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Thu January 29, 2015

Your Call: What will it take to make UC's budget more transparent?

Daily Cal


What will it take to make the University of California’s budget process more transparent? On the January 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the UC budget. California Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano are clashing over Napolitano’s request for a significant tuition hike. Meantime, University doctors have walked off the job for the first time ever to protest what they call unfair labor practices. What will it take to get the UC system to provide information about its finances? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you. 

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Wed January 28, 2015
Cops & Courts

Your Call: What role does implicit bias play in policing?

What role does implicit bias play in policing? On the January 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing how unconscious racial bias affects police and community relations. Even those of us who believe in equality and fairness show significant patterns of bias. How are police departments dealing with this? Can officers be trained to recognize their biases and alter their behavior? What’s the most effective way to combat implicit bias? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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Mon January 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

Your Call: What’s explains the Grateful Dead's durable popularity?


On the October 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Peter Richardson about his new book, “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.” For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. No Simple Highway asks the simple questions: Why? Richardson argues that the band tapped three utopian ideals: ecstasy, mobility, and community. What explains the Dead’s continued appeal today? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Sun January 25, 2015

Your Call: What does the history of cotton tell us about the rise of modern capitalism?

On the January 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Harvard historian Sven Beckert about his new book “The Empire of Cotton: A Global History.” More than 350 million people in over 100 countries are involved in the growing and manufacturing of cotton. It’s everywhere. You’re probably wearing it. What are the true costs of cotton? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University

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Thu January 22, 2015

Your Call: Yemen and the State of the Union

Houthi Yemeni gather while guarding a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen
Hani Mohammed AP

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union speech. He focused on a number of economic issues including tax reform, jobs and education. How does the media’s obsession with political partisanship shape coverage of domestic and foreign policy issues? Where are the facts about taxes and the economy? We will be joined by McClatchy’s Mark Seibel and investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. We will be also joined by Sana'a based independent journalist Ataif Al Wazir.

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