“Uneven recovery” spells disaster for unemployed Americans; The downfall of Oakland’s Ceasefire program; Unhoused artists use their art as protest; Plus the risky human interventions to counter climate crisis

The second night of overnight subway disinfecting and cleaning, and homeless services outreach, at Stillwell Terminal on Thu., May 7, 2020.
Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit is Licensed under CC 2.0

On today’s show:

0:08 – Rebecca Dixon (@RebeccaDNELP), Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project joins us to discuss the end of federal unemployment benefits, who it will harm, and who it has harmed already in the conservative states that ended it early.

0:34 – We discuss the downfall of Oakland’s Ceasefire program and consider its alternatives with Rachel Swan (@rachelswan), reporter for the SF Chronicle where she covers criminal justice.

0:49 – Katherine Monahan reports on Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the Bay Area yesterday. Harris campaigned with Governor Gavin Newsom, who’s facing a recall election next Tuesday.

0:53 – Christina Aanestad reports on President Biden’s recent visit to New Jersey and New York, areas hit hard by Hurricane Ida’s remnants which unleashed catastrophic flash flooding in the northeast killings some 50 people. Biden said better rebuilding is needed to deal with future storms and called for passage of his $1-trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure plan pending in congress.

1:08 – Jehlen Herdman reports on the five unhoused artists who make up the Concrete and Cardboard Artist Collective in this story – Building Sanctuary: Artist Collective Uses their Artwork to Protest for Their Rights – The art exhibition described in this story is currently on display in the Asian Resource Center in Oakland, Chinatown.

1:27 – Christina Aanestad speaks with Contra Costa County State Senator Steve Glazier about the legislation he introduced to preserve Tesla Park.

1:34 – Brian discusses the climate crisis and the increased likelihood of risky human interventions to mitigate its impacts with Elizabeth Kolbert (@ElizKolbert), New Yorker staff writer and author of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future.


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