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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7:40pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

Resurrecting "SHE" with Rhodessa Jones

Courtesy of brava.org

Bay Area artist Rhodessa Jones has been described by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as "an artistic powerhouse whose work has transformed and saved lives." The teacher, singer, writer, and activists took theatre to places it seldom goes – producing theatre for female prison inmates, and HIV positive women.

Her current performance, “The Resurrection of SHE”, chronicles her life through storytelling, dance, song, and visual imagery.  “SHE” dives into the realities of being black and female in America today, while reaching deep within her history and telling her own story. Rhodessa Jones joined KALW’s Hana Baba studio to talk about her life and "The Resurrection of SHE."

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7:09pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Finding work for ex-felons

Americaworks.com

Angel Barerra has a felony conviction. He thinks that’s kept him from finding work. In order to give people like Barerra a better chance, some California counties have implemented “Ban the Box” – they’ve made it illegal for employers to ask about felony charges on job applications.

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5:25pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 4, 2013

Recruiting ex-felons to jobs, performer Rhodessa Jones talks about her latest play, local rapper Micah Tron talks about overcoming obstacles in her life, and local musicians Duniya Dance and Drum Company.

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3:52pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Politics

From high school dropout to District Attorney: George Gascón's journey

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has had a rapid rise in San Francisco politics. Gascón came into the city as Chief of Police, appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in August, 2009. After less than a year and a half, he was sworn in as the city’s first Latino D.A., replacing Kamala Harris. In 2011, voters elected him to the position.

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2:09pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

Local Music: Duniya Dance Co.

The sounds you’re hearing are by the Duniya Dance and Drum Company of San Francisco. They’ll be providing the rhythm for "The Madness of the Elephant," a theater production about the first president of the nation of Guinea. 

Guinean dance, which figures heavily in this show, is noted for its enthusiasm and energy.  There are two performances, tomorrow and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. The curtain goes up at 8pm. 

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