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On this edition of Your Call, we find out why children are spending less and less time in social studies class learning about government and civics.

  

On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with award winning journalist Paul Greenberg about his new book, The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet.

  

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the first round of US sanctions on Iran, which begin August 4th, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s talk signaling the Trump administration’s dangerous policy on Iran.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the power of journalism on stage. How is theater tackling current events and social issues at a time when actual facts have been undermined?

  

When journalist John Adams tried to figure out why big donors were supporting certain candidates in Montana’s elections, he encountered a problem: He couldn’t figure out who the donors were. In the new documentary Dark Money, filmmaker Kimberly Reed follows Adams’ reporting.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with investigative reporter Ramita Navai about “UN Sex Abuse Scandal,” a new Frontline documentary airing tonight on PBS. In conflict zones around the world, United Nations peacekeepers sent to protect the most vulnerable have been accused of preying on them since the early 1990s.

  

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha about her new book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the fallout from Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

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  Last month, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a 28-year-old Democratic Socialist, beat Joe Crowley, a ten-term establishment Democrat in New York’s primary election. Is there room for Democratic Socialists who support progressive policies in the Democratic Party?

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The US has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. In response, a number of countries, including Mexico, Canada, and China, have imposed taxes on more than $24 billion of US exports. What do you want to know about the Trump administration’s trade war?

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the future of abortion rights in the United States with a conservative like Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

 

One Planet: Heatwaves and climate change

Jul 16, 2018

  

On this week's One Planet series, we'll discuss the connections between the ongoing heat waves and climate change. In recent weeks, 80 million Americans have been placed under heat warnings, and the extreme heat in the US and across the world has claimed dozens of lives.


  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation with journalist Thomas Frank about his new book Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society.

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How far have we come in reforming criminal justice, and what will it take to change the system? With 2.2 million people behind bars, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Still, that number is at a two-decade low, according to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report.

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Journalist Alissa Quart has a message for the struggling middle class: You’re not alone and it’s not your fault. In her new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, she tells the story of the predicament facing the middle class – people who’ve “done everything right,” but can’t get ahead.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Steve Almond about his new book Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.

One Planet: What's next for Trump's EPA?

Jul 9, 2018

After months of scandals and ethics investigations, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned — to be replaced by the veteran coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler. On the next Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the ongoing changes at the EPA.

Can Americans Become Media Literate Again?

Jul 6, 2018
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The media that Donald Trump demonizes -- CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times -- are in a different sphere than thousands of local outlets that cover local issues, like schools, government corruption, and profiling local community heroes.

 

  

On today’s edition of Your Call, listen to our conversation with labor organizer and writer Jane McAlevey.

On this edition of Your Call, we revisit our conversation with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Still I Rise, a new documentary short series that pays homage to Maya Angelou’s poem by the same name by celebrating people who persevere in spite of their struggles.

 

 

  

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss how the Trump administration’s EPA is dismantling chemical safety regulations that impact the health of millions of Americans.

 On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the upcoming presidential election in Mexico. The escalation of violence, corruption, and poverty are key issues for voters. In 2017, nearly 30,000 people were killed in Mexico, and 53 million people live in poverty.

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On this edition of Your Call, we ask: What changes when a nonprofit serving the homeless is led by people who used to be clients?

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On this edition of Your Call, historian and activist Martin Duberman discusses his new book Has the Gay Movement Failed? He argues that the left has sidelined radical goals to achieve more normative inclusion.

On this special edition of Your Call, we get an update from a nonprofit working with immigrant families at the US-Mexico border. What do we know, and what information is missing, about separated immigrant families?

Guest:

Jennifer K. Falcon, communications director for RAICES Texas, the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein about her book, Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.

 

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we'll discuss climate science education for K-12 students. Last Spring, teachers across the country received a package from the libertarian Heartland Institute called 'Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming.'

From Italy to the US, right-wing governments are waging a war on refugees and immigrants. On this week's media roundtable, we'll discuss Italy’s new government refusal to rescue boats carrying hundreds of migrants, and threatening mass deportation. We'll also discuss the country's racist policies toward Gypsies/Roma.

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 On this edition of Your Call, we speak with activists about the Poor People’s Campaign.

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