UpFront PM – September 29, 2021

UpFront PM

UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors. UpFront PM is the afternoon edition of UpFront. Pitch us at [email protected]

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On today’s episode: 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 And: Erin McElroy, assistant professor of American Studies at UT-Austin, co-founder the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, which is just out with the … Continued


On today’s show: 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). And: We speak with Rupa Marya and Raj Patel, authors of Inflamed: … Continued


Smoke from a prescribed burn in Sequoia National Park, 2009. Photo courtesy of Daniel Mayer, licensed under CC 3.0 On today’s show: 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. And: … Continued


  Haitian migrants at a makeshift shelter in Brasiléia, Acre, Brazil, 2014. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, over 100,000 Haitians have migrated to Brazil. Photo courtesy of Luciano Pontes/Secom is licensed under CC 3.0 On today’s show: Shanti Singh, Communications & Legislative Director at Tenants Together (@TenantsTogether) joins us to discuss the looming eviction … Continued


Photo courtesy of Oliver Plattner via Unsplash On today’s show: 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 and take listener questions. And: California State Assembly Member David Chiu (@DavidChiu) representing the eastern half of San Francisco joins us to … Continued


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UpFront PM – September 16, 2021

On today’s show: We take a look at how far-right violence is policed and the upcoming “Justice for J6” rally at the US Capitol with Michael German, Brennan Center for Justice fellow and former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And: Shanti Singh, Communications & Legislative Director at Tenants Together (@TenantsTogether) joins us … Continued


A person pulls a blue hand cart piled high with Narcan and harm reduction supplies. | Photo by Ariel Boone.   On today’s show: The recall election is over, what comes next in state politics? We discuss with Ben Christopher (@FromBenC), who covers state politics for CalMatters, and Flojaune Cofer (@Flojaune) an epidemiologist and senior … Continued


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UpFront PM – September 14, 2021

On today’s show: We discuss the state of the California gubernatorial recall election with Laurel Rosenhall (@LaurelRosenhall), who covers state politics for CalMatters. And: William Sommer (@willsommer), politics reporter for the Daily Beast joins us to discuss QAnon, and a new HBO documentary on the cultural phenomenon called Q: Into the Storm directed by Cullen … Continued


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UpFront PM – September 13, 2021

On today’s show: Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health joins us again to discuss the latest COVID science and answer your questions. Vincent Ray Williams joins us to discuss his experience of being held at gunpoint by CHP-California Highway Patrol officers. Caltrans called CHP while … Continued