UpFront – June 1, 2020

UpFront

UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.

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0:08 – Mel Reeves is Community Editor for Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, one of the oldest black newspapers in the country, and has helped organize protests after the police killing of George Floyd. He says unemployment among Black residents of Minneapolis is three times that of whites, and that a white police officer has never been … Continued


0:08 – Facing bipartisan opposition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a vote on a FISA bill late Wednesday night. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), national affairs correspondent for The Nation, joins us to discuss. 0:34 – Aric Steinberg is executive vice president of development and artist relations at the Sweet Relief musicians fund, which is helping musicians … Continued


0:08 – How long will it take to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, and what can the public expect from the human vaccine trials underway right now? Art Reingold is the Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 0:34 – There has been an explosion of Covid-19 cases in … Continued


0:08 – Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan), contributing writer at the Nation and a founding member of leftist Hong Kong collective Lausan, talks about his new article for the Nation, “The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong.” China is expected to pass a new law criminalizing dissent in Hong Kong, an enormous setback for activists who have been demanding … Continued


0:08 – Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters and Politics, joins us for “Mondays with Mitch,” talking about Mitch McConnell’s re-election race, what might be in the next benefits package from Congress, the dropping of charges against Michael Flynn and more. 0:34 – Spotlight on UndocufundSF, which is granting needed funds to undocumented people who live, work, attend … Continued


0:08 – Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed closing the last three youth prisons in California, plus a youth prison firefighting camp. The facilities are infamous for their brutality and abuses against the children inside. We hear response from Daniel Macallair, who directs the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and is professor of adult and … Continued


0:08 – Heidi Shierholz (@hshierholz) is senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, and the former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. 0:22 – Attorneys for McDonalds workers have filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and San Jose alleging unsafe working conditions, including workers being asked to reuse personal protective … Continued


0:08 – Moment of silence for Stacey Park, who passed away Tuesday and was at the heart of disability justice organizing in the Bay Area, working with Sins Invalid, founding the Disability Justice Culture Club, campaigning to stop police terror, and fighting deadly PG&E shutoffs through the #PowerToLive campaign. Rest in power, Stacey. 0:09 – Should … Continued


0:08 – Texas began a new phase of reopening during Covid-19 on Monday, May 18, despite logging its single largest increase in cases just two days prior. We speak with R.G. Ratcliffe (@rgratcliffe), writer at large for Texas Monthly magazine. 0:19 – A new investigation by journalist Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) of Reveal says the Office of … Continued


0:08 – Mondays with Mitch — Mitch Jeserich of Letters and Politics joins Cat Brooks and Brian Edwards-Tiekert to talk abut the Senate’s reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, known now as the USA Freedom Act, to expand the widespread surveillance across the U.S. and allow the FBI to access browsing history without first obtaining a warrant. We … Continued