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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. 

On the April 18th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with two of the six environmental activists who have won this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. These environmental warriors work against all odds to protect the environment and their communities.

  “If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?”  April 16th is Advanced Care Planning Day - an opportunity to have a conversation with loved ones about what matters most in life, and how we want to face death. 


On the April 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about how people around the world are fighting climate change. 

StoryCorps: Facilitating a 'good death'

Apr 11, 2016
San Francisco StoryCorps

As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, Alastair Shanks sits at the bedsides of people who are dying at the Laguna Honda, a public hospital in San Francisco that serves the indigent and homeless. Many of those he accompanies are lost to the world through dementia. In this installment of StoryCorps, Shanks speaks with fellow volunteer Mary Doane about the care he takes to make sure each person has a “good death.”

Your Call: Chemicals on your plate

Apr 7, 2016

On the April 7th edition of  Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on toxic chemicals by focusing on our food system. We are exposed to a cocktail of chemicals, additives and pesticides in the food we eat.

Audrey Dilling

Seventy thousand people call San Francisco’s suicide crisis line each year. If someone's making that call, it usually means they're on the verge of harming themselves, and in severe emotional distress. But San Francisco has a service that’s aimed at reaching people before they’re on the brink of crisis — the San Francisco Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line.

Your Call: Toxic chemicals lurking in your home

Apr 6, 2016


On the April 6th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week long series on toxic chemicals by looking at what’s lurking in our homes. 

Your Call: How safe are cosmetics products?

Apr 4, 2016

On the April 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on toxic chemicals by discussing the safety and regulation of the $71 billion cosmetics industry.

On the April 4th edition of Your Call, we’re kicking off our week long series examining the toxic chemicals in our everyday lives. 

The longer I've been a career counselor, the more I've come to realize that successfully guiding people regarding their career often requires a consideration of their mental health issues.

Bautz Adventure/ Used Under CC / flickr

  On the March 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss efforts to increase diversity in outdoor recreational activities. 

What am I supposed to do after an earthquake?

Mar 21, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

We all know we’re supposed to prepare for earthquakes, but how many of us really have a plan?

Your Call: In search of true wilderness

Mar 20, 2016

  On the March 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with environmental journalist Jason Mark about his new book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man.

On the March 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with filmmaker Dawn Porter about her new documentary TRAPPED. 

Your Call: How safe is our drinking water?

Mar 14, 2016

On the March 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the quality and safety of drinking water in the United States.

Angela Johnston


If you need help finding dead trees and bark beetles, Tom Smith is your guy. He works for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, identifying and managing tree diseases and pests. He calls himself a "bugs and rot" man.


Feeling lost, overwhelmed, and invisible -- these are just some of the challenging emotions nearly all caregivers encounter.  

On the March 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation about the benefits of nature on our mental health.

Your Call: Toxic chemicals in cosmetics

Mar 6, 2016

On the March 7th edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with filmmakers Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin, as well as Janet Nudelman from the Breast Cancer Fund. They join us for a conversation on Erica and Dianne's new documentary Painted Nails ​and the cosmetic industry. 

Audrey Dilling


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

Therapy for therapists

Feb 25, 2016
Guy McPherson.


Guy McPherson is a trauma therapist from Oakland who spends many hours a day talking to people who have gone through life changing accidents, marital abuse, and war. Hearing about pain and suffering over and over takes a toll, and McPherson says that many of his colleagues feel the same.

  On the February 25th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss DuPont’s decades-long history of chemical pollution. 

Robert F. Oaks


San Francisco's reputation as one of America's most ethnically diverse cities is in question as its African Americans population erodes. In 1990, 11% of city residents were Black. Now that number is just 6% and is expected to drop below 4% by 2020.

Your Call: The root causes of the Flint water crisis

Feb 22, 2016

On the February 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Laura Flynn


On the February 22nd edition of Your Call, we want to know about your favorite Bay Area hikes.