:37pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Administrator says civilian oversight of police faces roadblocks

Under CC license from Flickr user vision63

The last decade has seen more than a hundred officer-involved shootings – 39 of them fatal. When one of those shootings happens, OPD’s Internal Affairs division automatically investigates. But these investigations have been widely criticized.

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5:52pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland’s civilian oversight provides justice for few

Closed session sign outside an Oakland Citizen Police Review Board meeting
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The top brass of the Oakland Police department looks a lot different than it did a month ago. In just one week in May, two police chiefs resigned: former chief Howard Jordan, then his successor, Anthony Toribio.

The departures followed several highly critical reports: one by an independent consultant, the other by the department’s court-appointed overseer. Both find that years after the landmark police abuse scandal known as the Riders case, the department is still struggling with leadership, accountability, and transparency.

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5:49pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 24, 2013

The Citizens Police Review Board in Oakland: who's policing the police? Plus local musicians The Void Boys.

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11:43am

Mon June 24, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Void Boys

You may know this song, but you’ve probably never heard this version, by Bay Area band, The Void Boys. They’re likely to be play this Cranberries' cover and other songs from their “90s Compilation” album when they take the stage Wednesday, June 26th at The Knockout in San Francisco. Music will begin about 10:00pm.   

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