KQED Walls & Bridges

Walls & Bridges was a six-part series of live conversations hosted by Tonya Mosley and produced by Jeremy Siegel across the Bay Area exploring some of the most polarizing topics of our time: politics, race, gender, immigration, extremism and more. As part of these live events, we asked the questions that divide us and looked for the answers to unite us. Audience members talked about solutions to our growing polarity through post-conversation receptions.

Moderator Tonya Mosley with panelists Y-Vonne Hutchison, Nicole Sanchez & Deborah Rhodes.

A zip code is much more than just a five digit number. It can tell you where to send mail, where a person lives and where they work. The impact of that number can also reach far beyond geographic location; it can reveal inequality and the likelihood of upward mobility in different locations. Medical professionals have begun to consider zip code as an indicator of health, well-being and even life expectancy. In this special Walls and Bridges conversation, Click here for our talk with a panel of experts about how zip codes determine a person’s fate.

Andrew Lam, Carvell Wallace and Cristina Mora discuss demographic shifts with KQED’s Tonya Mosley on April 25, 2018. (Alain McLaughlin/Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc)

Experts expect that minority populations will make up a majority in America sometime around the middle of the century. Here in California, Latinos became the largest ethnic group in the state back in 2014. But those shifting demographics don’t necessarily mean more inclusive attitudes and policies. In fact, recent research finds that demographic changes can stoke fear and uncertainty in some voters and potentially increase racial bias in voting. In this special Walls and Bridges conversation, Tonya Mosley talked with a panel of experts about how shifting demographics affect society, culture, politics and issues surrounding race. Click here to listen.

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