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Philosophy Talk: Can Speech Kill?

Mar 20, 2020

Can mere words create a toxic climate in which violence is condoned and encouraged?

NY Times

New York Times San Francisco Bureau Chief Thomas Fuller spent three months reporting on the High Street homelessness encampment in Oakland. What he found were people driven to homelessness by climate catastrophes, expensive medical emergencies, and more. 

Philosophy Talk: The Doomsday Doctrine

Aug 6, 2019

How do we justify keeping so many nuclear weapons – and continually threatening to use them?

On this edition of Your Call, Akemi Johnson will discuss her new book Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the US Military Bases in Okinawa.

Almost 75 years since the US first occupied the Japanese island, it still has 32 military bases there.  Over 50,000 American military members, contractors, and their families live on the island. Akemi explores the wounds of US-Japanese history and the cultural and sexual politics of the US military empire. 



Stacey Lewis

Lawrence Ferlinghetti will always be associated with San Francisco, but he’s originally from the East Coast. He was born in Yonkers, on March 24th, 1919, several months, actually, after his father died. 

Sandip Roy remembers the veterans of World War 1, the Indian veterens.

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? 

When we have conversations about war and refuge, we sometimes forget our children are listening. So how do you talk to kids about things like the war in Syria?

That’s what Union City children’s author Naheed Senzai tackled in her new novel for middle schoolers, Escape from Aleppo. The story follows 14-year old Nadia as she makes her way out of the devastation of war.

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When Jamal left his home in Aleppo in 2010 for a year-long Fulbright scholarship in the United States, he assumed he was coming back.

Philosophy Talk: Humanity violated

Aug 18, 2017

What makes us sometimes view the other as less than fully human?

A debate about whether Nolan’s Dunkirk whitewashes history is perfectly legitimate but

Philosophy Talk: Anatomy of a Terrorist

Mar 24, 2017
"Terrorist" by Eero Lagle used under CC license

Are terrorists just ordinary people driven to commit extraordinary acts?

Philosophy Talk: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dec 9, 2016

What moral questions do weapons of mass destruction raise that ordinary weapons don't?

Your Call: Nukes in your neighborhood?

Oct 5, 2016
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On the October 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser and filmmaker Robert Kenner about their new documentary Command and Control.

Mary Roach and the unpretty facts of biology

Sep 14, 2016
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Author Mary Roach is prolific. Since 2003, she’s written best-selling books about cadavers, sex, ghosts, the digestive tract, and space toilets. Her latest book is ‘Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.' It delves into the very specialized science of modern combat.

Your Call: Burning country: Syrians in revolution & war

Apr 13, 2016


On April 13th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami about their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.

Monica's Story

Mar 23, 2016

Most people who come to her restaurant and wash down golden fried prawn with cold beer have no inkling about her back story.

Sandip Roy

In 1962 a group of Indians were shipped off to internment camps during a war with China. 

Returning Home: Voices from the Front

Nov 11, 2015
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What is it like to be a student who has fought in a war? In this special production from the Stanford Storytelling Project, six students and alumni, all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tell their stories.  

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On the October 2nd edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, the war in Syria dominated discussions at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and Russia became the 13th country to bomb Syria.

Guardian UK

We are inundated by a circus of gratuitous and salacious images in our media everyday, but one recent photograph has cut through the clutter.

Your Call: Democracy vs national security

Jun 5, 2015

On the June 5th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of "the USA Freedom Act" limiting the NSA's domestic surveillance powers, and the new declassified interviews with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee detailing torture. We’ll also discuss Tunisian women's efforts to seek justice for decades of police violence and rape. We will be joined by investigative journalist Mark Danner and NY Time’s Carlotta Gall. Join us on the next Your Call, with Matt Martin, and you.


Philosophy Talk asks: What can non-violence really achieve?

Apr 10, 2015

We all hope for peace. Yet in the face of violence, it often seems the only recourse is more violence. Advocates of non-violence claim it’s not necessary to respond to war in kind, and that responding violently, even in self-defense, just perpetuates the cycle of violence. So how can we practice non-violence under the direct threat of violence? Can non-violent acts be spread to stop aggression and war? And are there times when violence is, in fact, necessary?

Your Call: James Risen vs. The National Security State

Nov 28, 2014

On the November 11th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning investigative New York Times reporter James Risen about his new book “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.” He argues that the US has become accustomed to a permanent state of war and President Obama’s greatest achievement has been to make the national security state permanent. So what does it mean to live a national security state? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Your Call: UN General Assembly, climate change & ISIS

Sep 26, 2014

On the September 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we discuss coverage of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York. We will also talk about the United States’ widening military intervention in Iraq and Syria. We’ll be joined by the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg and McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay -- and the Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi joins us from Baghdad. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin.


Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent of the Guardian

Your Call: Old debts & new wars

Sep 19, 2014


On the September 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s war plan for Iraq and Syria. We will also talk about the investigation into the debt collection industry. We’ll be joined by Propublica’s Paul Kiel and the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you


Paul Kiel, covers consumer finance for ProPublica. He is the author The Great American Foreclosure Story

Philosophy Talk examines the Anatomy of a Terrorist

Jun 26, 2014

Since George W. Bush first declared a "war on terror," the US has been engaged in a global campaign to rid the world of terrorists. But what exactly is a “terrorist,” and how do we distinguish illicit terrorist organizations from legitimate freedom fighters? Do terrorists exhibit particular psychological patterns of behavior, or are there some tactics that only terrorists use? And what is the most effective way to combat terrorism – by waging war, engaging in "de-radicalization" processes, or some other means?

The Ethics of WMDs on Philosophy Talk

Mar 27, 2014

The United States recently threatened military action against Syria in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Similar threats have been made against states suspected of trying to develop nuclear arsenals such as North Korea and Iran. Yet the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, and China have thousands of active nuclear weapons of their own. Is there a morally significant difference between nuclear or chemical weapons and conventional weapons? Should we work toward total disarmament, or do we need these weapons as a deterrent to rogue states?


Angered by evictions, Google buses, NSA spying and "climate change"? Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday on KALW, is Krissy Keefer, artistic director of San Francisco's all-women performance troupe Dance Brigade. The company's current production, Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, uses the Mission District and its eviction epidemic as a backdrop to explore local, regional and world crises – global warming, war, genocide, attacks on women and on San Francisco’s cultural core. Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, plays at Dance Mission Theater through February 8.