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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the struggles and successes of domestic workers.  New York recently passed a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which provides standards and protections for an otherwise unregulated and often exploited workforce.  A bill pending in California’s legislature would do the same.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allows corporations and citizens to spend unlimited amounts of money backing candidates. With the proliferation of so-called Super PACs and with so much cash flowing to both parties, how has politics been influenced by big money? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What will it take to remove money from politics? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy is for People Campaign

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the 9th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, March 8th. The festival celebrates the sea with inspirational films intended to increase our appreciation of the oceans. This year, the festival is showing several international films. Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. How can awareness here and abroad save our oceans and underwater life? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Mar 2, 2012

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This well, we’ll have a conversation about the upcoming BP trial over the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll also discuss Russia's Presidential elections, which are scheduled for March 4th. We’ll be joined by Propublica’s  Abrahm Lustgarten,The Times Picayune’s David Hammer, and the Christian Science Monitor’s Fred Weir joins us from Moscow. Join us at 10 or emailfeedback@yourcallradio.org. What’s your story of the week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about how global events are inspiring political action.  On March 1st, protesters in support of Occupy Education California will begin a “99 Mile March for Education and Social Justice” to the capitol building in Sacramento.  What historical or recent event encouraged you to get politically involved?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Is there a moment that caused you to get involved?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the makers of the film, MissRepresentation, a documentary about the increasingly sexualized portrayals of women and girls in popular culture and news media and the continued absence of women in critical leadership roles.   How are these trends affecting our society--especially youth?  How do they impact you or those around you?  And how can we shift them?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Louis Hyman, author of Borrow: The American Way of Debt, and Gary Rivlin, author of Broke, USA. Last year, Americans were $2 trillion in debt. The average American owes more than $15,000 in credit card debt alone. How did we get here? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. When did this crisis begin? And how can we get out of it? How much debt do you carry? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Who is speaking for children?

Feb 27, 2012

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the status of children in the US. According to the 2010 census, 74 million children live in the US -- 15 million live in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. How has recession affected the lives of children? How are they coping?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Children’s issues are not being raised in the presidential debates. So what’s being done to improve public policies affecting children? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Feb 24, 2012

On today’s Your Call, It’s our Friday media roundtable. This week we’ll be joined by Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight economics editor and the author of "Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions." Mason believes that from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, advanced forms of communication have created a new relationship between the media and millions of people who are standing up for economic justice and freedom. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What was your story of the week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call, a few days before “that other award show” we will announce your nominations for the film that most powerfully changed the way you understand the world.  Documentaries, features, shorts, or even animation.

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?

Today on Your Call: How safe is imported food?

Feb 21, 2012

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about food safety. Fifteen percent of all food in the US is imported, but only one percent of that food is inspected. Over 80 percent of fish and 45 percent of the fresh fruit consumed comes from another country. Why is so little food inspected? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What does food safety mean to you? Do you know where your food comes from? 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 Catholic Bishops' history, membership, and political connections. They are currently fighting a federal mandate that would have required all health insurance plans to provide free birth control. Why are Catholic Bishops dominating the birth control debate? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  How does US Conference of Bishop influence policy in Washington?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, it’s Our Friday media roundtable. This week’s we’ll have a conversation about President Obama’s $3.8 billion dollar budget and the deal reached on payroll tax cuts. We’ll also discuss the brutal crack down in Bahrain. We’ll be joined by the Nation’s Greg Kaufmann, the Huffington Post’s Mike McAuliff and independent journalist Mona Kareem joins us from Kuwait. Join us at 10 or send your story of the week to 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 next Your Call we’ll talk about how and where young people are getting educated about sexual health.  Under California law sex education must be comprehensive, science-based and free of bias.  California is one of the only states that doesn’t take federal funds to teach abstinence-only.  So what do you think sex education should like in schools?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What resources are available to educators and parents?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about a nationwide campaign calling on Apple to improve working conditions in its manufacturing plants in China, where workers say they make less than $1 an hour and work up to 16 hour days. Holiday sales boosted Apple profits to $1 billion a week. How can citizens push companies like Apple to make products without exploiting workers?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What do you expect from companies whose products you buy? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Eric Klinenberg, author of "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone." We'll also be joined by The Atlantic's Kate Bolick, whose piece about single women was one of the most widely read in 2011.  In 1950, four million American adults lived alone. Today that figure has risen to 31 million. So what explains this drastic demographic change? How has the rise in singlehood changed our society and economic landscape?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Feb 10, 2012

 

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about the changing media landscape in Northern California. Last year, KUSF abruptly went off the air; the Progressive Green 960 became Conservative 960; KGO recently went through a major shakeup; and the nonprofit Bay Citizen announced plans to merge with the nation's oldest investigative news organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting. What do you make of these changes? And what do you want from Bay Area media outlets? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call we’ll talk about how schools decide what students can read in their libraries and classrooms and what happens when books are prohibited.  In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District recently banned a long list of books in the Mexican American Studies program from their schools including Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States.  So what are the criteria for school reading?  And who should make these decisions?  And how does this affect freedom in public education?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.or

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about the escalating use of military weapons and tactics by police departments.  Reporter Radley Balko, says, “Police militarization is now an ingrained part of American culture.”  We’re seeing local police dressed in riot gear use stun grenades and rubber coated bullets on demonstrators.  How did we get here? And how is this affecting the relationship between police departments and local communities?   Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What’s an appropriate use of force?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Josh Kosman author of "Buyout of America: How Private Equity Is Destroying Jobs and Killing the American Economy."  What are the economic effects of private equity deals? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What is the relationship between private equity firms and Washington power players? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Josh Kosman, a veteran financial reporter and the author of The Buyout of America, How Private Equity is Destroying Job and Killing the American Economy

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the State and Society in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its largest oil producer. Religious violence cost 500 lives in 2011 and recently the removal of subsidies has led to political unrest. What explains the rise of religious extremism in Nigeria? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feecback@yourcallradio.org. Who is benefiting from Nigeria’s natural resources? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Feb 3, 2012

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings. In his new book, "The Operator: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan," he writes about the military’s top decision makers, their mistrust of President Obama, and the close relationship between the military and journalists. The Pentagon has 27,000 people working on public relations. Who's going beyond the spin? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Police round up Occupy Oakland protesters outside a downtown YMCA.: Spencer Mills (@OakFoSho)

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the protests in Oakland, which resulted in 400 arrests. With tensions escalating between the police and the protesters, some people are questioning the direction the occupy movement is taking. So what happened during the latest Occupy Oakland demonstration? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How is the Occupy movement responding to the recent wave of violence? And what's next? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call we’ll talk about education success stories.  With another round of severe budget cuts and a heated debate about education reform led by corporate funded think tanks, we’re taking a step back to talk about what’s actually working in our schools. Smaller class sizes? Textbooks that are more relevant to everyday life? More support for teachers?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What works in your local schools?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about the end of California’s redevelopment agencies.  Governor Brown’s decision to dissolve redevelopment to redirect funds to the state’s budget will go into effect February 1st.  What has redevelopment accomplished in California?  And what, if anything, will take its place? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  How has your local redevelopment agency changed your city?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with David , author of “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.” How has the rapid proliferation of digital technology changed how we access knowledge? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  How has your perception of facts and knowledge changed over the years? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On Today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. With so much talk about how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes, how are the media covering our tax system? We’ll also discuss the growing debt crisis in Europe and the ongoing debt relief deal talks in Greece where the names of 4,000-tax evaders have been published. We’ll be joined by Reuters’ David Cay Johnston and the Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly joins us from Rome. Where did you see best reporting this week? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have conversation about the recent rounds of sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz through which 20 percent of global oil supplies pass. How are the sanctions impacting Iran’s economy? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How alarming is the standoff between Iran and the West? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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Kaveh Ehsani, assistant Professor of International Studies at DePaul University 

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