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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6:00pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

What's up with the whirlybirds?!

Maybe you've just seen The Bourne Legacy and have nagging feeling that you're being watched at all times. Maybe you related a little too much to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So if you see low-flying helicopters crisscrossing the skies this week, you might think the government is after you, or that the aliens have finally arrived. But the more likely explanation is that you've caught a glimpse of the federal effort to measure "naturally occurring background radiation."

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5:43pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Reviving America's first slave autobiography

Courtesy: Documenting the American South

Genealogy is becoming an easier field to navigate these days, with websites and organizations encouraging people to discover their family heritage.

That’s what Oakland’s Regina Mason did, but on her own. In the upcoming film Gina’s Journey, Mason chronicles her adventure in searching for her family history. Being an African American, that meant she would surely encounter slavery, which she did.

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5:32pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Politics

Go inside the Republican National Convention

Image courtesy of WBEZ reporter Tony Arnold.

The Republican National Convention is underway in Tampa, Florida, after being postponed because of Hurricane Isaac. Although it’s been on the quiet side overall today, we were curious as to what the mood is like, what delegates are talking about, and what to expect over the next few days. San Francisco Examiner contributor Melissa Griffin is on the ground in Tampa. She spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba about her impressions on how the event is shaping up so far.

Listen to the full interview above.

5:24pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Crosscurrenst

Crosscurrents: August 28, 2012

Go inside the Republican National Convention; Bay Area's Tea Party speaks up; Will Durst: The bold choice; Hear Here: Meet Thomas Reeve; a conversation with Regina Mason, editor of The Life of William Grimes; and San Franciscan singer Paula Frazer.

5:18pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Politics

Governor announces public pension plan

Earlier today Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had reached a deal with state lawmakers that would mean sweeping changes for California’s public pensions system, and affect hundreds of thousands of state workers. The new rules would cap pensions while increasing the amount employees pay in; they would also increase the retirement age by up to seven years.

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