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I was reporting on India’s 2014 general election which would bring Narendra Modi to power a year ago.

Sultan, though that’s not his real name, was officially hired as my driver, much younger than me. But it was quite clear very early on who was the top dog in our relationship.


On the May 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with citizen advocate and former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader about his latest book Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015. Over the past decade, Nader wrote 100 letters to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama about everything from tax cuts to US foreign policy.  He never received a response. In the 60s and 70s, letters to Presidents received media attention and sparked change. What sparks change today? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

On the April 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about policies that could get more people to cast ballots. In the 2014 midterm US elections, we saw the worst voter turnout in 72 years. Oregon is tackling this problem by becoming the first state in the country to automatically register voters who go to the DMV. California is considering a similar law. What are other states doing to make voting easier? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 


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Last election’s voter turnout hit a record low in California, and national turnout was the lowest it’s been since 1942. What’s keeping people away from the polls -- even in the politically active Bay Area -- and to what extent does voter disengagement threaten our democracy


- Supervisor Katy Tang, representing San Francisco’s District 4

- Jason McDaniel, Assistant Professor of political science, San Francisco State University

- Melissa Breach, Executive Director, League of Women Voters California 



Election victories from sea to shining sea… What passage of Prop 47 could mean… Unique regs in Mendocino… Halloween scare just a fantasy… and more.


New poll: Majority of Americans support legalization – barely// Gallup.com   New numbers show 51% supporting legal cannabis, down from 58% a year ago.


Your Call Weekly Kudos: November 7, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

This week we spoke with:


David Dayen, contributing writer to Salon.com, and a weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times.

Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and the author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness

Brad Friedman, investigative blogger, journalist and broadcaster

Your Call: Protests in Mexico & the midterm elections

Nov 7, 2014
Eduardo Verdugo

On the November 7th edition of Your Call, it’s Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the midterm elections, voter ID laws, and voter suppression.  We’ll also talk about the mass protests in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students. We will be joined by Salon’s David Dayen, Brad Blog’s Brad Friedman and the Dallas Morning News’ Alfredo Corchado. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


David Dayen, contributing writer to Salon.com, and a weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times.

It’s the morning after, and while much of the country woke up to a red dawn, California and the San Francisco Bay Area pushed progressive politics a little further forward.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about key races and ballot measures across the country. Along with important Senate and Gubernatorial races, citizens across the country will vote on 146 ballot initiatives affecting everything from abortion restrictions and GMO labeling to the legalization of marijuana and raising the minimum wage. What are you watching in your area? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter Center for Public Integrity

KALW's got you covered this election day

Nov 4, 2014

Starting at 5 p.m. we'll be carrying NPR's coverage of the battle for the House and the Senate. The nation's politics over the next few years will be set in motion tonight, and we'll bring you the results as they're registered.


Soda is so tasty, but so not good for you. One can of coke has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, and too much sugar leads to obesity, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

Widespread diabetes compelled Mexico to pass a national tax on sugary soft drinks last year, but in the U.S. it has yet to happen. That may change tomorrow, if Berkeley or San Francisco passes respective measures that would levy taxes on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.


San Francisco paints itself as a green city, a city of walkers and bicyclists, a transportation friendly city. But some say San Francisco has taken its pro-pedestrian stance too far.

A group called the Restore Transportation Balance Coalition wants to take back the roads. That’s the goal of Proposition L, a declaration of policy to make the city’s parking meters, garages and traffic laws more car-friendly. But at what cost?



On the October 29th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a debate on Proposition 46, the ballot initiative that would raise the cap on damages in malpractice suits and enforce mandatory drug testing on doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 argue that medical negligence is too common and pain and suffering damage awards are too low. Opponents say the initiative isn’t about protecting patients, but increasing medical lawsuit payouts to trial lawyers. Election Day is next week - what questions do you have on Proposition 46? It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.

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KALW’s Liz Pfeffer speaks with Hana Baba about housing-related measures on the upcoming San Francisco ballot, including Propositions K and G.

City Visions: Pre-Election Special 2014

Oct 28, 2014

Bay Area voters head to the polls tomorrow to consider measures addressing water shortages, housing costs, sugary beverage consumption, clogged streets, and artificial turf battles in Golden Gate Park. And they'll decide on San Francisco's next assemblymember and Oakland's next mayor. Host Joseph Pace takes up these issues and more with USF politics professor Corey Cook.

Guest:  Corey Cook, Associate Professor of politics, University of San Francisco


Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


On October 22nd, the Second District PTA hosted a forum featuring eight candidates for three seats on San Francisco's Board of Education.

The forum was moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter Jill Tucker, and was co-hosted by Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, San Francisco Education Fund, Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities, and the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee.

What Proposition 1 has in store for California's water

Oct 27, 2014
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When you go to vote next Tuesday, the first thing you’ll see in the list of state measures is Proposition 1. It’s also being called “the water bond”. And let’s get one thing straight right now – this bond won’t resolve the current drought. We can’t vote to make it rain.

But, Proposition 1 can make it rain in the form of $7.5 billion worth of funding for water projects around the state. These could include projects that recycle, conserve, and store more of the water we already have.

On the October 24th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Super PACs. Once again, the midterm elections are projected to be the most expensive in US history. We'll also discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows Texas to enforce a voter-I.D. law and the unexpected closure of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. We’ll be joined by the Center for Public Integrity’s Dave Levinthal, McClatchy’s Mike Doyle and 48 hills’ Tim Redmond. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Who will be the next mayor of Richmond?

Oct 23, 2014
Richmond Confidential

Richmond is a city of contrasts. While the city hosts one of the largest oil companies in the world, Chevron, it also holds the title as America’s largest city controlled by the Green Party. Since 2006, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s Richmond Progressive Alliance has pushed for the highest minimum wage in California and created an ambitious plan to rescue underwater mortgages.

Ted Muldoon


Here’s something that maybe only happens in Oakland: a young bunch of hackers, artists and Occupy activists organize themselves into a collective and assume the lease of a defunct heavy metal night club. Once a month, a few of their members hold a live talk show event, called Oakland Nights Live.

They invited the city’s mayoral candidates to be guests, and many of the fifteen showed up. Over the course of two nights, front-runners, including the incumbent Mayor, came to introduce themselves to this very particular constituency.

Oakland Mayoral Race 2014

Oct 21, 2014
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This month on Crosscurrents we've been interviewing all of the actively running candidates to be the next mayor of Oakland. Click the play button above to hear highlights of those conversations in our hour-long show.

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Mayor Jean Quan is the incumbent in the race, and she's been making the case for Oakland to give her a second term. But in the past four years, her leadership of the city has received mixed reviews. She has been criticized for her crackdown of the Occupy encampment. She has also been taken to task for troubles in the controversial Oakland Police Department, which has had a federal monitor and rapid turn-over at the top. But Quan says the city is better off than it was four years ago. She says violent crime is down and the city is finally on the right track.

Oakland Mayoral Race '14: Candidate Dan Siegel

Oct 21, 2014
Dan Siegel for Mayor of Oakland campaign

On November 4th, Oakland voters will pick their next mayor. All month on “Crosscurrents,” we are going to bring you the voices of each of the 15 people who are campaigning for the job.


Courtney Ruby is Oakland's City Auditor who now wants to be Oakland's next mayor. Ruby says her priority is public safety and since she has experience  crunching the numbers she's convinced that she can find the funds to add at least 200 more police officers on the street.  Not just any kind of officer, Ruby's rallying for more engaged officers and says she's not afraid to take a stand on tough issues.

In the past Ruby has taken on City Hall and forced the city to refund millions in overpaid parking tickets. She's known for questioning shady contracts and exposing what she calls "a broken system."

Ben Trefny

Peter Liu says he’s "the world's smartest leader" and that he has developed a plan in which every Oaklander will have a chance to make a lot of money.

Jason Shake Anderson is a veteran, a former Occupy media liason, and the Green Party candidate for this election.

After fourteen rounds of ranked-choice eliminations, Oakland voting officials confirmed early Wednesday morning that Libby Schaaf will be Oakland's next mayor.

Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland. She got into politics and worked with Ignacio de la Fuente and Jerry Brown before being elected to the city council, where she currently represents District 4 – which includes Montclair and Redwood Heights. 

Learn more about Oakland's mayor-to-be in this pre-election interview conducted by KALW's Ben Trefny.

A compilation of the best moments from each of the 14 candidates’ half-hour interviews with KALW News.