Health, Science, Environment

Health, science, and environment news

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: 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. 

Dying to Talk: Reimagining life after death

Oct 7, 2016
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Losing someone we love can change our life, sometimes dramatically. Brad Wolfe became a professional musician and design innovator with IDEO in the wake of his  friend's death.

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Most people get a little anxious before they have surgery, especially kids. Anti-anxiety medicines can help, but anesthesiologists in the Bay Area have come up with an alternative that’s safer, cheaper and a little more fun to.

Your Call: Climate change policies in the US

Oct 3, 2016

On the October 3rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about US climate policy. The US recently ratified the Paris climate agreement, aiming to keep temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, but those obligations will not be met unless new measures to cut greenhouse gases are passed.

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Join us Sunday, October 2 at 8am — When death approaches, an extraordinary thing happens: we become fully present to life.

Rai Sue Sussman

On a rare sunny morning on San Francisco’s Mt. Sutro, I went on a hike with Rupa Bose, webmaster of an organization called Save Sutro. Bose lives in the Forest Knolls neighborhood abutting the eucalyptus forest.

Rachel Wong

One of the first things you hear when you enter the East Bay Vivarium is lots of scratching. It's coming from inside a large cage -- its a giant lizard that’s nearly as long as I am tall. “His name is Elmo, he’s a good guy. People love him,” says Owen Maerks, one of the co-owners here at the Vivarium.

Is Prop 61 the answer to rising drug prices?

Sep 27, 2016

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards for Prop 61, with AARP and the California Nurses Association urging you to “Vote Yes for Lower Drug Prices.” Or the scary TV commercials warning you to vote no on Prop 61, arguing that drug prices will go up if it’s passed.

Your Call: The politics of pleasure

Sep 20, 2016


On the September 20th edition of Your Call, journalist Peggy Orenstein joins us to discuss her book, Girls & Sex, Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.

DIY: How to recycle water in your home

Sep 14, 2016
Patrick Smith

Think about the parts of your home where you can conserve water: there’s the shower, the sink, the toilet, and if you’ve got them, maybe a dishwasher or washing machine. You can reduce the amount of water you use, but what about reusing it? KALW’s Thea Chroman decided to learn how to reuse water spent on cleaning herself – and stuff – in a segment called D.I.Y.

Angela Johnston


When you exit Highway 101 into East Palo Alto, there’s a construction site you just can’t miss. It’s a big, brick, three-story building with huge glass windows. By early next year this building should be home to a company, and the builders hope it’s a tech startup.

Richard Morganstein


On the September 14th edition of Your Call, Mary Ellen Hannibal discusses her new book Citizen Scientist, Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.

Your Call: Restoring the oceans

Sep 12, 2016

On the Septermber 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about marine sanctuaries. Last month, 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.

Sayra Trejo


One of the most popular parks in the country is just north of the Golden Gate bridge in Marin County. It’s so close to San Francisco that Muir Woods National Monument hosts close to one million visitors a year.

Angela Johnston

California has suffered more than 5,000 wildfires this year, and we’ve only reached the beginning of the season. Just last week, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling blazes throughout the state – fires largely fueled by already-dead, dry trees.

On the September 6th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of healthcare and health insurance in California. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has announced that in 2017, premiums will rise by an average of 13 percent.

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One of the Bay Area’s main attractions is its proximity to nature. Only 45 minutes separate Bay Area residents from arriving at the ocean, the mountains, or a hiking trail. But not everybody experiences the Bay Area’s natural beauty.

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On the September 1st edition of Your Call, we’re talking about how climate change is affecting wildfires.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

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On the August 31st edition of we’ll discuss the estimated 40 percent of food that’s wasted every year in the United States.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by New America Media, nearly half of non-white voters have never been to a national park.


On the August 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the growing protest at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota. For weeks, thousands of Native Americans have joined Standing Rock Sioux tribe members in their protest against the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipe.

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On the August 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss threats currently facing national parks.

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Kelly Quirke, community engagement coordinator for Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, finds it ironic that so many people he deals with in their 60s and 70s are adamant about not getting high on cannabis.

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.