Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

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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5:56pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Harborside Health Center wins a battle in the marijuana war

Cannabis leaf

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown,  speaking on CNN, said:  “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states. We already have a fair amount of marijuana use in the guise of medical marijuana, so we are capable of self-government. We don’t need some federal gendarme to come tell us what to do.”

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5:47pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Education

Oakland library begins a fresh chapter at a new location

Signs welcome patrons at the new location of the Piedmont library
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

As I walk into the new Piedmont Branch of the Oakland Public Library, I see what looks like a library: librarians quietly working, people reading, and there are walls filled with books.

Branch manager, Jenera Burton has been working on the relocation of the library for about two years.

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5:38pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Controversial drones may be coming to Alameda County

The word drone may conjure up images of remote-controlled planes firing missiles and killing terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in the US, police departments are seeking the same technology to save lives.

Alameda County’s sheriff has expressed interest in adding the unmanned aerial system to his public safety arsenal, but civil liberty activists are blasting the idea as a further erosion of privacy and an abuse of power.

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5:37pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 5, 2012

Controversial drones may be coming to Alameda County; Cannabis News; and an Oakland library begins a fresh chapter at a new location.

This episode features the following music, all by Dave Brubeck:

1. "Danse Duet" from Countdown: Time In Outer Space (1962)

2.  "Winter Ballad" from Jazz Impressions of New York (1964)

3. "Far More Blue" from Time Further Out (1961)

4. "Time In" from Time In (1966)

5. "Three To Get Ready" from Time Out (1959)

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9:37am

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: Traffic report approaching the fiscal cliff

Will Durst

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It's ugly out there, people! As expected, following the holiday recess, we're seeing a lot of bluster and bombast building up on the beltway and that has managed to slow progress on every budget deal ramp to a virtual crawl. Three or four 18-wheelers full of election day rancor have overturned. And as you might have imagined, rubber-necking has resulted in not so tender fender benders. 

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