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On this edition of Your Call, filmmaker Stanley Nelson joins us to discuss Tell Them We Were Rising, a documentary that examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBUCs) have had on American history, culture, and identity.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma


This story originally aired in August of 2016. 

There’s a warehouse in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood stuffed with the severed legs of aging mannequins, screws of various sizes, and large pieces of real fur.


Photo by Paul Hart used under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll look at public school funding. Investment in K-12 schools has dramatically declined over the past decade. Why have states cut public education funding so deeply and what are the consequences?


Combatting sexual harassment in Oakland schools

Feb 14, 2018

Girls of color who attend Oakland public schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault, according to a recent report issued by the district. The question is: What is being done about it?

Lee Romney

Girls of color who attend Oakland Unified schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault. That’s according to a report commissioned by the district.

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As many as 100,000 children are sexually trafficked in the United States every year. The average age of these trafficking victims is between 11 and 14.

California — and the Bay Area in particular — are hubs for selling kids for sex.

Sara Sandhu

A program aimed at tripling the number of Oakland students who graduate from college is entering its second year.

This is a story about one of my very first teachers, Janet Daijogo. She’s the one who taught me how to tie my shoes and how to read my first book. I’m just one of hundreds of kids who’ve passed through her kindergarten classroom in the more than fifty years she’s taught.  

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How are students who are the first in their family to go to college faring?

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An unknown number of parents across the state are using medical cannabis to ease their children’s repeated seizures, treat the symptoms of autism or relieve the pain of cerebral palsy. But cannabis is not allowed on school grounds. One North Bay family is hoping to change that.



How can we give thanks while honoring the historic significance of Thanksgiving?

Lee Romney

When the state released testing data for California’s public school students last month, results for San Francisco Unified’s African American students were the lowest in the district — again. 

Year End Tax Tips for Income Tax Returns for 2017. Guests: David Hellman, a Certified Specialist in Federal Taxation Law, Real Estate attorney, CPA;  and Frank Adam, Tax attorney, Real Estate attorney, CPA. Questions for David & Frank? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar October 24, 2017


Author Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, says young adult fiction is willing to address just about anything, except the sexuality of adolescent boys.

Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind

Oct 10, 2017
Jeremy Jue


“Lasting Letters: Leaving a legacy behind” reports on legacy letters and how they are helping people prepare for death, say goodbye, and grieve loved ones after they are gone.  


On Indigenous People's Day, we’ll rebroadcast our conversation with historian Benjamin Madley about his groundbreaking book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.


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City College of San Francisco is on the rebound after years of grueling uncertainty.

On the Aug. 27, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe 14 common career myths.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on

The programs are archived on and on iTunes and in perpetuity on this web page.

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Earlier this month, the Cal State University Chancellor announced something huge.  He issued an executive order that will radically change what’s known as “remedial” education.

This summer, both San Francisco and Oakland welcomed new superintendents.  Both individuals were educated in the district they will now be running.  As leaders of high profile school districts that have had their share of problems in the past, these superintendents are under a great deal of pressure to succeed.  


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.

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.

Moderator Dana Rodriguez is joined by professor emeritus Lorrie Fischer and technical editor Kira Pace.


We’re continuing our discussion with 2017 Peacemaker Award Recipients. Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder of Way-Pass: Women's Aftercare Program and Supportive Services, joins us to discuss the unique barriers formerly incarcerated women face.

Minds over Matter

Minds over Matter