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This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of state sanctioned violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. More than 20,000 people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.


How are tech workers planning to resist Donald Trump?

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How are California legislators planning to resist Donald Trump and his administration?

Your Call: How are groups organizing to resist Donald Trump?

Jan 3, 2017

We’ll begin a weeklong series discussing how a broad coalition of civil society and labor organizations are organizing against Donald Trump’s anti-democratic agenda.

Your Call: What does a fish know?

Dec 29, 2016


We're revisiting our conversation with Jonathan Balcombe. He joins us to discuss his new book, What a Fish Knows, the Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins.


We're revisiting our conversation with Mary Ellen Hannibal about her new book Citizen Scientist, Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.

Your Call: California's Native American Genocide

Dec 27, 2016


We'll hear Rose Aguilar's conversation with historian Benjamin Madley about his groundbreaking and heartbreaking book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873


On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with historian Jill Jonnes about her new book Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.

Your Call: What journalism stood out in 2016?

Dec 23, 2016


On the December 23rd edition of  Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week, on the last media roundtable of 2016, we will discuss how the media’s incessant and often uncritical coverage of Donald Trump and what they have learned from his electoral college victory.



An estimated 40 percent of food is wasted every year in the United States.

What is the future of Bernie Sander’s movement? We’ll have a conversation with Becky Bond, senior adviser to the Sanders campaign and co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.

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If Betsy DeVos is confirmed as education secretary, what’s at stake for public schools? For nearly 30 years, DeVos spent millions of dollars advocating for vouchers for private and religious schools.

On the next Your Call, what's next for North Carolina? The Republican legislature has passed last-minute legislation aimed at stripping powers from incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and the state's Supreme Court. 

  On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss ongoing coverage of Russia’s possible intervention in the US presidential election. We’ll also look at ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and his transition from the boardroom to the State Department.

Your Call: Standing up for science

Dec 15, 2016


How are scientists standing up to Trump’s anti-science policies? Science historian Naomi Oreskes joins us to discuss climate change and scientific research under Donald Trump.


Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and “weakening communities,” according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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How do we protect Medicare from privatization?

Your Call: Climate denial in the era of Trump

Dec 11, 2016

How are scientists standing up to climate deniers? We’ll have a conversation with Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles about their new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

On the next Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the failed referendum in Italy, and the country’s dire economic conditions.

Your Call: Ghost Ship fire aftermath

Dec 8, 2016


How should we address the issues that led to the tragic Ghost Ship fire, which took the lives of at least 36 people?

Rich Wilson


What’s next for the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Your Call: The present and future of abortion rights

Dec 5, 2016

What's next for reproductive rights in the US and around the world?

Your Call: Restoring our oceans

Dec 4, 2016

On the December 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast our conversation about marine sanctuaries. In August, President Obama created the largest marine protected area on the planet. He expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Monument to include half-a-million-square-miles of waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

On the December 2nd edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing major ground and air assault on eastern Aleppo by Russia, the Syrian regime, and its regional allies.

Photo from the San Diego Union-Tribune

On the December 1st edition of Your Call, what rights do Standing Rock water protectors have to remain where they are? The North Dakota Governor issued an evacuation order and the Army Corps of Engineers plans to close off access to Oceti Sakowin camp by December 5.


On the November 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the electoral college.

On the November 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist and author David Cay Johnston about Donald Trump’s tax proposal.

Your Call: Resistance at Standing Rock

Nov 28, 2016

On the November 28th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance movement.

On the November 25th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with media scholar Robert McChesney about the political economy of the mass media and journalism in the US.

Your Call: Weapons of Math Destruction

Nov 23, 2016

On the November 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with Cathy O’Neil about her new book Weapons of Math Destruction.