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Today on Your Call: After Sandy Hook, how should we change?


Last night at the interfaith vigil honoring the victims of the shootings of Sandy Hill Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama said “we will have to change.”  Is that the lesson you draw from this horrific crime?  When both violent crime and gun ownership have been in long-term decline, is this a sign of something larger or an aberration?  And if you agree with President Obama, how should we change?    Is this about regulating guns?  Better mental health care?  And if our concern is to improve life for all children, does focusing on the specifics of a tragedy like this help? 


Clara Jeffrey, co-editor Mother Jones

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.