On the July 6th edition of  Your Call, we’ll revisit our conversation with Ben Stewart about his new book, Don’t Trust Don’t Fear Don’t Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30.



On the Agust 29th edition of Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of Bank of America's $16 billion settlement over allegations of mortgage-related misconduct in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. We'll also discuss the political crisis in Ukraine. We'lll be joined by The Huffington Post’s Ben Hallman, the Christian Science Monitor’s Fred Weir, and's David Dayen. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Uncovering a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs "I will remember everything," a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka's rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]

Your Call: The Snowden Files and the future of Ukraine

May 8, 2014


It’s been three months since violent clashes erupted in Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev. At the heart of the conflict is the Ukrainian government’s decision to abandon their EU Association Agreement. A move seen by some Ukrainian nationalists as a move to strengthen the country’s ties with former ruling power, Russia. 

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As the conflict rages on between Russia and Ukrainian nationalists, thousands of miles away in San Francisco, people are following closely. There are an estimated 3,800 Ukrainians here. But the city is also home to more than 17,000 people who identify as Russian. So, what do they think about what’s going on back home?

Will Durst: Cold War 2

Mar 31, 2014

 Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

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Today on Your Call: Sochi Winter Olympics coverage

Feb 14, 2014
Photo: The Sochi project

A look at all things anti-gay in Russia on the eve of the Sochi Olympics.  An interview with journalist David Tuller, author of "Cracks In The Iron Closet".

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

May 31, 2013

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Yes, President’s Day is over. No, we don’t have another three day weekend until May, not that I’m counting. But buck up kids, the weekend will not only bring sun, but also the promise of international celebration with Russian festivals, Chinese New Year parades, record-setting rappers, and the glamour of the red carpet as stars gather for the 85th Academy Awards. So, grab your fur hat and a glass of champagne and prepare yourself for a weekend that just might live up to its three-day long predecessor...

Today On Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Jan 25, 2013

On the next Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of the ongoing civil war in Syria as well as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We'll also look at the latest developments and coverage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Fred Weir, the Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.   

Kate Sheppard,  staff reporter for Mother Jones' Washington bureau. 

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll have a conversation with Luke Harding, the Guardian's former Russian correspondent, about his new book Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia. Last February, Harding was deported from Russia after after he reported that leaked US diplomatic cables described Russia as a "virtual mafia state." What do you want to know about Vladimir Putin's Russia? Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.