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  On this edition of Your Call, we speak with three honorees of this year’s Brower Youth Awards, which recognizes young leaders in the environmental movement.

 

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  On this edition of Your Call's One Planet series, we'll discuss the recent UN report that says we have about 12 years to avoid a catastrophic environmental breakdown. As the report calls for "rapid and far-reaching" action to reduce carbon emissions, the State Department said the US does not endorse the reports' findings. 

As governments around the world react with calls for urgent changes, the climate deniers in the White House continue to ignore and diminish scientific research. How are scientists responding? 

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How can we fight racial, gender biases we don't know we have?

Oct 11, 2018


  On this edition of Your Call, we talk with filmmaker Robin Hauser. In her new documentary “Bias,” Hauser explores the science around implicit bias and the people finding ways to mitigate it.

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A lower court ruled that tech billionaire Vinod Khosla couldn’t block the access road down to Martins Beach. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal. But even though this case has come to a close, it does not necessarily mean everybody will have access to Martins Beach going forward.

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Medical care for transgender youth is a new and evolving field. Many doctors don’t know the terminology, best practices, or how to make referrals to specialists. KALW reporter Christine Nguyen, a pediatrician herself, spent some time exploring how health professionals are learning about the medical care of transgender kids.

  On the next Your Call’s One Planet series, filmmaker Phyllis Stuart will join us to discuss her new documentary Wild DaZe.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we’ll have a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Latham, the director of the Poison Papers, a vast trove of chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s.

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.

CBD—snake oil or panacea?

Sep 11, 2018
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Have you heard about the popular new cannabis health product, CBD? THC’s non-psychoactive cousin, CBD gained fame earlier this decade after being used to successfully treat children with intractable epilepsy. Since then it’s been claimed to alleviate a whole host of conditions, including anxiety, inflammation, pain, and even acne.

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A growing number of parents whose kids suffer from seizures have discovered that medical cannabis can reduce their frequency and intensity. Over the past few years, seven states have passed laws giving kids access to that medicine while they’re at school. California’s not quite there. For one Santa Rosa family the stakes are high and the fight isn’t over.

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The Global Climate Action Summit will be hosted here in San Francisco. World leaders will evaluate how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement. The three-day event is co-chaired Governor Jerry Brown.

Global Climate Action Summit

September 10, 2018: What will it take to course correct climate change? Nothing short of a worldwide commitment, which is why California Governor Jerry Brown co-chaired the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Summit highlighted achievements from around the world as policymakers, businesses leaders and grassroots organizations shared the ways they’re working together to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

New environmental films inspiring action

Sep 6, 2018


  What are some of the must-see environmental films this year? From September 6th through the 13th, the San Francisco Green Film Fest is highlighting a number of films focusing on water, fire, air, and earth.

On this special edition of Your Call, we remember Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), an all-volunteer mobile medical clinic that’s been traveling to cities across the United States offering free healthcare since 1992. 

One Planet: The fight to save the Brazilian Amazon

Sep 3, 2018

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll rebroadcast our conversation with Chris Feliciano Arnold, author of The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon

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 A controversial conservatorship bill passed by California's Assembly would give county officials more authority to force people with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues into treatment or put them in the care of a guardian.

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Bears in places like Yosemite are hot on human food — because we introduced it to them in the first place. We’ve been inventing solutions to keep them out of our food ever since.

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From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District:

My friend Dandar Ganbold is vaping inside my car. He puts an e-cigarette that looks like a metallic USB called JUUL up to his mouth and inhales.

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  Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. In her new book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, journalist Beth Macy traces the opioid epidemic back to its roots.

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Purple sea urchins are spiny underwater invertebrates that look like pincushions. They’re native to the ocean along the California coast and share their home with sought-after delicacies like red urchin and abalone. Now, after a few years of rapid growth, some people are calling purple sea urchins a scourge.


  US food safety regulations allow more than 10,000 chemicals to be added to a variety of foods.

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One of the main reasons for the decline of the salmon population in the Russian River is the simple fact that humans live along it, work along it, growing marijuana, growing grapes, building houses . . . the list goes on. So, conservationists believe part of the solution is working with the people who live right along the water to create a better environment for the fish.

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Every summer fish biologists across the state suction snorkel masks onto their faces. With scuba diving flashlights in hand, they crawl, swim, and slither up the tributaries of rivers literally counting the number and species of salmon they see to measure the health of the population. This method to monitor the salmon and steelhead populations is effective and low tech and it hasn’t changed much over the years. But the salmon population in California has changed.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the EPA’s plan to roll back Obama era vehicle emission standards, and revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about Northern California’s multiple fires, which have consumed hundreds of thousands of acres, and demolished thousands of homes.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the current state of the Affordable Care Act. While Republicans have failed to repeal it entirely, the Trump administration is undermining the law piece by piece.

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Studies have shown that proper nutrition can help improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs. However, starting healthy eating habits can be challenging for any new family, and for low-income families in the East Oakland flatlands, which has long been considered a food desert, that challenge is even harder to overcome. Through our crowd-sourced journalism project, Hey Area, one listener asked, "Where is the best place in East Oakland to buy fresh produce with WIC vouchers?"

  

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.

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Trinity County isn't in the news much, unless it’s wildfire season. It’s beautiful, remote, and rural. It’s also one of the state’s most food insecure places, where many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The county’s food bank director delivers food to the region’s most isolated — and hungry — residents.

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The Shipyard is supposed to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake. It’s slated to have affordable housing, office and retail space, and parks. But this year, the shipyard development has been infamously dubbed “The biggest case of eco fraud in US history.”

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