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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.

Ways to Connect

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In 2017, Federal Elections Committee chair Ann Ravel resigned saying: “The mission of the FEC is essential to ensuring a fair electoral process. Yet, since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, our political campaigns have been awash in unlimited, often dark, money.”

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. 

Office of the Vice President

What does Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record tell us about what kind of Supreme Court Justice he would be? What would his confirmation mean for crucial issues like abortion, LGBTQ rights, affirmative action, and gun control?

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the backlash against Venezuelan refugees in Brazil. Millions of Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries due to the economic crisis and shortages of food and other essentials.

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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.

On this edition of Your Call: What are the demands of prisoners who are striking across the country?

Is Amazon too big for the common good?

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On this edition of Your Call: What should be done about Amazon’s growing market control and political clout?

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we’ll have a conversation about Chasing the Thunder, a new documentary that chronicles the dangerous journey of a crew of two Sea Shepherd ships that sail across three oceans and travel over 10,000 miles to shut down one of the most notorious illegal poaching vessels.

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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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  On this edition of Your Call, as survivors of sexual abuse speak out through the #MeToo Movement, several states and organizations are working to improve sex education.

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss a grand jury report released last Tuesday alleging that Bishops and leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by 300 priests over the course of 70 years in six dioceses.

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

 On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss NPR’s interview with Jason Kessler, organizer of Unite the Right rallies, and the Monsanto trial.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with everyday citizens forming groups to protect their communities and provide a range of basic services.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs. A ProPublica investigation, The Shadow Rulers of the VA, focuses on three members of Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club who are secretly shaping the administration’s veterans policies. None of them has ever served in the US military or government.

Architect of the Capitol

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss gerrymandering. In 2012, House Democrats got 1.4 million more votes than Republicans, but because of gerrymandering, Republicans won control of the House by a 234 to 201 margin.

  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 week's media roundtable, we’ll examine the state of local news across the country, Tuesday’s primaries, and money in politics. What grabbed your attention this week?

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Crime + Punishment, a new documentary that chronicles the struggles of the NYPD officers who exposed race-based arrest quotas.


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  On today’s edition of Your Call, we look back on Charlottesville by discussing Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, a FRONTLINE documentary that exposes how white supremacist groups continue to operate with impunity.

  On today’s edition of Your Call we’ll discuss the impact of social media on the news.


On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the impacts of the US-backed Saudi led war on Yemen and the deepening humanitarian crisis in that country.

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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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 On this edition of Your Call, we discuss how the Trump administration is closing the door on immigrants.

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On this special edition of Your Call, we discuss a ProPublica report on sexual abuse at detention centers housing immigrant children. 

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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.