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Media Roundtable: Hurricanes & Climate Change; AB5 & The Future of the Gig Economy

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A couple embraces on a road destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, as they walk to the town of High Rock to try and find their relatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Hurricane Dorian, which has left a path of destruction in its wake in the Bahamas. The Category 5 storm surge has killed at least 20 people and has severely damaged homes, hospitals, and other structures. 

We’ll also talk about AB 5, a California measure that aims to extend labor protections and benefits to workers labeled as independent contractors.


Bob Berwyn, freelance environmental reporter

Henry Fountain,  climate reporter at the New York Times

Lauren Gurley, staff writer at Vice News’ Motherboard 

Web Resources:

InsideClimate News: Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?

The NY Times: One Thing We Can Do: Switch Light Bulbs

The Guardian: Global heating made Hurricane Dorian bigger, wetter – and more deadly

The Guardian: Floridians still divided over climate crisis as Dorian rages

The New Republic: California Looks to Give Gig Workers Their Due

SF Chronicle: California’s AB5 gig-work bill gets key backing from Gov. Gavin Newsom

Vox: Uber and Lyft just lost another battle in California