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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the Republican Party’s plot for permanent minority rule. Over the past few decades, they've successfully gerrymandered districts across the country, giving Republicans victories even though Democrats receive more votes. They've also passed voter suppression laws, including voter ID requirements, mass purges of voting rolls, and polling place closures. 

 

An Update On GOP Efforts To Suppress The Vote As Record Turnout Continues

Oct 29, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on early voting, problems at the polls and Republican sponsored voter suppression. Nearly 79 million people have already voted, but experts estimate that one to two percent of absentee ballots could be rejected.

How Did We End Up With Minority Rule? Where Do We Go From Here?

Oct 28, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with award-winning historian Nancy MacLean about minority rule. In her book, Democracy in Chains, she explores how billionaires like the Koch brothers have shaped the US judicial system.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative appeals court judge. After Democrats unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the nomination, Republicans only needed 52 votes to confirm her.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Susanne Rust about Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the new Frontline documentary Whose Vote Counts, which investigates Republican efforts to suppress the vote, from the past to the present. At least 47 million people have already voted. Whose vote counts? And whose doesn't?

 

The Future Of Reproductive Rights With A 6-3 Conservative Majority

Oct 22, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the future of abortion rights. If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the Center for Reproductive Rights says it is feasible that the protections Roe provides for safe abortion care could be weakened or overturned.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Adam Cohen, author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle For A More Unjust America. He argues that over the last 50 years, the Supreme Court has done little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. Instead, it has ruled to protect the privileged and corporations.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing record early voter turnout. Nearly 34 million Americans have already voted, compared to just 1.4 million at this time in 2016.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter David Abel discusses his new documentary Entangled. The film chronicles efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction and the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act on tens of millions of Americans, especially low-income populations.


  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we are discussing California Propositions 25, 14 and 16.

Will Democrats Take Back The US Senate?

Oct 15, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing high stakes US Senate races. Even if Joe Biden wins the election, Democrats won’t be able to pass major legislation unless they control the Senate.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we are talking about NAACP California leader Alice Huffman whose consulting firm AC Public Affairs has been paid more than $1.2 million by campaigns funded by corporate proposition campaigns including commercial property owners fighting the tax increase, corporate landlords opposed to expanding rent control and bail bondsmen who want to keep the cash bail system, according to CalMatters.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss COVID's fall surge. According to the Covid Tracking Project, the US is averaging 48,000 new cases a day, the highest numbers since mid-August.


  On this edition of Your  Call’s special election series, we're discussing California's Proposition 21. According to Ballotpedia, the Local Rent Control Initiative will allow local governments to enact rent control on housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago.

 


On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing Totally Under Control, a new documentary that exposes the Trump administration’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmmaker Alex Gibney says it was a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of leadership.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we are discussing coverage of early voting and voter suppression. So far, more than 5.6 million people have voted early. How are the media covering the Republican Party’s strategy to suppress the vote?


  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we're hosting a debate about Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would define California's app-based drivers as independent contractors, not employees.

The First And Only Vice Presidential Debate -- We'll Discuss The Issues

Oct 8, 2020


  On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting your take on the first and only vice presidential debate.

White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned The Presidency Into A Business

Oct 7, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Forbes senior editor, Dan Alexander, about his new book White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into a Business.


  On this special election edition of Your Call, we're speaking with Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, about how Californians will be voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. What questions do you have?

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing The First Angry Man, a documentary about anti-tax crusader Howard Jarvis and the history of California’s Proposition 13, which cut property taxes and funding for schools.

On this special election edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the 11th State Senate district race between incumbent state Senator Scott Wiener and Jackie Fielder. The district includes all of San Francisco, part of South San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor, and Colma.

 

We’ll begin by discussing Senator Wiener’s record as a state Senator and a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He declined today's invitation. Later in the show, Jackie Fielder will tell us why she’s running and take your calls about her platform.

 


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners. Every year, the awards honor young leaders for their accomplishments in the environmental movement.


  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're talking about the explosive New York Times report revealing Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years and paid only $750 in 2016 and 2017. How did he get away with this?

What Is The Biden Campaign Doing To Get Out The Latino Vote?

Oct 1, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting an update on what the Biden campaign is doing to secure the Latino vote. This year, 32 million Latinos are eligible to vote, which will make up the largest non-white voting bloc in US history.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the ongoing wildfires in Northern California. We're now approaching a record four million acres burned this year and fire season is not over.


On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting your take on last night's chaotic presidential debate. Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke and changed the subject or dodged questions about actual issues, including COVID and the 206,000 people who've lost their lives.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the future of the US Supreme Court since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose last wish was not to be replaced until a new presidential term, according to her granddaughter.

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