KPFA: Up Front [Program Feed]

  • What’s Next With Brexit After Exit Plan Suffers Crushing Defeat; Plus: How The Wet and Rainy Season Exacerbates The Bay Area Homelessness Crisis
    0:08 – What’s next with Brexit after most recent soft exit plan suffers a crushing defeat? Alex Dean (@AlexDean94 [1]) is a political correspondent with the Prospect Magazine in the UK. 0:34 – Storms and Climate change: Why winter storms seem to be getting worse. We speak with Eugene Cordero (@eugeneccordero [2]), Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. 0:50 – Historic Mega Floods: what past climate trends can tell us about the future. Lynn Ingram is professor emerita of Earth and Planetary Science and Geography at UC Berkeley and Co-author of The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow. 1:08 – Homeless in the Rain – As the rain was starting yesterday, our production intern Justin Gold went out to speak to some folks camped on the Berkeley / Oakland border at the Here/There sign to discuss the challenges that the wet and rainy season hurls upon the homeless. 1:34 – Community-based solutions for permanent low-income housing. Zachary Murray is a Housing policy expert who joined Oakland Community Land Trust in January as the Advocacy and Partnerships Program Manager. Previously Zachary worked with Grounded Solutions Network and the Greenlining Institute both in Oakland, CA. John Jones III is the Director of Community and Political Engagement at Just Cities. He is also formerly incarcerated, and after paroling was unemployed and homeless for eighteen months.   [playlist ids="305088,305089,305090,305091,305092"] [1] [2]
  • UpFront – January 16, 2019
    UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
  • PG&E files for bankruptcy; Plus MLK’s birthday: Reclaiming Dr King’s radical legacy
    0:08 – New Attorney General William Barr appears for Senate confirmation hearings. Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady [1]) is a senior legal analyst for, and one half of their Boom! Lawyered [2] podcast. 0:34 – PG&E declares bankruptcy – what now? First, we hear a report from KPFA’s Scott Baba on the bankruptcy announcement. Then, we’re joined by Mark Toney Executive Director, the Utility Reform Network (TURN) for analysis.  1:08 – Reclaiming Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy Ash-lee Woodard Henderson is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center (@HighlanderCtr) [3] based in Tennessee, which serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac [4]) is a community organizer and educator. She is founding National Director of the Black Youth Project 100, a preeminent organization of young activists for black liberation. She joins us today from Chicago. Tur Ha Ak (@CRCPOCC [5]) is a co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project, dedicated to ending state sanctioned violence. Oakland March: APTP are calling the Bay Area into the streets for the 5th Annual People’s March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy – Monday Jan 21 starting with a youth teach-in at 9am and a program and march at 11am at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. Plus excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, Beyond Vietnam [6] given on April 4, 1967 in New York City. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • CA: What’s the path to single payer healthcare? Plus: Alicia Garza and W Kamau Bell join us to talk R Kelly and the culture of sexual exploitation
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: headline news and analysis with Mitch, Cat and Brian Government shutdown now on day 24 – the longest in US history Bill Barr Attorney General confirmation hearing coming up tomorrow The East Bay Express laid off its entire editorial staff on Friday 0:34 – California – what’s the path to single payer? Laurel Lucia (@laurellucia [1]), joins us. She’s the Director of the Health Care Program the UC Berkeley Labor Center. 1:08 – R Kelly and the culture of sexual exploitation: Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza [2]) 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. W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell [3]) is a comedian and host of Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell [4]. 1:34 – Watchdog reporting: Sarah Kliff is a Vox Senior Correspondent, she spent a year digging into emergency room billing – San Francisco General Hospital, or “Zuckerberg Hospital” has the most abnormal billing practices, and the most costly for patients. Her latest piece is called “A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills” [5] 1:50 – We continue the discussion on the impacts of the government shutdown. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Congo divided as presidential winner announced; Plus: Surviving R Kelly and the culture of enabling
    0:08 – We continue our ongoing coverage of the historic elections happening in The Democratic Republic of Congo. A winner in the presidential elections has been declared to the surprise and dismay of many, immediately sparking controversy. We speak with Maurice Carney (@congofriends [1]) co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo for an update on what’s happening in the DRC. 0:34 – With the release of the new docu-series Surviving R. Kelly [2], more expanded conversations are happening about rape culture… including the culture of enabling. We speak with Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D. (@Dr_Aalai [3]) assistant professor of Psychology at Queensborough Community College in New York and author of the Psychology Today article “Will Rape Culture Finally Be Taken Seriously? [4]” about the culture of enabling that allows rape culture to exist. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Government shutdown Day 20: impact on food assistance; Plus: How admin for government assistance makes one company rich
    0:08 – Government shutdown Day 20: impact on SNAP / CalFresh (Food Stamps) Jessica Bartholow (@Jess_Bartholow [1]) is policy advocate with with the Western Center on Law & Poverty. 0:34 – San Francisco Supervisors just elected Norman Yee (@NormanYeeSF [2]) to be President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; he represents District 7. He joins us to discuss his agenda and take listener calls.  1:08 – LA teachers set to strike for first time in 30 years on Monday Jan 14 – how did we get here? Dan Barnhart is the Secondary Vice President of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing teachers in the LA Unified School District. Howard Blume (@howardblume [3]) covers education for the Los Angeles Times. He also co-hosts “Deadline LA” on KPFK, a weekly program known as KPFK’s roving eye on the media, state and local news and newsworthy cultural events. Joe Angeles is President of the New Haven Teachers Association and co-chair of the East Bay Rally for Public Education taking place this Saturday Jan 12 at Oscar Grant Plaza at 12 noon. 1:34 – How one company is profiting off Trump’s War on the Poor Tracie McMillan (@TMMcMillan [4]) is an independent journalist covering America’s multi-racial working class since the late 1990s. In 2012, she published her New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Her latest piece in Mother Jones is “How One Company is Making Millions Off Trump’s War on the Poor [5].”   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • What the President could do if he declares a State of Emergency; Plus: the Oakland Police Commission’s Lost Year
    0:08 – Government Shutdown, week 3: What powers does the President have by declaring a state of emergency? Elizabeth Goitein (@LizaGoitein [1]) is a co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, is the author of The New Era of Secret Law [2]. Her new article in The Atlantic: “What the President Could Do if He Declares a State of Emergency [3]” 0:34 – New Board of Supervisors sworn in in San Francisco face many challenges. We speak with two: Supervisor Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton)  [4]represents District 10 in San Francisco, formerly represented by Malia Cohen, and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman [5])represents District 8 in San Francisco, formerly represented by Jeff Sheehy. Supervisors Matt Haney, Catherine Stefani and Gordon Mar did not respond to interview requests before airtime. 0:56 – Theater Review: KPFA’s Richard Wolinsky reviews Mary Poppins [6] now running at San Francisco Playhouse through Saturday Jan 12. 1:08 – The Oakland Police Commission is locked in a power struggle with the department, can it recover? Darwin Bond Graham (@DarwinBondGraha [7]) is a reporter with the East Bay Express, author of today’s cover story The Oakland Police Commission’s Lost Year. 1:34 – Author Interview: Lane Green (@lanegreene [8]) is a writer and language columnist for the Economist. His latest book is Talk on the Wild Side: Why language Can’t Be Tamed. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
  • Cyntoia Brown granted clemency in TN, we discuss justice and sexual exploitation; Plus: Cashing in on Education: CA’s lucrative school bond market
    0:08 – Commentary with Cat and Brian Donald Trumps’s giving a speech tonight. The networks are carrying it. What do we think about that? The government shutdown’s hitting federal employees hard – including aviation workers, TSA, farmers, and the IRS – and its going to hit food stamps next month Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember-at-Large, just got elected Oakland City Council President. 0:34 – New Supervisors set to be inaugurated in San Francisco, and elect a new Board President Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez (@FitzTheReporter)  [1]joins us to discuss, he’s a reporter and columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. 0:47 – Newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom claims education is at the top of his agenda. A major issue on his plate is education finance, in and a increasingly corrupt school bond market. Brian Krans is a reporter and producer covering crime, health, and the intersection of private interests and the public good. His latest report for the East Bay Express is “Cashing in on Education [2],” which examines California’s lucrative school bond market.    1:08 – Cyntonia Brown received clemency from the state of Tennessee. She was sentenced to life in prison after committing homicide on a man who trafficked her when she was 16 years old. Today, we discuss sex trafficking in Oakland, which is a major part of the US “track” where California places first in the nation for predominance of sexual exploitation. Holly Joshi is a former member of the Oakland Police Department, and former Executive Director of MISSEY, an organization that works with both young people at risk of sexual exploitation and those who have been sexually exploited. Now she’s a national trainer for institutions to better address and prevent sexual exploitation of youth.  1:34 – What should we cover in 2019? What do you want to hear more about? What do you want us to look into? What do think needs a debate? Whose voices do you want on the air? Today we take your calls.  [1] …
  • CA Inauguration Day 2019: Gavin Newsom as Governor; Plus: Meet the new Oakland City Councilmembers
    0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: headline news and analysis including 0:34 – Gavin Newsom to be sworn in as California’s Governor / Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker Tim Redmond (@timredmondsf [1]) joins us, he’s been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 20 years. He is the founder and editor of (@48hills [2]). 1:08 – New Oakland City Councilmembers inaugurated today. We’re joined in studio by: Nikki Fortunato Bas (@nikki4oakland [3])is the incoming Oakland City Councilmember representing District 2, filling the office formerly occupied by Abel Guillen. Sheng Thao (@ShengForOakland)  [4]is the incoming Oakland City Councilmember representing District 4, filling the office formerly served by Annie Campbell Washington. Loren Taylor (@lorenmtaylor)  [5]is the incoming Oakland City Councilmember representing District 6, filling the office formerly served by Desley Brooks. 1:34 – We take listener calls for the new Oakland City Councilmembers including schools, policing, violence against black youth, job creation, housing, the arts, and community development. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • CA issues recall for 29 cannabis firms traced back to one lab falsifying tests; Plus: What’s at stake in Congo’s presidential election, results still unknown
    7am – News headlines 0:08 – The California Bureau of Cannabis Control recently sent out recall notices to businesses that had contracts with Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Lab to test their products, as it was caught falsifying test results for pesticides. We speak with David Downs (@davidrdowns),  [1]the California Bureau Chief for – a cannabis information app, to discuss the recent cannabis recall, pesticide regulations and what this means for the budding marijuana industry. 7:30am – News 7:34 – The Democratic Republic of Congo held historical elections on December 30, 2018 after years of delays. This potentially marks the first democratic transfer of power since the other throw of democratically elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba in 1960. We speak with Kambale Musavuli, Spokesperson with the Friends of the Congo (@congofriends) [2] for an update on what’s happening in the DRC. [1] [2]
  • Welcome back Cat Brooks! The latest on the government shut down; Plus: the legacy of Oscar Grant and the unsung heroes of the movement
    0:08 – Welcome back Cat Brooks! After a bid for the Oakland Mayor’s office, Cat Brooks rejoins UpFront as a daily host. 0:34 – New Congress, new fights: Shutdown, Oversight, Pay-Go. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [1]) is the Washington correspondent for The Nation Magazine. 1:08 – Oscar Grant, 10 years later. We’re joined by his mother, Wanda Johnson now an advocate and community leader with the Oscar Grant Foundation, and Yolanda Banks Reed, mother of Sahleem Tindle. Today, Jan 3, 2019 marks one year since BART police officer Joseph Mateu shot Sahleem Tindle three times in the back and killed him. There will be a protest and vigil for justice, accountability, and remembrance today at 4pm at West Oakland BART. 1:34 – 10 years later continued: the unsung heroes of the movement Community organizers Jabari Shaw and Krea Gomez, and Turha Ak with Community Ready Corps, and Dave Id (@DaveId [2]), a freelance reporter with Indybay, join us for a round table.  [1] [2]
  • We’re about to learn a lot more about cops: reporter Darwin Bond Graham explains why; Plus: Housing fights and tenants rights in 2019
    0:08 –  Government Shutdown – what are the impacts? Scott Baker is a Professor of Finance at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, co-author of a study on the economic impacts of the last major government shutdown (2013). 0:34 – We’re About to Learn More About the Cops. Darwin Bond Graham (@DarwinBondGraha [1]) is a staff writer with the East Bay Express and has been covering policing for nearly a decade. New laws to note: AB 748: Police transparency. Introduced by Asm. Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) Requires that body camera footage be released within 45 days of a police shooting, or when an officer’s use of force causes death or great bodily harm SB 1421: Police transparency Passed in 2018. Introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) Allows public access to police records in use-of-force cases, as well as investigations that confirmed on-the-job dishonesty or sexual misconduct. SB 978 (Bradford-D): Starting January 1, 2020, POST and all local agencies must post on their website all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be released via a PRA request. 1:08 – Housing fights and Tenants rights in 2019. Shanti Singh (@uhshanti [2]) is Communications Director with Tenants Together.  1:34 – Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer [3]) is a senior reporter with Mother Jones. In 2017, he was the winner of National Magazine Awards for best reporting. His latest book is “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment.” [1] [2] [3]
  • Generation Priced Out: Housing in the New Urban America; Plus: In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence
    0:08 – Randy Shaw (@beyondchron [1]) 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. [2] 1:08 – Bernice Yeung (@ [3]bmyeung)  [4]is an investigative journalist with The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her new book is In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers. [5] Happy new year! [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • What can we learn about restorative justice through virtual reality? Dr Shakti Butler says it may surprise you; Plus: Darnell Moore on Coming of Age Black and Free in America
    0:08 – Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha (@MonaHannaA [1]) is a pediatrician who assembled the first health data showing the children of Flint, Michigan, were being poisoned by their tap water. Her new book is What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City [2]. 0:34 – Shakti Butler (@ShaktiButler [3]) is President and Founder of World Trust Education Services. She’s directed many films about race and gender, and privilege in America, and most recently about trauma and punishment in the criminal justice system. Her newest endeavor is working in the realm of virtual reality. Check her website, [4] for upcoming events near you. 1:08 – Announcements for 2018 1:17 – Darnell Moore (@Moore_Darnell [5]) is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. His first book, a memoir, is called No Ashes in the Fire [6]: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • The Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers makes kid-friendly hip hop with a passion for social justice; Plus: That Don Reed Show
    7am – News headlines 0:08 – Alphabet Rockers (@alphabetrockers [1]) are a nationally touring kid-friendly hip hop group [2] out of Oakland, CA, addressing complex issues around identity and social justice through their hip hop music. Its members include Juan Amador (aka DJ Wonway Possible) and Choreographer Samara Atkins along with its two core member Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd. Their crew also includes an extensive artistic and business team. Their Grammy nominated album #RiseShineWoke is not just songs about numbers and nutrition. It includes songs about hue, immigration and discrimination. We speak with the core members about making woke music for children. McGaw and Shepherd join us in-studio.  7:30am – News 0:34 – Actor, writer, and comedian Don Reed (@donreedwow [3]) has a new one man show at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley titled That Don Reed Show [4].” In an evening sketches, stand-up and music, he uses his platform of comedy to entertain and provoke thought. His critically acclaimed one man show E14th, about growing up in Oakland in the 70s, won the 2016 best solo show of the year for Theater Bay Area. We speak with Don Reed about his career, his new show and the importance of blending comedy with social commentary. Hosted by Jeannine Etter [1] [2] [3] [4]

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