UpFront

Debate: Emergency preparedness in Alameda County, after the end of militarized Urban Shield program; Plus: Johann Hari on Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch

Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters & Politics, jumps into the studio with Cat and Brian to discuss the weekend’s headlines. Hear about Chelsea Manning’s arrest, Trump’s 2020 budget, action in Sacramento to protest Stephon Clark’s killers going uncharged, and more.

0:34 – Alameda County Sheriff’s Department fights  Board of Supervisors Reconsidering Decision to End Urban Shield

Since its inception in 2007, Urban Shield has held a contested place in Alameda County politics. Some, like Sergeant Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, call it “an exercise program that runs for about three days, usually around September each year,” and claim that it is designed to help fire, police, and ambulance services co-ordinate and better train for emergency situations. Others, like Amber Akemi Piatt (@amberakemipiatt) is the Director of the Health Instead of Punishment Program at Human Impact Partners and is a member of the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, see the program as a “racist war games and weapons expo” with “Islamophobic roots.” Listen to both sides discuss ahead of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ meeting tomorrow at 9.30 am at 1221 Oak Street, Oakland.

1:08 – Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions

From an Amish village in Indiana to a city in Brazil where advertising is banned, author of Lost Connections Johann Hari (@johannhari101) has travelled the world trying to understand the causes for anxiety and depression. What he learned turned into his most recent book, the New York Times best-selling Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.

(Urban Shield photo: Oakland Privacy PRA, Mike Katz-Lacabe)

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