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

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.  

Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
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In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

Your Call: The High Cost of Summer

Jun 28, 2017
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For many working families, summer isn’t a break at all--in fact, with school out, it can be the most difficult and expensive time of the year.

This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, which killed at least 79 people. The tragedy has turned attention to deregulation, austerity and growing inequality in the UK.

Your Call: California's water heist

Jun 19, 2017
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Who controls California’s water? We'll revisit our conversation about the documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist.”

  

We’ll have a conversation about the health of the ocean’s corals and why it matters.  

  

We’re continuing our discussion with 2017 Peacemaker Award Recipients. Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder of Way-Pass: Women's Aftercare Program and Supportive Services, joins us to discuss the unique barriers formerly incarcerated women face.

Roadmap to Peace

  

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with 2017 Peacemaker Award recipient, the Roadmap to Peace.

We’ll revisit our conversation with investigative journalist Jane Mayer. We'll speak to Mayer about her piece in the New Yorker on Robert Mercer, the hedge-fund tycoon who made major investments to ensure Donald Trump’s victory.

On today's Your Call we revisit our conversation with Dr. Ajay Chaudry, a social policy analyst and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

 

We’ll talk about how congressional Republicans and the White House have used an obscure law to repeal regulations passed in the final months of the Obama administration.

We’ll have a conversation about the San Francisco International Arts Festival, which takes place from May 25th to June 4th.

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.

Hector Emanuel, special to ProPublica / ProPublica

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.

(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

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.

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