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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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Sat February 23, 2013
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: Can yoga keep kids out of prison?

Traditionally, many U.S. counties have relied on “scared straight” tactics to keep youth from getting back in trouble. In Florida, for example, one juvenile detention center sits down young offenders in front of a “wall of shame,” a collection of photos of teens who have been shot and killed post-release. But one city is trading in these scare methods for a yoga mat and a couple of hours of meditation.

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Fri February 22, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: The fate of alcohol at First Fridays

The City of Oakland plans to clamp down on drinking at the popular monthly street festival, but it promises to be an uphill battle.
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A few months ago, Kim Nguyen realized she had a problem on her hands — except maybe it wasn't a problem, or at least it was the kind of problem every business owner dreams of having: Saigon Market, the narrow, cluttered convenience store that she runs along with her husband just north of the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 23rd Street, was absolutely overrun with customers. Or rather, it was overrun exactly one night a month: the first Friday, when the art walk and street fair of the same name descends on Uptown Oakland, its center right in front of her little store.

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Fri February 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Can you guess the Audiograph sound this week? February 25, 2013

Poster designed by Rich Black

This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature. 

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what exactly it is, then call us to let us know.

If you think you can identify this Audiograph sound of the week, call 415-264-7106. Also, tell us where to record next. We’ll give away a KALW t-shirt every week to one lucky caller. 

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Fri February 22, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Cannabis News Roundup: February 22, 2013

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(420 Magazine) // “Bridging the Gap Between Public & Policy” is the theme of this weekend’s four-day conference in Washington, DC, organized by advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. Today’s events focused on scientific research, featuring a talk by physicist John Schwarz, often called “the father of Superstring Theory.”

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Thu February 21, 2013