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.

Ways to Connect

This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the growing political chaos in Washington DC. According to the NY Times, a memo by FBI chair James Comey says Donald Trump asked him to end the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. We'll get the latest.

Your Call: Big oil in California politics

May 18, 2017
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How did California become the third-biggest oil producing state?

  

How much influence do the wealthy wield over our lives and public policy?

We’ll have a conversation about The Beat Within, a writing and conversation program in juvenile halls. The organization serves over 5,000 youth through workshops in California county juvenile halls.

The 2016 election was the first election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.

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On this week's media roundtable, coverage of Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey. The decision is being compared to Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” in October 1973, when he fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor handling the Watergate scandal.  How should news organizations cover this story?

Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi join us to discuss their new book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.

Your Call: A moral argument for choice

May 10, 2017

  

Reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider Dr. Willie Parker joins us to discuss his new book, Life’s Work, a Moral Argument for Choice.

Your Call: Your brain on nature

May 9, 2017

  We'll have a conversation with environment journalist Florence Williams about her new book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. 

We’ll have a conversation with Kamau Bell, a critically acclaimed socio-political comedian about his new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.

  

How do we take back our healthcare system? Doctor turned journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal is back to discuss solutions for fixing out of control healthcare costs.

 

Historian Kim Phillips-Fein joins us to discuss her new book, Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics.

We’ll have a conversation with professor McKay Jenkins about his new book Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet. The vast majority of the 40,000 food products Americans choose from every day are built from ingredients made from engineered plants.

Your Call: Bay Area Dance Week

Apr 24, 2017

Details about the 19th annual Bay Area Dance Week, a vibrant celebration with over 700 free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, and lectures. It takes place through April 30.

 A conversation with Timothy Walker about his new book Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. Finland has earned awards for creating a top tier education system.

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This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's narrow referendum victory and the alarming attacks on Turkish journalists and media organizations.


A conversation with doctor turned journalist, Elisabeth Rosenthal about her new book, An American Sickness, How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.

Your Call: The child care crisis in America

Apr 19, 2017


A conversation with Dr. Ajay Chaudry, a social policy analyst and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality. Compared to other advanced economies, the US government invests less in children under the age of five. 

Your Call: Standing up for science

Apr 18, 2017
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We speak with scientists about the Trump administration’s attacks on science.

We'll have a discussion about ride hailing companies and how they are impacting transportation and life in the Bay Area. In 2016, San Francisco had the third worst traffic congestion in the nation.

On Thursday, the US military dropped a massive 22,000-pound bomb in eastern Afghanistan. How are the media covering the human cost of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan?

A conversation with T. R. Reid about his new book, A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System. He says the US tax code is overstuffed with loopholes, which do not work for anyone—except tax lawyers, accountants, the wealthy, and corporations.


How do race and class affect how police and the media respond to missing persons cases and crimes?

Your Call: Why is your PG&E bill so high?

Apr 11, 2017

Californians’ electricity bills are higher than the rest of the country. What explains this?

Your Call: US foreign policy in the Middle East

Apr 10, 2017

Since the inauguration, the Trump administration has sharply increased drone attacks on Yemen and bombings in Iraq. Trump also appointed a pro-settlement ambassador to Israel, and ordered a missile strike on Syria.

  On Thursday, the US military launched 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian military airfield. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the attack did not signal a change in US policy or its military involvement in Syria. Why did the US bomb Syria?

Your Call: Creative resistance

Apr 6, 2017

How are artists resisting and organizing?

Donald Trump’s victory has created fear, uncertainty and anxiety for many Americans. People say they are concerned about deportations, the travel ban, education, the future of the planet, and social programs.

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How does private financing for public infrastructure work?

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We’ll speak with the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer about Robert Mercer, the hedge-fund billionaire who made major investments to ensure Donald Trump’s victory.

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