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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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Tue May 8, 2012
Daily News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 8, 2012


(San Francisco Chronicle) // The San Francisco teachers union will vote this week on whether to strike in protest of salary and benefits cuts proposed by the San Francisco Unified School District. District officials say they'll have to find $80 million dollars over the next two years, but the union claims that money is available within the existing budget...

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Mon May 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Prison Realignment & Public Safety: Interview with Matthew Cate

Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Thirty years ago, the state spent three percent of its general fund dollars on corrections and prisons. Today it spends more than 11 percent – that’s $10 billion running the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

In 2011, when Governor Brown took office, he inherited a massive corrections problem. The state's 33 prisons were at nearly 200 percent capacity, and the recidivism rate was running at 70 percent. The federal courts stepped in and ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 people.

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Mon May 7, 2012

Crosscurrents: May 7, 2012

A conversation with Secretary of the California Department of Corrections, Matthew Cate; meeting one of Miles Davis's sidemen, Kenny Garrett; and local artist Maestro Curtis and His Quintet of Renown.


Mon May 7, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Miles Davis' side man

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Saxophonist Kenny Garrett became best known as a side man to Miles Davis during the mid 80s. In this interview with Reese Erlich, Garrett talks about his long career as both a side man and as a leader of his own group. 


Mon May 7, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Monday, May 7, 2012

Sacramento Bee // Two more tobacco giants have given money to stop Proposition 29. RJ Reynolds Tobacco and Philip Morris USA have each given $15 million to the “No on 29” campaign. The ballot measure would impose a $1 per pack tax to fund cancer and heart disease research and facilities…

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