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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2:29pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Drone surveillance may be unconstitutional

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has publicly stated that the drones he wants to buy and deploy in the East Bay would be used primarily for emergency and disaster response. However, internal sheriff's office documents show that Ahern's staffers also envision using drones for traditional police work, including "intelligence gathering" and "crowd control" during large demonstrations.

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3:35pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Field Trips

There’s not much we can tell you about the band called Field Trips, other than that they're an Oakland band. Field Trips claim to be ”running free and sharing their unhinged grooves” throughout the Bay Area. If this sounds appealing, you’ll want to show up at the New Parish in Oakland tomorrow night (January 03), where they’ll be playing. Doors open at 8pm, and music starts about 9pm.

3:23pm

Wed January 2, 2013
New on KALW!

Decode DC with Andrea Seabrook

What does it mean to DecodeDC? 

Longtime NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook declares independence.

Andrea Seabrook, who covered Capitol Hill for NPR for a decade, has launched an independent reporting project called DecodeDC – and now, you can hear her reports on KALW every other Thursday at 5:30pm, right after Crosscurrents

Andrea was a guest on Your Call’s media roundtable in December – here’s some of what she had to say about Washington, the news media, and her aims for DecodeDC:

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2:38pm

Wed January 2, 2013
COMMUNITY EVENT

Photos from Live Crosscurrents!

Holly Kernan kicks off the show!
Alyssa Kapnik www.alyssakapnik.com

This article was originally published on December 13, 2012. It has been updated to include additional photos from the event.

On Saturday, December 8, KALW hosted its second annual Live Crosscurrents in the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum of California. Hana Baba hosted the event, supported by Tin Cup Serenade as house band for the evening. 

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10:20am

Wed January 2, 2013
Crosscurrents

The search for redemption: an ex-con's perspective

Don Cronk
courtesy of lifeaftermurder.com

Between 2000 and 2009, 57,000 men and women convicted of murder were released from state and federal prison.

By the time convicted murderers are released, they’ve usually served decades behind bars; they’re a generation older than when they went to prison. When they come out, they often fade from view – no sensational headlines, no fanfare.  They make their way on the outside in a world that’s can be very different from the one they left.

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