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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the US Assassination Of Iran's Qassem Soleimani and how many of the pundits who've appeared on national television or were quoted in major publications praising the assassination have undisclosed ties to the weapons industry.

As The 2020 Election Ramps Up, Will Voting Be Any Safer?

Jan 15, 2020
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On the next Your Call, we’ll discuss election security and touchscreen voting machines.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with veteran journalist Hedrick Smith about his new documentary The Democracy Rebellion.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken or dismantle environmental regulations that are meant to protect the environment, public health and curb greenhouse gases.

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation about Uncuffed, a KALW audio project that trains inmates at San Quentin and Solano State Prison to record and edit interviews with other people behind bars.

Nadina LaSpina On Struggle, Empowerment, & Disability Pride

Jan 8, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, disability rights activist Nadina LaSpina discusses her new memoir Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride.

Why We Need Real Food & Living Wage Jobs In Public Schools

Jan 6, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, Jennifer Gaddis discusses her new book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, The Intercept's environment reporter Sharon Lerner discusses her investigation exposing how the plastics industry is fighting to keep polluting the world.

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On this edition of Your Call, ProPublica reporter Isaac Arnsdorf joins us to discuss the changes that have happened in the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Trump Administration.

She Came To Slay: The Life And Times Of Harriet Tubman

Jan 1, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar discusses her new book, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.

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  On today's One Planet, we'll rebroadcast our conversation with Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Susanne Rust about the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the Marshall Islands, where a concrete dome holds more than three million cubic feet of radioactive waste left over from the United States’ nuclear tests.

On this edition of Your Call, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts join us to discuss their award-winning documentary For Sama, a first-person perspective of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria and a love letter from a young mother to her daughter. 

Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, And The Red Power Movement

Dec 23, 2019


  On this edition of Your Call, Kent Blansett discusses his new book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we'll rebroadcast our conversation with environmental scientist Laura Rogers-Bennett about the alarming decline of underwater kelp forests and the explosion of kelp eating purple sea urchins off of California's coast.

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the UN climate conference in Madrid. The US and several other big polluters blocked a nonbinding measure that would have set tougher targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. During the conference, thousands of young activists protested the lack of action by big polluters calling the gathering a PR campaign.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss ‘Kids Caught in the Crackdown,’ a FRONTLINE documentary about the detention of children inside federally-funded migrant shelters.

How Uber And Lyft Fail To Protect Passengers & Drivers From Sexual Assault

Dec 16, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss reports of sexual assault happening during Uber and Lyft rides. In an extensive report, Uber revealed they received 5,981 reports of sexual abuse of passengers and drivers between 2017 and 2018.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll speak Professor Rob Jackson, chair of the Global Carbon Project at Stanford University, about Carbon Budget 2019, which projects that this year, global carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and natural gas are set to hit another record high. 

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage The Afghanistan Papers, a massive trove of government documents obtained by the Washington Post. They detail how US officials misled and lied to the American public about the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

The Life and Legacy of Fred Hampton

Dec 11, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss House Democrats’ decision to unveil two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. 

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with history Professor Peter Cole about his new book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area.


  On this edition of  Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss the “China Cables,” an unprecedented cache of classified government documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. They reveal the internal workings of detention camps holding over a million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in China.

Photographs of Japanese American Internees & Their Families, Then & Now

Dec 4, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, distinguished photographer and videographer Paul Kitagaki discusses his new book, Behind Barbed Wire: The Search for Japanese Americans Incarcerated During World War II.


  On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Ken Rosenberg discusses his new book, Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we will have a conversation about how SoCalGas, California’s largest gas utility, has been exerting its financial and political muscle to promote biogas — which the industry markets as "renewable gas" — as a better solution than renewable electricity.

Dr. LaNada War Jack On Native Resistance

Nov 29, 2019
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On this edition of Your Call, Dr. LaNada War Jack joins us to discuss her new book, Native Resistance: An Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life. Dr. War Jack, a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, was the first Native student at UC Berkeley in 1968 and one of the leaders of the Occupation of Alcatraz in 1969.

 On this edition of Your Call, Professor David Silverman will discuss his new book, This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.

 On this edition of Your Call, we'll check in with those on the frontlines in the fight against hunger. According to Feeding America, more than 37 million people, including 11 million children, struggle with hunger in the United States. In some of the wealthiest areas of the country, demand for food is on the rise.

With the holidays approaching, organizations that feed the hungry say demand is growing. How are they keeping up? What can we do to alleviate, and ultimately end hunger in the US?

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, environmental scientist Laura Rogers-Bennett will discuss the alarming decline of underwater kelp forests and the explosion of kelp eating purple sea urchins off of California's coast.

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