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On this edition of Your Call, journalist Adam Hochschild reminds us that battles against injustice have been won and will be won.


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, journalist Todd Miller will discuss his book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.

On the this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the latest move by Republicans to grab power and disenfranchise voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio.

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the new documentary Divide and Conquer, which shows the rise and fall of Fox News chair Roger Ailes.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the new documentary The Devil We Know, which shows the impact of Teflon production on the people of a West Virginia town where harmful chemicals ended up in the water supply. Chemicals used to make the nonstick coating Teflon can now be found in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans.


  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, Propublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten will discuss how US demand for biofuels has devastated Indonesian rainforests, and caused a huge spike in carbon emission.

  On this edition of  Your Call’s media roundtable, the Guardian’s Chris McGreal discusses his new book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts.

Left: Photo by Liem Pham | Right: © <a href="">Tomas Castelazo</a> / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss hotel workers’ strikes and the arrival of a caravan of asylum seekers at the US border.

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Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends December 15. Though many states are seeing plan prices drop, so far about 400,000 fewer people have signed up.

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  Professor Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote, says Donald Trump's election and the outcome of certain midterm races shows the power of voter suppression.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, University of Buffalo Law Professor Irus Braverman discusses her new book, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink. Coral reefs are described as the rain forests of the ocean, but over the last 30 years, they’ve been devastated by global warming, over-fishing, pollution, coastal development, and ocean acidification.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Dennis W. Goff

  More than 80 lives have been lost in multiple fires blazing around California. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes and hundreds of square miles have been scorched.

Hate crime reports to the FBI jumped 17 percent last year. In the new PBS Frontline documentary “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis,” reporter A.C. Thompson investigates white supremacist groups in the US.

One Planet: Who controls our seeds?

Nov 18, 2018

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist Mark Schapiro about his new book, Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply. More than half of all commercially-traded seeds have fallen under the control of just three multinational agrochemical companies.

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On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jeff Sessions’ tenure as Attorney General of the United States, and the future of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. How did Sessions reshape the Justice Department?

On this edition of Your Call, we explore the fight to end child slavery. You probably use something every day – your coffee, your shoes, your phone – that was produced, in part, by child labor.

  On this edition of Your Call, Jabari Asim discusses his new book We Can’t Breathe, which calls out racist “white lies” and replaces it with a story of black survival.

How are medical professionals addressing gun violence?

Nov 13, 2018
Photo courtesy Office of Governor Tom Wolf

A gunman killed 12 people and himself in Thousand Oaks, California last week. This latest massacre happened just over a week after 11 people were shot and killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. For years, doctors have called gun violence a public health crisis.

How are firefighters battling California's deadly fires?

Nov 13, 2018
Photo by Joshua Stevens / NASA Earth Observatory

On this special segment of Your Call, we get an update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on the deadly and destructive wildfires in California that have so far claimed 42 lives and forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes. 

One Planet: The price we pay for perpetual war

Nov 11, 2018

  What are the psychological, environmental, and economic costs of war? That’s the question a number of contributors explore in The War and Environment Reader, edited by Gar Smith.

On this week’s media roundtable, we'll discuss coverage of the midterm elections. According to a Gallup Poll, healthcare and the economy were at the top of the list of voters’ concerns. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah approved initiatives to expand Medicaid, and Arkansas and Missouri voted for a higher minimum wage.


On this edition of Your Call, join our conversation with three of the filmmakers featured at this year's 43rd annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.





On this edition of Your Call’s Special Election Series, we'll discuss California's midterm elections results. Citizens voted on 11 statewide propositions, a slew of local measures and races, and the Governor's and Congressional races.  What's next?



David Dayen, contributor to The Intercept, and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

  On this edition of Your Call, we analyze the results of the 2018 midterm election.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss what’s at stake in the 2018 midterms. Voters have already turned out in record numbers. We've seen long lines across the country.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about efforts to get green voters to the polls. According to the Environmental Voter Project, as many as 20 million registered voters list environmental issues as one of their top priorities, but historically, few turn out on Election Day.

On this edition of Your Call's media roundtable, we’ll discuss the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines. In Texas, some voters say machines switching votes for the US Senate. In Georgia, the NAACP has filed a complaint over voting machine issues.We know these machines are problematic. Why are they still being used.?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss key House and Senate races.


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  Every Wednesday until Election Day on November 6th, Your Call will host a special second hour at 11 a.m. Each week Rose Aguilar and guests will discuss California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss election spending in the 2018 midterms. This November’s election will be the costliest midterm ever, with the total amount of money raised expected to reach $5.2 billion.