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Summer may have just begun but parents and students around the Bay are already looking forward to returning to school and some sense of normal this fall. And it’s official, normal’s going to be different.


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While many organizers have told protesters to socially distance and wear masks, public health experts fear the Bay Area’s demonstrations could still fuel a rise in COVID-19 infections. That could be particularly devastating to the same black and brown communities most impacted by police brutality.

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We don’t have to win the war against Covid as much as we need to learn to make peace with its existence in our world for now. 

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes Theater Rhinoceros to the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater, with actors Rudy Guerrero (pic 1) and Craig Souza (pic 2) performing The Lavender Scare, written by The Rhino’s executive director, playwright John Fisher (pic 3) - live on the air, via Zoom. 

Philosophy Talk: Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas

Jun 2, 2020

What ethical dilemmas are people facing in their daily lives related to the pandemic or social distancing?

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Santa Clara’s top health official told the county board of supervisors, Tuesday, that statewide changes to shelter-in-place create a significant risk of coronavirus spread.

CA Sues Nation Over Fuel Efficiency Standards / Pushback Against Proposed CA Budget Cuts

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On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with members of Children of Smithfield, a group that advocates for workers' rights and better working conditions for all meat packing workers.

Landlord Tenant Law and the Shelter In Place

May 27, 2020

The shelter in place order has effected the pocketbooks of many of us -- effecting the ability to meet obligations, including housing - resulting in state and local eviction moratoriums.  How might this effect you?  Your housing?  Your investment income?  Joining Jeff for a discussion of Landlord/Tenant law are San Mateo Attorney David Finkelstein and San Francisco Attorney Sal Timpano. 

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Since shelter in place began, health officials around the Bay Area have struggled to deal with packed parks and beaches. And then there are the crowds at Lake Merritt.

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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.

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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.