KPFA: Rising Up With Sonali [Program Feed]

  • What El Chapo’s Conviction Means for US-Mexico Border Issues
    Source: The notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been convicted in a US courtroom in New York on 10 counts related to drug trafficking and other crimes. On today's show we'll speak with award-winning Mexico-based journalist Ioan Grillo who has been closely following the trial, and we'll discuss what bearing the convictions mean for the drug war. Then well mark the one-year anniversary of the Parkland massacre with a conversation Manuel Oliver – a father and artist whose son Joaquin was among those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Were Ilhan Omar’s Comments on Israel Anti-Semitic?
    Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar smiles while speaking during the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party endorsement convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., on Sunday, June 17, 2018. The DFL will endorse a primary candidate for the seat of Representative Keith Ellison, a democrat from Minnesota, as he runs for state attorney general. Photographer: Emilie Richardson/Bloomberg On today's show we'll examine Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's recent comments about Israeli influence on American politics with Ariel Gold of Code Pink. We'll ask if her comments were really anti-Semitic as both Republicans and Democrats have asserted. Then, on the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran we'll get a history lesson from Medea Benjamin. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Immigrant Children Continue To Be Detained and Separated
    Source: On today's show well speak with Peter Schey about the latest news on detained and separated immigrant children. Schey is the President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Foundation and one of the lead attorneys representing detained children in the Flores case. Then, author Katharine Gerbner will discuss her new book, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Is A Green New Deal One Step Closer To Reality?
    US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Senator Ed Markey (R), Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) On today's show we'll speak with Varshini Prakash, the founder of the Sunrise Movement, which has spearheaded the grassroots movement for the Green New Deal. We'll examine what's in the recently introduced Green New Deal, and tackle some critiques from the right, center, and left. Then, in light of the controversy over racism and blackface in Virginia we'll speak with the author of a fascinating new guide book for parents of white children called Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • House Intelligence Committee Takes Aim at Trump
    Source: On today's show we'll examine how the new Democratic leadership of the House Intelligence Committee is taking President Donald Trump to task and scrutinizing his conduct after committee Republicans refused to. Then after a young mother tragically fell down subway steps in New York City with her baby's stroller and died, we'll examine the history of accessibility and architectural design and how disability rights activists fought for decades. Author Bess Williamson will discuss her new book, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink
    Source: On today's show we'll analyze President Trump's remarks on Venezuela and socialism at his State of the Union address with journalist Roberto Lovato. Then we'll speak with Joshua Frank, managing editor of about the new book he has co-authored called The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink.
  • Responses to Trump’s 2019 State of the Union
    Source: On today's show we'll spend the hour on Donald Trump's State of the Union address as he begins his third year in office. First we'll analyze the speech with our news correspondent Rosa Clemente and Rewire.News President Jodi Jacobson. Then, we'll share an interview we did ahead of the State of the Union with two young DACA recipients who attended the President's speech as guests of Democrats. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Is Trump Using Immigrant Kids As Bait? Is Trump Using Immigrant Kids As Bait?
    Boys in a holding area at a Border Protection center in Nogales, Ariz. Generally, minors are put into deportation proceedings and given a "Notice To Appear" in immigration court, but they have permission to stay in the country while the U.S. decides their fate. On today's show we'll spend the hour discussing the cruelty of the US immigration system ahead of President Trump's  which is sure to focus on his demand for a border wall. First Saira Draper of the Southern Poverty Law Center will join us to explain the major class action lawsuit representing 10,000 undocumented detained children. Then immigration attorney and author J J. Mulligan Sepulveda on his new book, No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney On the Front Lines of the Immigration War. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • The Links Between Polar Vortex and Climate Change
    Source: On today's show we'll turn to Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists about how the deadly Polar Vortex was linked to climate change and how our President is entirely unable to understand the science enough to take action. Then we'll mark Black History month with a look at a fascinating book by Joe William Trotter Jr. called Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Facebook Continues Audacious Privacy Violations
    WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Source: On today's show we'll examine the many ways in which Facebook continues to violate user privacy despite everything that founder Mark Zuckerberg says to the contrary. Our guest will be Mara Einstein. Then, we'll take a look at the ways in which modern capitalism has subtly changed our perceptions of work and labor rights using buzzwords like "sharing economy," and "innovation." John Patrick Leary has written a book about it called Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Storming The Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security
    Source: On today's show we'll examine a number of foreign policy stories with Kevin Martin of Peace Action, in light of the recent testimonies of US Intelligence heads. We'll cover North Korea, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Venezuela. Then, author Todd Miller on his book, Storming The Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Democrats Want to be “Progressive Except for Palestine”
    Source: On today's show – as Kamala Harris launches her Presidential bid with a splash, we'll speak with Dr. Stephen Zunes about her problematic positions on Israel and Palestine. Harris has been to the right of even Obama and Feinstein on the issue. Then, Mandy Smithberger on the revolving door between weapons makers and the Department of Defense and how it has escalated under Trump.   Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Lessons for Progressives on the Govt Shutdown Battle
    Source: Now that the record-breaking government shutdown is over, what lessons can progressives take from the battle that was fought? Our news correspondent Arun Gupta will join us to analyze Nancy Pelosi's role, the GOP's insensitivity, and the value of federal government workers. Then single payer advocate Dr. Margaret Flowers will examine the coming fight over Medicare-for-All and why both centrist Democrats and Republicans are fighting it. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Trump Capitulates, Temporarily Ending Shutdown
    Source: The longest federal government shutdown in US history has ended – for now. On our show today we'll speak with Chuck Collins on how the impact of the shutdown on federal workers has highlighted growing economic vulnerability in the US. We'll also discuss Elizabeth Warren's new tax plan. Then, Alison Kenner on her new book "Breathtaking: Asthma Care In a Time of Climate Change", and finally a new short film by our partners at Brave New Films focusing on Native Youth activism. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Is Venezuela In the Midst of a US-backed Coup?
    Source: On today's show we'll examine the slow-moving coup that the US appears to be backing in Venezuela. Our guest Miguel Tinker Salas will explain who the new self-declared interim President Juan Guaido is, and the missteps that the actual President Nicolas Maduro has taken. Then, as popular opinion on climate change finally returns to back the scientific consensus, reporter Amy Westervelt gives us a short history of who has fueled climate-denialism and why. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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