KPFA: Rising Up With Sonali [Program Feed]

  • Indigenous Groups Denounce Nebraska Approval of Keystone XL
    [1]On today's show we'll focus on the issue of climate change in all three of our stories. First, the Nebraska Public Services Commission just approved an alternate route for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, just days after the original Keystone pipeline in South Dakota had a massive spill. We'll turn to Judith LeBlanc of the Native Organizers Alliance for more. Then, Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network joins us fresh from the COP23 UN climate meeting in Bonn, Germany. He'll explain what came out of that meeting, and discuss a new report that his group released about "carbon pricing." Finally, we'll explore author Todd Miller's new book called Storming The Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OTS_Kestone_leak_8-765×496.jpg
  • Two Months After Maria Hit, Puerto Rico Recovery Slow
    [1]Two months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island continues to struggle with the loss of power, the contamination of drinking water, and economic devastation. On our show today we'll hear once more from our correspondent Rosa Clemente who traveled to Puerto Rico after the hurricane and will report on the status of the island at the 2-month mark. Then, we'll get an update on Catalonia's independence movement and how Spain is arresting and persecuting its leaders in the lead-up to regional elections in December. My guest Magali Muria of the Catalan National Assembly will share her insight. Finally, Alexander Reid-Ross, author of the new book Against the Fascist Creep will give us a history lesson on fascism and how much danger we are in under Donald Trump's presidency of creeping fascism. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/PR_damage_7-765×496.jpg
  • Does Zimbabwe’s Political Crisis Mark the End of Mugabe’s Rule?
    [1] Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, attends the 12th African Union Summit Feb. 2, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The assembly agreed to a schedule for the formation of Zimbabwe's new unity government, calling for the immediate lifting of sanctions on the country. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released) Zimbabwe is facing a major political crisis with the recent house arrest by the military of the nation's one and only president and dictator Robert Mugabe. On today's show we'll speak with a leading human rights activist Jenni Williams, with the group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), joining us from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Then we'll examine what's at stake politically with the scandal around Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Miranda Blue with People for the American Way will join us to discuss the accusations Moore faces from women, as well as whether sexual assault as a whole is finally being taken seriously. Finally, 16-year old Minnah Arshad joins us to discuss her new novel, Kindness is a Waiting Place: The life-changing encounter between an American woman and a Syrian boy. MugabeHosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/mugabe-346×230-1.jpg
  • As GOP Tax Bill Evolves, Healthcare Becomes Focus
    [1]House Republicans are racing to pass their behemoth 429-page tax reform bill just days after the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts will automatically trigger major cuts to Medicare. The Senate version of the same bill includes an end to the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, leaving many to wonder if the GOP is turning their tax bill into a healthcare reform bill. We'll speak with Lindsay Koshgarian of National Priorities Project for more. Then, as part of our on-going coverage of the COP23 climate meeting we'll have a conversation with Chief Ninawa Huni Kui, an indigenous tribal leader from Brazil who is in Bonn for the conference. Finally, author John O'Brien joins us to discuss his fascinating new book, Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Trump_w_Ryan_McConnell-765×496.jpg
  • Indigenous Activists Confront US Politicians At COP23
    [1]Climate justice activists at this year's United Nations COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, confronted both speakers promoting fossil fuels at a White House panel, and California governor Jerry Brown. On today's show we'll speak with two indigenous activists Isabella Zizi and Daniel Ilario, from the US who were part of those actions. Then, we'll spend the rest of the hour with author Sasha Polakow-Suranski, former Op-Ed editor at the New York Times, about his new book, Go Back To Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy. The book focuses on European backlash to immigrants and refugees and how there is a dangerous cross-pollination between racists in Europe and the US. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/COP_23_inside_protest_anti_fossil-765×496.jpg
  • Trump’s Love Affair With Philippines’ Duterte
    [1]Donald Trump has wrapped up his 12-day tour of Asia in the Philippines where he met with his counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has launched a bloody war on drugs in the Philippines that has empowered police and vigilantes to kill thousands of people suspected of drug use or sales. On our show today we'll turn to Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies about the apparent love affair between Trump and Duterte. Then, we'll spend the rest of the hour with award winning journalist Pratap Chatterjee and best-selling political cartoonist Khalil Bendib. Together the two of them have written a new graphic novel-style book called Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/trump_and_duterte1-765×496.jpg
  • A Year From Trump’s Win, Has the Progressive Backlash Begun?
    [1] Danica Roem, center, a Democrat who ran for Virginia's House of Delegates against GOP incumbent Robert Marshall, is greeted by supporters as she prepares to give her victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Manassas, Va. Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the United States. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via AP) A year after Donald Trump won the presidency are we at the nascent stages of a progressive electoral backlash? On our show today we'll turn to Laurel Wales of the group People's Action about what the wave of progressive wins last Tuesday at the local and state levels means. Then, Medea Benjamin joins us to explain just what is happening in Saudi Arabia right now with a rounding up of hundreds of officials on charges of corruption, and a threat of war with Lebanon. Finally, Harvard Professor Danielle Allen will share with us a personal and heartbreaking story of her cousin who was caught in the criminal justice system and what his experience teaches about mass incarceration and the war on drugs. She has just written a new book about it called Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Danica_Roem3-765×496.jpg
  • Women Organize #MeToo March In Hollywood
    [1]On today's show we'll examine the various impacts that violence and sexism have on women. We'll start with a conversation with Brenda Gutierrez, the organizer of this weekend's #MeToo Survivor's march taking place in Hollywood – the epicenter of the recent Harvey Weinstein revelations. Then, we'll examine a study probing the dearth of women of color among physicians nationwide. My guest Irene Calimlim who co-authored a study on the issue will go through the major barriers facing women of color medical students and doctors. Finally, a study focusing on trauma at the border will be our third segment. Psychology researcher Luz Garcini will share with us how and why undocumented immigrants, particularly women, face skyrocketing levels of trauma in border communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OTS_Me_Too-765×496.jpg
  • Trump to End Protected Status for Nicaraguans
    [1]Donald Trump's administration has ended the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans – a decision that impacts about 2,500 immigrants from the Central American nation that have lived in the US for decades. On today's show we'll speak with Amanda Baran with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center about the decision and what is in store for other TPS holders. Then, investigative journalist Sarah Macaraeg will join us to discuss her latest story about how one immigrant detention center in New Mexico is making millions off of the government's decision to round up and detain more undocumented immigrants. Finally, the group Color of Change commissioned a report about the role of race in writers' rooms. We'll speak with the study's author Darnell Hunt about his findings of white domination among Hollywood writing staffs and the impact it has on pop culture. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/TPS_protest2-765×496.jpg
  • Rising Up With Sonali – November 8, 2017
    A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Republicans Unveil Tax Bill Claiming to Benefit Middle Class
    [1] Mandatory Credit: Photo by JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9187080h)Paul RyanRepublicans Speak on Tax Plan on Capitol Hill, Washington, USA – 02 Nov 2017Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C), along with other House Republicans, speaks about the GOP tax overhaul in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 02 November 2017. The plan seeks up to six trillion dollars in tax cuts over 10 years. Republicans in the House have finally introduced their tax reform bill selling it as a boon to middle income Americans. But many point out that its biggest beneficiaries are corporations and wealthy elites. On today's show we'll speak with Charlie Fink from the group Patriotic Millionaires. Then, Les Leopold will join us to analyze Donna Brazile's provocative accusation against Hillary Clinton for secretly taking over the DNC. In an excerpt just published from her forthcoming book, Brazile exposes an unethical financing agreement between the DNC and Clinton's campaign that went back more than a year before Clinton won the nomination. Finally, investigative journalist Amy Littlefield joins us to discuss her new piece in Rewire about how Mike Pence's anti-abortion bill included a coercive religious practice that first originated at a Catholic Church over the burial of fetal remains. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OTS_Paul_Ryan_announcing_bill-800×509.jpg
  • Trump Politicizes New York Truck Attack
    [1]Donald Trump wasted no time in making political hay of the recent fatal truck attack in New York City that left 8 people dead. On today's show we'll speak with journalist Paul Gottinger. Then, a new study uses a powerful statistical method to estimate the real numbers of people killed by police in the US every year. It turns out that government estimates and even media counts were underestimating the annual fatalities at the hands of police. My guest Justin Feldman who is the lead author of the study will join us. Finally, a revered civil rights activist, architect, and author Carl Anthony will share the story of how he helped to pioneer the environmental justice movement through his work in architecture and the civil rights movement. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OTSNYC_attack1-800×509.jpg
  • Why Scott Pruitt Is Pushing Scientists Out Of EPA
    [1]Scott Pruitt the head of the Environmental Protection Agency just issued a bizarre set of new rules barring federally funded scientists from serving on advisory boards saying they could not be objective. On today's show we'll speak with Genna Reed from the Union of Concerned Scientists about the rule and how Pruitt seems to have turned the idea of "conflict of interest" on its head in order to serve business interests. Then, we'll examine how another Trump appointee is destroying his agency – Ryan Zinke's recent decision to raise national park fees and shrink the size of national monuments. My guest Ben Schreider of Friends of the Earth will explain more. Finally Harper Jean Tobin of the National Center for Transgender Equality will join us to comment on a recent federal judge's decision to block Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops in the military. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Pruitt2-800×509.jpg
  • Larry Bensky on the Mueller Investigation
    Sonali talks with Larry Bensky about the Mueller Indictments. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.
  • Larry Bensky on the Mueller Investigation
    [1] Sonali talks with Larry Bensky about the Mueller Indictments. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Rising-Up-Indicment.jpg


Archived Snapshot: 2017-04-03

Rising Up With Sonali April 3, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Activists Push Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch [1]Progressive activists nationwide are pressuring Senate Democrats to hold firm against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. On today's show we'll speak with Demand Progress' Carli Stevenson about how people can get involved. And, immigrant workers at Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island, New York, are resisting an effort by Homeland Security and their employer to produce papers or be fired. Manuel Lema is one of dozens of workers who have decided to organize and resist. We'll speak with Lema alongside Diana Marino of the non-profit group Brandworkers which is helping the immigrant workers. Plus, Lynn K. Hall, a crisis counselor and rape survivor joins us to discuss her new book, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet's Story of Rape and Resilience. It's the first full-length memoir account of rape in the US Military.

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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Trump Lays Waste to Obama's Clean Energy Plan [1]Donald Trump just signed an executive order undoing the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. On today's show, Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign will join us to discuss whether Trump really can keep his promise of jobs to coal miners and undo the steady progress on climate change. And, we'll turn to Ernesto Falcon of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about what the Republican Senate and House votes on stripping Internet privacy regulations means. Finally, Ruy Teixeira will join us to discuss his new book, The Optimistic Leftist: Why The 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think.

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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Two Stories Illustrating That Black Lives Still Don't Matter Enough in the US [1]The recent killing of a black man in New York by a white supremacist, along with the story of missing black children in DC, are two reports illustrating that Black Lives still don't Matter in the US. On today's show we'll turn to Melina Abdullah, a BLM activist and professor of Pan African Studies about it. And, an artist who made a name for himself during the George W. Bush administration, has found plenty to paint about in the age of Donald Trump. Mark Bryan will join us to discuss his powerful and surreal works of political art. Plus, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, the former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education joins us to discuss her new book Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison.

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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US Escalates Wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen Amid Reports of Mass Casualties [1]Donald Trump has sharply escalated US military involvement in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, amid disturbing new reports of mass casualties in Mosul and Raqqa from US strikes. We'll turn to foreign policy expert Phyllis Bennis on today's show. And, we'll look back at last week's political debacle at the healthcare vote that didn't happen. Dr. Carol Paris with Physicians for a National Health Program will reflect on why the Trump Administration pulled its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare at the last minute, what it means for the Republican Party, and why it could be an opening for Single Payer Health care. Finally, health care journalist Mary Otto joins us to discuss her remarkable new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and The Struggle for Oral Health in America

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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Rising Up With Sonali March 27, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 24, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 23, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 22, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 21, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 20, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 17, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 16, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 15, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali March 14, 2017 A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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