Dick Gregory, 1932 – 2017

The pioneering civil right activist and comedian Dick Gregory passed away on August 19, 2017 at the age of 84. He was in Washington DC being treated for heart failure when he died. Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Gregory in 2010 on her former show, Uprising. Click the above link to listen to that interview. Dick Gregory…

US, Europe Slam Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Elections

FEATURING MIGUEL TINKER SALAS – Venezuelans went to the polls recently to pick members of its National Constituent Assembly in elections that were marred by violence. At least ten people are reported to have been killed. Still, there was a record turnout of voters. The US refused to recognize the election results and promptly slapped…

Understanding America’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

FEATURING GERMAN LOPEZ – The Washington Post on Thursday published a leaked transcript of a phone call between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto where Trump reportedly dismissed the state of New Hampshire as “drug-infested den.” New Hampshire is one of a number of states in the US deeply impacted by an epidemic…

New Short Film Takes Aim At Bail System in the US

FEATURING ALYESHA WISE – The tragic story of Kalief Browder highlighted for many Americans the injustice of the nation’s bail system. Browder was a young teen who spent a whopping three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit. Because his family was unable to afford the bail money Browder…

Trump Eyes Immigration Cuts While Arpaio Faces Conviction

FEATURING FRANCISCA PORCHAS – Donald Trump, desperate for a legislative win, is eying a crackdown on legal immigration this week. Trump has decided to back a reactionary Republican effort to cut residency sponsorship applications particularly of those people who emigrate through family ties to US residents and citizens. The move is perfectly in line with…

Chaos and Confusion Continue at the White House

FEATURING DOUG HENWOOD – Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted this week that the President had not actually received a phone call from a Boy Scouts leader praising his recent speech as was initially stated. And that Trump also didn’t get a phone call from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about a reduction…

KPFK Presents Dr. Richard Wolff 04/20/17 @ 7pm, Los Angeles

Dr. Richard Wolff, the acclaimed economist, will be speaking at a KPFK event this Thursday April 20, 7 pm @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar will be among those introducing him. Tickets are available at http://richardwolffkpfk.brownpapertickets.com Watch a short video excerpt from an interview with Dr. Wolff on Rising Up With Sonali:

Does Trump’s Economic Policy Make Any Sense?

FEATURING RICHARD WOLFF – After his meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, Donald Trump has reversed a major economic campaign promise and decided against labeling China a “currency manipulator.” China has a significant trade surplus with the US and during his campaign, Trump declared that US companies were unable to compete with Chinese ones…

Thousands Gather for Immigrant Rights in LA

SPECIAL REPORT BY TAMI HAMADA WORONOFF – On Saturday, just two days after a nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” strike, thousands of people gathered on a rainy day in downtown Los Angeles to show support for immigrant rights. It has been a disturbing four weeks since Donald Trump took office as President, with his “Muslim ban,”…