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Sandip Roy

The caste system is a long and controversial cultural norm in India, but now the Dalits may be getting a boost from America’s civil rights movements.  

What Will It Take To Tackle The COVID Economic Crisis & Growing Inequality?

Sep 15, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the economic crisis and growing inequality. As of mid-August, more than 29 million Americans were receiving some sort of unemployment insurance.

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll speak with award winning journalist Lawrence Lanahan about his new book The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss what resources are available for Americans facing a a housing, money or food crisis.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss what it will take to prevent even more people from becoming homeless.

Does affirmative action undermine the achievements of those who are supposed to benefit from it?

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  On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Barbara Kingsolver about her new novel Unsheltered, a portrait of struggle, loss, and renewal in precarious times.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Anand Giridharadas about his new book, Winners Take All, which exposes the contradiction of wealthy change agents pushing solutions that leave the systems that allowed them to get rich – at others’ expense – untouched.

What would happen if instead of being privately owned, productive goods were continually put up for auction?

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Journalist Alissa Quart has a message for the struggling middle class: You’re not alone and it’s not your fault. In her new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, she tells the story of the predicament facing the middle class – people who’ve “done everything right,” but can’t get ahead.

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 On this edition of Your Call, we speak with activists about the Poor People’s Campaign.


On this edition of Your Call, we speak with a member of the Patriotic Millionaires about their battle against the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss a new site-specific performance highlighting the legacy of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood and its role in the nation's history.

On this edition of Your Call, reporter Charlie LeDuff discusses his new book, Sh*tshow! The Country's Collapsing ... and the Ratings Are Great.



On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with local youth about the changes they want to see.

Delaney Inamine


What has happened to our civic life? That’s the question economist Robert Reich asks in his new book, The Common Good. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak Reich about what this means and where to go from here.


Your Call: Dental inequality in the US

Aug 7, 2017

Over 100 million Americans have no dental insurance -- and that number could grow if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. In her new book Teeth, veteran health journalist Mary Otto takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease.

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Oct 13, 2016


On the October 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction.

On the May 18th edition of Your Call, national radio commentator Jim Hightower joins us to discuss ubiquitous corporate influence on lawmakers. 

Your Call: Reporting on key issues facing California

Jan 22, 2016

On the January 22nd edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of California Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address and his 2016-17 budget proposal.

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On the January 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss cities investing in worker cooperatives to fight inequality and create quality jobs.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: December 18th, 2015

Dec 18, 2015

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.

We all want our daughters to grow up strong and independent, but how do we ensure that 'having it all' doesn't mean 'doing it all'?

Your Call: What can be done to fix inequality?

Sep 17, 2014



On the September 17th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston. From 2009 to 2011, the top 1 percent got 121 percent of income gains while everyone else saw their income fall. Inequality affects every aspect of our lives, from healthcare to social mobility, family structure, justice, and education. How does inequality hurt our economy as a whole? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with noted economist and author James Galbraith about his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis. Today, the top 1 percent controls 40 percent of the wealth in the US. How did we get here? Join us at 10 or email  What needs to be done to narrow the wealth gap? And how does inequality affect economic growth? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On Saturday, April 28th at 6pm, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West will speak about their new book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland.  

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  We have now reached capacity for the venue, and have closed pre-registration.