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House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring at the end of the year. On this week’s media roundtable, we discuss his role in passing the deficit-financed tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss missing and murdered Indigenous women and the fight to raise awareness about this crisis. Why do these women and girls get so little recognition in the US?

Every Wednesday through Election Day on June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, and regional measures.


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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with a sports journalist and athletes about how the #metoo movement has rocked the sports world.

Gymnasts, swimmers, basketball players – athletes across the sports world – have come forward with revelations about sexual assault and abuse they have suffered over the course of their careers. What institutions and practices in the sports world protect perpetrators? And how can those power structures be dismantled?


Is it time to bust the data monopolies?

Apr 17, 2018
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If knowledge is power, the companies that collect user data have incredible amounts of it. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about information monopolies – the megacorporations who harvest and profit from our personal information.

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, National Book Award-winner William Vollmann joins us to talk about his latest work, No Immediate Danger -- the first of two volumes he's written about what he calls "carbon ideologies." 


On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill. What new information did we learn about Facebook and its surveillance capabilities? And how should the company be regulated?

From a whisper to a roar, Youth Speaks empowers young people worldwide

Apr 12, 2018
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On this edition of Your Call, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by speaking with two young poets and the senior program manager from Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based organization that teaches young poets how to use their words to express themselves, shape their place in the world, and build community.



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It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law. It was meant to outlaw discrimination on the basis of race, but people of color still face disparities in access to homeownership.

How will SB 827 reshape California?

Apr 10, 2018
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss Senate Bill 827, a sweeping proposal intended to build more housing near public transportation in California.  

On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with UC Berkeley geophysicist Roland Bürgmann about his recent report, which explores the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area.

Matt Martin and his guests discuss journalism that stood out this week.

This week's guests:

Martin Chulov, award winning journalist covering the Middle East for the Guardian

Martin Smith, award winning FRONTLINE correspondent and producer

Recommended Reading:

The New Yorker: A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East

On this week’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Saudi Arabia -- its ties with the US, its tensions with Iran, and its war in Yemen -- with veteran FRONTLINE correspondent and producer Martin Smith. We will also talk with the Guardian’s Martin Chulov about developments in Syria, including divisions in the Trump Administration over the President's call to pull American troops out "very soon." 


Martin Chulov, award winning journalist covering the Middle East for the Guardian

How can the restaurant industry develop more equitable workplaces?

Apr 5, 2018
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On this edition of Your Call, we talk about the struggle to make the restaurant industry more equitable. The Bay Area’s food scene is sumptuous, but it’s not immune to some of the nastier aspects of the restaurant industry.

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On this edition of Your Call, we examine the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years after his assassination. What parts of his legacy have faded or been sanitized since his death?

Tony Webster


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot eight times by Sacramento police officers during a confrontation on March 18.


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about the current state of drinking water in the US.


Rose Aguilar and her guests discuss journalism that stood out this week.

This week's guests: 

Alex Yablon, reporter at the Trace

Recommended Readings:

The Huffington Post: Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty Of Aiding Her Husband's Attack

Wired: Why Are New York Taxi Drivers Killing Themselves? 

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the student led March for Our Lives rallies around the globe. How is this youth movement changing media coverage of gun control and the NRA?

Heather Deluca-Nestor


On this edition of Your Call, we hear from teachers who are organizing and going on strike to demand raises and increases to public education funding.


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On this edition of Your Call, we'll speak with young people about what’s next in their fight against gun violence.

The March For Our Lives rallies brought hundreds of thousands of people to the streets to demand gun control and resources to prevent gun violence. From Washington DC to Los Angeles, gun violence disproportionately affects low-income communities of color. Young people living in those communities don’t get the attention they deserve when they speak out against gun violence. Now that they have a platform, what's next?


On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with local youth about the changes they want to see.

Jo-Anne McArthur

On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, award winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur joins us to discuss her decade long We Animals project, which documents the plight of animals around the world.

On this week’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US. How are reporters covering the $12.5 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, and the US role in the deadly Saudi-led war on Yemen?

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On this edition of Your Call, investigative reporter Bernice Yeung discusses her new book, In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers.


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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with two experts about how they treat childhood trauma and toxic stress. When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris encounters children who aren’t growing or have trouble in school, she’s not content with writing prescriptions. As the founder of the Center for Youth and Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood, Dr. Harris focuses on the underlying causes of trauma. Her new book, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, explores how toxic stress impacts lifelong health.


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Today marks the 15th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq. On this special edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the cost of war.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re talking about Opportunity Zones. Tucked away in last year’s tax bill is a bipartisan effort to encourage investors to put their money into economically distressed areas. How would these zones shape the state’s neighborhoods?



On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’re discussing China’s new policy to ban 24 types of recyclable waste including plastics, unsorted scrap paper, and textiles. For over 20 years, China has been the top destination for the trash Americans throw in recycling bins.

On this week's media roundtable, we’ll speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist T. Christian Miller, co-author of the book, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, which details how rape cases are investigated in the criminal justice system and the long history of doubting rape survivors.