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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4:19pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Keeping jazz fresh through fusion, Rez Abbasi

In New York, a new crop of 30-something musicians, whose parents were born elsewhere, are mixing Latin, Balkan, or South Asian music with jazz. One of the best is guitarist Rez Abbasi.

Abbassi was born in Karachi Pakistan but grew up in Southern California. As a youngster he was more enamored of rock than ragas. While South Asian sounds wafted throughout his home, he tried not to pay attention.

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3:55pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

From anarchist to informant: documentary follows Brandon Darby

The San Francisco International Film Festival is now in full swing, with over 200 films from all over the world screening in the coming weeks. One of the Bay Area filmmakers featured this year is Jamie Meltzer. His documentary, Informant, follows the evolution of radical activist Brandon Darby who was involved in the high-profile arrest of two fellow activists during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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11:55am

Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Los Rakas

Today's local music is by Los Rakas. These two cousins were born in Panama, but they were raised in Oaktown, baby. You can hear them this Saturday, April 28 at the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz. Music starts at 9pm.

10:45am

Mon April 23, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, April 23, 2012

A new study funded by the state’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program has found that tobacco companies systematically market towards low-income and African American youth. Although the state has the second-lowest smoking rate in the country, tobacco usage among African Americans is 3-6% higher than the statewide average...

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10:25am

Mon April 23, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Bureaucrats and Technophiles: A love story

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Jennifer Pahlka loves bureaucrats.

While that proclamation got her some laughs at a recent Google/MTV Big Tent event at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum, Pahlka, who founded Code for America in 2010, followed up with an earnest statement about the work that CFA’s fellowships support in collaboration with local governments. ”We think bureaucrats get things done. There’s certainly a lot to complain about,” she conceded, “but we think that we need to make bureaucracy more…sexy.”

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