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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1:47pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Young Musicians Program

YMP

Today, we're featuring the Junior Choir of Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. The YMP has been helping musically gifted students who can’t afford specialized training since 1968. Students come from 60 schools in four Bay Area counties. You can hear The Young Musicians Program Choral Youth Orchestra this Saturday (08.11) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, starting at 7pm. Admission is free.

1:32pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local comic Nato Green makes it big by being "Totally Biased"

Local political comic Nato Green
http://www.natogreen.com/

Living in the Bay Area, it’s not unlikely that some of your neighbors end up making it big. Our area is known for inspiring and supporting talent in many fields. For instance, local comedians Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell have been cracking up the Bay for years, with a comedy tour called “Laughter Against the Machine.

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6:03pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: "When did violence become so normal?"

Control Arms campaigner David Grimason lays a photo of his son Alistair. July 25, 2012.
Flickr user ControlArms, under CC License http://www.flickr.com/photos/controlarms/7685194436/

Since the Aurora, Colorado shooting, I keep asking myself: when did violence became so normal? It pops up everywhere in American culture. We feel excited it by it when we see it on a screen. We feel proud of it when we see it in uniform, and angered by it when we see it near our children.

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6:02pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Politics

Community reacts to the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond

Fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond from the Berkeley Hills.
D.H. Parks, under CC License http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/7730542302/

The smoke from the Chevron refinery fire that started late Monday has cleared, but the controversy was still hot at a community meeting last night in Richmond. Around 700 people attended the meeting, where Chevron General Manager Nigel Hearne and local government and health officials faced frustration and anger.

Joan Davis from the Richmond Community Foundation began the meeting with some powerful questions: “Those of you who are feeling afraid, very quietly, stand. Those of you who are feeling angry, please stand, quietly.”

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4:52pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

How much of "Oakland" is actually in the Oakland Police Department?

Ali Winston

Of the 2,000 people who initially applied for the 55 new positions on the Oakland Police force, most were from outside the city. In fact, more than 90% of the current police force does not live in Oakland, something that activists say strains community police relations and affects city resources. Oakland spends about 40% of its general fund on police – that compares with 26% spent on police in San Jose, 17% in Sacramento and 7% in Long Beach. 

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