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Your Call: Reflections on the presidential debate

Oct 10, 2016

On the October 10th edition of Your Call, we'll break down the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Audrey Dilling

 

About a hundred people are seated in the basement auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library, waiting for an affordable housing lottery to begin.

On the December 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with economist Richard Wolff about rising inequality. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth.

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Alyssa Arian has worked in San Francisco restaurants for a decade and, like most servers, she got into it for the tips.

“Some nights you leave with $80 or $90,” she says. “$100 is kind of the average mark for what you want as a server, sort of anywhere in this city I think as a minimum.”

Since February, though, Arian hasn’t earned any tips. She’s working at Sous Beurre Kitchen, a new French spot in the Mission where tipping’s not allowed.

Your Call: Yemen and the State of the Union

Jan 22, 2015
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On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union speech. He focused on a number of economic issues including tax reform, jobs and education. How does the media’s obsession with political partisanship shape coverage of domestic and foreign policy issues? Where are the facts about taxes and the economy? We will be joined by McClatchy’s Mark Seibel and investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. We will be also joined by Sana'a based independent journalist Ataif Al Wazir.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

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It all started a couple of years ago, when a happy-go-lucky guy I swim with named Joe Omran showed up at Aquatic Park one day in a foul mood. Thirty years ago, he bought a small grocery and deli on the western edge of Nob Hill called Le Beau Market. Now he wanted to open a café nearby. Just a little one.

 

  

On the September 25th, 2014 edition of Your Call, Naomi Klein talks about her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”.  Klein says our current economic system can’t cut greenhouse emissions fast enough to prevent permanent warming.  As world leaders converge for the UN Climate Summit, is there still time to make the shift to sustainability?  And what would sustainability mean for the way we live?  Naomi Klein – on the next Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.    

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What happens to people in their 60s who can't afford to leave the workforce, but they can't find a job? One place unemployed seniors might turn for help finding a job is the Senior Community Service Employment Program. It provides job training to low income, unemployed people by finding them temporary work at nonprofits around the country. Roxanne Murray is a director working with the program for the Family Service Agency of San Francisco. 

Your Call: What can be done to fix inequality?

Sep 17, 2014

 

  

On the September 17th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston. From 2009 to 2011, the top 1 percent got 121 percent of income gains while everyone else saw their income fall. Inequality affects every aspect of our lives, from healthcare to social mobility, family structure, justice, and education. How does inequality hurt our economy as a whole? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On the Agust 1st edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of US corporate tax laws and offshore tax havens.  And we’ll talk about reporting the ongoing Israeli assault in Gaza.  As of Thursday morning, more than 1300 Palestinians have been killed, and the conflict has also cost the lives of 56 Israeli soldiers and 3 Israeli civilians. We will be joined by McClatchy’s Kevin Hall, Michael Hudson of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Samer Badawi of +972 Magazine.

A day in the life of the underemployed

Mar 12, 2014
David Boyer & Audrey Dilling

After years working in low-paying-but-rewarding social service jobs, Delynn Parker went back to school to get her Masters in Psychology. She had high hopes for more opportunities and better compensation after she graduated. That is not how it worked out. She is now saddled with a huge student loan and has found it difficult to find full-time work in her chosen field. Parker shared a day in her life – from her morning commute to her early bed time – giving insight into being underemployed in the Bay Area.


  

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Earlier this year, demonstrators staged a “camp-out” on the steps of Berkeley Post Office building, which dates to 1914. Residents don’t want to see it go, but it’s part of a much larger plan by the US Postal Service to sell some of its $85 billion real estate portfolio.

Investigative reporter Peter Byrne has written an e-book that explores the rationale behind the sales, taking on the behind-the-scenes issues that are forcing the Postal Service toward bankruptcy. The e-book is called “Going Postal: US Senator Diane Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post Offices to his Friends...Cheap.”

  On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about influential people and corporations in San Francisco. Today, the city is defined by its growing number of tech companies, but San Francisco is also home to major financial institutions and developers. How do they influence the political and cultural landscape of San Francisco? And who's making important decisions about issues like development and the economy? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of US Forest Service budget cuts as thousands of firefighters are battling the massive Rim Fire near Yosemite. The second round of cuts are scheduled to begin in October. Who’s covering this angle? We’ll also talk about the launch of Aljazeera America. We’ll be joined by Think Progress’ Katie Valentine, CJR’s David Cay Johnston and Murrow College’s Lawrence Pintak. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.         


 

 

 

  


East Bay Express: Debtor's purgatory

May 8, 2013
Erika Pino

Felipa Martinez is a petite woman to begin with, but standing beneath the dais in Contra Costa Superior Court she looked even tinier. Martinez had arrived with her adult daughter in tow, partly for visual assistance (a degenerative eye condition has left her unable to take the bus by herself), partly for translation (she speaks just enough English to get by), and partly for emotional support. The daughter grasped Martinez' shoulder while Judge Steven K. Austin rifled through a stack of old bank statements and receipts.


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the debate about Keystone XL Pipeline project has brought out divisions between the labor and environmentalists. What are the prospect for good paying Green Jobs? Join us live at 10 or send and email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. And what can revive blue-green alliance? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you

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Bill Snape, the Senior Counsel with Center for Biological Diversity

Today on Your Call: Will Robots Take Your Job?

Feb 4, 2013


What does it take to open a business in San Francisco?

Jan 30, 2013
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The nation may have been on shaky economic ground as it kicked off 2013, but there was little sign of that here in San Francisco. The city is still in the midst of a tech boom, which has fueled construction and retail investment.


Today on Your Call: Robert Reich

Jan 8, 2013


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the rise in consumer spending in China and India.  By 2020, Consumer spending in China and India is expected to reach 10 trillion dollars a year. Who are these new consumers? And how are they changing their societies? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. How is the rise in consumer spending impacting the global economy? It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin, and you.

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