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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4:33pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics

Republicans in San Francisco excited about the first Presidential debate

Courtesy of San Francisco Republican Party Facebook page

It's almost six o'clock in the evening and people are slowly gathering at a lawyer's office in the Mission District to watch the first Presidential candidate debate. The host of the party is longtime San Francisco Republican Leonard Lacayo. He’s greeting everyone at the door. Inside, right next to the entrance, there is a small sign indicating that this is the Ronald Reagan Building.

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4:14pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Council enacts controversial public seating rule

Demonstrators hold signs at a vigil for Alan Blueford last May at Oakland's police headquarters.
Flickr user greendoula

On September 18th, an incident cut short an Oakland City Council meeting (see what happened in the video below).

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3:03pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Dunes

The Dunes

Today we're featuring music by San Francisco band, the Dunes. They call their music North African fusion rock. You can hear them on Saturday as part of the 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival in San Francisco’s Union Square.

2:36pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Arts & Culture

Rwanda documentary comes to Mill Valley Film Festival

Tonight is opening night for the Mill Valley Film Festival: the biggest Bay Area film fest of the year. Among the films showing is Sweet Dreams, the story of a group of Rwandan women who found community and support after the 1994 Rwandan genocide by coming together as a drum troupe. The film was codirected, coedited, and coproduced by Rob Fruchtman and his sister: Berkeley resident Lisa Fruchtman. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Lisa Fruchtman about the making of Sweet Dreams.

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1:50pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Arts & Culture

Web Exclusive: Bay Area director on working with Francis Ford Coppola

Lisa Fruchtman
Courtesy of sweetdreamsrwanda.com

Sweet Dreams is a documentary that tells the story of a group of Rwandan women who coped with the 1994 Rwandan genocide in part by coming together as a drum troupe. The film was codirected, coedited, and coproduced by Rob Fruchtman and his sister, Berkeley resident Lisa Fruchtman. She worked as an editor on The Godfather II and III and Apocolypse Now, and won an academy award for editing the feature film The Right Stuff.

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