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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3:47pm

Fri August 31, 2012
EAST BAY EXPRESS

East Bay Express: Oakland's latest mess

The troubling saga of the Oakland Police Department took an ugly turn last week with the news that City Administrator Deanna Santana has accused Robert Warshaw, the independent court monitor overseeing OPD, of making inappropriate advances toward her earlier this year. The revelation has already threatened the integrity of the oversight process of OPD and could delay a decision on whether the department should be put in federal receivership. In short, it's a big mess.

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3:35pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: The Ken doll boogie

A few words about the Republican National Convention, or it's alternative title: Women with big hair and the men in white shoes who love them.

"White" certainly was the operable word in Tampa. I had to feel bad for the one black guy the networks kept cutting to during all the speeches. They tried everything to make him look like a crowd. Different camera angles. He probably had his own wardrobe assistant suggesting: "Put on the cowboy hat now!" and "Try the handlebar mustache! You know this poor guy had to be some prairie state legislator's driver.

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5:10pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 30, 2012

Youth Radio reporters from the RNC, the Newark Senior Center closes in 2012 due to budget cuts but has recently reopened, a Story Corps about same-sex divorce, traditional Mexican music at the Tejano Conjunto festival, and local musician Alexis Harte and The Lemon Hammer.

5:04pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: What about same-sex divorce?

Emily McGranachan spoke at the the StoryCorps booth in San Francisco
StoryCorps

When Emily McGranachan was a child, her mothers decided to end their long-term relationship. McGranachan sat down with San Francisco StoryCorps to explain what it is like for a child when two parents of the same-sex split up, and how having a legally married status comes with the additional privilege of the ability for a legal divorce.

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3:54pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Newark seniors find a home again

Vivian Soriano playing bocce ball

The economic recession hit many Bay Area cities hard, including the city of Newark in southern Alameda County. In January 2010, dozens of employees were laid off or lost hours, and all but the most essential city services were cut. One of the casualties of Newark’s budget crunch was its decades-old senior center.

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