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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. 

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.  

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