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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4:40pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 7, 2012

A one-time undocumented immigrant has become the Golden Bears' golden ticket; a hero of Oakland's Chinatown; the 30th year of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; and local singer Roem Baur.

4:25pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jorge Gutierrez: the story behind the player

Jorge Gutierrez is not big for a basketball player; 6 foot 3, 195 pounds. But you can always spot him on the court by his shoulder-length curls, which he ties into a pony-tail. We’re standing in the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion, a place that’s become a second home for Gutierrez. I ask him to teach me a crossover dribble, but he wants to start with the basics. “A free throw is one of the easiest shots in the game, so I have a kind of routine for myself,” Gutierrez says, holding the ball in the palm of his hand.

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2:00pm

Wed March 7, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Black And Hispanic Students More Likely To Be Kicked Out Of School

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On Tuesday, the U.S. department of Education will release new data about school discipline. According to a preview of the results in the New York Times, black students are three and a half times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white peers.

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1:47pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland's first gang-unit member recalls a dangerous Chinatown

Harry Hu is the former gang-unit leader for the Oakland Police Department. He’s tall and burly, and – although he recently retired from the force – he still wears his gun and badge proudly on his belt. When he strolls down 8th Street, the foot patrol he followed every day in the early 80s, most people seem to recognize him – some wave and others stop to chat.

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1:36pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A new report from the legislative analyst's office shows California will have to pay more than $700 million a year to cover costs on nearly $10 billion in high speed rail bonds...

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