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'Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy' Exposes The Truth About The War On Drugs

On this edition of Your Call, award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson discusses his new Netflix documentary, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy . Nelson looks back on how the crack epidemic of the early 1980s decimated Black and Brown communities.

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COVID-19 vaccination: Find out if it’s your turn — California State Government

Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions. It only takes a few minutes. If you’re eligible and vaccine appointments are available through My Turn, you can schedule one.

Five Counties Move From State's Purple To Red Tier Meaning Fewer Restrictions / San Francisco Begins Vaccinating Teachers Today / Ruling Allows California To Enforce Net Neutrality / California Legislators Approve $1.4 Million To Stop Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans / Former State Attorney General Xavier Becerra Faces Tough Road To Confirmation As Health And Human Services Secretary / Lawrence Ferlinghetti Dies At 101

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Katherine G Johnson, the NASA mathematician, whose story is told in the movie Hidden Figures, passed away one year ago on this day at the age of 101.


On this edition of Your Call, award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson discusses his new Netflix documentary, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy. Nelson looks back on how the crack epidemic of the early 1980s decimated Black and Brown communities.

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State lawmakers have approved 1.4 million dollars to track and stop hate crimes against Asian Americans.


This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes the New Conservatory Theatre Center to the virtual stage of our Corona Radio Theater (CRT), with an excerpt of Interlude, a personal reflection of a gay Black man’s experience during the transformative events of 2020, opening March 1. Also, an interview with director Margo Hall, who directs [hieroglyph]  by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, at SF Playhouse, starting March 13. Plus, we talk with conductor Martin West and composer Shinji Eshima  about San Francisco Ballet’s Digital Program 3, which starts March 4. 

‘The Prophets’ Unveils Black Queer Ancestors

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In his debut novel, Brooklyn native Robert Jones, Jr., describes the romantic and tragic relationship between Samuel and Isaiah, two enslaved young men on a Mississippi cotton plantation in the early 1800s. The Prophets explores gender and sexuality, race, power, toxic religion and masculinity.

The New Yorker called The Prophets a “panoramic vision of love and cruelty" and The New York Times described the instant bestseller as “a lyrical and rebellious love story.”  It is much more than a love story.  It viscerally connects the dots from slavery to today’s racial disparities and from Missionary Christianity to the slave trade, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.

Five California Counties Advance To Fewer Virus Restrictions

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After months with little change, five of California's 58 counties advanced to having fewer business restrictions on Tuesday as the state's worst coronavirus surge continued to ease, with eight more counties likely to move next week and “even more still” in two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

Fog City Blues: Bob Dylan ca. 1970

Feb 23, 2021

The latest release from Bob Dylan's back pages includes 74 previously unreleased studio recordings from 1970, most taken from the sessions for the New Morning and Self-Portrait albums. 


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President Biden's nominee to lead the CIA, William Burns, spent more than three decades as a diplomat. Yet Burns sounded very much like a national security chief at his confirmation hearing Wednesday as he described how the U.S. should be wary of China and its leader Xi Jinping.

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As President Joe Biden works to overhaul U.S. health care policy, few challenges will loom larger for his health secretary than restoring access to family planning while parrying legal challenges to abortion proliferating across the country.

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