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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.

Canopy via Federica Armstrong

 

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?

We're marking International Women's Day by speaking with with Françoise Girard, president of the International Women's Health Coalition, about Donald Trump’s executive order expanding the global gag rule.

Denis Delestrac joins us to discuss his new documentary Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping. 

 

What environmental protections have Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration reversed so far?

On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Donald Trump’s sweeping tax cuts. His administration plans to cut the top tax rate from over 39 percent to 33 percent. Several outlets are reporting on how the tax cuts will affect you. Many conclude that the numbers don’t add up.

Ever Forward Club

 

How are young men redefining society’s narrow definition of masculinity? American culture often portrays masculinity as aggressive, violent, and misogynistic.

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