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Media Roundtable: Voting machines, election security & the rise of the far right in Brazil

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.?

In Brazil, voters have chosen the far-right, pro-torture, anti-gay, former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro to be the country’s next president. What explains this radical shift to the right? 


Kim Zetter, award-winning investigative journalist covering privacy, computer security and national security

Will Carless, correspondent for Reveal covering extremism and former foreign correspondent in Asia and South America

Web Resources:

The NY Times: The Crisis of Election Security

The Washington Post: Brazil’s version of Trump makes Trump look like Mr. Rogers

New Yorker: How Voting-Machine Errors Reflect a Wider Crisis for American Democracy

The Guardian: 'We will resist': anti-Bolsonaro protesters vow to defend Brazil's freedoms

NACLA: A Dark Hour in Brazil



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.