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Media Roundtable: The Real Costs Of The War In Afghanistan & Food Stamp Cuts

AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon
Injured men receive treatment at a hospital after a drone attack in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The deadly drone strike in the country's east killed 16 people and wounded tens of others was blamed on U.S. forces.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage The Afghanistan Papers, a massive trove of government documents obtained by the Washington Post. They detail how US officials misled and lied to the American public about the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

We’ll also talk about Trump administration’s plan to cut food stamps, which could affect up to 5.3 million households. The plan would also make it harder for people to qualify for food stamps.


Jackie Botts, reporter with CalMatters and The California Divide, a collaboration among newsrooms examining income inequality and economic survival in California

Ali Latifi, freelance journalist based in Kabul

Emran Feroz, independent journalist, author and founder of the Drone Memorial, a virtual memorial for civilian drone strike victims

Web Resources:

CalMatters: “We’re not going to be able to survive:” Why Californians could bear the brunt of Trump food stamp cuts

CalMatters: College students, seniors and immigrants miss out on food stamps. Here’s why

MIT Technology Review: Life in the most drone-bombed country in the world

FP: How Ordinary Afghans Are Living the ‘Afghanistan Papers’

TRT: The CIA's terror regimes in Afghanistan

The Guardian: Afghan families torn apart by drone strikes – picture essay



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.