Tue October 23, 2012

The birth of the negative campaign ad

Most people would agree that Citizens United was a turning point for campaign finance in the United States, paving the way for Super Political Action Committees to inject record amounts of anonymous donations into this year’s election.

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Mon June 11, 2012
Women Writing Op-Eds

Today on Your Call: Why aren’t more women on the editorial page? And why does it matter?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about why women submit fewer op-eds than men and how it affects public discourse. Katie Orenstein, founder of the OpEd Project, laments that we’re hearing from only a small fraction of the world’s best minds. What keeps women from writing op-eds and taking part in our public discourse? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Who are the female opinion writers you value --  and what do they offer? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Katie Orenstein, founder of the OpEd Project

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Tue March 13, 2012
City Visions: March 19, 2012

Making "Reel" Change with Independent Film

courtesy of San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco has more film festivals than any other city in the country besides New York. In fact, the oldest film festival still running anywhere in the Americas is the San Francisco International Film festival - started in 1957. But San Francisco is also know as a progressive, activist city. Is there a connection between San Francisco’s activism and its love for independent cinema? What makes film such a powerful tool? And when art combines with public policy, do filmmakers have a responsibility more in line with journalists than artists?


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Wed February 29, 2012
Women and girls in pop culture and media

Today on Your Call: How should we respond to the sexualization of women and girls in the media?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the makers of the film, MissRepresentation, a documentary about the increasingly sexualized portrayals of women and girls in popular culture and news media and the continued absence of women in critical leadership roles.   How are these trends affecting our society--especially youth?  How do they impact you or those around you?  And how can we shift them?  Join us at 10 or email  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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Mon January 23, 2012

Where media and the Occupy movement intersect

Photo by Katie Styer

Michael Stoll is the executive director of the San Francisco Public Press – a non-profit, non-commercial journalistic outlet that started in 2009. Stoll reported for years in the mainstream media, including the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times. But he questioned the values of ad-driven papers. He wants in-depth, public service journalism to be available without any commercial influence. The San Francisco Public Press carries no advertising – it’s actually modeled after public radio – and Stoll is about to publish his sixth print edition.

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