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Did social media invent the 'super bloom'?

The hype may feel new, but Californians have been excited about wildflowers for a long time.

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Media Roundtable: How special interests craft copycat bills & a close-up look at the war in Yemen

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation with the Arizona Republic’s award-winning reporter Rob O’Dell about a two-year investigation that reveals how state lawmakers introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups, and think tanks.

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In the post-MeToo era, men who would never consider saying a harassing word or venture a grope are now asking themselves “can I hug a co-worker anymore?” 

My Mixtape: "My Queen Is Ada Eastman," by Sons of Kemet

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Oakland author Dickson Lam, whose award-winning memoir was released in 2017, brings us "My Queen Is Ada Eastman," by Sons of Kemet.

Sons of Kemet is a modern British jazz group with a sound that bounces around with mixes of jazz, rock, carribean folk, hip hop, and more. We recommend listening somewhere you can dance.

My Mixtape: "Amor Eterno," by Rocío Dúrcal

7 hours ago

Have you ever had a song so powerful it hurt too much to listen to? Santa Cruz based Natalie Tan-Torres brings to us a song that, for her, can only be listened to sparingly. After two years of avoiding "Amor Eterno," Natalie gives it a listen and explains to us why it holds such an impact.

Rocío Dúrcal is a singer and actress from Spain with an esteemed Latin Grammy Award. Listen to her sing and see if you can hold back the tears.

Philosophy Talk: Authority and Resistance

12 hours ago

What makes some forms of authority legitimate and others not?


Radio Poets 2019 - Vanessa Santos, "Mi Nombre"

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You can hear Vanessa Santos read her poem broadcast on 91.7 KALW later today, Friday April 19 at 3:18 this afternoon and 8:58 this evening.

Almanac - 4/19/19

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Toss me an aggie...It's World Marbles Day!

Today is Friday, April 19, 2019, the 109th day of the year, 63 days till summer, and a mere 570 days until the next presidential election.     

  • Sunrise: 6:29am     
  • Sunset: 7:49pm ...giving us 13 hours and 17 minutes of daylight.  Full moon rises at 8:22pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate           

  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation with the Arizona Republic’s award-winning reporter Rob O’Dell about a two-year investigation that reveals how state lawmakers introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups, and think tanks.

Marissa Ortega-Welch / KALW

The hype may feel new, but Californians have been excited about wildflowers for a long time.

Coming up, an explosion of flowers! We’re digging into the recent “super bloom” craze. Then, a replica of the City from the 1930s comes out of hiding. And, we’re saying goodbye to a Mission icon after 90 years.

Nina Sparling / KALW

San Franciscans have an opportunity to experience the city as it was more than 80 years ago. Thanks to a collaboration between San Francisco MOMA and the San Francisco Public Library, an architectural model of the city’s neighborhoods from 1938 is on display at libraries throughout San Francisco. 

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After more than three decades, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned from leading the celebrated program. Her resignation followed an external review that found she made "racially insensitive" remarks, exercised "undue influence" on athletes to play while injured and lacked a connection with her players.

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How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

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On the morning of her 16th birthday, in her AP music class, Megan Storm thought she was going to die.

The sophomore at Lake Brantley High School in suburban Orlando, Fla., said she heard an announcement over the intercom that the school was in a code red lockdown — it was a drill, but Storm said students were not told that. She and her classmates hid in the dark, behind an instrument locker.

"It was just really quiet. And we all sort of huddled together," Storm said.

A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes this week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions.

He was also Gail Gray's pharmacist and the person she relied on to regularly fill her opioid prescriptions.

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