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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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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4:43pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project

Hear Here: Meet Thomas Reeve

San Francisco resident Thomas Reeve shared his story with KALW's community storytelling team, Hear Here.

San Francisco is home to a long line of comedians. “The earliest job I ever wanted was a standup comedian,” remembers San Francisco resident Thomas Reeve. “I did standup in elementary school or junior high, but I was always building stuff in the background. Like, I'd build model rockets and RC cars.”

Reeve has long since abandoned his standup comedy dreams, but all that building he was doing in the background as a kid – well, it's paid off. Reeve is now a mechanical engineer, and he's also the subject of this Hear Here story.

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