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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are 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

 

Guests:

 

Steven Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International

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.

 

Guest:

Lisa Girion, investigative reporter for Reuters  

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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, we’re discussing police brutality against protesters and journalists. ProPublica has compiled nearly 70 videos showing police abusing their power. On the first Saturday after George Floyd was killed, The Washington Post reports that from May 28 to June 2, at least 12 people lost vision in one eye after being struck by police munitions.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how college students and faculty are preparing for another semester of remote learning. Colleges spent months planning for the Fall, but many plans have changed as COVID cases continue to rise.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll get an update on COVID outbreaks among garment workers in Los Angeles. Many workers are making PPE, but say they still lack basic protections.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how families and educators are preparing for another semester of remote learning. Here in California, as cases continue to rise, 90 percent of K-12 schools will operate remotely.

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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.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we'll get an update on the COVID pandemic in Italy and the $860B recovery fund to help the 27-member EU bloc tackle their economic crisis.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll get an update on relief for small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program most recently gave out over $518B after many small businesses were shut out of the first round. But even for those who got a loan, there’s no guarantee their business will survive.

The Fight To Extend The $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit

Jul 22, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the struggle to make ends meet as COVID cases continue to surge in 40 states. Around 33 million Americans are now jobless.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on the violent federal crackdown in Portland, Oregon, where protests have continued for more than 50 days.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the new FRONTLINE documentary, COVID’s Hidden Toll, with filmmaker Andrés Cediel and producer Daffodil Altan.

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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, we're discussing the tragic killing of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier who disappeared from the Fort Hood military base in Texas on April 22.

COVID's Mental Health Crisis: What Resources Are Available?

Jul 15, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the pandemic’s mental health toll. More than 30% of adults in the US reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on the COVID crisis in the US. About half of the country is facing huge spikes, deaths are on the rise in almost every region, and hospitals are overwhelmed in several states.

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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.

We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America

Jul 9, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with best-selling author and Salon's Editor-At-Large D. Watkins about his new book We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out what’s being done to prevent a massive eviction crisis from happening across the country. A backlog of eviction cases is already moving through the court system and it could get worse as unemployment benefits run out.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the alarming number of coronavirus cases in California’s prisons. According to the California Department of Corrections Tracker, there are now 5,365 confirmed cases inside the state's 35 prisons. The official death toll is 28.

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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. 

Dockworkers Continue The Fight For Racial And Economic Justice

Jul 2, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with history Professor Peter Cole, author of the book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area.

How Are Educators Using This Moment To Teach The True History Of The US?

Jul 1, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with educators about how they teach subjects not taught or taught inaccurately today’s US history books. With Black Lives Matter actions happening across the country and the removal of statues depicting racist history, how do teachers plan to use this moment to educate students about the true history of this country?

How COVID-19 Has Further Exposed Racial Health Disparities

Jun 30, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with doctors about how the COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker, Black people account for 23 percent of COVID-related deaths, despite making up only 13 percent of the US population.

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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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