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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation with journalist Thomas Frank about his new book Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society.

Oakland is gearing up for a major election

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San Francisco just wrapped up an intense mayoral election. There’s another major race for mayor coming up. This time in Oakland.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Steve Almond about his new book Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.

On this edition of Your Call, we revisit our conversation with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

 On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the upcoming presidential election in Mexico. The escalation of violence, corruption, and poverty are key issues for voters. In 2017, nearly 30,000 people were killed in Mexico, and 53 million people live in poverty.

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On this edition of Your Call, historian and activist Martin Duberman discusses his new book Has the Gay Movement Failed? He argues that the left has sidelined radical goals to achieve more normative inclusion.

From Italy to the US, right-wing governments are waging a war on refugees and immigrants. On this week's media roundtable, we'll discuss Italy’s new government refusal to rescue boats carrying hundreds of migrants, and threatening mass deportation. We'll also discuss the country's racist policies toward Gypsies/Roma.

London Breed made history Wednesday as the first African American woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco. She is currently ahead of Mark Leno by 2,177 votes. Breed is expected to take office next month.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss why sex workers oppose a federal law that promised to crack down on human trafficking.

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with writer and Black Lives Matter activist Darnell Moore about his memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America.

Philosophy Talk: The Value of Care

Jun 8, 2018

How do notions like care, compassion, and empathy change the way we view our obligations to others?

  


On this edition of Your Call, reporter Charlie LeDuff discusses his new book, Sh*tshow! The Country's Collapsing ... and the Ratings Are Great.

 

  U.S. prisons currently house 2.3 million inmates. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss media coverage of the private prison industry, how corporations are profiting from prisoners' labor, and prison reform.

  

Every Wednesday through Election Day on June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, and regional measures.

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's hawkish remarks about Iran and the new CIA director Gina Haspel‘s role in the agency’s torture program.

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San Jose’s Measure B, and the counter-amendment Measure C, would affect housing development and zoning.

Measure B would rezone the Evergreen Hills area in San Jose to allow for large housing development on what is now undeveloped hillside.

The zoning change wouldn’t just apply to this site, but many sites like it that are currently zoned non-residential.

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Every Wednesday through Election Day on June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, and regional measures.

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Amy Farah Weiss, a San Francisco community activist and mayoral candidate in 2018 and 2015, spoke to KALW’s Ben Trefny about her campaign, her work on the Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, and about issues such as climate change, divesting, racism, reparations, economics and prosperity.

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Today is the last day Californians can register to vote for the next election. Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th. And in San Francisco, as you probably know, we’re electing a new mayor.

The new FRONTLINE documentary, Trafficked in America, tells the inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio. On the next Your Call’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of labor trafficking in the US.

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If things go the way Bay Area sports fans hope, by the time voters head to the ballot box on June 5, the Warriors may be in the middle of the NBA finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

But if the Warriors make the finals next June, they’ll be playing in San Francisco, in their brand-new stadium in Mission Bay.

Proposition I wants to discourage moves like this one. If it passes, San Francisco would have a quote “official policy” discouraging owners of professional sports teams from relocating to the city.

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On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. He argues that racism isn’t fading away as progress forges ahead – instead, racist ideas are evolving.

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California’s history is marked by horrific and systemic violence against Native Americans. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Bay Area Native Corrina Gould and historian Benjamin Madley about the genocide of California Indians and how the state should acknowledge it.

  

Every Wednesday, through the day after Election Day on June 5th, we will air a special Your Call focusing on San Francisco's mayoral race, propositions, regional measures.

  

On this edition of Your Call, activist and scholar Dr. Janet Dewart Bell discusses her new book, Lighting the First of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

San Francisco’s Proposition F would ensure free legal representation to anyone in San Francisco facing eviction.

 

You know how when someone gets arrested, the police tell them they have a right to an attorney and if they can’t afford one, one will be provided for them? Well, that’s true all across the country, but only if that person is facing criminal changes.

If you’re in eviction court — which is civil, not criminal — there’s no free lawyer.

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San Francisco’s Proposition D is one of several on the ballot about taxes.

The proposed law would increase taxes on San Francisco’s commercial landlords by 1.7 percent in order to fund more housing and homelessness services.

Not all commercial landlords would see increased taxes — about 20 percent would be exempt, including organizations like non-profits, and entertainment spaces like theaters or sports arenas.  

But the rent increase for the remaining commercial landlords would generate an estimated $70 million.

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On this edition of Your Call, Richard Walker returns for another discussion about Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Every Wednesday through Election Day on June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, and regional measures.

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Proposition C is about childcare and early childhood education. Brain research shows that’s really important for kids up to five years old.

But San Francisco is a really expensive city. And lots of low and middle income families can’t afford early childcare.

 

So to help subsidize early childhood education, Proposition C would put a 3.5 percent tax on most commercial landlords — property owners who lease industrial space, office buildings and retail.

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