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Your Call: Democracy vs national security

Jun 5, 2015

On the June 5th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of "the USA Freedom Act" limiting the NSA's domestic surveillance powers, and the new declassified interviews with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee detailing torture. We’ll also discuss Tunisian women's efforts to seek justice for decades of police violence and rape. We will be joined by investigative journalist Mark Danner and NY Time’s Carlotta Gall. Join us on the next Your Call, with Matt Martin, and you.

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Philosophy Talk asks: What can non-violence really achieve?

Apr 10, 2015

We all hope for peace. Yet in the face of violence, it often seems the only recourse is more violence. Advocates of non-violence claim it’s not necessary to respond to war in kind, and that responding violently, even in self-defense, just perpetuates the cycle of violence. So how can we practice non-violence under the direct threat of violence? Can non-violent acts be spread to stop aggression and war? And are there times when violence is, in fact, necessary?

Your Call: James Risen vs. The National Security State

Nov 28, 2014

On the November 11th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning investigative New York Times reporter James Risen about his new book “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.” He argues that the US has become accustomed to a permanent state of war and President Obama’s greatest achievement has been to make the national security state permanent. So what does it mean to live a national security state? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Your Call: UN General Assembly, climate change & ISIS

Sep 26, 2014

On the September 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we discuss coverage of the People's Climate March and the UN Climate Summit in New York. We will also talk about the United States’ widening military intervention in Iraq and Syria. We’ll be joined by the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg and McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay -- and the Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi joins us from Baghdad. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin.

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Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent of the Guardian

Your Call: Old debts & new wars

Sep 19, 2014

  

On the September 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s war plan for Iraq and Syria. We will also talk about the investigation into the debt collection industry. We’ll be joined by Propublica’s Paul Kiel and the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you

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Paul Kiel, covers consumer finance for ProPublica. He is the author The Great American Foreclosure Story

Philosophy Talk examines the Anatomy of a Terrorist

Jun 26, 2014

Since George W. Bush first declared a "war on terror," the US has been engaged in a global campaign to rid the world of terrorists. But what exactly is a “terrorist,” and how do we distinguish illicit terrorist organizations from legitimate freedom fighters? Do terrorists exhibit particular psychological patterns of behavior, or are there some tactics that only terrorists use? And what is the most effective way to combat terrorism – by waging war, engaging in "de-radicalization" processes, or some other means?

The Ethics of WMDs on Philosophy Talk

Mar 27, 2014

The United States recently threatened military action against Syria in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Similar threats have been made against states suspected of trying to develop nuclear arsenals such as North Korea and Iran. Yet the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, and China have thousands of active nuclear weapons of their own. Is there a morally significant difference between nuclear or chemical weapons and conventional weapons? Should we work toward total disarmament, or do we need these weapons as a deterrent to rogue states?

  

Angered by evictions, Google buses, NSA spying and "climate change"? Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday on KALW, is Krissy Keefer, artistic director of San Francisco's all-women performance troupe Dance Brigade. The company's current production, Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, uses the Mission District and its eviction epidemic as a backdrop to explore local, regional and world crises – global warming, war, genocide, attacks on women and on San Francisco’s cultural core. Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope & Despair, plays at Dance Mission Theater through February 8.


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On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and Sylvia Burwell, the expected nominee for the Office of Management and Budget. She’s currently president of the Walmart Foundation. We’ll also talk about the ongoing war in Mali. We’ll be joined by the Nation’s Lee Fang, Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald and independent journalist Anna Badkhen who is just back from Mali. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

A war at home: a soldier’s mission against PTSD

Mar 20, 2012

Jeremy Profitt lives with his family in an East Bay suburb about 45 minutes outside of Oakland. He’s in his weekend uniform when he greets me at his door: white t-shirt, jean shorts, flip-flops.

They’ve just moved in, and his wife is unpacking the kitchen as Profitt picks up his baby daughter, Reiland. He gently cradles her in his lap as he starts to tell me his story.

“It felt gratifying,” Profitt says of his time in service. “I felt I was able to do my part.”