KPFA: Rising Up With Sonali [Program Feed]

  • Will Democrats Stop Kavanaugh?
    [1]On todays show, first today’s headlines. Then, well cover how Republicans are moving at breakneck speed to confirm Trumps Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of the midterms and whether Democrats will be able to stop them. My guest Jessica Mason Pieklo of will join us. Then, Jeff Cohen explains why he and others plan on picketing the Democratic National Committee meeting next week. Stay tuned. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Trump’s America Becomes World’s Gunrunner
    [caption id="attachment_294555" align="aligncenter" width="765"] [1] U.S. President Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst[/caption] On today’s show, first our daily news headlines. Then, weapons expert William Hartung will join us to make links between domestic gun proliferation and international weapons sales and how Trump has worsened Americas reputation as the worlds gunrunner. Then, constitutional lawyer Ron Fein joins us to discuss the new book he has just co-authored, called The Constitution Demands It: The Case For The Impeachment of Donald Trump. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • How California’s Fires Are a Dire Climate Warning
    [1]First, our daily news headlines. Then, author Katharine Gerbner will discuss her new book, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World. And, as Trump administration officials continue to deny that climate change is driving our heat wave and Californias wildfires, well turn to Geeta Persad, an expert from the Union of Concerned Scientists, for more. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Jury Awards Cancer-Stricken Man $289M From Monsanto
    [caption id="attachment_294411" align="aligncenter" width="800"] [1] Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson looks on after hearing the verdict to his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court Of California in San Francisco, California, on August 10, 2018. – A California jury on Friday, August 10, 2018 ordered agrochemical giant Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. Jurors found Monsanto acted with “malice” and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed “substantially” to Dewayne Johnson’s terminal illness. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / POOL / AFP)[/caption] On our show today, first our daily news headlines. Then, a jury in San Francisco has just awarded a historic legal settlement against Monsanto in a lawsuit filed by a man dying of cancer. DeWayne Johnson has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and applied Monsantos Round Up pesticide for years. My guest Ronnie Cummins from the Organic Consumers Association will explain the importance of the settlement. Then, Jesse Littlewood of Common Cause will share with us details of a new campaign to hold politicians accountable on issues important to democracy. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×509.jpg
  • Important Takeaways from the Manafort Trial
    [1]On today’s show, first our daily news headlines. Then, well analyze the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trumps former campaign chair with journalist Kevin Gosztola and hone in on the important takeaways. Then, Aimee Allison of Democracy in Color will survey the unprecedented number of women, especially women of color, running in the midterm elections. Thats coming up in just a moment. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]
  • Nicaragua in Crisis – Is Ortega Really to Blame?
    [1]First, today’s news headlines. Then, hundreds of people have been killed in Nicaragua since April in what many worry will be a crisis that turns into civil war. On our show today well turn to our correspondent Courtney Morris about whether the government of Daniel Ortega is to blame for the violence. Then, long-time journalist and academic Bill Schneider will join us to put our current political moment with Donald Trump as President into historical context. His new book is called Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Both Parties Help Trump Boost War Spending
    [1]First, our daily news headlines; As Congress enthusiastically passes a bipartisan bloated military budget bill to Donald Trumps desk for a signature, well explore in detail on todays show whats in the budget, and how it impacts both militarism and social spending. My guest will be Khury Petersen-Smith of the Institute for Policy Studies. Then, David Pedreira will warn against Trumps idea for a Space Force which is garnering more supporters including VP Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Venezuela’s Maduro Survives Assassination by Drone
    [1]First, our daily news headlines. Then, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has just survived an assassination attempt by armed drones. Well speak with long-time Venezuela expert Miguel Tinker Salas to understand what happened and who might be behind the attack. Then, well turn to Medea Benjamin who has written a book about Iran called Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Cops Attack Counter-protesters At Portland Hate Rally
    [1]On todays show, first our daily news headlines. Then, well turn to our news correspondent Arun Gupta for a report from the weekend rally of hate groups in Portland, Oregon, and how Portland police attacked counter protesters, injuring several people. Then well turn to the issue of gun control with Manuel Oliver – a father and artist whose son Joaquin was among those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Florida. Joaquin would have turned 18 last Saturday. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • States Fight Trump for Fuel Efficient Cars
    [caption id="attachment_293716" align="aligncenter" width="765"] [1] pollution of environment by combustible gas of a car[/caption] First, our daily news headlines; then well cover Trumps attacks on fuel efficiency standards for cars and what it means even as global warming is happening all around us. Paul Cort of Earthjustice will join us. Then, how Trump repeatedly uses violent rhetoric against the press and impact it can have on the safety of journalists. John Langford of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School will be our guest. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Rising Up With Sonali – August 3, 2018
    [1]First, our daily news headlines. Then, a new survey by the group Data for Progress has found that Democrats can win on a progressive platform. On todays show well speak with Jon Green co-founder of Data for Progress about the report called The Future of the Party. Then, our healthcare correspondent Paul Song joins us to debunk a recent Koch-funded study on the cost of a Medicare-for-All System that concluded it would cost more than $30 trillion over ten years. Dr. Song will explain the studys shortcomings and what the actual savings are from a single payer system. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Will Wheeler Continue Pruitt’s Legacy at EPA?
    [1]First, today’s news headlines; then, Andrew Wheeler faces a Senate hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency after Scott Pruitts resignation. On our show today Lukas Ross of Friends of the Earth will join us to discuss how Wheeler is just as dangerous to the EPA and public safety as Pruitt was. Then, well go to Chicago to speak with the Reverend Gregory Seal Livingston of the Coalition for a New Chicago. Hell share with us details of a major anti-violence march on Thursday calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Is “Religious Liberty” Code for Discrimination?
    [1]First, headlines. Then, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the formation of a so-called Religious Liberty Task Force, we’ll turn to Rachel Laser of Americans United for Separation of Church and State about the dangers of such a task-force and how it can be a license to discriminate. Then, we’ll spend the second half of our show with Cory Albertson who has explored how television shows have influenced American attitudes toward LGBT rights for good or ill. Albertson’s new book is called A Perfect Union? Television and the Winning of Same-Sex Marriage. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Palestinian Teen Activist Released; Freedom Flotilla Intercepted
    [1]First, headlines. Then, Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi, an international symbol of resistance, has just been released from Israeli custody after many months of incarceration. On our show today we’ll turn to Mazin Qumsiyeh to discuss Tamimi’s release, as well as the Israeli Navy’s hijacking of Freedom Flotilla boats headed to Gaza with supplies. Then, Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies will join us to debunk Trump’s wild claims of an historic economic rebound. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg
  • Connecting the Dots Between Banks and Immigrant Detention
    [1]On todays show, first our daily headlines; then, we’ll speak with Thanu Yakupityage of to survey the global heat wave that has enveloped the planet and how media outlets cover them as well as what climate justice activists are planning. Then well turn to Ben Wolcott of Make the Road NY about a report called Bankrolling Oppression that his organization helped to write linking Trump’s immigration policies to the growth of private prisons and how big banks are investing in them. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1]×496.jpg

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