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She Came To Slay: The Life And Times Of Harriet Tubman

Jan 1, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar discusses her new book, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.

Poets Adrienne Rich and Alicia Ostriker reflect on themes of Jewish identity, social justice, and radical feminism.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll speak Professor Rob Jackson, chair of the Global Carbon Project at Stanford University, about Carbon Budget 2019, which projects that this year, global carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and natural gas are set to hit another record high. 

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Noah Griffin talks with actors John Skelley and Benjamin Papac (pictured) about the exclusive West Coast production of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in which they play the parts of Harry Potter, and his son, Albus Potter. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child runs at San Francisco’s Curran Theater (445 Geary St.) in San Francisco, through June 20, 2020. 

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San Francisco leaders are tired of its streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps. They're considering requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public.   

PG&E Corp. stock surges following settlement

Dec 9, 2019
Courtesy PG&E

PG&E's stock is surging after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018.

Julie Caine

If you live or work in San Francisco, you probably hear this week’s Audiograph sound every Tuesday at noon. 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Rinabeth Apostol (pictured, right) and Ryan Drummond (left), who are the lead actors in the San Francisco Playhouse production of Groundhog Day the Musical, which runs through January 18, 2020 at SF Playhouse (450 Post Street) in San Francisco. 

Workers Fired From Google Plan Federal Labor Complaint

Dec 3, 2019
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Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file a federal labor complaint against the company, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social causes.

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California transportation officials say they will close several roads in the Sierra Nevada ahead of a powerful storm expected to bring rain, wind and snow in the mountains starting Tuesday and through the Thanksgiving holiday.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly crackdown on nationwide anti- governmnet protests in Iran, which were sparked by steep hikes in fuel prices.

Courtesy of Muslim Advocates

Facebook has been highly criticized for what it allows on its platform. Erroneous political ads and also what civil rights groups are calling violence-inciting hate speech. 

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers.

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Negligent security measures allowed a gunman to sneak in and fatally shoot three people and wound 13 others at a popular Northern California food festival last summer, five of the injured victims claim in a lawsuit.

What Is The Future Of Justice For Palestine?

Nov 11, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with human rights attorney Noura Erakat, author of the new book Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.

Noah Berger / AP

Authorities say a massive wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings and led to the evacuation of thousands of people in Sonoma County wine country has been fully contained.

Novelist Richard Powers and author and environmentalist Bill McKibben examine the essential conflict taking place on our planet between humans and nonhumans.

Dance Mission Theater Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with 'Adelante'

Nov 6, 2019
Dance Mission Theater

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with members of San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Fire Crews Take Advantage Of Calmer Weather In California

Nov 1, 2019
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Calmer weather allowed crews to increase containment of wildfires after a three-week siege of gusts fanned blazes across California and led utilities to cut power to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting an inferno.

What Will It Take For Progressives To Build Power At The Local Level?

Oct 28, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, Meaghan Winter discusses her new book All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States.


Last December in Sudan, people began a revolt against the brutal 30-year rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir.

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Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state.

Philosophy Talk: Conscious Machines

Oct 22, 2019

Would a race of thinking, autonomous, conscious machines be our slaves, our masters, or our partners?

Photo courtesy of Jessica Reaves/modified from original

We're hearing more from and about American extremist groups lately, like white supremacists and Incels. One thing their members have in common is misogyny. Today's guest is Jessica Reeves, the Editorial Director at the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League. She and her team monitor extremists across the ideological spectrum. In today's episode you'll hear what she's learned about these groups, why she thinks misogyny should be treated as another form of extremism, and how we can put a stop to it.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel (pictured) about his title role in the current production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the San Francisco Opera, which runs at the War Memorial Opera House through November 1. 

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with three winners of this year’s 20th annual Brower Youth Awards, which recognizes outstanding youth leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. 

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The lights were back on Friday for more than half of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity after the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. utility switched it off earlier this week to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather.

For today’s Audiograph, we’re headed to the rodeo.

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Residents in California preparing for power shut-offs that could affect more than 700,000 customers are lining up at gas stations to fill their cars and buying generators, flashlights, ice chests and non-perishable food.

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Chava Kronenberg is on a manhole hunt.

“Oh! Wow! There it is! We have a winner!” she exclaims near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 5th Avenue in San Francisco.