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Also, check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide for information on everything from emergency childcare, internet access, grants and funding, and more. 


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Gov. Newsom announced in-store shopping can resume. County health officials in parts of the Bay Area haven’t approved this yet. We visit Oakland’s Fruitvale District to hear non-essential small business owners’ concerns and how they’re surviving.

Newsom’s Budget Criticized / Flush Your Pipes! / LA County Reopening / McDonald’s Workers Strike In Oakland

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced, Tuesday, that barbershops and hair salons can reopen in counties that have shown themselves to be safe and getting safer. Naturally, he took the opportunity to talk about his own hair — in a convincingly deadpan fashion.

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 5/27/20, AM

May 27, 2020

Hair Places Are Back / Some Churches Resist Reopening / Is Voting By Mail Safe? Yes. / AB5 On The Ballot, Again

Who Are Tyson Foods & Cargill, Two Of The US' Largest Meat Companies?

May 27, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, we continue our three day series about the world’s largest animal processing corporations. We’ll learn more about Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of beef, chicken and pork, and Cargill, one of the world’s top producers of beef, turkey, chicken, and eggs.

Hair Salons Reopening / Church Service Guidelines / Spare The Air Days Resurging

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Over the holiday weekend, there was a back and forth about whether or not places of worship should reopen right now. 

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 5/26/20, AM

May 26, 2020

California Vote-By-Mail Challenged / Church Congregations Return With Limitations / Voters To Decide On App-Based Driving Labor Laws / Fire Guts San Francisco Fishing Industry

Who Are JBS & Smithfield, Two Of The World's Largest Meat Producers?

May 26, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we're kicking off a three day series about the world’s largest animal processing corporations. We begin by learning more about JBS, the world’s largest meat company, and Smithfield, the country’s largest pork producer.

California Churches Back In Business / San Francisco Fire Burns Fishing Industry

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 5/25/20, AM

May 25, 2020


The Future Of Education / Church Congregations May Gather Again Soon / Economic Recovery Uncertainty / Unemployment Benefit Frustration

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we're discussing the long-term impacts of air pollution on exposed populations. According to a new Harvard study, people with COVID-19 who live in regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease.



While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 


Workers Comp Bills Considered / Bay Area Budget Cuts / Churches Planning To Resume In-Person Services / Park Inequities

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I think we can all agree, it’s been a rough spring with COVID-19 taking over our lives.


  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Afghanistan and the devastating attack on a Kabul maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders. Terrorists killed at least 24 people, including newborns, mothers, and nurses.

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More than 1,000 California pastors are planning to resume in-person services.


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On this edition Your Call, we’ll speak with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the current state of the US economy.

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Between 10 and 30 percent of California’s essential workers are undocumented. But because of immigration status, they don’t qualify for some of the social benefits that other workers are relying on through this pandemic. 


Counties Pushing Back


As restaurants and stores were cleared to open for customers in more than half of California's counties, today, one county tried to push even further, allowing businesses to open without the state's permission.

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Superintendents of six California school districts sent a letter to state legislators on Monday after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would cut school budgets by $7 billion.

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 5/20/20, AM

May 20, 2020

Restaurants Survey Results / Employment Payments Coming … Sometime


On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with Dr. Dena Grayson about the status of COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and a national strategy.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we welcome back to the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater: Theater Company Word for Word with their reading of The Islanders, a story of unexpected friendship, danger, and reconciliation - and a road trip in Ireland, by Andrew Sean Greer, the San Francisco Pulitzer Prize winning writer.

COVID-19 Status Update / The Future For Restaurants

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Bay Area counties reported a total of 263 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations over the weekend. That’s a more than forty percent decrease in the number of cases since last month, when the region was at its peak.

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A big question looming over counties’ re-opening is how small businesses are going to operate.

A new survey from a San Francisco restaurant trade group finds that they can’t survive by doing takeout and deliveries alone.

California Weeks Away From Phase 3 / California Casinos Reopen Without Social Distancing

Vikki McCloskey is a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The museum has been closed for months, but there are tens of thousands of animals, bugs, and fish that live there. And they still need to eat. In this installment of "The Essentials," McCloskey takes us into a swamp as she feeds four snapping turtles and an albino alligator named Claude.