UpFront – September 29, 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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0:08 Mitch Jeserich on the infrastructure / reconciliation / debt ceiling showdowns playing out in Congress this week 0:34 Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, on CDC Director Rochelle Wolensky’s decision to authorize Pfizer booster shots for (some) front-line workers 1:08  Erin McElroy, assistant professor … Continued

Friday, September 24th, 2021: On Today’s Show We share the voices of three poet activists who influenced the bay area, two of which have passed away recently: Jack Hirschman and Janice Mirikitani. We share excerpts from KPFA’s own Avotcja, host of Bebop Cubop & The Musical Truth, as she performs her poems at the Black … Continued

On today’s show: 0:08 – Biden promises to donate 500 billion COVID vaccines to countries that need it most, but is philanthropy enough to end the pandemic? We discuss with Robbie Silverman, Oxfam America’s Senior Advocacy Manager, and spokesperson for the People’s Vaccine Alliance (@peoplesvaccine). 0:34 – We go into our archives to present an incredible interview … Continued

On today’s show: 7:08 – We learn about climate-intensified wildfires threatening fire-adapted giant sequoias with Fire Ecologist Tony Caprio and Christy Brigham (@christycrows), Chief of Resources Management and Science for the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 7:34 – We commemorate the life of Jack Hirschman with this tape from his 2006 San Francisco Poet … Continued

  On today’s show: 0:08 – Juan A. Lozano (@juanlozano70), a reporter for The Associated Press joins us from El Rio, Texas. Marleine Bastien, founder and Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement, a Haitian immigrant advocacy organization also joins us from Washington, DC to discuss the United States’ move to deport thousands of Haitian migrants … Continued

On today’s show: 0:08 – Mitch Jeserich (@MitchJeserich) joins us to discuss the latest news on the budget reconciliation bill and the big pharma dollars funding certain conservative democrats. 0:34 – Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health joins us to discuss the latest COVID science … Continued

Friday, September 17th, 2021: On Today’s Show! In the wake of new laws in Texas against reproductive health, many are weighing their options, including crossing the border into Mexico. Amy Littlefield, investigative journalist, reports. The NFL has kicked off a new season and says it is committed to bringing awareness to social and racial justice. … Continued

On today’s show: 0:08 – Hyun Lee (@onekoreapeace), National Campaign and Advocacy Strategist for Women Cross DMZ joins us to discuss the dueling missile tests between N. and S. Korea. 0:34 – We take a look at how far-right violence is policed and the upcoming “Justice for J6” rally at the US Capitol with Michael … Continued