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Rose Aguilar

Host, Your Call

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001. 

In 2005, Rose took a six-month road trip through the so-called 'red states' to find out why people vote the way they do (or not) and what issues they care about. Red Highways: A Journey into the Heartland chronicles her experience.

Rose has written for Al Jazeera English, Truthout, The Nation, and AlterNet. She's currently working on a book about older women activists and a new radio show focusing on investigative journalism. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and mentor-editor for The OpEd Project, an organization that works to increase the range of voices we hear in the media.

Before joining KALW, Rose published a newsletter about women's issues and was a reporter and weekend host for CNET Radio, where she covered technology's impact on society.  In college, she ran the TV and radio news departments and DJ'd a heavy metal show.

Rose's interests include hiking, camping, vegan living, animal rights, live music, and spending as much time underwater as possible. She volunteers for Students Rising Above, an organization that supports first generation college bound high school students.

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On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we're discussing the 1st anniversary of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a white supremacist shooter killed 23 Mexicans and Mexican Americans. A dozen were injured.


  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the devastating explosion at Beirut’s port, killing at least 150 people, injuring more 5,000, and leaving 300,000 homeless. Lebanon is mired in an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, rising poverty, endemic corruption, and the COVID crisis. How are people coping?

 

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the impacts of the climate crisis on polar bears. Climate change is heating up the Arctic faster than anywhere else in the world and according to a new study in the Journal Nature Climate Change, without drastic reductions in greenhouse emissions, polar bears could be starved into extinction by 2100. What's being done to save the polar bears?

 

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One this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing a Reuters investigation about Johnson & Johnson. The company faces more than 19,000 lawsuits claiming its talc products caused cancer due to contamination with asbestos.

 

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing A Thousand Cuts, a new documentary about prominent journalist Maria Ressa and her fight for press freedom in the Philippines, where she faces arrest by the Duterte government. What's in store for freedom of the press in the Phillipines?

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan, which includes earmarking 40 percent of clean energy investments in front-line communities. It would also establish the first office of environmental and climate justice at the Justice Department.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the state of journalism with Native reporters. According to 2017 data from the American Society of News Editors, less than .05 percent of all journalists at leading newspapers and online publications are Native American.

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On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with award winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich about his new book Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time. He examines how the unprecedented pace of destruction to the planet has led us to the brink of calamity. 

 

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we are speaking with the Nation’s John Nichols about his new book The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we're discussing the environmental and health impacts of hundreds of chemical and oil industry plants on those who live along a polluted stretch of the Mississippi River. Residents refer to the region as 'Cancer Alley' or 'Death Alley.'

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're remembering the late award-winning journalist Elias Castillo by rebroadcasting our conversation about his book Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions. The violent mission system claimed the lives of more than 62,000 Indians. 

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Last week, a Missouri appeals court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.1 billion in damages to women who said they developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talcum products contaminated with asbestos. So far, more than 19,000 women have sued the company. 


  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are discussing the impacts of the climate crisis on the Arctic's rising temperatures. A town in Siberia recently soared to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If that measurement is verified, it would be the highest temperature ever recorded above the Arctic Circle.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the Coronavirus crisis in Brazil. The country now has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world after the US. More than one million people have been infected and over 50,000 have died.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with science writer Harriet Washington about her latest book A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind. 

 

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're speaking with FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith about The Virus: What Went Wrong, a new documentary that traces the Trump administration’s failure to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with science reporter Zach St. George about his new book 

The Journeys of Trees: A Story About Forests, People, and the Future.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing California’s $54 billion budget deficit. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed billions in cuts to a wide array of social services if the state doesn’t receive a federal bailout.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how the pandemic bailout benefited the rich instead of the working class. According to ProPublica, those $1,200 stimulus payouts were small change compared with the billions in tax breaks the CARES Act handed out to the country’s wealthiest.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with john a. powell, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute. Professor powell is internationally recognized as a leading expert on civil rights and civil liberties.

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On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano about their new book Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing black women and girls who have been killed by police or have died in police custody. On March 13, police shot and killed Breonna Taylor, an EMT from Louisville, Kentucky while she was sleeping in her home. The officers have not been arrested or charged. The case is now under investigation by the FBI. Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 years old on June 5th.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing coverage of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and police forces responding with stun grenades and tear gas against peaceful protesters.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from young people who’ve been protesting across the Bay Area over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. On Wednesday, an estimated 30,000 people attended a youth-led protest in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing China’s national security legislation for Hong Kong. China's National People's Congress has approved the draft of a national security bill that would criminalize dissent and includes, for the first time, the establishment of national security agencies in Hong Kong. 

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we're discussing the long-term impacts of air pollution on exposed populations. According to a new Harvard study, people with COVID-19 who live in regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan and the devastating attack on a Kabul maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders. Terrorists killed at least 24 people, including newborns, mothers, and nurses.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a new study from Columbia University about an emerging climate-driven megadrought in the Western US.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a Mother Jones investigation about the COVID-19 outbreak at a JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, Colorado. According to the CDC, Colorado has the most COVID-19 related deaths connected to meat processing plants. So far, seven workers have died.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Italy and other hard hit European countries. According to The European Commission, Europe’s economy will shrink by 7.4 percent this year.

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