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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1:31pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos

Today we’re featuring The Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos of Alameda. They play a mix of Hot Jazz and Country-Western, along with songs that were popular way back in the 1930s. They’re performing tomorrow, October 30, at Julie’s Coffee & Tea House in Oakland starting about 7pm.   

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1:12pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: October 27, 2012

Cannabis leaf

 

(SFChronicle) // A state appeals court ruling last week confirms that cannabis dispensaries can sell to members who are not actively involved in growing. This is good news for large organizations such as Harborside Health Center, which has locations in Oakland and San Jose and has been targeted by the US Justice Department on this exact issue.

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5:02pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 25, 2012

Proposition E and San Francisco's payroll tax, Berkeley contemplates implementing a Sit/Lie law, California Correctional Peace Officers Association and their election campaign contributions, and local musician Mary Stallings.

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4:59pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Feeling the effects of NAFTA in California

Professor Harley Shaiken testified at House Committee on Education in 2011
House Committee on Education

It’s been almost two decades since Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. When then-president Bill Clinton signed it, he told Congress that the agreement was the only correct response to the world’s rapidly changing economy. As a border state and a major agricultural producer, California has a big stake in NAFTA. 

U.C. Berkeley geography professor Harley Shaiken has written extensively on the agreement, and he spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about what NAFTA has meant for this state.

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4:57pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

NAFTA's environmental impact on Tijuana 20 years later

The government confined, sealed off and buried the contamination deep underground, then put basketball courts on top because more intense construction on the site would risk digging up toxic materials.
Adrian Florido

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed 20 years ago, one of the big concerns was how the treaty would impact the environment.

After NAFTA was signed, eastern Tijuana experienced a building frenzy. One industrial park after another sprung up to accommodate the hundreds of American factories that came here in search of cheap labor.

Magdalena Cerda is an environmental activist, and she’s brought me to the edge of one of those sprawling complexes, to some barren, empty concrete basketball courts.

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