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Philosophy Talk: 2018 – The Examined Year

Dec 27, 2018

What happened over the past twelve months that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways?


Philosophy Talk: Foreign Aid – or Injury?

Dec 14, 2018

What's the right way for developed nations to fight global poverty?


Philosophy Talk: Foucault and Power

Nov 30, 2018

Is power a matter of top-down control, or is it distributed throughout society? 

  

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We know now that Democrats dominated in California. And, we're antipating many changes at local and statewide levels. To break it down, KALW’s election coordinator, Angela Johnston, and news director, Ben Trefny, talk about what’s new.

Philosophy Talk: Election Special

Oct 26, 2018

In this re-broadcast of our special episode from the lead-up to the 2016 election, John and Ken look beyond the horse races at some of the bigger questions raised by our electoral process.


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San Francisco may permanently double the money it spends on housing and services for homeless people, if voters pass Prop C on November 6. The measure would raise new funds by taxing the top 300 or so highest-grossing businesses in the city.

Courtesy of EdSource

Most voters know all about the top ticket jobs on the state ballot this November: governor, senator, secretary of state. 

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Will the powers that be yield to the kind of change women politicians will bring to office?

Courtesy of Peter Liu

Peter Liu is running for mayor of Oakland. In just under three weeks, Oakland residents will be casting their ballots to re-elect Mayor Libby Schaaf or vote for a change in leadership.

Oakland businessman Saied Karamooz was a senior executive in the tech industry and worked with Fortune 100 companies. These days he’s running a skin care company with his wife and running for mayor.

Courtesy of Ken Houston

Ken Houston was born and raised in Oakland. He still calls the city home. Houston is a project manager in construction and longtime community advocate. He’s running for mayor, but doesn’t call himself a mayoral candidate.

photo courtesy of Kate Black/modified from original

What does it actually take for women to win elections? 

Courtesey of the Marchon Tatmon campaign

Marchon Tatmon was 16 when he took a class trip to our nation’s capital and down south to where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. That experience inspired him to be a public servant. Now, he works for a nonprofit called Building Futures that houses homeless families.

Courtesy of Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks is an activist and actress. She was a major voice in advocating for Oscar Grant. Brooks is the executive director of the Justice Team Network, which is an organization that helps people who are victims of state violence and criminalization.

Courtesy of Libby Schaaf

Four years ago, Libby Schaaf won Oakland’s election for mayor. Since then, the city has experienced major changes, from a rise in homelessness to a tech and real estate boom and winning NBA championships. Mayor Schaaf is campaigning for re-election and is up against nine other candidates.

Courtesy of Cedric Troupe

The city of Oakland is in the midst of a big election. There are ten people in the race for mayor. One of them is Cedric Troupe. He’s a swim coach and has a custom integration business where he designs multimedia systems.

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

You can't lasso a diety so easily...

Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, and it's neon. And, after nearly two decades Allen Michaan purchased his political soapbox for 3.75 million dollars and can’t wait to start renovations and put it in the National Register of Historic Places.

Courtesy of London Breed

 

When Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away last December, London Breed became acting mayor — the first African American woman in that position.

Hana Baba

For the first time in nearly a decade, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is running against an opponent.

Courtesy of Pamela Price

Pamela Price is an African American civil rights attorney who says she wants to create change in Alameda County's criminal justice systems.

Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Drone Warfare

May 25, 2018

Do drones herald a more sanitized and efficient form of war, or do they represent the dystopian reign of uncaring technologies? 


Ben Trefny

Today is the last day Californians can register to vote for the next election. Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th. And in San Francisco, as you probably know, we’re electing a new mayor.

Jenee Darden

If you’ve ever been to Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, chances are that you’ve seen Cesar Chavez’s name somewhere.

Bo Walsh

 

Last week Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr attended a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School to talk about  gun control. Kerr and the Warriors have been part of the current rise of activism in American professional sports.

 

Philosophy Talk: The Power and Peril of Satire

Mar 20, 2018

Does freedom of speech guarantee the right to poke fun at anyone and anything we want?


Philosophy Talk: Science and Politics – Friends or Foes?

Mar 6, 2018

Is there such a thing as objective, value-neutral science, or is science always infused with values?


Philosophy Talk: Why Propaganda Matters

Feb 1, 2018

Why is propaganda more effective than rational persuasion?


Philosophy Talk: 2017 – The Examined Year

Dec 28, 2017

Because the unexamined year is not worth reviewing. 


Photo courtesy of Bhansali Productions/modified from original

 

 A work of art sparking protest is nothing new, but Padmavati takes the art of taking offence to another level.

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