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Philosophy Talk: Election Special

Nov 8, 2016
"Election 2016" by DonkeyHotey used under CC license

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.


by Flickr user Gage Skidmore, used under CC BY / cropped from original

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. 

Photo courtesy of Margarita Quihuis

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.

"Jess McIntosh" by Flickr user EMILY's List, used under CC BY

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. 

Photos courtesy of Joan Blades and John Gable/modified from original size

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?


Tune in to hear the 2015-2016 New Year's edition of Politics Takes a Holiday from The Capitol Steps.  You'll have two chances to catch it on KALW:  Thursday, December 31st at 1pm and New Year's Day at 11am.  

Flickr user Vox Efx, used under Creative Commons. Cropped for size.

 


Several candidates are on the ballot of this year's San Francisco election. In such a case, how does the city guarantee that someone actually wins the race, when the vote is split so many ways?

 

Philosophy Talk asks about the changing face of feminism

Sep 20, 2015

What are the basic tenets of the most recent wave of feminism, and how does it differ from the previous waves?


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Philosophy Talk asks: Should satire have its limits?

Jul 24, 2015

Are there topics we should never satirize? Is there a well-defined line between satire and hate speech? 

Are you a tax-raising, soy latte-drinking, Prius-driving, New York Times-reading, Daily Show-watching, corporation-hating liberal? Or a gun-toting, Bible-loving, Walmart-shopping, homophobic, climate-change-denying, immigrant-hating conservative? Why does it seem like all of American politics often boils down to these two absurd positions? Is it because of our particular political system, our culture, or deeper psychological impulses?

The ideal of science is objectivity in the service of advancing knowledge. We tend to assume that to be objective, scientists must keep their politics from influencing their work. But time and time again we see that science, even some of our best science, is awash in political influences. Could politics sometimes have a positive effect on objectivity in science? If so, which kinds of politics might have a positive effect and which might not? What criteria could we use to make the distinction? And does 'objectivity' still have meaning in this context?

Whether it's making donations and signing petitions online, or using social media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has never been easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard around the globe. But who's listening, and is anything actually changing? Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground, or does it reduce political engagement to simple mouse-clicking and ultimately threaten the subversive nature of change?

Whether it's making donations and signing petitions online, or using social media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has never been easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard around the globe. But who's listening, and is anything actually changing? Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground, or does it reduce political engagement to simple mouse-clicking and ultimately threaten the subversive nature of change?

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