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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk to the creator of the documentary "Crime After Crime." The film shows one woman’s journey through a broken criminal justice system.  Women today are incarcerated at 11 times the rate they were in 1977.  What kind of policy reform could change this trend? How do poverty, abuse, and drugs factor into the imprisonment of women? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  How will realignment affect women prisoners?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Dr. John McDougall about his new book, "The Starch Solution." According to Center for Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 12.5 million of children and adolescents are obese.  We've heard about proper nutrition, so why don't we practice it? Dr. McDougal says eat your carbs--starch is the solution to the obesity crisis plaguing this nation. Can starch help heal the health crisis? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. It's Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

 On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with noted economist and author James Galbraith about his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis. Today, the top 1 percent controls 40 percent of the wealth in the US. How did we get here? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What needs to be done to narrow the wealth gap? And how does inequality affect economic growth? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the documentary film Semper Fi: Always Faithful.  It follows former US Marine Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia from water contamination at North Carolina’s Camp LeJeune.   Ensminger says “When I first learned of the contamination issue, I had all the faith and confidence that the Marine Corps that I had served for nearly a quarter century would step up and do what was right by their people.

This week, Rose talked with the Nation’s John Nichols about his latest book, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street.  Plus, a discussion about the parliamentary elections in Greece with Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly, who joined us from Rome. 

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John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation

Eric Reguly, Globe and Mail’s European business correspondent and he is based in Rome

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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the power of images to incite social change.  An exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California “All of Us or None” explores the history of social justice posters in the Bay Area.  From Shepherd Fairey’s Obama poster to the Occupy movement’s Guy Fawkes mask--how can a popular image become a rallying symbol?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What art has motivated you to become active? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about anarchism.  In the mainstream perception, “anarchy” is often synonymous with black masks, leaderless chaos, and property destruction.  But many anarchists are creating positive solutions to social problems.  Where are successful anarchist communities? And how would an anarchist economy function?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  If you call yourself an anarchist, what does it mean to you?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Steve Coll, Pulitzer prize winning reporter and author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power. Last year, Exxon Mobil reported revenues of $452B, outpacing most countries around the world. How has this oil giant built its empire? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What is Exxon’s relationship with states around the world and the US government? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about student debt, which has surpassed $1 trillion, exceeding the total amount Americans are carrying on their credit cards. The average college graduate has more than $25,000 in student debt. With jobs hard to find, how are they coping? And who's making money off of student debt? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What's your student debt story? And what are the solutions? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

May 4, 2012
Demonstrators at the Mohamed Ali Square, Tunis

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with Rory O'Connor, journalist and author of the new book, “Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media” We’ll also discuss coverage of the Arab Spring with independent journalist Reese Erlich, who is just back from Tunisia. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What grabbed your attention this week? It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you.

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Darryl Cherney about his film Who Bombed Judi Bari? In 1990, their car was bombed. Oakland police and the FBI accused Bari and Cherney of carrying the bomb to use in a terrorist act. We’ll talk about the case, Earth First activists, and what environmentalists face today. The FBI calls environmental activists ‘eco-terrorists.’ How are activists responding to ongoing crackdowns? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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Darryl Cherney, producer of the film Who Bombed Judi Bari?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Occupy movement and International Workers Day, May Day. Unions, labor activists and Occupy groups are planning to take to the streets with a series of May Day actions. Longshoremen have called for a daytime work stoppage at the Port of Oakland. Where is Occupy movement today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How is the occupy movement articulating its demands? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: What is happening with the weather?

Apr 30, 2012
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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about changing weather patterns. We have had one of the warmest winters on record including an extended drought in parts of California. Last month was the warmest March on record since 1895, when records were first kept. What’s the link between extreme weather and climate change? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Extreme weather events are already plaguing the country. What should we expect in the future? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Apr 27, 2012

On today’s  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of anti-choice legislation and ACORN style attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. We’ll also talk about the presidential elections in France. We’ll be joined by France 24’s Armen Georgian, RH Reality Check's Jodi Jacobson, and the Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What grabbed your attention in the media this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call we’ll honor "Poem in Your Pocket Day" and National Poetry Month by speaking with poets.  How can poetry inspire, motivate, inform, and transform individuals and society?  If you’ve only recently discovered poetry, what opened your eyes to it?  And if you never read poetry, what questions do you have about it?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What poem or poet is your favorite, and why? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On today's Your Call we’ll reflect on Earth Day. Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard believes that Earth Day is becoming a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt. It’s time to reclaim Earth Day and return it to its 1970s roots when millions took to the streets. What will it take to get millions into the streets today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How would you save Earth Day and the environmental movement? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about city workers’ issues.  Last week, over 1,000 San Francisco workers took to the streets to raise awareness about negotiations that include wage cuts and higher health care premiums. How are workers negotiating fair benefits? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. If you are a city employee, how are budget cuts affecting you? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Larry Bradshaw, San Francisco Vice-President of SEIU 1021 and a paramedic for the San Francisco Fire Department

Today on Your Call: How is Poverty Changing the US?

Apr 23, 2012

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with poverty advocate Ethel Long-Scott and Professor Cornel West. Dr. West and Tavis Smiley have written their first book together. The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto is the next step in the journey that began with "The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience. Over 150 million Americans are persistently poor or near poor. What effective strategies are needed to fight poverty at its roots? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What causes poverty?

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Apr 20, 2012

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of poverty as Congress plans to cuts billions of dollars in social safety net programs. We’ll also discuss the impact of austerity policies in Spain. We’ll be joined by journalist and author Gary Rivlin,  and Iberosphere.com’s Guy Hedgecoe joins us from Madrid. Join us at 10 or email feedback @yourcallradio.org. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

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On today's Your Call, we’ll mark the beginning of the 55th annual San Francisco International Film Festival by discussing one of it’s featured films--Jamie Meltzer’s Informant.  The film follows the story of Brandon Darby, a charismatic activist turned FBI informant. Since 9/11, the FBI has built a network of more than 15,000 informants. How much impunity does the FBI have for entrapment?

On today's Your Call, we’ll share ideas about what it means to garden and what plants are best for planting and harvesting this time of year.  From community gardens to guerilla gardens to backyard and rooftop gardens-- people are finding creative ways to grow plants for food, medicine, and beauty.

Today On Your Call: Where do your taxes go?

Apr 17, 2012

On today’s Your Call, on Tax Day, we’ll have a conversation about the tax system. The US government collects about a quarter of its gross domestic product through taxes. Who's paying the most taxes? Who's not paying taxes? Join us at 10 or email tofeedback@yourcallradio.org. What would a fair tax system look like -- and would any of the proposals out there now move us toward a better system? What would you change? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about independent record stores. April 21st  is Record Stores Day. With over 700 independently owned record stories, what’s the value of a brick-and-mortar outlet selling music in the digital age? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How have the economics of running an independent record store changed? Do record stores still matter now that you can download just about anything? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Apr 13, 2012
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On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about the recently signed Jobs Act, which the White House says will create jobs. Critics say it legalizes stock market fraud. We’ll also discuss the ongoing foreclosure crisis, and North Korea's decision to fire a long-range missile. We’ll be joined by the Huffington Post’s Micheal MacCuliff, Propublica’s Paul Kiel and the Christina Science Monitor’s Don Kirk joins us from Seoul, South Korea. What was your story of the week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the history of the death penalty and the moratorium initiative on November’s ballot.  April 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of executions in California. Since then, 13 people have been executed, costing an average of $308M each. Will California become the sixth state in the country to repeal the death penalty? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What explains the nationwide shift against the death penalty?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about what’s in our water. In Tulare County, one of the poorest counties in California, the State Water Resources Control Board found that 75% of the wells tested contained at least one contaminant over the legal limit.  Do you know what’s in your drinking water?   Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What chemicals should we be most concerned about?  Are filters necessary? And how do they work? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

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On today’s Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the compromise measure that would increase the state sales tax and income taxes on California’s highest earners. Governor Brown and his allies must collect more than 800,000 signatures by mid-May to qualify for the November ballot. Who will benefit if this tax initiative passes and who will be left behind? Do you support it? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Mark Paul, journalist and the co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It

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 On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about why people of color are automatically suspect in our society. The killing of Trayvon Martin has sparked a much needed conversation about these issues. What conversations are you having and hearing? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How has this affected your interactions and encounters? And where should this conversation go from here? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.Guests:

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Guests: Chris Johson, co-creator the Question Bridge: Black Males exhibit now showing at the Oakland Museum, and professor of photography at the California College of the Arts 

Nubia Bowe, high school graduate and Heal The Streets leadership fellow at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Unity Lewis, hip hop artist, painter, participant in the Question Bridge project

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