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Media Roundtable: The Devastating CA Wildfires, The Shooting Of Jacob Blake & The GOP Convention

protest in front of the White House on August 27

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we'll get the latest on the devastating fires in California. Since August 15, 700 wildfires have charred more than 1.3 million acres and destroyed more than 3,000 structures.

Later in the show, we'll discuss the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black father in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His family says he is paralyzed from the waist down. When he woke up in the hospital, his father Jacob Blake Sr. said he asked, 'Why did they shoot me so many times?' Blake Sr. says his son's leg was shackled to the hospital bed.

Then we'll discuss this week's Republican National Convention. According to fact checkers at several media outlets, the speeches were filled with falsehoods and lies. 


Susanne Rust, investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Joshua Holland, contributor to The Nation

Will Bunch, award-winning journalist and national columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News

Web Resources:

The Los Angeles Times: In Bonny Doon, a ‘ragtag outfit’ stays behind to save homes from wildfires

Civil Eat: Wildfires Across Northern California Devastate Farmers and Farmland

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump’s surreal, shameful RNC both inflamed American carnage and ignored it

The Atlantic: The Party of No Content

The New Yorker: The Special Hypocrisy of Melania Trump’s Speech at the Republican National Convention

Politico: The Grand Old Meltdown

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.