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Media Roundtable: The Popular Revolt in Chile & Tuesday’s Off-Year Election Results

AP Photo/Esteban Felix
Police and demonstrators clash during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

On this edition of Your Call’s Friday Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing mass protests in Chile, which began with public anger against a three percent public transport fare hike, but it broadened to become a mass demonstration against neoliberalism and rising inequality.

Also this week, voters in many states across the US went to the polls to decide on a host of local and state issues, including gubernatorial races. We’ll discuss the results.



Jonathan Franklin, investigative journalist based in Santiago, Chile

Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent at The Nation 

 Tim Redmond, founder and journalist at 48 Hills


 Web Resources:

The Guardian: Chilean police officer arrested after shooting students at protest

The Guardian: Chile protesters: 'We are subjugated by the rich. It's time for that to end'

The Nation: Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Polls

BBC: Chile protests: Concerns grow over human rights abuses

The NY Times: ‘Chile Woke Up’: Dictatorship’s Legacy of Inequality Triggers Mass Protests

48 hills: Late ballots break in progressive direction


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.