Ganglands: From USA to Europe Next year the FBI will open a 10 million dollar Gang Intelligence Center in Washington D.C. President Bush's wife Laura (a self-described "desperate housewife") has been heading-up America's faith-based, get kids out of street gangs initiative since February. Her budget: 150 million dollars! From coast to coast, America is suffering from a street gang boom of astonishing proporations: At least 750,000 young people belong to 21,000 different street gangs which are held responsible for about 1,000 deaths per year.
So, what about Europe? Max Edelbacher from the Vienna police who attended the FBI's gang summit in March gives a "Reality Check" on gangs in Europe compared with the states and talks about gangs in Austria past and present. Ex-gang member Jim Hernandez who from 15-30 enjoyed the power of running an Oakland, California gang until his brother got shot in a gang fight and his 11 year old son died (a tragic but not-gang-related death). Jim talks about why these days he's breaking-up gang fights in northern California and what it takes to turn a gangbanger into an ex-gang member. Irving Spergel who has been working with Chicago street gangs for 40 years joins James "Buddy" Howell from America's National Alliance of Gang Investigators to give a run down of the myths and realities of gangland life in America today.
We also look at the much publicised but often misunderstood relationship between gangs and the hip-hop scene.
FM4 Soundpark Porträt von Zsolt Marx (Homepage), einem der allerersten FM4 Soundpark-Entries, der mittlerweile in England auf einer Musik-Uni die hohe Kunst der Popmusik studiert, und es mit seinen elektronischen Sounds auf den Soundtrack des international vertriebenen Computerspiels Trackmania Sunrise geschafft hat. (Robert Glashüttner)