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Organizational psychologist Dr. Barbara Adams says there is transformational power for everyone in diversity and inclusivity. 

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This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

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Meet one woman leading the charge to literally change the face of technology by bringing in more women and people of color to the industry--starting as early as elementary school.

Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 


On the November 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about diversity in children's literature and publishing.

CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap


Tech jobs are growing faster than colleges can award computer science degrees. A Microsoft report states that in less than ten years, there will be one million available computing jobs in the U.S. How many of those jobs will be filled by women? As of now, not many. 

The Value of Diversity Pt. 1

Companies are now paying consultants to increase the diversity of their workforce, with an eye on innovation and the bottom line. But is that the only motivation businesses should be considering? /

The Value of Diversity Pt. 2

Companies are now paying consultants to increase the diversity of their workforce, with an eye on innovation and the bottom line. But is that the only motivation businesses should be considering? 

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday July 15, 2015

Jul 15, 2015

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Ex-husband describes bitterness in fight over frozen embryos // S.F. Gate

Crayon Crunch

Think about some of the classics of children’s literature. There’s Where the Wild Things Are...Goodnight Moon...and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Those are just a few books that have shaped the lives of many Americans. What do all these books have in common? They’re all about white people. And what do most children’s books have in common? They’re almost all about white people. Actually, just 10% of children's books published in the last 21 years are about people of color.  But a Berkeley-based children’s book company called Crayon Crunch wants to help change that. They’re publishing a book where parents and children can pick what the main character looks like. But what do kids think of having characters who look like them? And can one book really change the diversity problems in an entire publishing industry? 

Interview with children's author Stacey Lee

Jul 13, 2015
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When she was a child, author Stacey Lee wanted to read stories about more people like her. She’s a fourth-generation Chinese-American whose ancestors came to California during the heyday of the cowboys. Her new young adult novel, Under a Painted Sky, is about a Chinese girl and an African-American girl traveling the Oregon Trail together, disguised as boys. They’re trying to get to California during the gold rush. 

On the June 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the growing movement to increase diversity in publishing and get your recommendations for great summer reading that reflects a broad range of identities and experiences. How divers is your summer reading? Join the conversion on the next Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.


John McMurtrie, book editor of the San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner of green apple books and music in San Francisco

Your Call: Remembering Dori Maynard,1958-2015

Mar 12, 2015

On the March 13th edition of Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. We’ll remember Dori Maynard, president of the Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and champion of diversity in the media. She died of lung cancer on February 24. She fought for diversity until the very end. We’ll talk about how reporters can more accurately mirror the communities they cover with SF State’s Venise Wagner, the Bay Area News Group’s Martin Reynolds and G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism’s Lind Jue. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Your Call: Who are the police of the future?

Mar 4, 2015

Who are the police of the future?  On the March 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by talking with young people who are planning careers in law enforcement. At a time when police are under intense scrutiny, what attracts them to this work?  What are their reactions to the protests around discriminatory police practices and accountability? What changes would they like to see, particularly in communities that face brutality and profiling?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California drought: Big storm on the way for Northern California // Contra Costa Times

"After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business.


Who are police today? On the January 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race and justice with a conversation about police departments across the country. The total number of minority police officers has risen, but they’re concentrated in larger cities. The percentage of white cops is more than 30 points higher than in the communities they serve, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. What does the police force look like in your area? It's Your Call, with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.



In the garage of a house in San Francisco’s Excelsior district, rehearsal is underway. In the space where a car would normally go is a stage set: a table and chairs, a desk, a beat-up blue couch, and an old-fashioned pay phone hanging from a wall. 

Your Call: Is coding the new literacy?

Jul 30, 2014




On the July 30th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we're talking about what skills are necessary for success in the digital age. The Department of Labor predicts that there will be 1.2 million new computer-science related jobs by 2022, but fewer computer science majors are graduating today compared to the 1980's. Is coding the key to securing a good paying job? If so, how can we make it accessible to all? How are organizations reaching out to underserved communities? Join us on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.




On the July 24th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll talk about a recent report that found that 76 percent of public grant money in San Francisco goes towards arts programs with primarily white audiences, even as people of color make up over half of the city's population. What’s the right way to decide who gets public money for the arts? Do the criteria need to change to ensure that the broadest public is served? It's Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.


San Francisco Bay Area residents, techie or not, are swimming in the wisdom of startup culture, with its cognescenti profiting handsomely from the books and blogs that form the canon in their indust