KPFA: Rising Up With Sonali [Program Feed]

  • Trump Threatens to “Totally Destroy North Korea” at UN
    [1]Donald Trump threatens to "totally destroy North Korea" in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. On today's show we'll turn to Phyllis Bennis about whether these are empty threats and how Trump's bombast is interpreted by the rest of the world. Then, Dr. Carol Paris joins us for a detailed analysis of the GOP's newest attempt sponsored by Senators Graham and Cassidy to repeal the Affordable Care Act, coming just days after Bernie Sanders's push for Medicare-for-All. Finally, we'll hear part 1 of a 2 part interview with Alexander Klimburg, about his new book called The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace. The book explores the increasingly tense battle lines drawn around the Internet as governments vie for control over our digital world. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Trump_at_UN3-765×496.jpg
  • New Evidence of Scorched Earth Campaign Against Rohingya
    [1]The world is all but ignoring the massive refugee crisis of Rohingya in Myanmar. Today, we'll speak with Tirana Hassan of Amnesty International about new evidence of a scorched earth policy by Myanmar forces against the fleeing refugees. Then, we'll take a look at a recent push by ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which has had many accusations of serious abuses against over the years. My guest John Washington will explain how ICE is now trying to erase its records, even as it has stepped up enforcement under the Trump Administration. Finally, author and historian Betsy Hartmann joins us to discuss her new book, which is so relevant in these times. It's called The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call To Greatness. We'll hear part 2 of my two-part conversation. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/refugees13-765×496.jpg
  • House Passes Immigration Bill Encouraging Racial Profiling
    [1]The Republican-dominated House has passed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which critics point out violates due process rights and encourages racial profiling. The act passed at the same time as the future of the DACA program is in grave danger. On today's show we'll speak with Thomas Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund for more. Then, Stephen Spaulding of Common Cause will join us to discuss the many questions of ethics violations swirling around Donald Trump, his staff, and cabinet, from Steven Mnuchin's treatment of the US treasury as his personal piggy bank, to Trump's golf courses as points of access for wealthy elites. Finally, author and historian Betsy Hartmann joins us to discuss her new book, which is so relevant in these times. It's called The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call To Greatness. We'll hear part 1 of a two part conversation. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ICE_Arrest2-765×496.jpg
  • Bernie Pushes Dems to Back Single Payer Healthcare
    [1]Bernie Sanders has introduced a Medicare-for-all bill in the Senate, with more than a dozen co-sponsors. On today's show we'll turn to Dr. Margaret Flowers, a prominent activist for single payer healthcare about the timing and the details of Sanders' bill, and how Democrats and Republicans are responding. Then, the Supreme Court has temporarily upheld a blanket ban on refugees coming to the US until it takes up the case against Donald Trump's Muslim ban later this year. Sirine Shebaya with the groups Muslim Advocates will explain what it means. Finally, author and activist Andy Fisher will explore "hunger-industrial complex," and how today's food banks and other food charity programs are dominated by corporate executives who would rather not address the root causes of hunger. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Sanders-765×496.jpg
  • As Arpaio Pushes To Erase Verdict, Groups Sue Over Pardon
    [1]The notorious former sheriff from Arizona, Joe Arpaio wants to have his guilty verdict thrown out and Trump's Justice Department agrees. On today's show we'll speak with Ron Fein, legal director of the group Free Speech for People about why his group and others are challenging Trump's pardon of Arpaio as unconstitutional. Then, Emmanuel Felton joins us to discuss his new investigative piece in the Nation Magazine about the re-segregation of American schools with a focus on one school district in Alabama. Finally, as Donald Trump fails to rack up any legislative wins during his 8 months in office, he is succeeding at one thing: re-defining the federal courts with his nominations of extreme right wing and pro-Republican judges. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Arpaio2-765×496.jpg
  • How Badly Did Equifax Mishandle Its Data Breach?
    ifax [1]The US's oldest credit reporting company, Equifax, recently revealed that the data of 143 million Americans was hacked. But what did Equifax know, when did they know it, and how have they treated those Americans impacted? On our show today we'll turn to Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog for more. Then, as Hurricane Irma leaves behind untold destruction in the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, and even South Carolina, we'll turn to Joshua Frank about how the Trump Administration is quietly expediting the permitting process to export Liquified Natural Gas, a fossil fuel. Finally, even though Trump has pulled US commitment out of the Paris climate accord, all is not lost. A growing number of US states and cities are carrying on the fight for climate justice and vowing to fulfill the Paris Accord. My guest Elizabeth Sawin will explain. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Equifax_stock-765×496.jpg
  • Pasadena Police Arrest BLM Founder Again
    [1]Jasmine Abdullah Richards, the founder of the Pasadena, California chapter of Black Lives Matter was arrested by police on Saturday. Richards garnered national attention last year for becoming the first African American to be arrested on a "felony lynching charge." On today's show we'll speak with her attorney Jaime Gutierrez. Then, a new and terrifying study about microscopic plastics in drinking water has found massive contamination worldwide. We'll speak with Chris Tyree, a journalist with Orb Media about the story he has authored called Invisibles: The Plastic Inside Us. Finally, Ben Cohen, co-founder and former CEO of Ben and Jerry's Ice cream joins us to discuss a creative tactic to get money out of politics – it's through stamps on dollars bills. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Jasmine3-765×496.jpg
  • New Study Links Fossil Fuel Companies To Emissions
    [1]A new study in Climatic Change for the first time, links the impact of carbon emissions directly to those companies that produce the emissions. As the US and Caribbean reel from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes, we'll speak with the study's lead author today and identify those companies that are most responsible for global warming. Then, our education correspondent Kevin Kumashiro joins us to discuss a new investigative piece in the New York Times on how Michigan's charter school system, which Betsy Devos championed, is failing, and what that means for the nation as a whole. Finally, Republicans prepare to re-write the US tax code in favor of the rich while Americans are distracted, Hunter Blair of the Economic Policy Institute will explain the reality of how little in taxes US corporations actually pay. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Exxon_Mobil-765×496.jpg
  • Hurricane Irma Wreaks Devastation on Caribbean Islands
    [1]Hurricane Irma, dubbed "one of the most powerful storms in history," is wreaking devastation across the Caribbean as it heads to Florida, barely as Texans have begun their recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. On today's show we'll speak with Thanu Yakupitiyage of 350.org about putting these storms into the climate context. Then, California is disproportionately impacted by Trump's announcement to end the DACA program. But state officials and activists have a plan to turn California into a sanctuary state to protect all undocumented immigrants. Set Hernandez Rongkilyo of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network will explain what SB 54 is and why it is important. Finally Liza Featherstone will join us to discuss leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened, where Clinton essentially blames Bernie Sanders for her election loss last year. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Hurricane_Irma4-765×496.jpg
  • RISING UP WITH SONALI MOVES TO 5AM
    KPFA has expanded it's morning programming!  Get an early start on progressive news coverage with  Rising Up With Sonali a [1]t it's new time, 5 AM Monday thru Friday and also a special edition airing at 8 AM on Fridays. [2]   [1] https://kpfa.org/program/rising-up-with-sonali/ [2] https://kpfa.org/program/rising-up-with-sonali/
  • Is Trump Pushing North Korea Into a Corner?
    [1]Is Donald Trump pushing North Korea into a corner and making war more likely? On today's show we'll turn to John Feffer of Foreign Policy in Focus about the developing story and if it is a war of words as usual, or something more. Then, Shaye Wolf of the Center for Biological Diversity will join us to discuss how Hurricane Harvey's impact on Houston includes the millions of tons of chemicals released into the air from refineries and petrochemical plants. The pollution will have a long-term impact on public health yet there is little discussion from government, industry, or the media about it. Finally, Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch will analyze the recent Amazon.com acquisition of Whole Foods and what it means for consumers and their access to fresh, healthy food, as well as the ability of small-scale farmers to sell. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Trump_Kim-765×496.jpg
  • With 800,000 Lives in the Balance, Trump Ends DACA
    [1]Donald Trump has ended DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaving the fate of 800,000 young undocumented immigrants in the balance. On today's show we'll hear Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement justifying the move, and then turn to Joshua Stehlik of the National Immigration Law Center to find out what this means for "Dreamers." Then, Tania Rashid, a correspondent for PBS NewsHour will explain what is happening to Myanmar's persecuted Muslim minority, the Rohingya as more than 120,000 refugees flee horrific violence. Finally, Heela, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), will join us. RAWA is the oldest women's political group in Afghanistan and Heela will explain what Trump's escalation of the longest war means to ordinary Afghans. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DACA_protest9-765×496.jpg
  • Dreamers Launch Hunger Strike Over DACA
    [1]As the fate of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals hangs in the balance, on our show today we'll go to Racine, Wisconsin where an immigrant youth activist and DACA recipient Valeria Ruiz is on hunger strike outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's office. Ruiz will tell us her story, how DACA has benefitted her, and how its cancellation would affect her and her family. Then, we'll hear a commentary by award winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal about climate change and Hurricane Harvey. Finally, TJ Helmstetter joins us from the group Americans for Tax Fairness. He'll give us an in-depth analysis of Trump's proposed tax plan, why it's a giveaway to wealthy corporations and individuals and how it's linked to defunding social safety net programs. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DACA_protest6-765×496.jpg
  • Rising Up With Sonali – September 4, 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.
  • Texas Anti-Immigrant Law Halted While Harvey Continues Assault
    [1]Senate Bill 4 the Texas anti-immigrant law, has been blocked by a federal judge offering temporary relief to undocumented communities in the hurricane-impacted state. On today's show we'll turn to Julieta Garibay of United We Dream to explore how immigrant communities struggled through Harvey and what political challenges they face from anti-immigrant forces. Then environment reporter Alexander Kaufman will join us to continue our Hurricane coverage with a look at how Donald Trump's climate-change denying policies will make more Harveys likely. Finally we'll turn to professor Henry Giroux to discuss his new book, The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SB4_protest-765×496.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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