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  • UpFront – June 14, 2019
    UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
  • How the bubonic plague came to SF: denial, racism, and rats; Plus: 2019 Socialism with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin Magazine
    0:08 – Mitch Jeserich on Oakland saying goodbye to the Warriors, and their bid for the NBA Finals Championship 0:20 – A new outbreak of ebola has spread trans-nationally, with 2 deaths now reported in Uganda Tamba Danmbi-Saa Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Program Manager for Oxfam International (@Oxfam), based in Kinshasa. 0:34 – How the bubonic plague came to San Francisco: denial, racism, rats and reform David K Randall (@DKRandall) is a senior reporter at Reuters. His latest book is Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. [1] 1:08 – What would 2019 socialist democracy look like? KPFA News: Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has given a speech touting Democratic Socialism as the alternative to defeat oligarchy and right-wing nationalism….as he seeks to win the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump in next year’s election. Sanders pushed back against attacks on socialism from Trump and other Republicans…calling his platform a continuation of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. KPFA’s Christopher Martinez reports. 1:12 – Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) is the founder and editor of Jacobin [2], which he launched in 2010. He has written for The New York Times, LeMonde, Vice, and The Washington Post. His latest book is The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality [3] [1] [2] [3]
  • What did Mexico agree to in order to avoid Trump’s tariffs? Plus: Elderhood and reimagining aging with Dr Louise Aronson
    0:08 – India is experiencing an extreme heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 123 degrees – what are the strategies to cope? Hem Himanshu Dholakia (@hemdholakia) is Senior Research Associate at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (@CEEWIndia) 0:16 – What did Mexico agree to to avoid Trump's tariffs? Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy. 0:34 – As tech platforms are finally beginning to remove extremist, white supremacist content and users – who decides how to govern the internet? David Kaye (@davidakaye) is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is a clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book is Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet. 1:08 – Aging and elder-care Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, educator and professor of medicine and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs UCSF Medical Humanities. Her latest book is Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life.   Plus, we take listener calls. Dr Aronson will be appearing Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm Mrs Dalloway’s 2904 College Ave Berkeley. Info: [1] [1]
  • Over 1 million Hong Kong protesters denounce Chinese extradition law; Plus: Alicia Garza on the first Black Census and galvanizing electoral power
    0:08 – Hong Kong: Protests over extradition law Jason Ng is Hong Kong-based attorney who heads the Progressive Lawyers Group. His books include one on the last wave of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong; it's entitled Umbrellas in Bloom [1]. 0:20 – What’s in California’s new budget deal Jessica Bartholow (@Jess_Bartholow) is a policy advocate with the Western Center on Law & Poverty, and has been tracking CA's budget negotiations closely. 0:34 – The Trump Administration announced cuts to classes and sports for detained youth Melissa Adamson is an attorney with the National Center for Youth Law (@NCYLnews) 0:55 – Theater review: KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews Rhinoceros [2] running at the ACT in San Francisco through Sunday June 23 1:08 – Alicia Garza, for the hour: Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) is an activist, writer, and public speaker, currently organizing with Black Futures Lab, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The Black Futures Lab (@blackfutureslab) just published the results of The Black Census [3] – the largest survey of Black people conducted in the United States since Reconstruction. Launched in early 2018, the Black Census Project asked over 30,000 Black people about their experiences, views and opinions about politics, society and the opportunities and challenges facing Black communities and the nation. [1] [2] [3]
  • New Study: In a survey of cops’ Facebook accounts, 1 in 5 had posted racist, violent content; Plus: OUSD proposes 40 year charter lease on Castlemont campus, community protests
    0:08 – Monday news commentary (Mitch is out today): Thank you to our listener donors who came to dinner last week; US withdraws tariff threats; a 39 year old man found dead in Santa Rita on June 5, his identity is still unknown; LAPD kill another man in South Central; and Oakland Council President Rebecca Kaplan presents her budget tonight 0:34 – New survey: Cops racist and violent social media Emily Hoerner (@emilyhoerner) is a reporter with Injustice Watch, a non-profit journalism organization focused on institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality. Her latest investigation looks at data from the Plain View Project [1], and the report by Buzzfeed is entitled: Cops Across The US Have Been Exposed Posting Racist And Violent Things On Facebook. Here's The Proof [2]. 0:47 – OUSD has proposed a 40 year lease to a charter school on the Castlemont High School campus in East Oakland Mike Hutchinson is with the Oakland Public Education Network, and opposes the lease saying it further destabilizes Castlemont and Oakland public schools. 1:08 – Police officer Mohammed Noor is sentenced to 12.5 years Paige Fernandez is the Policing Policy Advisor in the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department, and says the sentence is just but the process reveals entrenched racism and stigma against black lives 1:34 – Jane Stoever is a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she directs the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Initiative to End Family Violence. Her latest book is The Politicization of Safety: Critical Perspectives and Domestic Violence Responses [3] [1] [2] [3]
  • Olympian Caster Semeya and the global dispute to define her gender; Plus: Ghana encourages African diaspora to visit with ‘Year of Return’ campaign
    0:08 – South African middle-distance runner [1] and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya won an interim ruling in her battle against the IAAF when the Swiss supreme court ordered the athletics' governing body to suspend rules to force Semenya take testosterone lowering medication. For more on Caster Semenya, we’re joined by Madeleine Pape (@Madeleine_Pape) a former middle distance runner who competed against Semenya – Olympian, and now a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  0:34 – This year makes the 400 year anniversary of the first Africans brought to Jamestown Virginia to be enslaved – the so-called Year of Return. To mark this anniversary, Ghana has created a Year of Return [2] initiative, advertise as a key travel destination for Africans in the diaspora. To talk more about the Year of Return we speak to Nehanda Imara, professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, and organizer with the All African People’s Revolutionary Party [3] in Nor Cal and Ghana. [1] [2] [3]
  • Sudan military crackdown leaves over 100 dead; Plus: 242 people have been shot and killed by Bay Area law enforcement since 2009
    0:08 – Sudan's military authorities crackdown on protesters, estimated over 100 people dead Jalelah Sophia (@JalelahAhmed) is communications director with Sudanese Americans for Non-Violent Demonstrations. Zachariah Mampilly (@Ras_Karya) is a professor of political science and international studies at Vassar College, and the authormost recently of Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change. 0:34 – Trump eliminates Cuba travel visa, Americans to go anyway Walter Turner is the host of KPFA's Africa Today, Mondays at 7pm PST, and president of Global Exchange, which leads cultural exchange trips to Cuba. He says their delegations will continue – as they always have – despite the new policy and threats from the Trump Administration. 0:45 – Oakland City budget is up for a vote in June. Mayor Libby Shaff has introduced her budget, and Council President has introduced a much more progressive budget proposal – to be negotiated. Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) Oakland City Council President, joins us to discuss.  1:08 – Youtube announces new round of takedowns for content inciting discrimination or (white) supremacy April Glaser (@aprilaser) writes about tech for Slate; she’s also one half of their tech podcast, If/Then. 1:34 – Since 2009, 242 people have been shot and killed by law enforcement in the Bay Area Scott Morris (@OakMorr) is an independent journalist in Oakland, covering policing, protest, civil rights, and neighborhood news. His latest piece is titled: “Since Oscar Grant, 242 people shot and killed by police in Bay Area” [1] 0:53 – KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews The Good Book, running at [2]Berkeley Rep through Sunday June 9. Photo: Scott Morris – Black Lives Matter wheatpasting in downtown Oakland on April 4, 2016. [1] [2]
  • New report: Bay Area gun homicides is down by 30%, how have things changed? Plus: Transgender woman’s death spotlights lack of healthcare in ICE detention
    0:08 – Trump threatens to impose strict tariffs on Mexico, severely impacting both US and Mexican economies. We speak with Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot), co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, then Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy on the impact of US tariffs on Mexican politics. 0:34 – ICEcare: what we’re learning from the death Johana Medina Leon, the transgender woman who died in ICE custody after medical neglect. Tina Vasquez (@TheTinaVasquez) is an immigration reporter with (Rewire DOT news) 1:08 – A new Guardian investigation reveals the total number of gun homicides in the Bay Area is down by 30%. How have things changed? We're joined by reporters Darwin Bond Graham (@DarwinBondGraha [1]) an independent journalist covering violence and misconduct by police departments, and Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett [2]), a senior reporter with the Guardian, covering guns, gun violence and the far right, to discuss their year-long investigation. Their latest piece for the Guardian – along with Peter Andringa and Abené Clayton – is “Gun violence has sharply declined in California's Bay Area. What happened?” [3] 1:34 – Oakland City Council voted unanimously to expand rent control to duplexes and triplexes, and expand protections for renters. We're joined by Leah Cerri, Executive Director East Bay Housing Associations to discuss how it went down at the Council meeting last night.  [1] [2] [3]
  • East Bay Asm Rob Bonta on housing, charter schools, and ending private prisons; Plus: SF considers new conservatorship law on people with mental illness
    0:08 – New elections in Israel, Netanyahu clings to power among corruption charges Gideon Levy is a columnist with the Israeli paper Haaretz, covering the Israeli elections. 0:20 – Arguments at 9th Circuit could end permits for oil, gas, and coal. Andrea Rogers is a Senior Staff Attorney with Our Children’s Trust, and co-council on the lawsuit Juliana vs. United States. 0:34 – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (@RobBontaCA) represents Assembly District 18, which includes the southern half of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He joins us in-studio to discuss his legislative agenda – housing, charter schools and his bill to end private prisons – and takes listener calls. 1:08 – The New Haven teachers strike reaches Day 11 Paul Stickland a second grade teacher at Delaine Eastin Elementary School in Union City, and on strike with the New Haven Teachers union. John Mattos is Director of Assessment and Evaluation New Haven Unified School District. 1:20 – CA Corrections (CDCR) is violating terms to end solitary confinement, civil rights groups are insisting CDCR abide by terms of a class action lawsuit and end abusive conditions. Sam Miller is an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights (@theCCR) 1:34 – San Francisco Supervisors are set to vote on a new conservatorship policy, granting new authority to the City to force people with mental illness into treatment or custody of a guardian. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman represents San Francisco District; he’s co-sponsoring the proposed conservatorship legislation. Jennifer Friedenbach is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, and opposes the new policy, saying it's an overreach and infringes on basic civil rights.
  • CA Democratic Party Convention; Plus: The US frontier myth and the border wall with historian Greg Grandin
    0:08 – Monday's with Mitch: Trump's smear campaign against Mueller; International Sex Workers day was June 2; Angel Ramos' birthday is today, he was killed by Vallejo PD who are one of the most violent departments in CA, and now under the spotlight to be held in account; the Virginia Beach mass shooting tragedy 0:34 – California Democratic Party Convention debrief Eight Democratic Party presidential candidates spoke at Saturday’s ‘Big Ideas Forum’ in San Francisco—whose live stream yielded 500,000 viewers from across the country. It was an opportunity to present “One Big Idea” that will drastically change the United States for the better and was a progressive showcase that surfaced new and inspiring ideas that Democrats hope to make political priorities moving forward. KPFA's James Greene (@iwishiwerebread) reports. 0:43 – Christine Mai-Duc (@cmaiduc) is a political reporter with the LA Times, and covered the CA Democratic Convention this weekend. 0:50 – Jane Kim is a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and served as a delegate to the CA Democratic Convention this weekend. 1:08 – Author interview: Greg Grandin (@GregGrandin) is a prize-winning author and professor of Latin American history at New York University. His latest book is titled The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America.  
  • Why do so many prisoners convert to Islam? Plus: ‘In a city of tents, every tent has a story.’ Tent City film calls for humanity in Oakland
    0:08 – Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is also the fastest growing religion in US prisons. And as Muslims in the U.S. observe the holy month of Ramadan, we’ll explore basic history and beliefs of Islam and why prisoners are heavily gravitating towards the religion with Imam Abu Kadir Al-Amin, former prisoner, re-entry worker and current Imam of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center. 0:34 – If you live in the Bay Area, especially Oakland, you’ve most certainly seen a Tent City. Our next guest claims that every tent has a story and explores one such plausible story his new movie Tent City [1]. The film touches on how a mental health crisis and a series of unfortunate events can lead even the best to become a resident of a Tent City. We speak with writer and director Adimu Madyun and lead actor in the film, Sizwe Andrew Abakah. Check the website for upcoming screenings. [2] [1] [2]
  • CA bill AB 392 to limit police use of force watered down to pass Assembly; Plus: Oakland moves to decriminalize psychedelic plants, including mushrooms
    0:08 – SF Supervisors roll out proposal to overhaul mental healthcare system Supervisor Hillary Ronen (@HillaryRonen) represents District 9, which includes  the neighborhoods of Mission District, Bernal Heights, and the Portola. She's co-sponsoring the new legislation to fund "Mental Health SF." 0:20 – Oakland moves to decriminalize psychedelic plants, including mushrooms Carlos Plazola is the Chair of Decriminalize Nature Oakland [1] (@DecrimNature [2]) a community organization with a mission to “decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being.” 0:34 – New bill to define use of force and prevent police killings, AB 392 was watered down to pass CA Assembly The California State Assembly passed legislation to restrict police officers’ use of deadly force yesterday. The bill was sparked after public outrage over fatal police shootings including the shooting of unarmed Stephon Clark in Sacramento last year. KPFA’s Caitlin Hall reports. Jennie Ruiz is the sister of Charlie Salinas, who was killed by Sanger PD near Fresno in 2012. She lives in Porterville. James Burch is Policy Coordinator with the Anti-Police Terror Project. 1:08 – The San Francisco International Arts Festival has kicked off this year, under the theme THE PATH TO DEMOCRACY (May 23-June 2). We're joined by its artistic director, Andrew Wood to discuss this year's lineup, the Syrian and Canadian artists denied visas, and the importance of cultural exchange in the age of Trump. See the full 2019 program lineup here [3]. 1:20 – 19 year old Jonathan Bandabaila went missing in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland on May 3, 2019. We’re joined in studio by Jonathan’s brother, Harrison Bandalabaila and his parents – father Fallah Bandabaila, and mother, Isata Bandabaila. Anyone with information about Jonathan's whereabouts, please contact Officer Sides of the Oakland Police Department at (510) 587-2523 1:38 – Our intern Caitlin Hall interviews film …
  • SF Police raided a journalists home to find its own leak, is it a cover up? Plus: W Kamau Bell on the new season of United Shades of America
    0:08 – Explained: how SFPD raided a journalist’s home, then imploded Tim Redmond (@timredmondsf) has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the founder and editor of [1]. 0:34 – The Bureau of Land Management is considering a proposal to lease 1.6 million acres to new oil and gas production in CA KPFA News: A diverse group of environmental advocates and concerned citizens packed a meeting set up at the Bureau of Land Management in Bakersfield on May 21, 22 and 23, to protest the opening up of more than a million acres of public land in Central California to possible oil extraction. The proposal put forth by Trump Administration is part of the plan to ramp up fossil fuel and fracking on public lands nationwide. There has been a court-imposed moratorium on oil drilling in public lands since 2013. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno. Clare Lakewood is a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. Nayamin Martinez, MPH is the Executive Director of Central California Environmental Justice Network, dedicated to empowering communities eliminating negative environmental impacts in low income and communities of color in the Central Valley, based in Kern County. 1:08 – For the hour, we're joined by W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) comedian and host of Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. [1]
  • India elections deliver landslide to Modi, critics fear heightened repression against minorities; Plus: Why is the US escalating against Iran?
    0:08 – Monday's with Mitch (now on Tuesday) 0:34 – India Elections deliver landslide to Narendra Modi’s BJP Ashish Malhotra (@amalhotra2) is an journalist based in New Delhi who’s been covering religious violence and the election. 0:57 – KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews Significant Other, running at SF Playhouse through Saturday June 15th. [1] 1:08 – Why is the US escalating against Iran Reese Erlich (@ReeseErlich) has been reporting from Iran for 18 years. His new book is The Iran Agenda Today: the Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with US Policy. 1:34 – Author interview: Michael Dobbs (@michaeldobbs) is an author and former journalist, and is currently on the staff of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. His newest book is The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz and a Village Caught in Between.   [1]
  • Spring Fund Drive Finale: The Great White Hoax with Tim Wise, Plus: How Not to Die with Dr Michael Greger
    0:08 – The Great White Hoax, featuring anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how American political leaders have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. The film’s primary focus is Donald Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign for the presidency. Yours for a pledge of $150 to KPFA. [1] 1:08 – Dr Michael Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He runs NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG [2] is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. His latest book is How Not to Die and the How Not to Die Cookbook. Yours for a pledge of $150. [3] [1] [2] [3]

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