Sonali Will Be Back in January

Dear Rising Up with Sonali fans, Sonali Kolhatkar is on medical leave starting on Dec. 12. She will return to the airwaves in mid-January, when we'll be back producing daily shows! In the meantime, we'll be replaying the best interviews from 2016, focusing on the economy, political, social, racial issues, the media, LGBTQ rights, foreign policy, immigration and many other topics; You can still listen to the show on many stations in the Pacifica Radio Network and watch us on Free Speech TV daily. Happy holidays!

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

FEATURING GARY YOUNGE - Gun violence in the United States is one of those issues that we seem to have thrown up our collective hands in despair at. No matter how high the death toll, conservative gun proliferation activists insist that their right to buy and own guns trumps our right to live in safety. And they have the political power to keep it that way. Only when mass shootings shed light on the issue in shocking ways do we pay attention to the scourge of gun violence. But shootings happen every single day in the US and most of them are barely noticed except by the people directly impacted. To non-Americans like my guest today, US gun culture is utterly perplexing. Award winning writer for the Guardian and Nation, Gary Younge, has taken on the challenge of humanizing the daily toll from guns in his new book. The premise

Obama’s Executive War Powers Present Greater Threat Under Trump

FEATURING ALEX EMMONS - President Obama, in a major national security address in early December, defended his record on war and counter-terrorism. He said, "No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland," and added that, "On January 20th, I will become the first president of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war." Obama had used the Bush-era war authorization given by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to justify an expanded and seemingly never-ending set of wars. His office also released a report on the US's use of military force that Amnesty International's Naureen Shah said, "reads like an explanation, a textbook that’s left for the next person...Here are all the things you cannot do." That "next person," of course being Donald Trump. But will it be enough for a liberal Democrat who abused his executive

Lessons From Organizing Under an Obama Presidency

FEATURING COURTNEY MORRIS - The conventional wisdom of political organizing is that it is easier to make progressive gains under a Democratic president than a Republican one. Certainly under Barack Obama's 8-year tenure progressives have seen some significant gains on the environmental, racial justice, and a tiny bit on economic justice. There have of course been losses. But what is facing us as a country under President elect Donald Trump is likely to make Obama's presidency look like "the good old days." What worked under Obama and will the same work under Trump? Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University and a correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.

Nurses Union Urges Democrats to Pick Ellison

FEATURING CHARLES IDELSON - Efforts are underway in the wake of the presidential election to sway the Democratic party leftward versus continuing on its path of moderate to centrist liberalism. The National Nurses United (NNU), who, during the Primary election, threw its weight behind Bernie Sanders, are now lobbying hard for the leadership of Keith Ellison. Ellison, a congressman from Minnesota, says he will leave his position if he is elected to lead the Democratic National Committee. Ellison was the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. While he is now being painted as an anti-Semite and critic of Israel by the Anti Defamation League, the NNU and many other progressives, have dismissed the accusations. Charles Idelson, Communications Director with National Nurses United and California Nurses Association.

Crucial Redistricting Cases Head to the Supreme Court

FEATURING EZRA ROSENBERG - The US Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases on redistricting, one in Virginia, the other in North Carolina. Republican controlled state legislatures have spent years brazenly redrawing district lines to favor their party, with much of the lines appearing to be drawn along race, a process called "gerrymandering." How will the Supreme Court, which is still operating with one less seat, decide these cases? Ezra Rosenberg, co-Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

FEATURING LISA MCGIRR - Most of us view the strange era of prohibition in the US as a historical footnote, an aberration that was corrected within a few years. But a new book called The War on Alcohol delves deep into the history of prohibition and its subsequent repeal to examine how national ideas on crime and punishment and government intrusion into the lives of citizens came about. There are clear lessons to be learned about our "war on drugs," and nascent push to legalize some drugs such as marijuana. Lisa McGirr, Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of the award winning history of the new right, Suburban Warriors, and The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State.

Author Lisa McGirr Discusses Her New Book ‘The War on Alcohol’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING LISA MCGIRR - Most of us view the strange era of prohibition in the US as a historical footnote, an aberration that was corrected within a few years. But a new book called The War on Alcohol delves deep into the history of prohibition and its subsequent repeal to examine how national ideas on crime and punishment and government intrusion into the lives of citizens came about. There are clear lessons to be learned about our "war on drugs," and nascent push to legalize some drugs such as marijuana. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Lisa McGirr, Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of the award winning history of the new right, Suburban Warriors, and The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State.

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power

FEATURING MARC FISHER - I have to confess that I have never known much about Donald Trump before he emerged on the political scene. When he won the Republican nomination for President, I forced myself to learn more about him, assuming that after November 8th, I would never have to waste my attention on a person who seemed more of a joke than a serious politician. Now, we have four long years of trying to make sense what a Presidency under the unlikeliest of Presidents would be. To understand where Donald Trump came from I read the Washington Post's book about the New York business man called Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power. Written by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, Trump Revealed is a detailed story of Trump's early business dealings, his relationships and influences, his frailties and desire for recognition and power. Marc Fisher, Pulitzer

Victory for Water Protectors: US Army Corps Issues Ruling in Favor of Standing Rock

FEATURING SIMON MOYA-SMITH - The US Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday announced a long-anticipated decision to refuse permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Army said it will, "explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing." Indigenous activists calling themselves "water protectors" have been on the front lines of the fight to preserve their water and land since April of this year. They have been subjected to a massive militarized police response and braved the freezing winter weather, determined to stand strong. Two thousand veterans have now offered their help to the movement. While the US Army's decision is a huge victory for the tribe and a testament to the power of political action, it remains to be seen if the fight is over or still in the beginning stages. Energy Transfer Partners,