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Amanda Levin

After coming under heat for continuing efforts to rename 44 schools named after controversial public figures before finalizing a plan to reopen schools, the San Francisco Unified School District voted unanimously to reopen before the end of this academic year. As part of our series @WORK, we meet a teacher who has been teaching remotely for nearly a year now. 

Sandip Roy

India’s COVID-19 numbers of late have shown great promise, what’s going on?

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On this edition of Your Call, we get an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in California. The US has been administering 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day on average.

FEMA Opens Mass Vaccine Sites As Bad Weather Hampers Efforts

Feb 16, 2021
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FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly.

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The California Department of Public Health is investigating whistleblower allegations of mismanagement and incompetence, including reports of workers sleeping on the job, at the state’s new billion-dollar COVID-19 testing laboratory.

Elisabeth Fall
SF-Marin Food Bank

Food pantries are a lifeline for many in San Francisco and Marin but hundreds had to close last year due to social distancing rules. In this edition of our @WORK series, we speak to the program manager behind SF-Marin Food Bank's outdoor pop-up pantries.

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The Bay Area’s hunger crisis was here long before COVID-19, with 1 in 5 residents considered food insecure. But ever since the shutdown last year, the need has nearly doubled. That makes organizations like the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank more essential than ever.

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As health officials hang hopes on vaccines to get us out of this pandemic, we introduce you to a young local nurse who is helping to run clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines here in the Bay Area. Listen to the latest edition from our @WORK series.

Isabella Bloom

When the pandemic forced day programs for people with developmental disabilities to close, some made a rapid turn to virtual activities. In Richmond, a progressive art studio ensures its artists with developmental disabilities remain connected.

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Bay Area health departments have been reaching out to leaders in Black communities to talk to them about the COVID-19 vaccine. These are communities that are disproportionately vulnerable, yet also ones with most hesitancy to trust the vaccine. 

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Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have been difficult to come by, the 69-year-old got one by showing proof she lives where she does.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the impacts of media monopolies, Facebook’s effects on journalism and society, and the closure of local newspapers. More than 1,800 newspapers have shut down or drastically downsized in the last 15 years.

California COVID Vaccine Update & What We Know About The New Strain

Feb 4, 2021
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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the COVID vaccine rollout in California. According to the Los Angeles Times vaccine tracker, nearly 3.8 million doses have been administered in California, which is just 7 percent of the population.

Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

On tonight's Out in the Bay (10 pm Tuesday) San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman says his passion for politics goes back to age 5 and his passion for providing mental health services to combat homelessness from his mother “spiraling into mental illness” a few years later.

Though he grew up in gay-friendly San Francisco from age 11 — when he moved north to live with his grandmother — he “had to leave San Francisco to come out” while a sophomore at Yale, which he called “the gay Ivy.”

Mandelman shares more about his life and discusses affordable housing, mental health, homelessness, economic recovery from COVID and efforts to preserve queer culture in SF’s Castro district and city-wide.

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When the San Francisco Public Library closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees were reassigned to new jobs supporting the city's disaster response. For this edition of our ongoing series, @WORK, we speak to a librarian who now leads teams of contact tracers for the Department of Public Health.

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Does wearing two masks provide more protection?

It depends, but it’s possible that doubling up could help in some situations.

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To combat medical resource shortages, public health officials asked people to postpone or cancel elective care. But what happens when that measure creates another health crisis of its own? As part of our @WORK series, we take a closer look at the consequences of delaying care with Oakland-based Chiropractor Dr. Carrie Ousley.

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Every day, more and more Bay Area residents are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but not without major challenges. For starters, the extremely limited supply is forcing officials to make tough decisions, like who to vaccinate first. Currently, the state guidelines are based soley on age. In this interview, we dig into the vaccine rollout.

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Priya’s Shakti is a comic and animated film about India’s first female superhero Priya and her flying tiger Sahas.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out why California has lifted its stay-at-home orders despite having one of the nation’s worst vaccine rollouts. Just 55 percent of the 4.7 million doses the state has received have been used so far.

Rafiki Coalition

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the state and the country, there have been multiple polls, surveys, and articles that say among all racial and ethnic groups, Black Americans are the most hesitant to get it.

The Damaging Legacy Trump Leaves Behind

Jan 19, 2021

On this edition of Your Call, we're marking Donald Trump’s last full day in the White House by discussing the damage he and his administration have done, from their failures to address the COVID crisis and the destruction of the administrative state to a broad scale rollback of decades of environmental protections and the separation of immigrant children from their families, many of whom have still not be reunited.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing the fallout from last week’s violent attack on the US Capitol. The pro-Trump rioters also went after the news media. They etched “Murder the media” onto a door in the Capitol, punched an AP photographer, threatened journalists, and damaged or stole their equipment.

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The arrival of vaccines at the end of 2020 brought hope that there would be a light at the end of this long COVID-19 tunnel. Still, this week, cases around the country and the state continue to surge, and the vaccine rollout has been much slower than expected.

  The pandemic has exhausted all of us, but just as we’re letting our guard down it will come to town, just like Santa Claus.

2020 in the Queer-View Mirror

Jan 5, 2021
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Happy New Year? We all hope 2021 will be kinder to us than 2020 … but only time will tell. So this week: 2020 in the queer-view mirror and a look ahead with national politics and legal reporter Lisa Keen.

2020 brought hardships on many fronts. Yet for LGBTQ people in the US, 2020 brought significant progress on some fronts, while bringing setbacks on others. Ms. Keen breaks down the top 2020 developments and assesses potential gains and losses for queer folk in 2021, including insights on Georgia's US Senate run-offs.

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Because of COVID-19, Alameda County has asked the federal government to delay their homeless population count this year.

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In his first press conference this year, Governor Gavin Newsom warned of a post-holiday COVID-19 surge and set out plans to step up vaccinations.

California Struggles With Virus After Holidays

Jan 4, 2021
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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said on the CBS program “Face the Nation”, yesterday, that the nation's most populous county is recording a new COVID-19 case every six seconds.

On this edition of Your Call, we're opening the lines to take your show ideas for 2021. From the global pandemic and increasing inequality to the Black Lives Matter protests and the US elections, 2020 was one of the most traumatic and eventful years in recent memory.