Health, Science, Environment

2:42pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Documenting the "Food Stamp Challenge"

As the number of Americans receiving food stamps increases – it has now reached an all time high of more than 21 and a half million households – an ongoing debate over whether the system is working has emerged.

Last fall, over a dozen members of Congress took the “Food Stamp Challenge” to see what it was like to live solely on a food stamp budget for a week. Bay Area representatives Barbara Lee of Oakland and Jackie Speier of San Mateo both participated. Congresswoman Lee had to live on four dollars and fifty cents a day.

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12:00am

Tue May 29, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What's in store for the future of the food stamp program?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the new documentary Food Stamped. One out of eight Americans are on food stamps. There are 2.6 million in California . That’s more than ever. The average allotment is about a $1.20 a meal. Americans support doubling food stamp benefits. Is it possible to get enough food on a dollar a meal? What will it take to reverse this trend? It’s Your Call with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Yoav Potash, an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and social justice advocate

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3:26pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Child health advocates await Supreme Court decision

Courtesy: Children's Defense Fund

Societies around the world recognize child literacy and elementary education as human rights. It’s actually guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 24 of that Convention also guarantees the following:

“States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services.”

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1:36pm

Wed May 23, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

A second chance for Oakland's San Antonio Park

Courtesy yelp! user Richi C.

San Antonio Park stretches a full city block on each side, in a lush area near Foothill Blvd and 18th Avenue in Oakland. About 15 years ago, the park was considered a dangerous eyesore. Since then, through the help of people who care about healthy public spaces, like Grey Kolevzon it has become an important example of what can happen when people pull together to build something up.

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3:37pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The "other" spectacular solar event coming to a sky near you

Photo courtesy of Flickr user johncudw2399

Paul Salazar is a member of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and keeps a regular astronomy blog called the Urban Astronomer. He sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse. He also explained what he calls a "spectacular solar event" that only happens twice every hundred years. It's called the Transit of Venus and it's happening on June 5. Listen to find out where and when to watch.

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