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UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors.
Pitch us at upfront@kpfa.org.

    Amy Littlefield on How Restrictive Abortion Laws in Texas Are Pushing Some to Cross the Border; David Zirin on the “Kaepernick Effect” in the NFL

    Amy Littlefield on How Restrictive Abortion Laws in Texas Are Pushing Some to Cross the Border; David Zirin on the “Kaepernick Effect” in the NFL

    Friday, September 17th, 2021:

    On Today's Show!

    In the wake of new laws in Texas against reproductive health, many are weighing their options, including crossing the border into Mexico. Amy Littlefield, investigative journalist [1], reports.
    The NFL has kicked off a new season and says it is committed to bringing awareness to social and racial justice. For more on the NFL's changes, we talk to David Zirin, author of the Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World [2].

    All this plus headline news!

    photo: Adrian Curiel [3] via Unsplash

    [1] https://www.thenation.com/authors/amy-littlefield/
    [2] https://thenewpress.com/books/kaepernick-effect
    [3] https://unsplash.com/@hencetheboom

    • 59 min
    N. and S. Korea’s dueling missile tests; Capitol Hill gears up for another far-right rally; California braces for tidal wave of evictions; Plus Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. on being scapegoated for uprisings at Cook County Jail

    N. and S. Korea’s dueling missile tests; Capitol Hill gears up for another far-right rally; California braces for tidal wave of evictions; Plus Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. on being scapegoated for uprisings at Cook County Jail

    On today's show:

    0:08 - Hyun Lee (@onekoreapeace [1]), National Campaign and Advocacy Strategist for Women Cross DMZ [2] joins us to discuss the dueling missile tests between N. and S. Korea.

    0:34 - 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.

    1:08 - Shanti Singh, Communications & Legislative Director at Tenants Together (@TenantsTogether [3]) joins us to discuss the looming eviction crisis as the state's eviction moratorium comes to an end this month.

    1:34 - We discuss the uprisings at Cook County Jail with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. (@ChairmanFredJr1 [4]), political activist and the son of Fred Hampton Sr. a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago Police in 1969, Turha Ak (@CRCPOCC [5]), Field Marshall for the Black Panther Party Cubs, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, and Cassandra Greer-Lee, the widow of Nickolas Lee, who died of COVID-19 while incarcerated at Cook County Jail on April 12, 2020.

    1:50 - East Bay artist John Sheridan joins us to announce the Sheridan Prize for Art [6], a juried art competition which he just founded.

    [1] https://twitter.com/onekoreapeace
    [2] https://www.womencrossdmz.org/
    [3] https://twitter.com/TenantsTogether
    [4] https://twitter.com/ChairmanFredJr1
    [5] https://twitter.com/crcpocc
    [6] https://www.sheridanprizeforart.com/

    • 1 hr 59 min
    What’s Next in California After Recall?; Special Report on Rise of Opioid Overdoses in Alameda County; Deadly FBI Shooting in East Oakland

    What’s Next in California After Recall?; Special Report on Rise of Opioid Overdoses in Alameda County; Deadly FBI Shooting in East Oakland

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

    Coming up on today's show:

    The recall election is over, but what's next in state politics?
    A special report on opioid overdoses [1] during the pandemic in houseless communities in Alameda County, a special report from KPFA reporter Ariel Boone [2].

    https://twitter.com/arielboone/status/1435314223089782784?s=20

    Deadly FBI shooting in East Oakland - what happened?
    Pamela Price, civil rights attorney and one time candidate for DA in Alameda County alledges that the incumbent DA waged a campaign against her.

    All this plus headline news!

    photo: Jonathan Gonzalez [3] via Unsplash

    [1] https://thestreetspirit.org/2021/09/06/opioid-overdoses-in-alameda-county-are-at-record-highs-it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way/
    [2] https://twitter.com/arielboone
    [3] https://unsplash.com/@jonogonzo

    • 1 hr 59 min
    California recall election day; A look at the HBO Documentary on Qanon; the 9/11 Wars and the contractors who profited; Plus Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. on the new film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

    California recall election day; A look at the HBO Documentary on Qanon; the 9/11 Wars and the contractors who profited; Plus Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. on the new film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

    On today's show:

    0:08 - We discuss the state of the California gubernatorial recall election with Laurel Rosenhall (@LaurelRosenhall [1]), who covers state politics for CalMatters.

    0:34 - William Sommer (@willsommer [2]), 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 [3] directed by Cullen Hoback.

    1:08 - We take stock of 9/11 wars and the trillions paid out by the US to private contractors with William Hartung (@WilliamHartung [4]), Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

    1:34 - Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. on the The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain [5], a new independent film based on real events. We discuss the making of the film and the continued fight for justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

    1:50 - Mary Papenfuss (@blatherat [6]), Trends Reporter for the Huffington Post joins us to discuss a successful campaign by Tiktok users who recently spammed a Texas anti-abortion snitch website, shutting it down temporarily.

    photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona [7] via Unsplash

    [1] https://twitter.com/LaurelRosenhall
    [2] https://twitter.com/willsommer?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    [3] https://www.hbo.com/q-into-the-storm
    [4] https://twitter.com/WilliamHartung
    [5] https://www.killingofkcfilm.com/
    [6] https://twitter.com/blatherat
    [7] https://unsplash.com/@theeastlondonphotographer

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Fallout from Biden’s Vaccine Mandates; CHP Responds Violently to Caltrans Encampment Sweep; Plus Legislating Criminal Justice Reform

    Fallout from Biden’s Vaccine Mandates; CHP Responds Violently to Caltrans Encampment Sweep; Plus Legislating Criminal Justice Reform

    On today's show:

    0:08 - We discuss the political fallout from Biden's call for sweeping COVID vaccine mandates with John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [1]), national affairs correspondent for The Nation.

    0:34 - 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.

    1:08 - Vincent Ray Williams joins us to discuss his experience of being held at gunpoint by CHP-California Highway Patrol officers. Caltrans called CHP while he was assisting the unhoused during a homeless sweep. Williams founded Urban Park Clean Up [2], a volunteer group who cleans up the streets and parks of Oakland.

    1:34 - James Burch, Policy Director of the Anti-Police Terror Project (@APTPaction [3]) and President of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter joins us to discuss state and local criminal justice reform.

    Photo: Jon Tyson [4] via Unsplash

    [1] https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising
    [2] https://www.urbanparkcleanup.org/
    [3] https://twitter.com/APTPaction
    [4] https://unsplash.com/@jontyson

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Looking Back on the Impact of 9/11 and the Rise of Islamophobia & Marking the Ethiopian New Year

    Looking Back on the Impact of 9/11 and the Rise of Islamophobia & Marking the Ethiopian New Year

    Friday, September 10th:

    Looking back on 9/11 and the rise of Islamophobia in the United States.
    Marking the Ethiopian new year.

    All this plus headline news.

    photo: Erik Hathaway [1] via Unsplash

    [1] https://unsplash.com/@erikhathaway

    • 59 min

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You all are doing a wonderful wonderful job! All of you are terrific and I must say that Brian is an absolutely sensational interviewer - wow. I've never heard a more informed or inquisitive interviewer anywhere. I hope he returns after his time at Stanford. Thank you to all of you!!

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