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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Shit Storm: Why won't SF stop flooding homes with sewage? // SF Weekly

"San Francisco's sewers have a flooding problem. The city knows it. The residents who deal with it know it. But there's no indication that one of the richest cities in America is doing anything to stop an inevitable flood of shit from pouring into the homes and businesses of certain residents.

On the September 24th edition of Your Call, author and doctor Damon Tweedy joins us to talk about his new book, Black Man in a White Coat. 

Angela Johnston

This story originally aired on December 9, 2014.

At the Livermore Veteran’s Hospital, there are a few animals residents can see: wild turkeys that run around the grounds, rattlesnakes that hide out in the dry grass, and therapy dogs that make weekly visits. But there’s one animal in particular that Bryce Lee is always happy to see: a baby harp seal.



On the October 29th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a debate on Proposition 46, the ballot initiative that would raise the cap on damages in malpractice suits and enforce mandatory drug testing on doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 argue that medical negligence is too common and pain and suffering damage awards are too low. Opponents say the initiative isn’t about protecting patients, but increasing medical lawsuit payouts to trial lawyers. Election Day is next week - what questions do you have on Proposition 46? It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.

(Rich Pedroncelli / AP)



On the October 2nd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss bills that impact everything from labor and education to groundwater and healthcare. Governor Brown just signed the country’s first ban on single-use plastic bags. He also signed bills to give workers 3 sick days a year, redefine sexual consent on college campuses, and extend housing to foster youth up to age 25 if they are completing a secondary education. What bills are you watching? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.



What do you want to know about Medi-cal?

Dec 9, 2013

On the next Your Call, we're continuing our conversation about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for you. This time we’re focusing on Medical. As California’s program prepares for a major expansion, doctors say they can’t accept new patients because it doesn’t pay enough. So how will state serve the additional two million people expected to join the program? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.



Youth Radio: Young invincible on Affordable Care Act

Dec 5, 2013

From our partners at Youth Radio.

  Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

Hey guys,

Aaron Glantz is a reporter with the Center for Investigative Reporting and author of the book, The War Comes Home. He talked with KALW about what makes the transition to civilian life so hard.

Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

September 6, 2012

Okay, so I just learned that a federal court in Massachusetts has ruled that a prisoner has the right to sex-reassignment surgery. The court ruled that it was cruel and unusual punishment to deny this individual what they termed "basic medical care."

One serious effect of the recession is many people’s inability to afford health care. And when people aren’t insured, they bring their medical problems to the only place required to take them: the public hospital emergency room.

In Oakland, that emergency room is at Highland Hospital. The documentary The Waiting Room takes us into the lobby and behind the scenes with the doctors, nurses, and patients who spend their hours there. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with director Pete Nicks.

All of America should drop to its knees and thank the GOP for providing America with our replacement fireworks. Cities all over the country this year were forced to cancel Fourth of July festivities due to lack of money, fear of fire, and incompetent computers.

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.”

Are lesbian, gay and transgender seniors getting proper and respectful care in nursing homes, day-care centers and in their own homes?  A groundbreaking state-funded survey in Alameda County showed very encouraging trends, and also room for improvement. Dan Ashbrook of the non-profit group Lavender Seniors conducted a series of caregiver trainings also funded by the state grant.

Next week, KALW will bring you NPR's special coverage as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of  the Affordable Care Act, Monday through Wednesday at 6pm.

Hosted by Jennifer Ludden, NPR's special coverage will feature audio highlights from the day's arguments, and analysis from NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and health policy correspondent Julie Rovner.

Next week, KALW will bring you NPR's special coverage as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of  the Affordable Care Act, Monday through Wednesday at 6pm.

NPR's coverage will be hosted by Jennifer Ludden and feature NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and health policy correspondent Julie Rovner, as well as audio of each day's arguments from the court.  

Today's Your Call: Are you uninsured or underinsured?

Jan 10, 2012


On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about The Affordable Care Act. What are the new coverage options? In California, the cost of health insurance is rising more rapidly than family incomes. What resources are available for those of us don’t have healthcare or don’t have much coverage?  Join us at 10 or email What resources are available? And what’s in store for the future of healthcare? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.