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Ash Ponders

Most religions teach people to help those in need. But what happens when that mandate clashes with how the government views the law? In this story from The Spiritual Edge, we hear how federal prosecutors cracked down on volunteers providing aid on the border. 

Music As A Family Affair

Mar 23, 2020

Picture a mariachi band. You probably think of older men dressed in fancy clothes, playing their instruments and singing in a restaurant to a group of people at a table. But that isn’t all mariachi players, and that’s not where most mariachi music is performed. Samaria Pineda tells it like it is in a story she made when she was a senior at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco.

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In the past decade, over 1,800 trans and gender-diverse people have been reported murdered in Latin America. Probably hundreds more were never reported.

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Arturo Magaña loved folklórico dancing — but he wanted to perform his own story. So, he founded his own LGTBQ folklórico group, Folklórico Colibrí, an ensemble that performs Mexican folk dances in San Jose.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Alexa Chavez, a dancer with Ballet Folklórico México Danza, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Your Call: How to be a responsible avocado-eater

Nov 28, 2017 / Vallarta Daily


There’s a global boom in demand for avocados. In the US, demand nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015.  But supply has gone down, and prices have gone up. The pressure of this market has driven deforestation and water shortages in avocado-growing areas like Michoacan state in Mexico.  

Dealing with ghosts in Japan’s disaster zone

Oct 31, 2017
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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly earthquake in Mexico, which killed more than 225 people, including at least 25 children at a school in Mexico City.

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California Med & Rec rules combined ... Nevada rec laws stall ... Marijuana use increases at Oregon colleges, so do vehicle accidents in legal states ... and more.

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This week, on the media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Donald Trump’s executive actions. The administration has ordered the EPA to stop communicating with the public and giving out grants. Trump also says he will bring back torture and black sites.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll bring you a two hour special edition of the media roundtable. In the first hour, we’ll discuss reactions to Donald Trump’s Presidency in the Europe and Mexico. We'll also talk about coverage of the confirmation hearings. Join us live from at 10am, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Murder for hire leads to marijuana charge ... Update on CBD classification ... Mexico importing medical cannabis from California ... Better golfing through cannabis ... and more.

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Berkeley Patients Group finally in the clear with Feds ... Cities move to slow legal cannabis ... Opposition to Prop. 64 includes Dennis Peron ... Nine states voting on cannabis ... U.S. pot smuggled to Mexico ... A 50-year-old musical warning ... and more.

Cannabis News Roundup: Marijuana in Marin Hospital?

Sep 16, 2016
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Prop. 64 slips in poll ... Cannabis could come to Marin hospital ... Less marijuana for youth ... Newsom’s lone stand ... and more. 


“Trends toward the negative” in Colorado after legalization // NBC Bay Area

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“Potalyzer” research at Stanford ... Prices collapse in Colorado ... Sex trafficking in Emerald Triangle ... Prop. 64 explained ... Opinion, history, and more. 

Your Call: The role of media in elections

Feb 12, 2016

On the February 12th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss the New Hampshire primary and Bernie Sanders' big win among nearly every demographic, including women and young voters. How is the post- New Hampshire analysis setting the tone for election coverage? 

Cannabis News Roundup: 01.01.16

Jan 1, 2016
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Surgeon General to review drug rules… RICO charges dropped in Berkeley… Mexican farmers converting to other crops… Kosher cannabis… Year-end review… and more.


Cannabis News Roundup: 12.11.15

Dec 11, 2015
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California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.


Cannabis News Roundup: 11.06.15

Nov 6, 2015

Sean “The Disruptor” Parker joins the cause… Growers required to register… “Armed commandos” threaten Mendo growers… Feds investigate working conditions for bud-trimmers… and more.


“Adult Use of Marijuana Act” gets big boost // SF Weekly   This 2016 ballot initiative pulls ahead in a crowded field.

Cannabis News Roundup: 10.23.15

Oct 23, 2015
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Justice Dept. must follow Congressional rule on dispensaries… Taxi testing in San Francisco… Oakland ready to cash in on cannabis… Our neighbors consider legalization… and more.



On the June 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Connected by Coffee, a documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow coffee.

Cannabis News Roundup: 06.12.15

Jun 12, 2015

Hash oil explosions targeted by lawmaker… Cops behaving badly… Jimi Hendrix is now a brand… Giants hire a pot user… and more.


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, 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
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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, and a weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times.

Cannabis News Roundup: 06.13.14

Jun 13, 2014

Jamaica & Mexico consider legalization… DEA threatens doctors in Massachusetts… Business certification program begins… “High Maintenance” Internet series praised… and more.


The State We’re In: “Do the Right Thing” In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. Sergio Haro is a veteran reporter for the muckraking Mexican weekly, Zeta.

TAMAULIPAS -- The Mexican state of Tamaulipas has become the epicenter of the Narco War. In this bloody conflict, it has become difficult to name the antagonists, or demand explanations for so much blood. In the face such horror, reporter Lizzy Cantú wonders, how do you live in silence?

This story was a co-production with the cultural magazine Etiqueta Negra based in Lima, Perú. 


Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Dec 7, 2012

On today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of the budget and tax standoff between Republicans and President Obama.  We’ll ask Decode DC’s Andrea Seabrook and the Huffington Post’s Michael McAuliff: Who’s doing reporting that takes us beyond the official narratives?  Mexico has a new President from an old party – the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto – we’ll hear from NPR’s Carrie Kahn about the nationwide protests following his inauguration.  It's Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.