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Views Differ Over What's Driving Oakland's Crime Rates

Robberies in Oakland were down by nearly one-third in Oakland in 2014. That's after they peaked at 4,838 in 2013, or more than 13 a day. Police and community leaders disagree on what the fluctuating numbers mean.

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Commission Recommends State Parks Overhaul

A new report says the agency that oversees California's state parks isn't serving all Californians the best it could. On Friday, the Parks Forward Commission, a group created by the Legislature, issued a set of sweeping recommendations to modernize the State Parks Department. We talk with Caryl Hart, regional parks director for Sonoma County and a member of that commission, about how the parks can be improved. We also hear from Jose Gonzalez, founder of Latino Outdoors.

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Common Core and Kindergarten: Too Much Reading Too Soon?

Common Core and Kindergarten: Too Much Reading Too Soon?

Common core standards require that kindergartners acquire a range of basic reading skills, including letter and word recognition and phonics. Supporters of the standards say they are necessary to create a language-rich environment for all children, something often missing in low-income homes. But critics say most children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, and point to research that shows kids benefit more from play-based programs. We'll look at the complex issue of teaching young readers.

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Football's Concussion Crisis

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised today that the league would do more to protect players' health. Questions about the safety and future of football loom over this weekend's Super Bowl.

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Daily commentary from KQED listeners

Undeflatable Football

David Staley says that as long as there is advertising and real estate, even a relentlessly scandal-plagued year cannot diminish American love for football.

Parenting a Parent

Youth Radio's Hank Rugg's father was a teacher and guide, until a stroke suddenly reversed their roles.

Slaying Giants

Her son finds a faux giant immensely intimidating, and Jennifer Liss learns the sheer power of fear.

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