Best of UpFront 2019

We take a look back at 2019, a contentious and challenging year, where we brought a mix of local, national and international news plus discussions from the thinkers and leaders at the frontlines of social movements. From climate change, to impeachment, to white nationalist violence, we took risks with big, ambitious broadcasts and reporting projects … Continued

Hard to Breathe: Houseless and Exposed to Wildfire Pollution

As the Kincade Fire sweeps through Sonoma County, prompting mass evacuations, California marks the one-year anniversary of the Butte Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in state history. Last year’s fire covered the Bay Area in smoke and pollution for nearly two weeks. Usually the first advice public officials give in those circumstances is to stay … Continued

Impeachment Watch

Mitch Jeserich is a journalist and host of Pacifica’s Letters & Politics (M-Th at 10am PST) and currently on special assignment as Pacifica’s Capitol Hill correspondent in Washington D.C to cover the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Tune in for live reports on UpFront’s Impeachment Watch Live from Capitol Hill with Mitch Jeserich every … Continued


A couple months ago, KPFA brought you a documentary on day to day life in a homeless community in Oakland near Home Depot in Fruitvale called The Community of Grace. That was a community that was more or less self-organized: the people there set rules, enforced them, chose who to let move in, and who … Continued

The Community of Grace: Addiction Support Services

Interview: Dr. Aislinn Bird, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless The subject of addiction was one that came up in the course of our reporting on the Community of Grace. We wanted to find out what support services are available in Oakland, especially to people who are unhoused. So producer Lucy Kang spoke with … Continued

The Community of Grace: Markaya’s Audio Journal

Our project about the Community of Grace was to center the point of view of people who are unhoused, so we asked resident Markaya to keep an audio journal of her thoughts. This is what she had to say.  Produced and edited by Lucy Kang TRANSCRIPT Most people’s perception of the people out here perception … Continued

The Community of Grace

We are proud to premier the radio documentary “Community of Grace.” All across this country, and the world, homelessness is on the rise. KPFA reporter Lucy Kang spent months speaking with residents of the Community of Grace, an unhoused community in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. This long-form audio documentary reveals the devastating circumstances many unhoused Oakland residents face and the incredible ingenuity with which their communities are surviving.