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  On this week’s Your Call media roundtable, we’ll discuss the recent Taliban and ISIS suicide bombings in Afghanistan, which killed at least 138 people. According to reports, as the Taliban gains more territory, the Pentagon has tried to censor information about how much of the country is controlled by insurgent groups.

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In his new book, It’s Even Worse Than you Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America, investigative journalist David Cay Johnston says political termites have infested our government. On this edition of Your Call, we discuss how the Trump administration is working to undermine government.

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This Saturday, two weeks after President Trump addressed via teleconference the National Walk for Life in Washington, D.C., the 14th annual Walk For Life West Coast took place in San Francisco. 

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Turkey’s military assault on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria. The attack has displaced more than 5,000 people and more than 25 have been killed.

The Women's March 2018 : Bay Area faces and voices

Jan 22, 2018


More than 100,000 attended Women's Marches around the Bay Area this Saturday — in big cities like San Francisco and smaller towns like Walnut Creek, Pacifica, and Sonoma.

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Activists resisting the Trump administration have been organizing protests, mobilizing voters, and running for office. They have opposed restrictions on immigration, advocated for women’s rights, and spoken out against racial injustice. More than 250 Women’s March anniversary actions are planned for January 20. We’ll ask local organizers: Where has the movement succeeded, and what’s to come in 2018?

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Who wants to be mayor of San Francisco?

Jan 9, 2018
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Eight candidates qualified Tuesday to run in San Francisco's mayoral race and the ballot could become even more crowded in a contest expected to pit the city's progressive values against its thirst for economic development following years of spectacular but divisive growth driven by the technology sector.

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From judges and politicians to public radio hosts and actors, the power of the #metoo movement has brought down a wide range of powerful men for harassment and abuse.

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss press freedom in the United States and across the world, and the shifting media landscape in the Trump era. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2017, the number of journalists jailed around the world reached a record high of 262.

Your Call: Feminism is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

Dec 20, 2017
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Merriam-Webster declared feminism the word of the year.

This week, in a dramatic turnaround, voters in Alabama chose former prosecutor Doug Jones to be their next Senator. He become the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in 25 years. On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage.

  

On Wednesday, Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss media coverage of Trump's statement, what life is like for Palestinians living in Jerusalem, and the expansion of Israeli settlements. We'll also look at the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Two months after hurricane Maria, many people in Puerto Rico are still living without electricity and clean drinking water. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

  

In Playing with Fire, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell recalls the 1968 US presidential election that shaped American politics. 

  

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as antifa.

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Last weekend, Mohamad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and the architect of the devastating war in Yemen, ordered the arrests of some of the country’s top political and business elites. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing crackdowns in Saudi Arabia.

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It's been almost a year since Donald Trump was elected president, and on issues from immigration to climate change, California's been putting up a fight. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at how our state has been influencing national law and policy, the limits of resistance, and the future of California's relationship with Washington.

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-Carla Marinucci, California Playbook reporter, Politico; former senior political writer, San Francisco Chronicle

 

This week, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted on a long list of crimes, including money laundering. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

Over the past 50 years, Americans have become more and more sick, unhappy, and broken. In his new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, Dr. Robert Lusting argues that corporations are maximizing profits by exploiting  our brain physiology and chemistry to conflate pleasure with happiness.

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On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll talk about the fall of Kirkuk with the Guardian’s Martin Chulov. Three weeks after the Kurdish referendum for independence, the Iraqi military and Iranian backed Shiite militias took over the Kurdish held city of Kirkuk. What’s next?

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll speak with Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now! about his new book Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities.

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  On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss Germany’s election results. For the first time in Germany's postwar history, a far-right party managed to enter Parliament. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party won 12.6% of the vote.

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The Golden State Warriors made a political statement over the weekend, when superstar Steph Curry said he wouldn’t join a celebration at the White House if the team received the traditional championship invitation.

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly earthquake in Mexico, which killed more than 225 people, including at least 25 children at a school in Mexico City.

 In her new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, historian Nancy MacLean tells the story of the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan who played a key role in the rise of the radical right.

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State legislators put in a 48-hour marathon session before going on recess, passing hundreds of bills on to Governor Brown who must pass or veto them by October 15.

June marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. After visiting the occupied territories, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman marked the anniversary by inviting international writers to bear witness to the human cost of the occupation and share their experiences.

Why do young people join ISIS and Al-Qaida? In her new book I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, Washington Post national security correspondent Souad Mekhennet provides on-the-ground reporting on the rise of Al-Qaida, ISIS, and their victims. 

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