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StoryCorps: Finding hope after war

Aug 8, 2017
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William Lehnhart joined the military when he was 20 years old, during a time of peace. 

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In January Congress confirmed retired general James Mattis as the new US Secretary of Defense.

On the October 21st edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the battle against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

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  On the July 8th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the recent massive suicide bombing in Iraq that left more than 250 people dead. Mother Jones’ reporter Shane Bauer will join us to discuss his in-depth investigation into the private prison industry. For four months, he worked as a prison guard at Corrections Corporation of America's Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana. Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On the November 6th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Super PACs and money in state elections.

StoryCorps: A soldier returns from Iraq

Jul 20, 2015

Ryan Garrett joined the military right out of high school. His sister, Samantha, asks him about what it was like leaving​​ home for the first time to serve in Iraq, and ​the ​​difficulties of adjusting ​after he returned. During this StoryCorps conversation, Samantha gets to know a brother she hardly knew but greatly admired.

On July 3rd edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario about her memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

Your Call: US invasion of Iraq and the rise of ISIS

Apr 24, 2015

On the April 24th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss a new report detailing the origins of the so-called Islamic State. We’ll also talk about former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who claims intelligence agencies are to blame for her discredited reporting on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. We’ll be joined by Der Spiegel’s Christoph Reuter, McClatchy’s Mark Seibel, and veteran journalist James Moore. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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 On the March 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversations with Iraqis and Iraqi-Americans about the social, cultural and political conditions in their country. Iraq is back in the headlines because of ISIS, which is attempting to destroy what is left of Iraq’s diverse cultural and human landscape. How has the invasion of Iraq affected everyday life for Iraqis? What questions do you have about the current state of Iraq? Join us on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Your Call: James Risen vs. The National Security State

Jan 2, 2015

On the January 2nd, 2015 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning investigative New York Times reporter James Risen about his new book “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.” He argues that the US has become accustomed to a permanent state of war and President Obama’s greatest achievement has been to make the national security state permanent. So what does it mean to live a national security state? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar.


Your Call: UN General Assembly, climate change & ISIS

Sep 26, 2014

On the September 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we discuss coverage of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York. We will also talk about the United States’ widening military intervention in Iraq and Syria. We’ll be joined by the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg and McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay -- and the Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi joins us from Baghdad. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin.


Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent of the Guardian

Your Call: Old debts & new wars

Sep 19, 2014


On the September 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s war plan for Iraq and Syria. We will also talk about the investigation into the debt collection industry. We’ll be joined by Propublica’s Paul Kiel and the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you


Paul Kiel, covers consumer finance for ProPublica. He is the author The Great American Foreclosure Story

From the August 15,2014 edition of the Your Call media roundtable:  Stories recommended by panelists Jonathan Landay, national security and intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers; Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent for The Guardian; and David Barstow, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times.


One of Caifornia’s loveliest independent bookstores is The Great Overland Book Company, located in the Inner Sunset. Owner Beau Beausoleil not only runs the bookstore, but also runs the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition--a community of writers and artists that produce a collection of work to raise awareness about in support and commemoration of a major bombing on the street in Iraq in 2007.

Iraq Connection: Interview with Hesham Alalusi

Mar 19, 2014
Phil Pasquini

Hesham Alalusi, is an Iraqi American living in the Bay Area. He left Iraq in the 1980's and using his own funds  started the Alalusi Foundation. His foundation offers assistance to refugees trying to put their lives back together, like Ahmed Al Kubaisi, a young man who was shot in Fallujah and is now getting medical aide at a hospital here in the bay area.  Alalusi says that he's seen the difference that the organization has been able to make in refugee's lives but the devastation in his region is ongoing.

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq -- and even though the U.S. officially left the country in 2011, it's  still a country in turmoil. Just yesterday, a series of bombings claimed the lives of 16 people, just one slice of how difficult life can be there.  Millions of Iraqis have left -- many ending up in neighboring countries, or with the help of the U.N., getting refugee status in the U.S. or Europe. California is now home to the largest number of Iraqi refugees in the U.S.

Sebastian Walker cut his teeth as a reporter covering the war in Iraq. He worked as a stringer for Reuters and operated an English language newspaper with fellow young journalists. 

"It was something that was criticized by a lot of more established journalists saying that without the relative experience reporting from that kind of a situation you really shouldn't be there, that's not the kind of risk worth taking," he tells KALW's Ben Trefny.

Today on Your Call: The trial of Bradely Manning

Aug 1, 2013

Since 2001, about 2.5 million people have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, at least a third of them more than once. When they return, many veterans need long term physical and mental care. But they often don't get it.

For many of us, ten years can seem like a long time. Things that happened a decade ago feel far away. But for veterans of the Iraq war, and their families, ten years can feel like very little – because the damage wrought by that war is still right there with them.

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In the past decade, we have heard from people with varying perspectives on the war: politicians for and against it; anti-war activists; foreign governments; and the United Nations – and we’ve heard the stories of military veterans coming home.

Today on Your Call: Unembedded in Iraq

Feb 14, 2013
Kael Alford

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Sep 6, 2012

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist Greg Muttit about his new book " Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq." Since 2008, Iraq’s central government has awarded 15 oil and gas deals to international energy companies. What role did oil play in the invasion of Iraq? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.or


Greg Muttit, an investigative journalist and author

The scars inside: An Iraqi refugee opens up about PTSD

Apr 3, 2012

Over the past decade, California has resettled more Middle Eastern refugees than any other state in the country. In Northern California, Santa Clara County in the South Bay is a resettlement hub for Middle Eastern refugees – more than 1,300 moved there since 2006. About one out of three of those refugees are from Iraq. And most have seen or suffered through violence related to the war.

A war at home: a soldier’s mission against PTSD

Mar 20, 2012

Jeremy Profitt lives with his family in an East Bay suburb about 45 minutes outside of Oakland. He’s in his weekend uniform when he greets me at his door: white t-shirt, jean shorts, flip-flops.

They’ve just moved in, and his wife is unpacking the kitchen as Profitt picks up his baby daughter, Reiland. He gently cradles her in his lap as he starts to tell me his story.

“It felt gratifying,” Profitt says of his time in service. “I felt I was able to do my part.”