politics

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Jun 23, 2017

Could rational communication really be the foundation of democracy?   


Sandip Roy: The Sellout

Jun 21, 2017

Almost every week when I open the newspaper in Kolkata I see something about Donald Trump on the first page. It might be trivial like covfefe, but more often that not it feels unreal.

Philosophy Talk: Queerness

Jun 2, 2017
"Gender" by Sara Yasi used under CC license

Is queerness just a marker of sexual orientation, or is it a political and social identity?


Philosophy Talk: Machiavelli

May 2, 2017

Was Machiavelli an unscrupulous theorist and advisor, or one of the most widely misunderstood political philosophers ever?


Representative Ro Khanna jumps into the fray

Apr 26, 2017
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Ro Khanna is the freshman representative for California’s 17th district. A former college educator from Fremont, he was appointed by former President Obama to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce. He ran for Congress and lost to Mike Honda in 2014, but ran again and defeated Honda last November.

Credit: Library of Congress

 

President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

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Perhaps an unwelcoming America is not such a bad thing for the rest of the world.

Philosophy Talk: 2016 – The Examined Year

Jan 9, 2017

John and Ken present their annual look back at the ideas and events of the past year that have challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.


Philosophy Talk: Election Special

Nov 8, 2016
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Question your electoral assumptions as John and Ken look beyond the horse race at some of the philosophical issues raised by this year’s campaign.


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Donald Trump thinks the way to the Indian Diaspora's heart is through Modi and the bogeyman of the Islamic terrorist. 

Choreographer Nicole Klaymoon uses movement to honor the human stories often overlooked by mainstream media.  Through her company, Embodiment Project, she tries to enact social change through street dance, live song, theater, and spoken word. 

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According to the leaders of the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, there may be a path to global peace.  

photo courtesy of Katie Goodman

Actress and comedian Katie Goodman has a message for you, dammit.

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Jess has worked to get pro-choice female Democrats elected while at on the team at Emily's List.

Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, and it's neon. 

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Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations and has teamed up with Republican John Gable

 

On the September 15th edition of Your Call, Ian Haney López joins us to discuss his book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 


Philosophy Talk asks about Radical Democracy

Jul 1, 2016

How cam we create a democracy that doesn't end up oppressing minorities and dissenters?


How much are we getting for our military spending...and more to the point, what are we losing?

 


Californians waited a long time to see if their votes would make a difference in the presidential race, and they nearly made it to the finish line.

Courtesy of Wear Your Voice

For Ravneet Vohra, founder of Oakland-based magazine Wear Your Voice, getting dressed is more than a matter of clothes — it’s an act of reclaiming identity. Vohra was sexually abused as a young child, and after years of feeling disempowered, she’s now on a mission to break the silence around the many things we keep hush. KALW's Hana Baba sat down with Vohra to learn more.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco deputies to face charges over alleged inmate fights // SF Chronicle

“Two San Francisco sheriff’s deputies and one former deputy who were accused of forcing city jail inmates to fight each other for entertainment will be charged criminally, The Chronicle has learned.

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San Francisco is spending more than $4.8 million to cover the costs of transit issues, law enforcement, and other expenses that go with hosting Super Bowl parties and associated activities. Why didn't city officials arrange for that money to be reimbursed?

Philosophy Talk asks about Nations and Borders

Jan 22, 2016

Are borders essential to nationhood, or do they form an exclusive club that unfairly keeps certain people from pursuing a better life? 

Jeremy Dalmas

One year into her term as mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the city's affordability crisis, the rising tech industry, public safety, education, police training and what will happen with the Raiders and the A's.

Philosophy Talk examines the year that was 2015

Jan 1, 2016

What happened in 2015 that challenged our assumptions and made us think in new ways?


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