Health, Science, Environment

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Vance Vredenburg

Mountain yellow-legged frogs used to be bountiful, hopping out from under hikers feet anywhere there was water. Now they’re critically endangered by both non-native predators and a deadly fungal disease that's killed over a third of the world’s amphibian species.

Your Call: What does a fish know?

Aug 11, 2016

 

On the August 11th edition of Your Call, Jonathan Balcombe discusses his new book, What a Fish Knows, the Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins.

On the August 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss sexual harassment.

Angela Johnston

 

The California drought is now in it’s fifth year, and a recent study says it won’t be over for years to come. The study analyzed California’s mountain snowpack and found that we’d need almost four and a half more years of winter storms to escape drought conditions.  

Photo courtesy of Marc Mondavi

Five years of drought has forced California farmers and wine makers to turn from the sky to the ground to find water. It’s down there, but you have to know exactly where it is in order to drill a well.  

On the August 2nd edition of Your Call we’ll have a conversation about the new Toxic Substances Control Act.

  On the July 14th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the new book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment.

Brother's Keepers: A suicide support group for inmates

Jul 7, 2016
Under CC license from Flickr user Jitze Couperus.

Deaths by suicide in prison are rare, but when they happen they create shockwaves. Inmates need support with handling trauma, and in 2005, Dennis Pratt co-founded Brother’s Keepers, a support group that works with inmates to prevent suicide and help each other through crises.

Peeing in your pants is more common than you might think

Jul 6, 2016
Lauren Whaley, resized and recropped

My two-year-old son doesn’t pee in his pants or wear diapers. But, ever since he was born, I do.

Under creative commons license from Flickr user eugene_o // resized and cropped

 

The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

On the June 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on San Francisco’s homeless crisis by opening the lines to take your questions for Jeff Kositsky.

Larkin Street Youth Services

On the June 28th edition of Your Call, we continue our week-long series about the homeless crisis in San Francisco. Today we’re broadcasting live from Larkin Street Youth Services in the Tenderloin.

 

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. 

Simply the Basics Facebook page/Resized

Meeting personal hygiene needs are hard when you're living on the street. But a new nonprofit is trying to change that. Simply the Basics launched just last year and is providing homeless shelters and nonprofits with basic hygienic needs like tampons- but also soap, toothpaste, deodorant and other personal care items that help keep people healthy, but also help them live with dignity. It’s called the Hygiene Bank. Meghan Freebeck is founder of Simply the Basics. She spoke with KALW's Hana Baba.

When most people are on their way to sleep, San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Team, or SF HOT, is just beginning its graveyard shift.

Your Call: Bees and the powerful pesticide industry

Jun 23, 2016

On the June 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the pesticide industry and the drastic decline of the bee population.

San Francisco is in a different place than much of the rest of the country when it comes to trans awareness.

Rick Flores / Amah Mutson Tribal Band

  

On the June 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the Bay Area Native American tribe Amah Mutsun is using its traditional knowledge to solve today’s environmental problems.

Breathmobile rolls relief into Bay Area schools

Jun 15, 2016
Used under CC from Ben Dalton // cropped and resized

Industrial pollution in West Oakland and all throughout Alameda County can cause major problems for kids who live there. Aimed at addressing this issue, a mobile asthma clinic called the Breathmobile travels around to schools in the area.

California Department of Public Health / Used Under CC / flickr

 

On the June 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Lyme disease, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.

Audrey Dilling

 

Marie-Jo Fremont pays a lot of attention to the sky these days.

Dayla Soul

  

On the June 2nd edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the sexism plaguing women in sports. 

Your Call: Looming global water shortage

Jun 1, 2016
Judd McCullum / used under CC / flickr

 On the June 1st edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the global water crisis. 

Audrey Dilling

 

On June 7, Bay Area voters will weigh in on the Bay Area’s first-ever regional tax to fight climate change. If passed, Measure AA would collect $12 per year from property owners in all nine Bay Area counties.

 

Chris Hilleke

On the May 19th edition of Your Call, TRAPPED filmmaker Dawn Porter joins us to discuss diminishing abortion access across the country. 

Young men preventing sexual assault

May 5, 2016
Lisa Bartfai

 

When it comes to crimes like rape and sexual assault, the focus is shifting from prosecution and punishment to prevention. That means finding the cause of the problem and tackling it early on.

 

Your Call: Getting real about girls' sex lives

May 4, 2016
Michael Todd

 On the May 5th edition of Your Call we’ll have a conversation with Peggy Orenstein about her new book, “Girls & Sex, Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.”

Your Call: Gene Baur and the Farm Sanctuary Life

Apr 27, 2016

 On the April 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Gene Baur, the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. 

Jessica Placzek

Each year, little blue creatures wash up along the California coast. They’re about two and a half inches across, blue, and shaped kind of like pringles. Sometimes they’re beached by the millions. They’re called velella velella.

Ben Trefny

While San Francisco can’t compete with places like Yosemite for wildness, you’ll find the city is teeming with nature if you just take a moment to see. From slugs to oaks to falcons, we share our sidewalks with a variety of life. 

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