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142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception. 

  

After the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s, 1,100 people were prosecuted, including top executives at many of the largest failed banks. After the 2008 financial crisis, the government charged just 47 low-level employees.

  

Even though the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, far too many of us are still stuck with high premiums and plans that don’t provide adequate coverage. We’re constantly told that we need to shop around for the best plan.

 

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan by handing it over to Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the owner DynCorp, the largest US contractor in Afghanistan.

  

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate rejected a plan to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement. Seven Republicans and every Democrat voted against it.

  

The Trump administration has used its executive power to challenge the status of national monuments and to open off-coast marine sanctuaries to oil drilling.

  

In 2006, Al Gore’s award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth started a national conversation about climate change. What’s been accomplished since then?

 

  Award-winning science journalist Julie Rehmeyer spent years battling chronic fatigue syndrome. Her quest to heal her body led her to remove mold from her environment, leave the Bay Area, and a take a solo expedition to Death Valley. 

  

This week, shocking images of Syrian refugees who died in Lebanese military custody, allegedly during or after torture, have received widespread coverage. The majority of Syrian refugees are living in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Who’s telling their stories? 

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In early June, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act, but it passed without details on how to pay for it. A few weeks later, it was shelved by the California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He said, "We have never found a funding source. All the other details that were missing made it woefully incomplete."

  

In his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, Yale Law Professor James Forman examines the role African-American leaders played in advocating tough-on-crime measures and policies that led to mass incarceration.

Your Call: Is this really organic?

Jul 18, 2017
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How do you know your organic food is really organic?

 

  

The award-winning documentary Step follows the lives of three seniors at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

This week, public interest groups and several corporations took part in a day of action to protest the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality, which ensures an open Internet for all.

Your Call: How does the revised travel ban impact people?

Jul 12, 2017
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After months of pushback from federal courts across the country, this June the US Supreme Court allowed parts of Trump’s controversial travel ban to be implemented until it hears the case in October.

  

As rents and evictions continue to soar throughout Northern California, several cities are taking action. On Election Day, a number of Bay Area cities passed or strengthened rent control laws.

  

We’ll have a conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the state of public education under the Trump Administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Historian Nancy MacLean joins us to discuss her new book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”

Tens of thousands of activists are protesting against the policies of the world's richest countries at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Your Call: Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Jul 6, 2017
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Accusations of sexual harassment helped bring down Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick. His story reignited criticism of the tech world as an unfriendly place for women to work.

But this is way bigger than tech, and issues related to immigration and minimum wage mean that low paid women are often trapped in uncomfortable and abusive situations.

Are high-profile cases like Uber, and Bill O'Reilly changing companies responsiveness? And what’s the effect of having a President who has been caught on tape bragging about sexual assault?

Your Call: San Francisco Mime Troupe Launches “Walls”

Jul 5, 2017
San Francisco Mime Troupe

For the past 58 years, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been fighting oppression by creating socially relevant theater and making us laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life. 

If you’ve never seen the Mime Troupe, they’re not actual mimes. They use the word 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk. They sing. And they make a lot of noise. 

This year's performance, 'Walls,' asks: How can a nation of mostly immigrants declare war on immigration?

This week, Senate Republicans postponed the vote for their healthcare bill, which was secretly written by 13 men. The bill slashes Medicaid funding while cutting taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for the rich and corporations.  

Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
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In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

Your Call: The High Cost of Summer

Jun 28, 2017
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For many working families, summer isn’t a break at all--in fact, with school out, it can be the most difficult and expensive time of the year.

Your Call: How gerrymandering undermines democracy

Jun 27, 2017

  

We’ll have a conversation about gerrymandering and how it shapes the US electoral map.

Your Call: Corporate monopolies and growing economic inequality

Jun 26, 2017

  

We’ll have a  conversation about the rise of corporate monopolies in light of Amazon’s $13.7 billion bid to buy Whole Foods.

This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, which killed at least 79 people. The tragedy has turned attention to deregulation, austerity and growing inequality in the UK.

Your Call: What will it take to end hunger in the US?

Jun 22, 2017

  

Anti-hunger activist Andy Fisher joins us to discuss his new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups.

Your Call: Whistleblower at the CIA

Jun 21, 2017

  

Former intelligence analyst for the CIA, Melvin Goodman joins us to discuss his new book,  Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence.

  

Does the pretrial detention and bail bond system embolden predatory practices?

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