Best of UpFront 2019

We take a look back at 2019, a contentious and challenging year, where we brought a mix of local, national and international news plus discussions from the thinkers and leaders at the frontlines of social movements. From climate change, to impeachment, to white nationalist violence, we took risks with big, ambitious broadcasts and reporting projects … Continued


0:08 – Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate.L.D. Green  is an artivist: a genderqueer writer, performer, college educator, and mental health advocate. Together they are editors of a new book, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices of Radical Mental Health – Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model. 1:08 – Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor … Continued


0:08 – Greg Jaczko is a former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and author of Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator. 0:34 – Billie Winner Davis is the mother of Reality Winner, a 28 year old former intelligence specialist who was charged and convicted for leaking intelligence reports showing Russian interference in the 2016 elections. She’s … Continued


0:08 – For this holiday week, we re-air two interviews from the vault first, speaking with Deirdre Cooper-Owens, associate professor of history at Queens College, CUNY, about how American gynecology experimented on enslaved women in her recent book Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the origins of American Gynecology. 0:34 – Tony McAleer, former Skinhead and … Continued


0:08 – Ady Barkan is a social justice activist who has built three programs at The Center for Popular Democracy: the Be A Hero and Fed Up campaigns and the Local Progress network. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York and prior to that he was a Liman … Continued


0:08 – Behind the restoration work of the San Joaquin River, and the return of the Chinook salmon Scientists are celebrating the return of Chinook Salmon to the San Joaquin River for the first time in seventy years. It’s the result of the restoration program mandated by a landmark legal settlement between environmental groups and … Continued


0:08 – Leilani Farha, is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing. 0:34 – KPFA Audio Documentary: Evicted Oakland’s unhoused face untold cycles of displacement (Read and listen to the original story here) Earlier this year, KPFA brought you a documentary on day to day life in a homeless community in Oakland near … Continued


0:08 – Eric Foner, professor of History at Columbia, author of The Second Founding: How the Civil war and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. 0:34 – Mark Arax is an author and journalist, focused on California and the West. His latest book is The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California. 1:08 – Betty Reid Soskin – for … Continued


0:08 – A historic week in US history: President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. We go over impeachment news with national affairs correspondent with the Nation Magazine, John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) 0:23 – Kola Production Re-Envisions The Nutcracker Through African & AfroLatinX Lens, Reflecting the … Continued


0:08 – Congress to pass NAFTA 2.0: The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Lori Wallach is founder and Executive Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (@PCGTW) 0:34 – Author interview: Dave Eggers is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, founder of McSweeny’s a publishing house based in San Francisco, which produces books and a … Continued