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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3:52pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Politics

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

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
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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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5:22pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 3, 2013

An extended interview with the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. He talks about getting into the job, as well as about his thoughts on re-entry and rehabilitation programs as the goal of incarceration instead of mere punishment.

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4:21pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Prasant Radhakrishnan

Today we are featuring saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan of Oakland.  While firmly based in South India's traditional style of classical  music,  Radhakrishnan is also inspired by the sounds of American jazz.

You can experience this style of music yourself on Friday, April 4, at the Subterranean Arthouse, a community art space in Berkeley. The music starts at 8pm. 

12:34pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Calling out students with mental illness won't make schools safer

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Mental health advocates want the link between violence and people who are mentally ill to disappear.

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed 20 children and six staff, lawmakers scrambled to respond to the public’s fear that schools aren’t safe enough. Some states and policymakers began proposing policy changes that addressed people who suffer from mental illness, because an investigation into the Lanza’s mental health history revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and Sensory Integration Disorder (SID).

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