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Your Call: What does a fish know?

Dec 29, 2016

 

We're revisiting our conversation with Jonathan Balcombe. He joins us to discuss his new book, What a Fish Knows, the Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins.

 

We're revisiting our conversation with Mary Ellen Hannibal about her new book Citizen Scientist, Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.

 

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with historian Jill Jonnes about her new book Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.

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An estimated 40 percent of food is wasted every year in the United States.

Your Call: Standing up for science

Dec 15, 2016

    

How are scientists standing up to Trump’s anti-science policies? Science historian Naomi Oreskes joins us to discuss climate change and scientific research under Donald Trump.

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How do we protect Medicare from privatization?

Your Call: Climate denial in the era of Trump

Dec 11, 2016

How are scientists standing up to climate deniers? We’ll have a conversation with Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles about their new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

Rich Wilson

 

What’s next for the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Angela Johnston

 

Austin Newsom is an Amtrak ticket agent at the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. On his lunch breaks, he takes walks along the Embarcadero.

“It’s really nice, and people usually, when they’re walking along the waterfront, for whatever reason they have big smiles on their faces. I think it makes people happy.”

 

Your Call: The present and future of abortion rights

Dec 5, 2016

What's next for reproductive rights in the US and around the world?

Your Call: Restoring our oceans

Dec 4, 2016

On the December 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast our conversation about marine sanctuaries. In August, President Obama created the largest marine protected area on the planet. He expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Monument to include half-a-million-square-miles of waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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On the December 1st edition of Your Call, what rights do Standing Rock water protectors have to remain where they are? The North Dakota Governor issued an evacuation order and the Army Corps of Engineers plans to close off access to Oceti Sakowin camp by December 5.

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Hugging a baby doll can sometimes soothe even the most upset toddler, and some researchers say it can do the same for adults with dementia. Doll therapy is catching on in nursing homes, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Your Call: Resistance at Standing Rock

Nov 28, 2016

On the November 28th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance movement.

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An unusual scene has been playing out at Ocean Beach over the past few weeks.

New report raises alarms about the health of the Bay

Nov 17, 2016
Angela Johnston

The San Francisco Bay, or more accurately, the San Francisco Estuary, is a place where freshwater that flows from the Sierras, down the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and mixes with salty water from the Pacific Ocean.

Can copying plants curb climate change?

Nov 17, 2016
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Imagine that cars that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Instead of gasoline, they’d run on a new fuel—called butanol—that’s made, with the help of bacteria, from three simple ingredients: sunlight, air and water.

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Substance abuse is a factor in 80 percent of cases where a child is removed from a home. And there are signs that the opioid epidemic is sending more kids into the foster care system.

On the November 7th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Native American youths and their role in the struggle against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

In most Bay Area grocery stores, you can’t get free plastic bags anymore. San Francisco, all of Alameda County, and many cities in Marin and Contra Costa County have all banned bags. To find a grocery store giving out plastic bags for free, I had to drive to a Lucky in San Ramon.

Rich Wilson

 

On the November 2nd edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our coverage from Standing Rock.

Your Call: Why Standing Rock matters

Oct 31, 2016

On the November 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the ongoing protests at Standing Rock. Thousands of Native Americans and their allies have been resisting the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline since April.

On the October 31st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with historian Jill Jonnes about her new book Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.

What do Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Saints Day have in common? They each transform the taboo around talking about death. 

On the October 28th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss the forced removal of refugees from the camp in Calais, France. 

On the October 24th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann about his new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

Dying to Talk: Death and multiculturalism

Oct 23, 2016

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When we talk about how we want to die, what we are really talking about is what matters most in life. This universal conversation takes on countless nuances when approached from different cultural perspectives.

Dying to Talk: Discover who you are

Oct 14, 2016

For many people, losing a grandparent can feel like the end of an era. What would be possible, if instead, death became an opening to explore where we come from? KALW's own Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call, has discovered just that.

Your Call: The 2016 Brower Youth Award Winners

Oct 12, 2016
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On the October 12 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners.

Your Call: Standing up at Standing Rock

Oct 10, 2016

On the October 10th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the ongoing protest over the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. 

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