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  • It’s been 45 years since the death of actor and martial arts icon Bruce Lee; plus: a dedication to Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
    Martial arts teacher and movie star Bruce Lee died 45 years ago on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32, one month before the release of his signature film “Enter the Dragon” released on August 19, 1973. This pop culture icon defied Asian stereotypes, broke barriers and bridged the cultures of the East and West. For the hour, we speak with Journalist Matthew Polly (@MatthewEPolly [1]), author of “Bruce Lee, A Life. [2]” He is also a fellow at Yale University and teaches a course on Bruce Lee. And a brief dedication by Author Zo Williams ( [3]@ZoWilliams [4]) [5] to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin who died yesterday [6], August 16, at the age of 76. [playlist ids="294613,294612"] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • Trump signs $717 billion military spending bill into law; plus: Lawsuit challenges the largest oil & gas lease sale in the Gulf in US history
    0:08 – On Monday, President Trump signed into law a $717 Billion Dollar National Defense Authorization Act. This is an annual and critical piece of legislation which authorizes the policies under which funding for the military will be set by Congressional appropriators. It not only includes a ton of hardware – and hundreds of billions of dollars for defense contractors – but also sets out some significant changes in U.S. foreign policy. William Hartung (@WilliamHartung [1]) is the Director of the Arms and Security Project and the Center for International Policy, and joins us to discuss. 0:34 – On Wednesday, The Trump Administration held the largest offshore oil and gas drilling lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. history [2]. Companies including Exxonmobil used the sale to buy up new leases in ultra deep waters at great distances from the shore. All this, while regulation of offshore operations dwindles. Raleigh Hoke is Campaign Director with the Gulf Restoration Network (@HealthyGulf [3]), which filed a lawsuit challenging the leases [4]. Brettny Harding is a staff attorney with the Oceans Program with Earthjustice (@Earthjustice [5]), representing the case.  1:08 – News headlines and analysis with Antonia and Brian, plus remembering Aretha Franklin.  1:18 – Naomi Hirahara (@gasagasagirl [6]) is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, and formerly the editor of the largest Japanese-American daily newspaper, The Rafu Shimpo. Her latest book is Life After Manzanar [7] “a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody.”   [playlist ids="294561,294562,294563,294564"] [1] [2] [3] [4] …
  • ‘Hot House Earth’ could be ‘Stabilized Earth’ study, says author; Plus: What to do about fake news and conspiracies with Slate’s lead tech reporter
    0:08 – Today, a jury in Alexandria, VA will hear closing arguments in the trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in the first trial stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential campaign and election. Manafort faces 18 counts of tax and bank fraud stemming from money he earned while working for the pro-Russian political party in the Ukraine and from Russian oligarchs.  If convicted, he could go to prison for the rest of his life. Ken White is a former federal prosecutor, is a criminal defense attorney, and First Amendment Litigator at Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles. His podcast “Make No Law” (@Popehat [1]) explores the history of the First Amendment. 0:34 – What to do about fake news and conspiracism on the social web. April Glaser (@aprilaser [2]) writes about tech for Slate, and joins us to discuss.  1:08 – You’ve likely seen the news coverage on a newly released climate change study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Journal , dubbed “Hot House Earth,” with headlines breathlessly declaring, “Hell on Earth?” “Paradise Lost” and worse. But the study could just as easily have been dubbed using the OTHER term discussed in it by its authors, “Stabilized Earth,” but only if we heed their warnings and take actions outlined in the study. We’re joined by one of the report’s authors. Professor Diana Liverman (@DianaLiv [3]) teaches in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She’s co-author of a new paper published by the National Academy of Sciences titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene.” [4] 1:34 – Andrew Janz (@JanzforCongress [5]) is the Democratic candidate running to unseat House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District.   [playlist ids="294489,294490,294491,294492"] [1] [2] [3] [4] …
  • SF Jury rules against Monsanto, indicts toxic, cancer-causing Roundup; Plus: Pushing back against patriarchy from behind bars in the film “The Feminist on Cellblock Y”
    0:08 – Carey Gillam is an investigative journalist and public interes researcher for the non-profit, US Right to Know. She’s written extensively on chemical pollution, corruption, and Monsanto. Her latest book is Whitewash: The Story of Weedkiller, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. She joins to discuss the jury’s ruling in the Monsanto trial 0:34 – Richard Edmond-Vargas (@RichieReseda [1]) is featured in the film “The Feminist on Cellblock Y” focused on his feminist work while serving 10 years in California state prison. While incarcerated, he founded Success Stories, a program that helps young men in prison challenge patriarchy to better achieve their goals. In 2016, he founded Initiate Justice [2] with his wife Taina Edmond-Vargas, dedicated to reforming prison policy and advocating for those impacted by incarceration. The film screens tonight, Aug 14 at the New Parkway in Oakland at 6:30pm, hosted by Initiate Justice.  [3] For the extended interview with Richard Edmond-Vargas, where we go deeper into the curriculum, successes and failures, check out the playlist below. 1:08 – Samya Kullab (@ [4]samya_kullab) [5] is senior correspondent with Iraq Oil Report [6] covering oil, security, and politics in Iraq, working in both Erbil and Baghdad Bureaus. Today, she’s joining us from New Jersey to discuss Iraqi politics, the heat wave, and political protests. 1:34 – Dr. Chipo Dendere (@drDendere [7]) is a Zimbabwean political scientist and professor at Amherst College, focused on democracy, elections, and migration with a regional focus on African politics. She joins us from Zimbabwe to discuss the historic elections in July, and what’s happening with the contested election results.  [playlist ids="294424,294425,294434,294426,294427"] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] https://twitte …
  • How should the media cover neo-Nazi rallies? Plus: Senator Kevin de Leon on his campaign for the US Senate
    7am – Monday’s with Mitch: Antonia, Brian and Mitch with breaking news and commentary 00:34 – KPFA News: Amidst the chaos and public furor over the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance and family separation policies, immigrants from all over the world are still streaming to US border crossings in hopes of finding safety, and economic prosperity. KPFA’s Tom Herriman was at the Paso del Norte bridge, connecting El Paso with the Mexican City of Juarez on July 23 and 24th. He filed this report. 0:45 – We were unable to connect with our guest in Zimbabwe for an update on the contested elections, so instead, we continue news commentary with Mitch Jeserich. 1:08 – KPFA News: The American Psychological Association has rejected a proposal to let psychologists work with terror suspects at facilities like the Guantanamo base detention center. The psychologists’ policy board voted after hours of heated debate in a closed-door session ahead of its annual conference in San Francisco. Christopher Martinez reports. 1:15 – Senator Kevin de Leon joins us to discuss his campaign for the US Senate. He’s challenging Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the November midterms. We discuss immigration, the housing crisis, impeachment, healthcare, and US foreign policy, plus we take listener calls. [playlist ids="294442,294443,294440,294444,294441"]  
  • “Incels” and Reddit’s role in fueling violence against women; Plus: A look at one non-profit’s mission to help people exit hate groups
    7:08 – On April 23, 2018 Alek Minassian drove a rental van onto a crowded Toronto city sidewalk, killing [1]10 people and wounding 14 more. His Facebook page indicated that this violent act was motivated by a group he aligned with who call themselves “incels.” We speak with Aditi Natasha Kini (@nansequiturs [2]), a New York-based writer and author of article “How Reddit is teaching young men to hate women” [3] about her research regarding the Incel movement and men’s rights groups. 8:08 – This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the white nationalist Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned violent, resulting in the death of one counter-protester.  Many of the same groups are planning an anniversary rally this weekend in Washington, D.C. On the eve of this anniversary, we’ll speak with Sammy Rangel (@sammyrangel [4]), Social Worker, Executive Director of “Life After Hate” a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals exit hate groups, and Author of Fourbears: Myths of Forgiveness. [playlist ids="294096,294097"] [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Keeping California’s fossil fuels in the ground, a how-to guide; Plus: BART’s new $28mil security proposal could increase racial profiling, targeting youth of color
    0:08 –  Seattle’s passes historic domestic workers’ Bill of Rights. Joining us to discuss is Gilda Blanco (@gildafranzua [1]) a Seattle-based organizer with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She helped shepherd the legislation. Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (@ [2]CMTMosqueda)  [3]represents Position 8 on the Seattle City Council. She drafted the legislation, signed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin signed into law creating the city’s domestic workers’ Bill of Rights on July 28, 2018. 0:34 – What would it take to turn off the spigot, and keep California’s oil and gas in the ground? A campaign is growing to push Governor Brown to begin a managed decline of California’s oil industry before leaving office. Kassie Siegel (@KassieSiegel) [4] Climate Law Institute Director and Senior Counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity, and David Turnbull (@david_turnbull [5]) is Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change International, join us to discuss.  1:08 – Today BART Directors will vote on a new security proposal estimated at $28 million, to increase police, security surveillance across the network, and crack down on fare evaders. Darwin Bond-Graham (@DarwinBondGraha [6]), staff writer with the East Bay Express joins us to discuss concerns with heightened policing and surveillance for racial profiling, safety, and equity on public transportation. His latest piece is “BART is planning a systems wide surveillance network.” [7] 1:34 – On July 28th, at 5:30am, 26 year old Jessica St.Louis was found dead [8] at after being released from Santa Rita Jail. She was released from their custody at 1:30am, to walk 1.9 miles by herself with nothing but a Bart ticket in order to get home to Berkeley. By 5:30am she was found dead at the Dublin Pleasanton Bart Station. She had a bump on her head. Alameda County Sheriff’s office said she died of an overdose, not foul play – although a toxicology report has not been released. Family and community members rallied this past Tuesd …
  • Playwright Paul Flores tackles survival and resilience in US immigration and justice systems; Plus: Landmark climate lawsuit victory in US Supreme Court in Juliana v. United States
    00:08 – Primary election results from Ohio, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [1]) Washington correspondent with the Nation Magazine, joins us with analysis and races to watch out for. 00:20 – CalFire update: the Mendocino Complex fires are now the largest fire in California history. Jonathan Cox a Battalion Chief of the Northern Region with CalFire (@CAL_FIRE [2]) joins us for an update.  0:34 – Paul Flores (@PaulSFlores)  [3]is an award-winning poet, performance artist, playwright and well-known spoken word artist. In 1996, he co-founded Youth Speaks in San Francisco, dedicated to youth arts education and spoke word performance. His latest project is Pilgrim Street [4] with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin Valley in Stockton, CA. Plus, what to check out at Paseo Artistico [5] (@paseoartistico [6]) this Saturday Aug 11, and every second Saturday within the Latino Cultural District (24th and Mission to 24th and Potrero Streets). Check out our radio interview, plus the extended conversation on the playlist below. Extended cut – Our conversation continues with Paul Flores, and we dive into the characters in the play Pilgrim Street, his thoughts on the separation of families and the crisis at the border, resilience and survival in a broken justice and immigration system. 1:08 -The American Psychological Association is scheduled to vote on a contentious measure to once again allow psychologists to work at Guantanamo Bay and other detention facilities. Dan Albers, an instructor of psychology at Fort Lewis college in Durango, Colorado, member of APA Watch and co-author of the APA’s membership referendum, the policy that removes psychologists from Guantanamo and CIA dark sites. He opposes the measure. Dr. Mark Staal is a retired military psychologist who works as an independent consultant and is the current President of the Society for Military Psychology and Division 19 of the American Psychological Association, he supports the measure and rei …
  • Border crisis update: What happens to families where parents are deported and children remain in US custody? Plus: What we’ve learned in the one year since Charlottesville with ProPublica’s A.C. Thomson
    7:08 – The court ruled the US government is responsible for the reunification of families at the border, but so far US authorities are rejecting responsibility. What’s happening now? We’re joined by Denise Bell, a researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA [1]. Cathleen Caron (@CathleenCaron [2]) is the Executive Director of Justice in Motion [3], dedicated to defending abused migrant workers shut out of the legal justice system. Their Defender Network includes more than 40 organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. They’ve been working to reunify families separated, specifically assisting parents who’ve been deported while children remain detained in US custody. 7:34 – This week, lawmakers are holding hearings on two bills pertaining to liability for the California wildfires. Mindy Spatt is the Communications Director with the Utility Reform Network, or TURN [4]. They oppose AB-33 and SB 1088 calling it a bailout for PG&E and wildfire liability costs and a rollback on consumer protections. (PG&E turned down our interview request). 7:45 – John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [5]) is a Washington correspondent for The Nation joins us to discuss Election Day races to watch.  8:08 – On Monday Aug 6 at midnight, the US announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, restoring economic penalties that were lifted under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iranians are protesting, calling it an act of hostility, and European allies are criticizing the move by the Trump Administration saying it threatens Iran’s denuclearization process. Jamal Abdi (@jabdi [6]) is the President of the National Iranian American Council [7], and joins us to discuss the new sanctions and what this means for Iran, the US, and global nuclear relations.  8:34 – AC Thompson (@ACInvestigates [8]) is a staff reporter with ProPublica, producer and correspondent for PBS’ Frontline. Premiere: The FRONTLINE and ProPublica joint investigation, ‘Documenting Hate: …
  • 73rd Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima marked by protests at CA’s Livermore Lab, Plus: CalFire Update on the Northern CA fires
    7:35 Anniversary of the United States dropping the Hiroshima bomb on Japan. KPFA’s Carla West [@carlacwest [1]] reports live from the March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival [2] at the Lawerence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory. Protesters gathered at Livermore Lab to demand a stop the creation of new and “more usable” nuclear weapons proposed by President Trump in his Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released this year. 7:39 Jackie Cabasso [@JackieCabasso [3] ]is the Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation [4] and involved in organizing the demonstration Monday, Aug 6 marking the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. She joins us to discuss the political context of our nuclear world today. The Trump Administration is not the only world super-power growing it’s nuclear weapons arsenal, Russia and China are making strides too.  8:09 Northern California Fire Update with Scott McLean [@bangor55 [5]], Chief of Public Information for CalFire. Then, Georgia Duncan, Public Information Officer with the American Red Cross provides an update on the Fires here: [6] 8:18 Ryan Holiday [@RyanHoliday [7]] is an author, media strategist and columnist for the New York Observer. His latest book is Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, and the Anatomy of Intrigue [8]. He tells the story of billionaire and founder of PayPal Peter Thiel’s conspiracy that took down Gawker Media. Gawker used to make a profit by bringing out scandals about any celebrity. The conspiracy ended with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker Media, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker’s CEO and founder, out of a job.  [playlist ids="293736,293734,293735,293737"]   ** Reminder: Here is how to help victims of the fires in Northern California**     [1] [2] …
  • Fund Drive Special: Letters from Alan Watts; Plus: Ram Dass on conscious aging
    Thank you so much for supporting community radio this Summer Fund Drive. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive a copy of the following works. [2] First hour – Alan Watts was one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience. He is the author of many books, including The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety. $180 for Alan Watts PRA Library Collection (digital download) [3] Second hour – Ram Dass, 87, born Richard Alpert, is a spiritual teacher, former academic and clinical psychologist, and creator of dozens of recordings, films, and books, including Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying. $80 for Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying. [4]   [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Fund Drive Special: Author Interviews with Obi Kaufmann, Onnesha Roychoudhuri
    Thank you so much for supporting community radio this Summer Fund Drive. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive a copy of the following [2] books: 7:08 – Fund Drive Premium: Obi Kaufmann (@Obikaufmann [3]) is an artist, naturalist, creator of Coyote and Thunder [4] blog, and author of The California Field Atlas. $240 for The California Field Atlas [5] 8:08 – Fund Drive Premium: Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and co-founder of Speech/Act an organization working at the intersection of storytelling and social justice. Her latest book is The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America. Upcoming events and appearances can be found on her website [6]. $90 for The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America [7] East Bay Booksellers (@EB_Booksellers [8]) will welcome Onnesha Roychoudhuri to discuss  [9]The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America, on Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm. [playlist ids="293636"] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
  • Fund Drive Special: Selected speeches of Medea Benjamin, Darnell Moore
    Thank you so much for supporting community radio this Summer Fund Drive. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive a copy of the following [2] books: 7am – Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin [3]) is an award-winning peace activist, co-founder of Code Pink (@codepink) [4] and Global Exchange, and author of many books.  In 2012 she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize, and in 2014 the Gandhi Peace Award. Her latest book is Inside Iran: The Real History of Politics and the Islamic Republic of Iran. [5] This hour features excerpts from her speech to a KPFA audience in Berkeley on Thursday June 7, 2018 as part of a KPFA benefit, co-hosted with Project Censored. 8am – Darnell Moore (@Moore_Darnell [6]) ‏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: Growing Up Black and Free in America [7]. This hour features excerpts from his appearance in Oakland on Tuesday June 12, 2018 as part of a KPFA Benefit, hosted by Greg Bridges. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Wildfire update with CalFire; Plus: Fund Drive films When Banana Ruled, and Doctrine of Discovery
    Thank you so much for supporting community radio this Summer Fund Drive. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive a copy of the following DVDs. [2] 7am – Bananas are everywhere: Americans eat nearly 10 billion of them per year, consuming more pounds of bananas than apples and oranges combined. When Banana Ruled  [3](2018) tells the story of the men who made bananas the most ubiquitous fruit in the world, through a multinational empire that dominated production and sales, overthrew governments, and created a business model still largely used by today’s tech giants. This film was released in 2018 by Icarus Films. 8:08am – CalFire update on California wildfires Scott McLean is Chief of Public Information for CalFire, he calls in with an update on the hundreds of fires raging across California, specifically details on the Carr Fire in Redding, CA and the Mendocino complex fires.   8:20am – This powerful and landmark documentary “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code [4]” (2014) is a result of the collaborative efforts by Dakota filmmaker and Director Sheldon Wolfchild and Co-Producer Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape). The film, based on Newcomb’s thirty years of research, and his book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Fulcrum, 2008), brings to the big screen an amazing and little known story: The first Christian people to locate lands inhabited by non-Christians (“infidels, heathens, and savages”) claimed the right to assert a right of domination to be in themselves. On the basis of this religiously premised argument, the U.S. Supreme Court has defined the land title of the Indian nations as a “mere right of occupancy” subject to a right of domination on the part of the United States. The first “Christian people” that claimed “ultimate dominion,” said the Supreme Court, could grant away the soil while yet it was still in the possession of the “natives, who we …
  • Fund Drive Special: Emergency Preparedness for Wildfires, Earthquakes in California
    Thank you so much for supporting community radio this Summer Fund Drive. You can donate online now at [1] or call 1-800-HEY-KPFA or 1-800-439-5732 and receive KPFA’s Emergency Preparedness kit here. [2] 7am – Breaking update on the Carr Fire and Mendocino complex fires Gary Ferguson (@GaryAFerguson [3]) is an award-winning author and speaker focused on ecology and conservation. He’s the author of Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West, [4]and joins us to discuss today’s climate conditions, wildfire ecology, politics, and what can be done to address California’s “new norm” of wildfire year-round.  8am – Earthquake preparedness in the Bay Area Jennifer Strauss is the 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 principal 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 month. Khalid Mosalam is a Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley and Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. [playlist ids="293484"] [1] [2] [3] [4]

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