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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12:04pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

San Francisco Republicans respond to election results

Harmeet Dhillon ran against incumbent Mark Leno for his state Senate seat, and also lost last night.
Artjoms Konohovs

There were about a hundred people at the official San Francisco Republican Party election night event. Most of the men were dressed in suits and many women were wearing red cocktail dresses. But the party didn't last for long. In fact, many attendees were surprised by how quickly the presidential race was decided.

“Personally, I kind of predicted... I thought he'd win for a while,” said Republican John Dennis, who lost his race against House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. He wasn't too surprised by either loss, his or Romney's.

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7:29pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Commentary: How the passage of Prop 36 can change lives

San Quentin State Prison

Proposition 36 would not only reserve life sentences for violent and serious felonies, it would also allow those serving life sentences for non-violent, non-serious felonies to apply for re-sentencing provided they have already served twice the normal sentence for their current crime. In order to be approved for re-sentencing, each person would have to demonstrate to a judge they are not a current danger to society. 

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4:00pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

San Quentin's North Segregation – the 'Penthouse' of death row

The elevator to San Quentin's North Segregation
Nancy Mullane

California has the largest death row population in the United States, with 727 men and women living in four condemned housing units. All 20 women sentenced to death are housed at the Central California Women’s Facility south of Fresno. All 707 men are housed in three separate death row units inside San Quentin State Prison, just north of San Francisco.

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3:39pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

Back to the beginning with Belva Davis

Belva Davis (right) interviewing Coretta Scott King.
Photo courtesy of Belva Davis.

The 2012 election marks the final significant broadcast for Bay Area trailblazing journalist Belva Davis. She’s come very far:

“When I was first applying for jobs in television, I had never seen a black television reporter,” Davis once said.

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12:36pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Politics

Web Exclusive: Death row inmate prepares for Prop 34 outcome

A board displays the photos of condemned inmates housed in San Quentin's Adjustment Center
Nancy Mullane

William (Mike) Dennis has been on San Quentin's death row for 24 years, and on North Segregation for 17 years. He spoke with KALW’s Nancy Mullane on Monday, November 5 by phone about the climate inside the prison, as inmates anticipate the outcome of tomorrow’s vote on Proposition 34.

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