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On the November 11th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the Norwegian surgeon Dr. Mads Gilbert about his new book Night in Gaza. Dr Gilbert chronicles his daily experiences in Al-Shifa hospital during Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza.

Saving water, one flush at a time

Nov 10, 2015
Catherine Girardeau

Nobody at my house is very handy, so when there are plumbing issues, we go for the workarounds: like plunging, and putting buckets under leaky faucets to catch the drips and using the buckets to flush the toilets. 

Ray Bouknight / flickr

  On the November 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about how California is weathering the drought. 

Breast Cancer Action

In the 1940’s a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer was one in twenty. Now it’s one in eight, despite the billions of dollars spent on awareness and the search for a cure.


Two sisters, Kathryn Sibley and Madelyn Blair, walk into the Dragonfly Ink Studio to get a touch-up on their matching tattoos. You can sense their excitement—they’re not scared of the needle and they’re not scared of the pain.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: October 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

Your Call: What Exxon knew about climate change

Oct 30, 2015
AP Photo/Mike Derer

On the Oct 30th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss investigations by Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times, which reveal that Exxon Mobil knew about climate change as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue.

Laura Flynn

On the October 29th edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how California can end fossil fuel extraction and embrace 100% wind and solar. Is that possible in the country’s third-largest oil-producing state?


Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challenge arises every month when they get their period. 

The eucalyptus divide

Oct 22, 2015


The recent fire in Lake County demonstrated just how quickly disaster can ignite on our dry California landscape. Here in the densely populated Bay Area, we’re no less vulnerable.

Brian Kusler

Clean Power SF – San Francisco’s alternative to PG&E – is set to launch early next year. It will give San Francisco residents and businesses more control over where their power comes from.

Your Call: How much food is America wasting?

Oct 19, 2015


On the October 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the growing food waste problem.

On the October 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners. 

Your Call: What is life like for abortion providers?

Oct 12, 2015

On the October 1th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with David Cohen and Krysten Connon about their new book, Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.

Photo courtesy of Ed Yourton.

So here’s what we know – cell phones emit radiation, and that has people concerned. But not all radiation is the same, and it doesn’t all have the same effect.

Environment Health Trust

Have you ever taken a close look at the documentation that came with your phone?

If you're like me, probably not. The manual is voluminous, and safety information is hard to find.

Simon Fraser University / flickr

  On the October 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Sandra Steingraber, the environmental writer who spent 15 days in jail in November 2014 for protesting fracking in New York.

  On the October 7th edition of Your Call we’re discussing breast cancer prevention, the latest developments in treatment, and where resources are going in the fight against it. 

San Quentin Prison Report: Living with Hepatitis C

Sep 30, 2015
Under CC license from Flickr user Telmo32

An estimated 40% of people in jails and prisons are infected with Hepatitis C. Because the virus can remain dormant for decades, it's often called the silent killer. From inside San Quentin Prison, reporter Louis A. Scott spoke to fellow prisoners living with Hepatitis C.


On the September 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki about the mind-body connection. 

Your Call: What’s being done to protect elephants?

Sep 28, 2015

On the September 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss efforts to stop the killing elephants.

On the September 24th edition of Your Call, author and doctor Damon Tweedy joins us to talk about his new book, Black Man in a White Coat. 

Achieving Mental Health Parity

Sep 23, 2015
Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN

After the state of California fined her employer $4 million in 2013 for violating the legal rights of mental health patients, Oakland psychologist Melinda Ginne expected her job — and her patients’ lives — to get better.

Instead, she said, things got worse.

Matthew Keys / flickr


On the September 23rd edition of Your Call, we're talking about the increasing number of wildfires blazing across California. 

StoryCorps: A good attitude until the end

Sep 22, 2015
Courtesy of StoryCorps

Frank Hatch lived with HIV for more than 20 years, only to be diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer in 2010. For comfort and guidance, he turned to his Buddhism practice. And then, with encouragement from his nephew, he decided to do something he never thought he could: a 16-day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.

Your Call: How can we protect our marine ecosystem?

Sep 20, 2015

On the September 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll take a look at the spectacular gathering of marine mammals along the California cost in Monterey Bay. 

Racing to Zero

On the September 17th edition of Your Call filmmakers from the documentary Racing to Zero join us to talk about San Francisco’s commitment to meet its zero waste goal by 2020.

Your Call 11am special: Vandana Shiva

Sep 10, 2015

On the September 10th special edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with prominent environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva about Visions of the Living Seed, a new book that aims to raise awareness about the importance of seed and biodiversity preservation.

  What threats do dolphins and other marine mammals face?