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Media roundtable: Rallies for gun control, Trump's Census & lead's toxic legacy in the Bay Area

Souleika Dirieh and her daughter Kawkeb Cherif. When their family frantically searched for a lost wedding ring, they discovered a mold and lead infestation behind their couch. It turned out Kawkeb had severe lead poisoning. (photo by Angela Johnston)

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the student led March for Our Lives rallies around the globe. How is this youth movement changing media coverage of gun control and the NRA?

We’ll also discuss the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census and a yearlong investigation examining lead poisoning in the San Francisco Bay Area from KALW News.



Alex Yablon, reporter at the Trace

Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Marissa Ortega-Welch, reporter with  Crosscurrents, KALW's award-winning news magazine

Angela Johnston, reporter with Crosscurrents, KALW's award-winning news magazine

Recommended Readings:

The Huffington Post: Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty Of Aiding Her Husband's Attack

Web Resources:

Mother Jones: Hidden Figures: How Donald Trump Is Rigging the Census

The Trace: Gun Violence Researchers to Congress on CDC: Show Us the Money!

KALW: Persistent Poison: Lead's Toxic Legacy in the Bay Area


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.