UpFront – April 25, 2022


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 – Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst discusses his article on nationalizing the oil industry. 0:33 – Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC), a legal analyst who covers courts and the law for Slate discusses the court ruling that overturned the mask … Continued

0:08 – Israeli police stormed the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Friday while muslims were praying in the holy space during Ramadan, injuring 170 people, arresting more than 400. They said they were responding to rocks being thrown. Khury Petersen-Smith (@kpyes) researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration as the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow … Continued

0:08 – The Biden Administration has reversed an explicit pledge to end the issuance of new oil and gas leases on federal lands, which are mostly in the Western US. We speak with Nicole Ghio (@nicoleghio), the Fossil Free Program Manager for Friends of the Earth, to discuss the first onshore oil and gas lease … Continued

0:08 – Returning to the conflict in Ukraine, John Feffer (@johnfeffer), Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s latest statement about the limits of negotiations during the war as well as other updates including Russia’s position on the diplomatic talks. 0:22 – Shifting focus with John Feffer (@johnfeffer), we explore France’s upcoming runoff election. … Continued

On today’s show: 0:08 – Dean Baker (@DeanBaker13) senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research discusses inflation. 0:33 – Paul Kiel (@paulkiel), journalist at ProPublica covering business and consumer finance with a focus on the IRS discusses his latest piece America’s Highest Earners and Their Taxes Revealed. 1:08 – Edwin Lyman (@NucSafetyUCS), Director … Continued

0:08 – Presidential elections in France had a first round of voting this past weekend, which brings the country to a runoff vote in less than two weeks between incumbant centrist Emmanuel Macron and right wing populist Marine Le Pen, who is anti-immigrant and anti-European Union. Runoff results are expected to split France evenly. We … Continued

0:08 – The Russian withdrawal from the north of Ukraine is becoming a renewed offensive offensive from the East, expanding the border of territory that is already under the control of Russia-aligned separatists. John Feffer (@johnfeffer), Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, joins us to discuss the latest developments of that conflict. 0:34 – Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor … Continued