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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10:44pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Cops & Courts

Meet the new leader of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Secretary Jeffrey Beard
Courtesy of cdcr.ca.gov

Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown announced at a press conference that the prison emergency in California was over. The state had been under mandate by the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce its prison population and improve medical care for inmates, and the Governor says California has spent billions of dollars to hire more staff to ensure that the system has excellent health care. So in January, Brown signed an executive order eliminating the emergency, and filed papers to terminate the federal oversight of the mental health system.

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10:34pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Cops & Courts

Can a letter make a street safer? Oakland's Dear John Campaign will find out

Residents in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood combat prostitution with public demonstrations and the Dear John Campaign.
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Street prostitution is a major problem in Oakland, but arrest rates have dropped by 37 percent from 2011 to 2012. Nevertheless, community members remain vigilant. In Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, which includes some of the main trafficking corridors, residents are sick of the street scene. They’ve launched what’s called the Dear John Campaign to take on the street level sex trafficking that happens right outside their doors.

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5:45pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 13, 2013

A conversation with the recently appointed leader of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, fighting prostitution in Oakland by writing to the Johns, another in our series of Money Diaries, and local musician Jay Trainer.

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5:17pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Money Diaries: Living at home while finishing school

Credit Under CC license from Flickr user 401(K)

For the next few weeks, KALW News will be presenting stories from young people in Oakland, talking about their relationships with money. It’s part of a collaboration with the Oakland-based nonprofit Game Theory Academy, which works with low-income youth to improve their economic decision-making skills. Independent producer Lisa Morehouse worked with students at Game Theory Academy to record their experiences, in pieces we’re calling Money Diaries. 

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4:50pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Transportation

Anti-Islam ads return to Muni

A controversial Muni ad from last year's campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (photo from flickr user Steve Rhodes)

Many San Franciscans were shocked by anti-Islam advertisements that appeared on ten Muni buses Monday. The ads show inflammatory quotes by Islamic fundamentalists accompanied by a picture of the speaker, an anonymous terrorist, and in one case, a victim. One shows a picture of Osama Bin Laden next to the quote: “The first thing that we are calling you is to Islam,” alongside an image of the burning World Trade Center.

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