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This week, in a dramatic turnaround, voters in Alabama chose former prosecutor Doug Jones to be their next Senator. He become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in 25 years. On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage.

Your Call: What’s all the rage with Bitcoin about?

Dec 14, 2017
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Last week, Bitcoin reached a high of about $20,000 on some exchanges. The cryptocurrency has rapidly shot up in value.

Your Call: Are retail struggles increasing ground-floor vacancies?

Dec 13, 2017

  

Around the Bay Area, apartment blocks and office buildings are going up at a rapid pace, mostly with retail space on the first floor.

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It has been a momentous week for the groundbreaking climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. United States. It was brought two years ago by 21 children and young adults against the US government for its actions that cause global warming.

What do we need to know about the relationship between birds and humans? On the next Your Call's One Planet Series, we’ll speak with New York Times writer Jim Robbins about his new book The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future.

  

On Wednesday, Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss media coverage of Trump's statement, what life is like for Palestinians living in Jerusalem, and the expansion of Israeli settlements. We'll also look at the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Your Call: What books are you giving as gifts this holiday?

Dec 7, 2017

  

It’s a Your Call tradition -- we get you ready to head to your independent bookstore with lots of gifts ideas for friends and family.  

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The prospect of artificial intelligence and automation eliminating entire job categories has sparked a debate about a universal basic income.

Your Call: Is your city ready for legalized pot?

Dec 5, 2017
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California voters legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana on a statewide basis. The law is set to go into effect on January 1. The roll out will depend on decisions made at the local level. The prospects for legal cannabis could look very different in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose. What are the major differences? How do you want marijuana to be sold and marketed where you live? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Renee Kemp, and you.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with renowned architect Carl Anthony about the racial history of architecture and urban design.

Net Neutrality rules prohibits internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any content, but that’s about to change.

  

The United States is more segregated than it was in the 1980s. Black and Latinx students are more likely to attend so-called majority-minority schools where 60 percent or more of students live in poverty.

  

On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee voted 12-11, on party lines, to send the Republican tax bill to the floor for a full vote by as soon as Thursday.  

Your Call: How to be a responsible avocado-eater

Nov 28, 2017
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There’s a global boom in demand for avocados. In the US, demand nearly doubled between 2010 and 2015.  But supply has gone down, and prices have gone up. The pressure of this market has driven deforestation and water shortages in avocado-growing areas like Michoacan state in Mexico.  

  

During the climate conference in Bonn, Germany, delegates from nearly 200 countries worked on solutions to mitigate the impacts of climates change.

  

How can we give thanks while honoring the historic significance of Thanksgiving?

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California makes international headlines for leading the way on global climate solutions. At the climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Governor Jerry Brown championed California’s role in transitioning to renewable energy, but activists called him out for continuing to promote oil and gas extraction in the state. How fast are we moving towards true sustainability?

What’s being done to protect wild orangutans and other endangered wildlife? On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with conservation scientist Dr. Ian Singleton about the discovery of a new orangutan species in the Indonesian forest.

Two months after hurricane Maria, many people in Puerto Rico are still living without electricity and clean drinking water. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

  

In Playing with Fire, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell recalls the 1968 US presidential election that shaped American politics. 

  

In The Know-It-Alls, former New York Times technology columnist Noam Cohen chronicles the political rise of Silicon Valley.

  

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as antifa.

On the next Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the relationship between climate change and physical and mental health with Drs. Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach, authors of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health.

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Last weekend, Mohamad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and the architect of the devastating war in Yemen, ordered the arrests of some of the country’s top political and business elites. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing crackdowns in Saudi Arabia.

Robbin Légère Henderson’s new book, Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century, pays homage to her grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz.

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#Metoo continues to make international headlines. Actresses, actors, journalists, and politicians are sharing stories about sexual harassment and assault.

  

How widespread is government surveillance since 9/11? And how complicit are the biggest tech companies like Apple and Google?

 

  

What are the psychological, environmental, and economic costs of war? That’s the question a number of contributors explore in The War and Environment Reader, edited by Gar Smith.

This week, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted on a long list of crimes, including money laundering. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

  

How did one factory challenge the apparel industry’s sweatshops? The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic is the only factory in the global south to pay workers a living wage.

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