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


Photo by Jehlen Herdman On today’s episode: Rebecca Dixon (@RebeccaDNELP), Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project joins us to discuss the end of federal unemployment benefits, who it will harm, and who it has harmed already in the conservative states that ended it early. And: Jehlen Herdman reports on the five unhoused artists … Continued


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UpFront PM – September 8, 2021

On today’s show: We discuss the Taliban’s recently installed interim government in Afghanistan with Khury Petersen-Smith (@kpYES), Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. And: A media campaign by sex workers and allies successfully forced the online subscription-based content sharing platform OnlyFans to reverse its decision to ban explicit content. Siri … Continued


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UpFront PM – September 7, 2021

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 a new COVID variant, which has captured the attention of the World Health Organization. Listeners call in with their COVID science questions. And: We revisit this 2015 interview with Brian Fagan, professor … Continued


Photo courtesy of Wade Austin Ellis via Unsplash On today’s show: We discuss the impact of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana with Ashley Shelton (@AshleyKShelton) founder and Executive Director of the Power Coalition and Flozell Daniels, Jr. (@FlozellDaniels) CEO & President of Foundation for Louisiana. And: Michael Mark Cohen (@LilBillHaywood), professor of African American Studies and … Continued