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February 22, 2023

Erica Tavares of International Medical Corps Talks Health Care and Disaster Relief

Diane Castañeda

Erica Tavares with International Medical Corps joins us to discuss critical gaps in California’s healthcare system, and how her organization is helping victims in both the Syria/Turkey earthquake as well as Ukraine.

January 4, 2023

Beyond the Golden State Killer: How New Genetic Technology Helps Solve Cold Cases

Diane Castañeda

Verogen CEO, Brett Williams and former District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on how genetic technology is changing law enforcement. 

December 27, 2022

Breaking Free From Social Media with Larissa May of Half The Story Project

Diane Castañeda

The episode dives deep into why it’s important to break free from the echo chambers that the social media algorithm creates.

November 1, 2022

Former Director of Corrections: Jobs Behind Bars Can Be a Life Sentence

Bryan has a conversation with Stephen B. Walker about his podcast Reason 55. Steph B from his various Director roles within the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), brings his knowledge and experience, to raising awareness of the deleterious impacts of the current design, structure, and operations of the corrections system. He has been focused on intersectional behavioral health, the system, and policies that impact lives across our state and across the country

October 11, 2022

Interview with Will Rollins: The Democrat Who May Unseat California’s Longest Service Republican Congressmember

In this show of Nation State of Play we speak to Congressional Candidate Will Rollins, who hopes to outseat longtime Republican Congressman in the 41st District.

September 27, 2022

The Impact Reproductive Rights On Voter Outcome

In this episode of Nation State of Play, Shannon Olivieri - Director of NARAL Pro Choice California returns to the show to talk about the choice-focused political fights across the country.‍ Reproductive justice has been in shambles since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

September 6, 2022

As Workers Unite, Kaiser Looses Them

In this episode of Nation State of Play, Bryan Miller interviews Sarah Soroken and Sal Rosselli of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) about the Kaiser Permanente strike.‍The National Union of Healthcare Workers represents healthcare professionals including those who work for Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser is the largest healthcare provider in the state, providing insurance to about 10 million people in California. 

August 30, 2022

AB 2408, Social Media, and Smoke Filled Rooms for Our Kids

Addiction to social media is very real. Many of us watched the documentary, The Social Dilemma, and continued to use social media without blinking an eye. Adults have free will and arguably have the right to choose to partake in activities that are damaging to their health. What about kids? Do children deserve bigger protections on these platforms? 

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