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: 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.

Minesweeper on May 14, 2005 / Used Under CC / Wikimedia Commons


How does private financing for public infrastructure work?

Washington Post

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.

This week, the House of Representatives voted to revoke an Obama era privacy rule, which required Internet providers to ask for your permission before selling your browsing history to the highest bidder. Major telecom companies including AT&T and Verizon lobbied to kill privacy protection rules.

How are the lives of transgender people under increasing threat?

What will the next four years look like for public education? Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, has spent years successfully working to privatize education in Michigan, and Donald Trump's budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the Department of Education.

We’ll have a conversation about the state of retirement in the US. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the share of families with retirement savings declined after the 2008 Great Recession.

We will have a conversation about Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and how he would shift the current balance on the high court.

  

On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Asia. He called US - North Korea policy of the past 20 years a failure and said "this policy of strategic patience has ended." What does that mean?

What’s the best way to fix health care?  

California Academy of Sciences

 

Rebecca Johnson and Alison Young, the creators and leaders of the citizen science program at the California Academy of Sciences, join us to discuss how ordinary people are helping build knowledge of the Bay Area’s biodiversity and how it is being impacted by climate change.

Your Call: Neil Gorsuch's judicial philosophy

Mar 21, 2017

On the second day of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, we'll discuss his judicial record and philosophy, and what it tells us about how he might rule on the Supreme Court.

How can educators offer hope and encouragement to kids who’ve been rejected by the system? The Bad Kids, a coming of age documentary, chronicles the extraordinary work of Vonda Viland, the principal at the Black Rock Continuation High School in an impoverished Mojave Desert community. Black Rock is the bad kids’ last chance.

This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the election in the Netherlands and the defeat of the anti-Muslim candidate Geert Wilders. Turnout was high at 82 percent.

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We’ll have a conversation with Uriel Hernandez, recipient of the 2017 Bay Nature Local Hero award for youth engagement.

The new documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, examines the 1882 law that was established after decades of anti-immigrant rhetoric and violence against Chinese immigrants.

Your Call: Restoring the San Francisco Bay

Mar 14, 2017

We will  have a conversation with David Lewis, executive director of Save the Bay and recipient of the 2017 Bay Nature Local Hero award for Conservation Action.

Your Call: Has feminism sold out?

Mar 13, 2017

 

What should we make of the fact that feminism has gone mainstream? Bitch Magazine founding editor Andi Zeisler explores that question in her new book, We Were Feminists Once.

This week, we’ll discuss coverage of corporate lobbying, and how it is influencing the Republican Party's economic and healthcare policies.

Your Call: California's water heist

Mar 9, 2017
National Geographic / Ted Gesing

 

Who controls California’s water?

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