Rose Aguilar

Host, Your Call

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001. 

In 2005, Rose took a six-month road trip through the so-called 'red states' to find out why people vote the way they do (or not) and what issues they care about. Red Highways: A Journey into the Heartland chronicles her experience.

Rose has written for Al Jazeera English, Truthout, The Nation, and AlterNet. She's currently working on a book about older women activists and a new radio show focusing on investigative journalism. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and mentor-editor for The OpEd Project, an organization that works to increase the range of voices we hear in the media.

Before joining KALW, Rose published a newsletter about women's issues and was a reporter and weekend host for CNET Radio, where she covered technology's impact on society.  In college, she ran the TV and radio news departments and DJ'd a heavy metal show.

Rose's interests include hiking, camping, vegan living, animal rights, live music, and spending as much time underwater as possible. She volunteers for Students Rising Above, an organization that supports first generation college bound high school students.

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June marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. After visiting the occupied territories, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman marked the anniversary by inviting international writers to bear witness to the human cost the Israeli occupation.

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Venezuela is dealing with the world’s highest inflation, severe food shortages, high crime, and political repression. Venezuela is also home to the world’s largest oil reserves. So what explains the political and economic turmoil?

Mike Gonzalez, author of Hugo Chavez, argues that as President Nicolas Maduro’s anti-democratic government battles violent right-wing forces, ordinary Venezuelans are watching the gains of Chavismo slip away. 

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In 1967, during a public health meeting at UCSF, Dr. David Smith declared that health care is a right, not a privilege. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.

On Saturday, hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. They came with guns, shields and clubs, Nazi-style helmets, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia. 

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This week, several media outlets have reported on the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion bid for Tribune media. The deal would allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of US households.

  

Why do the vast majority of Americans eat animals when we now have so many alternatives? That’s the question Free From Harm director Robert Grillo explores in his new book Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms have taken over public services like ambulance services and emergency health care.

  

The extension of California’s cap-and-trade program has divided environmentalists. The five-year program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions. 

Your Call: Dental inequality in the US

Aug 7, 2017

Over 100 million Americans have no dental insurance -- and that number could grow if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. In her new book Teeth, veteran health journalist Mary Otto takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease.

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the worsening economic and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to a widespread shortage of food and medicine, rising crime, and skyrocketing inflation. As of last year, nearly 82 percent of Venezuelans lived in a state of poverty. How are the media covering the underlying reasons for Venezuela’s catastrophic economic and political meltdown?

  

Native Americans who opposed the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline were subjected to tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and strip searches. The Intercept reports that they were also heavily surveilled.

142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception. 

  

After the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s, 1,100 people were prosecuted, including top executives at many of the largest failed banks. After the 2008 financial crisis, the government charged just 47 low-level employees.

  

Even though the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, far too many of us are still stuck with high premiums and plans that don’t provide adequate coverage. We’re constantly told that we need to shop around for the best plan.

 

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan by handing it over to Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the owner DynCorp, the largest US contractor in Afghanistan.

  

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate rejected a plan to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement. Seven Republicans and every Democrat voted against it.

  

The Trump administration has used its executive power to challenge the status of national monuments and to open off-coast marine sanctuaries to oil drilling.

  

In 2006, Al Gore’s award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth started a national conversation about climate change. What’s been accomplished since then?

 

  Award-winning science journalist Julie Rehmeyer spent years battling chronic fatigue syndrome. Her quest to heal her body led her to remove mold from her environment, leave the Bay Area, and a take a solo expedition to Death Valley. 

  

This week, shocking images of Syrian refugees who died in Lebanese military custody, allegedly during or after torture, have received widespread coverage. The majority of Syrian refugees are living in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Who’s telling their stories? 

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In early June, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act, but it passed without details on how to pay for it. A few weeks later, it was shelved by the California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He said, "We have never found a funding source. All the other details that were missing made it woefully incomplete."

  

The award-winning documentary Step follows the lives of three seniors at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

This week, public interest groups and several corporations took part in a day of action to protest the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality, which ensures an open Internet for all.

  

As rents and evictions continue to soar throughout Northern California, several cities are taking action. On Election Day, a number of Bay Area cities passed or strengthened rent control laws.

  

We’ll have a conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the state of public education under the Trump Administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Historian Nancy MacLean joins us to discuss her new book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”

Tens of thousands of activists are protesting against the policies of the world's richest countries at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Your Call: Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Jul 6, 2017
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Accusations of sexual harassment helped bring down Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick. His story reignited criticism of the tech world as an unfriendly place for women to work.

But this is way bigger than tech, and issues related to immigration and minimum wage mean that low paid women are often trapped in uncomfortable and abusive situations.

Are high-profile cases like Uber, and Bill O'Reilly changing companies responsiveness? And what’s the effect of having a President who has been caught on tape bragging about sexual assault?

Your Call: San Francisco Mime Troupe Launches “Walls”

Jul 5, 2017
San Francisco Mime Troupe

For the past 58 years, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been fighting oppression by creating socially relevant theater and making us laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life. 

If you’ve never seen the Mime Troupe, they’re not actual mimes. They use the word 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk. They sing. And they make a lot of noise. 

This year's performance, 'Walls,' asks: How can a nation of mostly immigrants declare war on immigration?

This week, Senate Republicans postponed the vote for their healthcare bill, which was secretly written by 13 men. The bill slashes Medicaid funding while cutting taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for the rich and corporations.  

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