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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we are discussing coverage of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. This week, the House Budget Committee voted to advance the Democrats' coronavirus relief package, which includes billions of dollars for vaccines and COVID testing, schools, state and local governments and unemployment benefit extensions.

The Mental Health Toll Of The Pandemic

Feb 25, 2021
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On this edition of Your Call, we are discussing mental health resources for those who are coping with depression, anxiety, isolation or grief.

California Vaccine Update As The State Surpasses 50,000 Deaths

Feb 25, 2021
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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on California's COVID vaccine rollout as the state becomes the first in the country to surpass 50,000 deaths. Latinos, who make up 39 percent of the state population, accounted for 46 percent of California's deaths. Healthcare and vaccine equity continues to be a major concern.

 

According to the Los Angeles Times vaccine tracker, nearly 7.8 million shots have been administered in the state. Over 14 percent of California’s 40 million residents have now received at least one dose.

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On this edition of Your Call, award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson discusses his new Netflix documentary, Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy. Nelson looks back on how the crack epidemic of the early 1980s decimated Black and Brown communities.

Remembering The 500,000+ Lives We've Lost To COVID

Feb 23, 2021
CNN

On this edition of Your Call, we're remembering those we've lost to COVID-19 as the United States has surpassed 500,000 deaths -- that's half a million deaths in just one year. By now, most of us have lost a loved one or know someone who has.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert about her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. She writes, "People have, by now, di­rectly transformed more than half the ice-free land on earth —and indirectly half of what remains.


  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing a new investigation by The Nation’s Tim Schwab called Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter. He writes: when will the media realize, with Gates, you have to follow the money.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the movement to cancel student debt. More than 43 million borrowers owe a collective $1.7 trillion in student debt.

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On this edition of Your Call, we get an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in California. The US has been administering 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day on average.

Gig Workers Rise


On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the fallout of the passage of Proposition 22, a ballot measure that defines California’s gig workers as independent contractors, not employees. Gig companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart spent more than $200 million promoting Prop 22. It was the costliest ballot measure in US history.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the ongoing rise of attacks and violence against the Asian American community. The Bay Area is receiving national attention after several Asian elders were violently attacked in San Francisco and Oakland.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series Your Call, we’re bringing you an update on the Associated Press investigations that exposed widespread human rights abuses, including rape, slavery, and child labor, in the multibillion-dollar palm oil industry. 

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  On this edition of Your Call, we recap the second day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. House Democrats showed harrowing never-before-seen video footage and played police radio communications from inside the Capitol once it was breached by the violent mob.

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On this edition of Your Call, we recap the first day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. House impeachment managers say Trump is “singularly responsible” for the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6th.

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, environmental journalist Jimmy Tobias will discuss his yearlong investigation about the US Fish and Wildlife Service's failure to enforce the Endangered Species Act.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the impacts of media monopolies, Facebook’s effects on journalism and society, and the closure of local newspapers. More than 1,800 newspapers have shut down or drastically downsized in the last 15 years.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing what’s at stake with Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial next week. House impeachment managers say Trump is “singularly responsible” for the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6th.

California COVID Vaccine Update & What We Know About The New Strain

Feb 4, 2021
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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the COVID vaccine rollout in California. According to the Los Angeles Times vaccine tracker, nearly 3.8 million doses have been administered in California, which is just 7 percent of the population.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing Waging Change, a new documentary that shines a light on the challenges tipped workers face who are struggling to make ends meet. For years, they have been organizing to end the tipped worker minimum wage, which is under $5 an hour in 43 states. In some states, the tipped wage is $2.13 an hour.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how COVID is affecting Native communities and putting Native languages at risk. Fewer than 120 Native American languages remain. In 2020, there were only 230 native Dakota and Lakota speakers on the Standing Rock Reservation. Their average age is 70.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are speaking with Sacramento Bee environment reporter Ryan Sabalow about his five part investigation, Nothing Wild: California's relationship with the animal kingdom is broken. Can it be fixed?

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On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing Trump’s American Carnage, a new FRONTLINE documentary that traces Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his appeal to white nationalists, his election lies, and how it all led to a mob attack on the US Capitol.

 

Later in the show, we'll discuss President’s Biden’s task force to reunite separated immigrant families and the plight of thousands of asylum seekers, mostly from Honduras, who are trying to get to the United States. 

What Will It Take To Rein In The Power & Influence Of Big Tech?

Jan 28, 2021
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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing what it will take to hold Big Tech accountable for the spread of disinformation online. Experts say companies like Facebook and Twitter have enabled far-right extremism and dangerous lies on their platforms for years.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out why California has lifted its stay-at-home orders despite having one of the nation’s worst vaccine rollouts. Just 55 percent of the 4.7 million doses the state has received have been used so far.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing Through the Night, a new documentary that follows three working moms whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center: a mom working the overnight shift as an essential worker at a hospital, another holding down three jobs to support her family, and a woman who for over two decades has cared for the children with nowhere else to turn.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with Professor Michael Mann about his new book, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet. Professor Mann explores how fossil fuel companies have waged a 30-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and derail attempts to take action on climate change. 

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing coverage of Donald Trump’s four years in office and the role a wide range of media played in amplifying his lies and hateful, racist rhetoric. What will change now that Joe Biden is President?

 

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing what the Biden administration needs to do to defeat extremism and white supremacy in the United States. Yesterday, Joe Biden became the first President to repudiate extremism during an inaugural address.

A New Day, New Actions & The Possibilities Ahead

Jan 20, 2021

 


 

On this edition of Your Call, we're marking a new day in the US and discussing the possibilities ahead. A few hours after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the 46th President and Vice President, they signed 17 executive actions and presented a plan for their next 100 days.

The Damaging Legacy Trump Leaves Behind

Jan 19, 2021

On this edition of Your Call, we're marking Donald Trump’s last full day in the White House by discussing the damage he and his administration have done, from their failures to address the COVID crisis and the destruction of the administrative state to a broad scale rollback of decades of environmental protections and the separation of immigrant children from their families, many of whom have still not be reunited.

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