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Your Call

KALW's call-in show: Politics and culture, dialogue and debate.

Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:41:44 +0000


Your Call: Beyond the Tweets, Trump is fundamentally reshaping government

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:52:23 +0000

While Donald Trump’s outrageous tweets and speeches make headline news, his administration is fundamentally reshaping US health, safety, and environmental rules. A New York Times series explores the “reshaping of regulations under the Trump administration.” Every week, Politico reports on “5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking.” From regulation rollbacks and industry ties within the EPA to losses in worker safety protection, what are the most important stories flying under the radar? And who are you turning to for coverage that goes beyond the tweets? Join the conversation on the next Your Call. Guests: Eric Lipton , investigative reporter for the New York Times Danny Vinik , assistant editor of The Agenda at Politico Amit Narang , regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen Web Resources: NY Times: Trump Rules: A series examining the reshaping of regulations under the Trump administration Politico series: Five Things Trump Did While You Weren’t Looking Public Citizen:

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Your Call: How is Vancouver dealing with its opioid crisis & what can we learn from it?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:59:00 +0000

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common -- including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites.

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Your Call: Native American judges embrace traditional concepts of justice

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:02:15 +0000

Native American judges are using traditional concepts of justice to restore their communities rather than punish offenders and send even more people to prison. The new documentary Tribal Justice highlights tribal courts that incorporate indigenous customs and beliefs into their justice systems.

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Your Call's media roundtable: Charlottesville & white supremacy

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:19:44 +0000

The horrific stories and images coming out of Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage and international media coverage. Last week, we saw white supremacists groups carrying torches, guns, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia.

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Your Call: Storytellers confront the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:05:19 +0000

June marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, 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 the Israeli occupation.

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Your Call: What's behind the crisis in Venezuela and where is it headed?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000

Venezuela is dealing with the world’s highest inflation, severe food shortages, high crime, and political repression. Venezuela is also home to the world’s largest oil reserves. So what explains the political and economic turmoil? Mike Gonzalez, author of Hugo Chavez , argues that as President Nicolas Maduro’s anti-democratic government battles violent right-wing forces, ordinary Venezuelans are watching the gains of Chavismo slip away. Guests: Alejandro Velasco, associate professor of Latin American History at New York University, and author of Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela Mike Gonzalez, retired professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK, and author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the 21st Century Ana Vanessa Herrero, reporter for the New York Times based in Caracas Venezuela Web Resources: UC Press: Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela University of Chicago Press: Hugo Chavez:

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Your Call: The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic 50 years later

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:07:23 +0000

I n 1967, during a public health meeting at UCSF, Dr. David Smith declared that health care is a right, not a privilege. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.

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Your Call: How should we respond to white supremacists in Charlottesville & beyond?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:01:32 +0000

On Saturday, hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. They came with guns, shields and clubs, Nazi-style helmets, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia.

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Your Call's Media Roundtable: The future of right-wing media

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:06:30 +0000

This week, several media outlets have reported on the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion bid for Tribune media. The deal would allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of US households.

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Your Call: Why do so many Americans eat animals?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:51:37 +0000

Why do the vast majority of Americans eat animals when we now have so many alternatives? That’s the question Free From Harm director Robert Grillo explores in his new book Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture .

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Your Call: What are the dangers of privatizing 911?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000

Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms have taken over public services like ambulance services and emergency health care.

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Your Call: Is California's cap & trade program a polluter loophole or a step forward?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:18 +0000

The extension of California’s cap-and-trade program has divided environmentalists. The five-year program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions.

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Your Call: Dental inequality in the US

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:01:45 +0000

Over 100 million Americans have no dental insurance -- and that number could grow if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. In her new book Teeth , veteran health journalist Mary Otto takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease.

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Your Call's media roundtable: Turmoil in Venezuela; Workers' drive to unionize in Mississippi

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:41:03 +0000

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the worsening economic and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to a widespread shortage of food and medicine, rising crime, and skyrocketing inflation. As of last year, nearly 82 percent of Venezuelans lived in a state of poverty. How are the media covering the underlying reasons for Venezuela’s catastrophic economic and political meltdown?

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Your Call: The inner workings of the surveillance industrial complex at Standing Rock and beyond

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:59:00 +0000

Native Americans who opposed the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline were subjected to tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and strip searches. The Intercept reports that they were also heavily surveilled.

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Your Call: Should drug companies be held responsible for the opioid crisis?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:16:15 +0000

142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception.

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Your Call: Why the Justice Department fails to prosecute white-collar criminals

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:03:09 +0000

After the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s, 1,100 people were prosecuted, including top executives at many of the largest failed banks. After the 2008 financial crisis, the government charged just 47 low-level employees.

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Your Call: How did insurance companies become so central to our health care system?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:59:00 +0000

Even though the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, far too many of us are still stuck with high premiums and plans that don’t provide adequate coverage. We’re constantly told that we need to shop around for the best plan.

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Your Call's media roundtable: The human cost of the war in Afghanistan, and privatizing the war

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:32:24 +0000

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan by handing it over to Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the owner DynCorp, the largest US contractor in Afghanistan.

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Your Call: Medicaid cuts and the Republicans' latest plan to repeal the ACA

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:59:00 +0000

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate rejected a plan to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement. Seven Republicans and every Democrat voted against it.

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