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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12:00pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Brand New Trash

Something special often happens when siblings play music together. That’s the case with brothers Jimmy and Vince Dewald. We have featured their former band, Buxter Hoot’n, before, but now they’re going in a new direction with a band called Brand New Trash. The Dewald brothers say they are trying for “a more cinematic expression of a song.”

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12:00pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Turnstyle: How Dr. King changed the course of Star Trek history

Image courtesy of Flickr user Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stanning Nichelle Nichols, was instrumental in ensuring that the actress continued to play Lt. Uhura on Star Trek just as she was considering leaving television for Broadway.

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5:09pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Arts & Culture

East Bay Express: Sketching the extra-ordinary

A Bay Area sketching group finds the beauty in everyday urban details.

If you've ever seen a motley crew of ten or so individuals in Pastime Ace Hardware in El Cerrito sketching a row of toilet seats — enraptured — or tracing columns of roast ducks on a corner in Oakland Chinatown, you've probably encountered the Bay Area branch of Urban Sketchers. Their subjects may skew toward the ordinary, but their goal is to capture the extraordinary therein.

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10:08am

Fri January 18, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The Bagpiper of the Financial District

All week long we've been playing you this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This auditory guessing game is part of our new project, Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you.

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10:04am

Fri January 18, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: January 18, 2013

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(ASA) // Advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is claiming a court victory after the California Supreme Court this week “denied depublication” of a closely watched cannabis dispensary case from San Diego. One element: the Attorney General argued that members of cannabis collectives had to contribute in some manner to the cultivation of the cannabis they purchase. The court did not agree.

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