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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how much it costs to get treated for COVID-19, especially for those of us who are underinsured or uninsured.

Writer and memoirist Dani Shapiro and author and professor of medicine Dr. Abraham Verghese explore genealogy, identity and family secrets in the present day of science and technology.

How do I start up, promote and sustain a small business?

Mar 11, 2020

How do I start up, promote and sustain a small business? What is the first thing that I should do? The next?.... Guest host Emmy nominated legal commentator Dean Johnson, welcomes Heather Sapp and Robert Wyman, to walk us through a step-by-step process of forming a business and making it legal.  Keeping it small, what will we need to know?  Questions for Dean and his guests?  Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization dedicated to preserving the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.  Host Grace Won celebrates this historic event with the ACLU of Northern California, as well as Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, local authors and the editors of the new book, Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases.  

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U.S. immigration agents have arrested two people at a Northern California courthouse, flouting a new state law requiring a judicial warrant to make immigration arrests inside such facilities.

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Hear how Amber Tamblyn presaged the #MeToo Movement with an OpEd about believing women;

Abby Stein talks about leaving behind the Hasidic world and a rabbinical degree when she came out as a woman and activist of trans experience.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. David Shayer wanted to know, “Why is highway 101 plastered with billboards, while highway 280, a few miles west, has no billboards? I hate billboards, I would cut them all down if I could!”

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
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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.

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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.

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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.