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Sandip Roy looks at all the ways Trump’s recent visit to India has been a benefit to all concerned.  

To see the video of Trump as Baahubali visit 

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Foster City residents behind the campaign to recall Councilmember Herb Perez say he’s “a bully.” Perez, who is an Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo, was first elected to City Council in 2011. 

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City College of San Francisco recently eliminated more than 300 class offerings -- without consulting academic chairs, students or city leaders. Those protesting the cuts say the very identity of the institution is at stake. Sound familiar? It is.

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San Francisco’s Prop C is an incredibly small and specific ballot measure, but it’ll likely mean a lot to the handful of people it affects. 

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If you live in San Francisco, you’ve likely thought about the ‘Big One.’ So Proposition B probably won’t come as a big surprise. The measure is called the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond. It would allow the city to issue around $600 million to pay for earthquake-related infrastructure improvements 

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Sandip takes us to one of his favorite places, the Kolkata Book Fair, now in it’s 44th year!  

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Prop A would let City College of San Francisco borrow up to $845 million by issuing bonds. The money would go to buy or construct new buildings and fix up existing ones at the nine campuses to make them safe and energy efficient.

SF Public Works Head Nuru Resigns

Feb 10, 2020
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San Francisco Public Works director Mohammed Nuru resigned today. Nuru is embroiled in a scandal- charged with fraud and corruption.

Sexism In High School Debate

Feb 10, 2020

When it comes to running for office, there are certain standards women have to deal with that men don’t. Hannah Ni, a senior at Presentation High School in San Jose, says young, female debaters like her face similar instances of sexism and misogyny. 

Philosophy Talk: Race Matters

Jan 31, 2020

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too? 

  

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Meet Heather McTeer Toney.. the National Field Director at Moms Clean Air Force, which fights for climate safety to protect our children's health. She shares how her two terms as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS helps her be an even more effective activist, and what one thing motivates people to make big changes.

A’shanti Gholar is the founder of the Brown Girl's Guide to Politics and the national political director for Emerge America--a national organization devoted to getting more democratic women into office. You'll hear how A’shanti went from watching CSPAN as a kid, with her mom, to working for President Barack Obama, the DNC and the NAACP before joining Emerge America. And she'll share what it's going to take to get more women of color elected to office.

Philosophy Talk: Post-Truth Politics

Jan 17, 2020

Have we entered a post-truth era in which politicians and "news" outlets can lie without consequence?

Philosophy Talk: Comedy and the Culture Wars

Jan 14, 2020

Is there a place in democratic society for comedy that finds humor in people's deepest identities?


Can Homeless People Get The REAL ID?

Jan 9, 2020
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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. In the years following 9/11, Congress wanted stricter rules for IDs used to board commercial planes. Which is why, almost two decades later you will need a REAL ID to fly domestically. So, listener Mary Rees wanted to know, “Can people who are homeless get a REAL ID?”

Sandip Roy 314: Ban NPR

Jan 8, 2020
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There are protests in many cities all over India with signs saying No NPR.  

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You may know Dan Pfeiffer as a host of Pod Save America. You may know him as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. Or you may know him for his book, "Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump". In this episode he shares how he got into politics and what it's going to take to get America out of the political mess we find ourselves in today. This conversation was recorded on stage, presented by Cal Performances at UC Berkeley.

Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Nov 29, 2019

Could rational communication really be the true key to real democracy?   


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Many things divide a country, but it’s the overlooked, personal slights that hurt the most.

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On Christmas Eve in 1975, Vicki Hennessy worked her first shift inside a San Francisco jail. Decades later, she went on to be elected San Francisco’s first female sheriff.

Philosophy Talk: Hobbes and the Ideal Citizen

Nov 5, 2019

What do citizens owe the state? What does the state owe its citizens?


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Next Tuesday, San Franciscans will vote for a mayor. Just like they did last year. Ever since Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away in December of 2017, the city’s top position has mostly been held by London Breed.

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

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San Francisco’s public housing is in the middle of a huge transition. In 2007, the city rolled a plan to redevelop four of the city’s public housing sites in phases to avoid displacing any residents. Now, residents in Potrero Hill are in the first phase.

Philosophy Talk: The Allure of Authoritarianism

Oct 8, 2019

Democracy may not be in great shape, but why would anyone prefer to be ruled by a despot?


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This legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom had dozens of bills on his desk to consider signing into law. And the range of issues was wide, from police use of force, to water use, from vaccine exemptions to microchip implants in pets. Some he vetoed, others he signed. 

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Governor Gavin Newsom, last week, signed AB5: that’s legislation that transforms the way workers are identified and get paid in California.

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On this edition of Your Call's media roundtable, we'll discuss coverage of today's global climate strikes. The turnout so far, from the Pacific Islands to Europe, has been massive. We'll also discuss the Covering Climate Now Project. More than 300 media outlets, including KALW, have been covering the climate crisis all week.

Philosophy Talk: Queerness

Sep 17, 2019
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Is queerness just a marker of sexual orientation, or is it a political and social identity?


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