UpFront – June 21, 2021


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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On today’s show: 0:08 – Javier Puente (@puentevaldiva) Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies at Smith College joins us to unpack how newly elected president of Peru, Pedro Castillo came to power. Castillo was a rondero or peasant militia member in his youth and later became a teacher’s union leader. Some observers describe … Continued

Today on UpFront: 0:08 – Tensions roiled in occupied East Jerusalem ahead of an nationalist Israeli flag march through the Old City. Israeli forces launched airstrikes against Gaza military sites in retaliation for incendiary balloons released by Hamas that sparked a series of in Southern Israeli. Khury Petersen-Smith (@KPyes) is the Michael Ratner Middle East … Continued

Today on UpFront: 0:08 – Vincent Ni (@nivincent), China Affairs Correspondent for The Guardian joins us to talk about NATO’s official language against China, marking them as a threat to the West. Ni argues that Cold War analogies often employed to explain the tension between China and the US are not accurate and instead couches … Continued

Image: Over 500 former staffers on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign co-signed a letter demanding President Biden take steps to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine and ethnic cleansing in neighborhoods like Sheikh Jarrah. On this show: 0:08 – John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) joins us to talk about Biden’s infrastructure bill and Democrats’ frustration with the filibuster. Maine … Continued

0:08 – The Florida board of education voted to prevent public schools from teaching critical race theory; an effort led by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis as a way to prevent history that would “denigrate the founding fathers” and “teaches kids to hate their country. Florida is one of a dozen of states seeking to pass … Continued

On this show: Drivers in the gig economy are suffering under new company policies shifting their pay and schedule. We look at how workers who toil for companies like Uber, Lyft, Doordash and Postmates are doing in a post-Prop 22 world. Guests: Veena Dubal is professor of law at UC Hastings, where she publishes research … Continued

0:08 – 36 local candidates were killed in the run up to Mexico’s recent election. Laura Carlsen (@LauraECarlsen), Director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program joins us to analyze the political climate in Mexico following its midterm election which saw a 51% voter turnout. 0:34 – Dana Frank, professor of history emerita at UC Santa Cruz and author … Continued

Activists at the Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota call on President Joe Biden to honor treaties with indigenous nations and halt the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Photo from Honor the Earth.  On this show: 0:08 – Ioan Grillo joins us to talk about his new book, Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels. … Continued

0:13 – Mitch Jeserich, (@mitchjeserich) host of Letters and Politics joins us to discuss West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s decisive opposition to HR 1, the seminal voting rights bill, the For the People Act. 0:33 – John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and he … Continued