KPFA: Up Front [Program Feed]

  • Fund Drive Special Films: The Long Shadow, and the Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump
    KPFA’s Winter Fund Drive is here! Thank you, as always, for supporting community radio. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive the following collections and thank you gifts. [2] 0:08 – Fund Drive Special: The Long Shadow Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, The Long Shadow [3] the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy. Film by Francis Causey, now yours for a pledge of $100 to KPFA. [4] 1:08 – Fund Drive Special: The Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump The Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump [5]is a ground-breaking Dutch documentary first released in 2017 – For months, the FBI have been investigating Russian interference in the American presidential elections. ZEMBLA is investigating another explosive dossier concerning Trump’s involvement with the Russians: Trump’s business and personal ties to oligarchs from the former Soviet Union. Powerful billionaires suspected of money laundering and fraud, and of having contacts in Moscow and with the mafia. What do these relationships say about Trump and why does he deny them? How compromising are these dubious business relationships for the 45th president of the United States? And are there connections with the Netherlands? ZEMBLA meets with one of Trump’s controversial cronies and speaks with a former CIA agent, fraud investigators, attorneys, and an American senator among others. Now yours for a pledge of $150. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] …
  • Winter Fund Drive Specials: The Dark Side of Tech, and Hacking the American Mind with Dr Robert Lustig
    0:08 – Richard Walker is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012. He’s written dozens of articles and books on a diverse range of economic, urban, and environmental geography. His latest book is Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and The Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area. [1] KPFA Event: “The Dark Shadow of Tech on the S.F. Bay Area” [2]  Featuring Cary McClelland, author of Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley and Richard Walker. Hosted by Sasha Lilley, on Thursday October 11, 2018 at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley.   0:34 – Dr. Robert Lustig (@RobertLustigMD [3]) is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, childhood obesity and diabetes. His latest book is Hacking the American Mind: The Science of the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. [4] This Winter Fund Drive, thank you for donating and supporting our work. We are dedicated to bringing you hard-hitting interviews, debates, breaking news, and in-depth discussions with authors across local, national and international issues. We love what we do, and we can’t do it without your support – donate here. [5] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Lessons from Alaska’s earthquakes; Plus: the Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump
    0:08 – On November 30, 2018 a 7.0 earthquake shook Alaska, but no one was killed thanks in part to lessons learned from a massive 9.2 earthquake in 1964. We’re joined by Charles Wohlforth, an Alaskan author and writer to explain. He’s authored more than 10 books, a weekly columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, and a radio host of Outdoor Explorer on Alaska Public Media. His latest book is Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets. [1] 0:34 – What to expect when the next Big One hits Jennifer Strauss is External Relations Officer at UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert Northern California. She is a co-author of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario. Dr. Anne Wein is a principle investigator with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the Western Geographic Science Center, Menlo Park, California and co-editor of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario — Engineering Implications, which was released last spring. Khalid Mosalam is a Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley and Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. 1:08 – The Flynn sentencing memo and what it means for the Mueller investigation Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel [2]) is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel [3] at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Motherboard, the New Republic, and Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial. 1:18 – To navigate the political consequences, we’re joined by John Nicols (@NicholsUprising [4]) Washington correspondent for The Nation.    1:34 – Winter Fund Drive Special Film The Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump  [5]is a ground-breaking Dutch documentary first released in 2017.  For months, the FBI have been investigating Russian interference in the American presidential elections. ZEMBLA (@ZEMBLA [ …
  • Winter Fund Drive Special: Hypercapitalism, and the CA Field Atlas
    Our 2018 Winter Fund Drive launches today! Thank you for donating and supporting our work. We are dedicated to bringing you hard-hitting interviews, debates, breaking news, and in-depth discussions with authors across local, national and international issues. We love what we do, and we can’t do it without your support – donate here. 0:08 – Larry Gonick is a cartoonist best known for his collection of comics, A Cartoon History of the Universe which he published in installments from 1977 to 2009. His latest book, with psychologist Tim Kaser, is Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, It’s Values, and How to Change Them. [1] 1:08 – Obi Kaufmann (@Obikaufmann [2]) is an artist, naturalist and author of The California Field Atlas. [3] [1] [2] [3]
  • High Hopes and Major Challenges for Mexico’s New President; Plus: Behind NAFTA 2.0, newly signed by US, Canada and Mexico
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: commentary on the news of the day, and welcome back Brian. 0:34 – For a historical insight into organizing and mass popular movements, we’re joined by Eric Tang (@UnsettledCity [1]) professor of University of Texas Austin in African and African diaspora studies and Asian American studies. His new book is Fire: The Long Hot Summer of ‘67 Revisited. 1:08 – Mexico’s new president confronts massive crises: Laura Carlsen (@cipamericas [2]) is the Director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy. 1:34 – A New NAFTA? Lori Wallach (@WallachLori [3]) Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch joins us to explain the new deal, which she describes as “incomplete.” There is an opportunity to make gains for workers, the environment, and economic equality, she says, but more work is needed to ensure swift and certain enforcement of the pact’s labor and environmental standards among other essential improvements necessary to stop NAFTA’s ongoing damage to workers and the environment.   [1] [2] [3]
  • New investigation exposes US police agencies scrubbing books of rape cases, using “extraordinary clearance;” Plus: Life After Hate, one man’s campaign to bring people out of hate groups
    0:08 – Mark Greenblatt is a senior national investigative correspondent with ProPublica. His most recent investigation, in collaboration with Newsy and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, reveals how not all law enforcement agencies are doing as well as it appears when it comes to solving rape cases. Some are often using what’s known as “exceptional clearance” to close cases, meaning suspects walk free and victims don’t see justice. Reported by Mark Greenblatt, Mark Fahey, Emily Harris and Bernice Yeung. This story is a collaboration with Newsy [1] and ProPublica [2]. Read the full investigation here: Case Cleared – Part 1 –  [3]Rape suspects walk free. Victims don’t get justice. And police get to count it as a success. Case Cleared – Part 2 –  [4]He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him. He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him. The reasons why show how rape myths continue to              influence how justice is meted out in America. 0:34 – From the archives: Sammy Rangel (@sammyrangel [5]) is a Social Worker, Executive Director of “Life After Hate” a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals exit hate groups, and Author of Fourbears: Myths of Forgiveness. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Ralph Nader on General Motors’ US factory closures; Plus: the Mueller investigation reveals more lies surrounding Trump
    0:08 – The economics of G.M.’s US manufacturing closures and Trump backlash Ralph Nader (@RalphNader [1]) is a consumer advocate, lawyer.  Nader is a four-time candidate for President of the United States.  As the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008. His latest book is How the Rats Reformed the Congress  [2]- a fable about rats that invade Congress and astonishingly trigger a peoples’ political revolt. 0:34 – For the latest developments on Michael Cohen pleading guilty, and Paul Manafort double dealing against Mueller, we’re joined by Ken White (@Popehat [3]), former federal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and First Amendment Litigator at Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles. His podcast “Make No Law” explores the history of the First Amendment. 1:08 – Marion Nestle (@marionnestle [4]) is a professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Her latest book is Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat. Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News headlines bombard us with such amazing claims. They are reported as science, and have dramatic effects on what we eat.  Yet, as food expert Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by the companies and trade associations that sell those foods. Whether it’s a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, claims for beef as a health food, or a report from investigators paid by a blueberry trade group concluding that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it’s time to put public health first. Written with unmatched rigor and insight, Unsavory Truth reveals how the food industry manipulates nutrition science—and suggests what we can do about it. *Production note: la …
  • Can the Blue Wave Deliver a New Green Deal? Plus: Republican Hyde-Smith wins Senate runoff in Mississippi but dynamics are changing in era of Trump
    0:08 – Christopher D. Cook (@ [1]chrsdcook) [2] is an award-winning journalist who writes for Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, and The Economist. He is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. He joins us to discuss his latest article in the Nation “Can the Blue Wave Deliver a Green New Deal?” [3] 0:34 – Fred Glass (@fglass57 [4]) teaches Labor and Community Studies at the Community College of San Francisco. He’s also Communications Director for the California Federation of Teachers. His latest book is From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement. [5] 1:08 – Larrison Campbell (@thisislarrison [6]) is a reporter covering public health and politics with Mississippi Today, a non-profit news bureau. She’s been covering the Mississippi Senate race, and joins us today from Jackson, MS. 1:34 – Oakland homeless take City to court to keep intentional community sheltered on public land. The judge is expected to rule today. To discuss the case, we speak with Kimberly Veklerov (@KVeklerov [7]) covers Oakland and the greater East Bay for The San Francisco Chronicle. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Camp Fire update from the Chico Walmart; Plus: Remembering Harvey Milk on the 40th anniversary of his assassination
    0:08 – The refugee crisis at the US-Mexico border: Michael Smith is the Director of Refugee Rights, with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (@EBaySanctuary [1]), a non-profit legal services provider dedicated to helping refugees gain asylum in the United States through the Affirmative Asylum process. 0:34 – Camp Fire update with our producer Corinne Smith (@Cocoluces) [2] who spent a few days reporting in Chico. The death toll from the Camp Fire is now at 88 people. An estimated 50,000 have been displaced, and how they are doing now depends on a person’s means. For those without much, Walmart is home base. But there are concerns with safety – including Walmart’s hired private security guards – and where people will go next. 1:08 – On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, we re-air an interview with acclaimed historian Lillian Faderman, a pioneer of LGBT scholarship as well as author of The Gay Revolution and the acclaimed memoir Naked in the Promised Land.  On May 22, 2018 – Harvey Milk’s birthday – Faderman released her new book Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, which looks at his remarkably varied young life and his lasting impact, and how his Jewishness drove his politics. [1] [2]
  • Special Berkeleyside series looks back at Berkeley school integration 50 years later; Plus: Smoke clears, but government response to air pollution is still hazy
    0:08 – The US House Democratic leadership is called into question, and former House Leader Nancy Pelosi is vying to keep her chair. We’re joined by Norman Solomon (@normansolomon [1]), National coordinator of the online activist group [2], to explain. He’s the author of many books on media, politics, and public policy, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. He was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate from the North Bay to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and coordinated the independent Bernie Delegates Network. He recently co-authored  “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis” and the follow-up report “Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later [3],” which was released last month. 0:34 – Exactly 50 years ago, Berkeley Unified integrated all its elementary schools, taking an unprecedented approach. We’re joined by Natalie Orenstein (@nat_orenstein) [4] staff writer with Berkeleyside. In a special three-part series, Beyond the Buses, she explores the history of integration at Berkeley Unified schools, its legacy and the equity issues that remain unsolved. Then we hear from someone who lived through this extraordinary time of social and cultural change. Doris Alkebulan grew up in Berkeley. She joins us in-studio to discuss her experience entering the third grade in 1968, the year Berkeley Unified launched school integration district-wide. 1:08 – The smoke from the Camp Fire has cleared, but residents are still feeling the effects of the massive air pollution event. Volunteers and community groups stepped up to hand out free masks, but there was alot of confusion about whether to wear masks or not, and what the health effects may be. Government response was minima – to understand why, we speak with Shirlee Zane (@ShirleeZane [5]), Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and one of 24 local elected officials on Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management  District. She also serves on the Board of Directors …
  • Holiday Show: The Life and Legacy of Arthur Ashe; Plus: Unthanksgiving Day
    0:08 – The Life and Legacy of Arthur Ashe: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 win at the US Open when he became the first African-American man to win a major tennis title. For much of the hour we’ll speak with historian Raymond Arsenault, author of the new biography Arthur Ashe, A Life about his career, family life, and political activism. 0:47 – Unthanksgiving Day: Jimbo Simmons, is from the Choctaw tribe, originally from Oklahoma, and provides commentary on the meaning of Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Show: A Foodies’ Guide to Capitalism
    For this Thanksgiving holiday show, we re-air an interview with Eric Holt-Gimenez (@eholtgim [1]) Executive Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He’s joins us to discuss his latest book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat. [1]
  • How food companies skew the science on what we eat; Plus: Generation priced out and the new urban America
    0:08 – Marion Nestle (@marionnestle [1]) is a professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Her latest book is Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat. 1:08 – Randy Shaw (@beyondchron [2]) is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. His latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. [3] [playlist ids="301136,301137,301138,301140"] [1] [2] [3]
  • How bad is this air for you? The extent is still unknown, says Dr Kari Nadeau, plus takes listeners calls; Plus: the North Bay fires one year later with reporter Martin Espinoza
    0:08 – Air pollution and your health Dr Kari Nadeau joins us for the hour. She is an expert in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. She is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, and Section Chief of Allergy and Asthma at the Stanford School of Medicine. 0:34 – We take listener calls and Dr Nadeau answers your questions 1:08 – Response from the Alameda County Department of Health Dr. Erica Pan is the Interim Health Officer and the Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control & Prevention in the Alameda County Public Health Department. 1:34 – The North Bay Fires, one year later Martin Espinoza (@renofish [1]) is a staff reporter with the Press Democrat, and part of the Pulitzer-Prize winning team awarded for their coverage of the North Bay fires. [playlist ids="301123,301124,301125"] [1]
  • Bay Area Congressman Ro Khanna; Plus: Destroying Yemen: author Isa Blumi explains the geopolitics of the Saudi war
    0:08 – Congressman Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna [1]) represents California’s 17th Congressional district which encompasses parts of Santa Clara and Alameda counties, including Silicon Valley. 0:34 – Carmen Segarra (@carmenmsegarra [2]) is an attorney and previously served as a regulator with the US Federal Reserve bank of New York supervising Goldman Sachs. In 2011 she blew the whistle, exposing in a first-hand account of the oversight of the Wall Street banks in the wake of the financial crisis. Her latest book is Noncompliance: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street. 1:08 – Isa Blumi (@IsaBlumi [3]) joins us for a deep dive on Yemen. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University. His latest book is Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us About the World. [playlist ids="301110,301112,301113,301114"] [1] [2] [3]

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