2012 election

What are you last minute election questions before Tuesday’s big vote? On the next Your Call we’ll be discussing state ballot propositions, diving into the fine print that could produce big changes in our state. What issues have you found confusing and what seems like a no-brainer? Have basic voting questions been addressed in your community? We’ll have Kim Alexander from the California Voter Foundation and Lianne Campodonico and Suzanne Barba from

Beginning at 5pm, join Your Call host Rose Aguilar and long-time political analyst Larry Bensky for comprehensive election night coverage, broadcast from the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley.

We'll bring you up-to-the-minute results in the Presidential, Senate and House races, and connect you with activists and reporters in key states across the country. 

Throughout the night, you'll hear headlines from the BBC and informed, independent analysis from Bay Area experts including Sylvia Allegretto (UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor & Economics), Mark Hertsgaard (HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth), Ethel Long-Scott (Women's Economic Agenda Project), Daniel Newman (Maplight), and Lance Williams (California Watch).

You can participate, too:  Post your questions and comments right here, and Rose Aguilar will be reading them throughout the night and asking her guests to respond.

Propositions 34 and 36

Oct 22, 2012

On November 6, voters will have a chance to weigh in on two proposals that could have a big impact on how criminals are treated in California. Prop 34 would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life in prison, while Prop 36 would alter California's "3 Strikes" law to impose a life sentence only when a new felony conviction is "serious or violent."

Supporters say these propositions are step towards a more cost-effective approach towards incarceration, while opponents claim that these initiatives will cause an increase in crime rates and harm public safety for Californians. City Visions takes up the debate.

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week we’ll have a conversation with Andrea Seabrook, former Capital Hill reporter for NPR. She says reporters need to stop coddling lawmakers, stop buying their red team, blue team narrative and ask harder questions of them. We’ll also talk about campaign coverage with the New York Review of Books Michael Massing. Where did you the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 PDT or send an leave a comment here. It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you.