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REVEAL from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting

Friday July 31 at 2:30 PM

(c) Mark Rota

In July, Reveal investigates who’s responsible for protecting workers harmed on the job.

Reveal’s collaborative investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED examines the hidden problem of sexual assault on the night shift. We also explore the legacy of toxic chemicals used in electronics manufacturing and the effect they have on the people who've built our technology-based economy, both here and in Asia. And we take to the fields and explore why it was so hard to ban a tool that was injuring agricultural workers.

Rape on the night shift Thousands of office janitors work at night, alone, sweeping up the crumbs from our sandwiches, taking out the garbage and scrubbing bathrooms. Many are immigrants – some undocumented – and many are women. With these conditions, they are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. In this segment, we hear from members of a tiny nonprofit who try to root out abuses in the cleaning industry; women who've sued janitorial companies for failing to protect them from rape and harassment; and an accused rapist who has run his own cleaning company. This story is a part of a collaborative 18-month investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED.
Toxic tech in America In 1975, when she was 18 years old, Yvette Flores got her first job. She helped assemble delicate parts to make some of the first supermarket checkout scanners. When her son Mark was born five years later, he had severe disabilities. It took 30 years for her to connect her son's problems to that first job. Yvette discovered that she'd been inhaling and ingesting lead all day in the factory where she worked. And she’s not the only one. An occupational medicine doctor who treated workers in Silicon Valley in the 1970s and ’80s tells us about the widespread illnesses and injuries he saw – and how hard it was to get companies to open up ab out what was making his patients sick. Reveal reporter Laura Starecheski partnered up with Jim Morris from The Center for Public Integrity to bring us Yvette and Mark’s story and also alert us to an alarming practice: Chemical exposures that never would be acceptable outside a plant’s fence are not only tolerated, but legal, inside the plant.
Disposable workers in Asia
Today, there are millions of electronics workers around the world – especially in places where labor laws are even less strict than those in the U.S. Since the 1980s, the electronics industry largely has moved overseas in search of cheaper labor. Reporter Sandra Bartlett went to South Korea , where one of the largest electronics companies, Samsung, is headquartered. There, a movement has sprung up to investigate the illnesses and deaths among Samsung factory employees. Last year, Samsung publicly apologized and promised to compensate sick workers and the families of those who died. But the company didn’t acknowledge that the work environment was responsible. Samsung is keeping its manufacturing process a secret even as its expansion grows in new countries such as Vietnam.

The long tale of the short-handled hoe. We take a look back at a historic battle over workers’ rights in California. It all started in “the salad bowl of the world” – aka Salinas Valley – and the fight was over a simple tool: the short-handled hoe. This smaller hoe looks like a standard gardening tool, but workers had to bend over pretty far to use it. Doing that kind of work for 12 hours a day caused debilitating and permanent back damage for those tasked with maintaining huge fields o f vegetables. This short hoe – or “cortito” in Spanish – became a symbol of cruelty, oppression and literally back-breaking labor. That is, until a lawyer in the early 1970s took on big ag, and the story of “el cortito” was heard before the California Supreme Cour t. For more, check out our website to delve deeper into these stories, and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes so you never miss a beat.

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Thursday August 13 at 3:00 PM

Our nation's poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, a wonderful friend and teacher to many, (including me), will be my guest on the next Pakatelas on KFCF 88.1fm. The interview will air Thursday August 13th, at 3pm (Pacific). Tune in! You don't want to miss this! - Michael Medrano Juan

Bioneers Weekly


Thursdays at 3:30 PM on KFCF-FM


Thursday ,August 27th at 1:00 PM

Host: Greg Dalton

Climate One

Guests: Tom Nolan, Chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors; Jeff Hobson, Acting Executive Director, TransForm; Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Staff Reporter, San Francisco Examiner; Padden Murphy, Head of Business Development, Getaround; Chakib Ayadi, Board Member, San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance; Ozzie Arce, driver for Lyft

This program was recorded live at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on June 22, 2015.

It might be a stretch to imagine most Americans giving up their beloved Malibus, Mustangs and Broncos. But for those who would just as soon leave the car at home, there are more options than ever. With a growing menu of ala carte wheels to choose from, it’s up to us to decide how we want to roll around our cities. Personal mobility was the focus of a recent discussion at the Commonwealth Club. Tom Nolan, chair of San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, was on hand to talk about how the MTA is responding to the needs of a growing, moving population. “We believe that every mode of transportation in San Francisco is actually under the jurisdiction of the MTA,” Nolan stated. “Bicycles, pedestrians, taxis, all of it, PCOs, garages -- everything is there.” “We have an extraordinary opportunity to deal with each piece of this and try to make it much more of a transit-friendly city,” he continued. “Sometime soon, hopefully, the very last thing you'll think about when you're going somewhere is getting your own private car, because Muni will be so good, reliable, on time, all of that. “ Bicycle paths and pedestrian-friendly areas are also part of Muni’s overall plan. Nolan cited Market Street as an example of the city’s progress towards meeting carbon reduction goals. “Ten years ago, for every one bicycle out there, there are three cars; it's exactly the opposite now.” One way to relieve transportation woes is to upend the traditional suburban commute.
“We need to make sure that more people can live close to transit,” says Jeff Hobson of the transportation advocacy group TransForm. “This is a tough place to drive to and to park to. It's a lot more sensible of a place to walk or bike or take transit to. “If we make it more possible for more people to live in neighborhoods like these, then we're going to have a positive impact on the climate,” Hobson added, “and really, it's nicer to live in environments like that.” With more and more options for getting around, says Hobson, people will begin to see the cars parked in their garage as an idle, and perhaps unnecessary, asset. “When transportation is that "per use" thing, I think people are smart,” Hobson says. “People are going to use the right option for the right trip.”

Taxis, ride-hail apps, car- and bike-sharing are all “part of the whole universe of having lots of options. That's what you really need to do to be able to live a full vibrant life without a car….we are in the process of reconstructing our cities, rebuilding how we live our lives in ways where we don't have to have a car.” Getaround is a ride-sharing company founded partly to address car overpopulation. Their research, claims Getaround’s Padden Murphy, shows that most people use their car less than 25% of the time, and that “basically, every car-share vehicle can potentially eliminate nine to 13 other cars from the road.” And all that impromptu carpooling could be good for the environment. “We have about 250 million personal automobiles in the US,” continues Murphy. “If we convert a fraction of those vehicles to car share vehicles, we can take a pretty huge number of them off the road -- and put a pretty significant dent in our collective carbon output.” Indeed, the MTA last year threw its support behind the movement by dedicating 900 discounted street parking spaces to car-sharing companies.

Ozzie Arce was recruited for the panel after giving host Greg Dalton a ride the previous day. Arce is funding his post-graduate studies as a Lyft driver. But for his own city-surfing, he says, he’s more apt to rely on public transportation. Not everyone is happy about the ride-share revolution; the rise in app-based services has sparked protest from the taxicab industry. Taxi driver Chakib Ayadi voiced concern over the proliferation of unregulated and relatively inexperienced drivers. “We want them to be regulated, have their proper registration and the proper insurance for the safety of the public and the bicyclist or pedestrian,” Ayadi said. “We want them to make sure that those drivers are professionals, they know their way around, they pay their taxes.” And, he added, “We want the city to know how many exactly are out there…that creates a lot of traffic and lot of congestion.” Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, who covers transportation issues for the San Francisco Examiner, concurs that there are concerns about casual drivers, among them minimal training and the question of criminal background checks.
“One of the benefits Uber and Lyft will tout is that anyone can just drive a few extra hours in their week and make a few extra bucks,” says Rodriguez. “But the tradeoff …is you get someone who doesn’t necessarily have that level of experience or training. The training for Uber and Lyft usually consist mostly of videos….whereas taxis provide about a day’s worth or a week’s worth of training.” In addition, Rodriguez reports, both companies are currently locking horns with the Public Utilities Commission on whether they should have to release driver location information. “The state is interested to know, not just about congestion, but also about our communities of color being redlined. Will they answer a hail in the Bayview? They want to know this and for that they need the data. And that’s a struggle that’s happening right now.” It remains to be seen how these and other issues will be resolved, but as of now, it appears the ride-hail services aren’t going anywhere. And as part of the new “sharing economy,” they’ll continue to give the taxi companies a run for their money – and riders another reason to curb their cars for good.

This American Life MONDAYS at 2 PM on KFCF 88.1 FM

Ira Glass is one of America's premiere storytellers and his show "This American Life" can be heard on KFCF Mondays at 2:00 PM.

This American Life

August 3rd: This week on This American Life: Charter schools, turnaround schools and small schools are all experiments that are supposed to improve schools for poor, minority kids. But there is one thing that nobody tries anymore, despite a lot of evidence that it works. Desegregation. This week, the story of one school district in Missouri that accidentally launched a desegregation program just a few years ago. "The Problem We All Live With," this week ... On "This American Life" …

Planetary Radio

Sundays at 6:30 PM

Planetary Radio image NASA/JPL

May 24 @ 6:30 PM Planetary Radio - Sunday June 28th at 6:30 PM

We return to the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific in southern California for a fascinating conversation about ocean science. What we learn down here is furthering our research around the solar system. William Patzert, Jerry Schubel and Steven Vance join Mat Kaplan on stage. Emily Lakdawalla tells us what Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, has been doing lately. Bruce Betts is keeping his eye on converging Jupiter and Venus.

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Alternative Radio

Wednesdays at 11 AM

July 29 Cornel West - Love and Justice

Cornell West

From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of "Hands Up. Don't Shoot" and "Black Lives Matter." The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of "I Can't Breathe" became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised. Is property more important than people? Racism, poverty and inequality run deep. African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Dr. King believed in the transformative power of love and as he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
  • Jul 29 Cornel West - Love & Justice
  • Aug 5 Chris Hedges - Moral Imperatives
  • Aug 12 Paul Cienfuegos - Local Governance
  • Aug 19 Glenn Greenwald - Why Privacy Matters
  • Aug 26 Naomi Klein - Transitioning to Climate Justice
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    Pacifica Evening News - Evenings at 6 PM on KFCF

    Domestic Violence, Immigration Rights Actvists Stand with Nan-Hui Jo

    Immigrant rights and domestic violence groups are celebrating the release of undocumented mother Nan-Hui Jo from immigration detention. They say her conviction for child abduction and the deportation proceedings show flaws in an immigration system that separates families and a criminal justice system that penalizes domestic violence survivors. Christopher Martinez files this report from San Francisco.

    Senate HELP Committee Discusses sexual Assault on College Campus

    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, known as the HELP committee, met today to discuss combating campus sexual assault. The Higher Education Act, the law that governs how federal money is distributed to Universities and students is up for renewal this year and the HELP committee heard testimony from University of California President Janet Napolitano, along with other higher education officials and advocates. Mike Kohn files this report.

    Delta Tunnel Plan Draws Opponents at Open House

    Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build massive water tunnels through the Bay Delta is continuing to draw opposition from environmentalists and other activists. The plan is open for comment on a draft Environmental Impact Report, with public meetings Tuesday in Sacramento and Wednesday in Walnut Grove. Opponents call the plan a boondoggle that would harm endangered species in order to benefit big agriculture in southern and central California. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

    "Don't Pulp Our Fiction!" Berkeley Residents Fight for their Books

    Librarians active and retired as well as concerned community members gathered on the front steps of the Berkeley Public library downtown today. They fear new policies will decimate the library book collection and want guarantees against punitive action for library workers who speak out against excessive weeding.

    Animal Rights Activists charged as Terrorists

    Two Oakland-based animal activists have been charged with Terrorizing the fur-industry. Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane are accused of traveling more than 40,000 miles releasing thousands of Minks from farms as well as vandalizing the homes and businesses of fur industry members. Animal rights advocates and lawyers argue that the classification of animal rights activists as Terrorist is unjust. Pacifica's Mike Kohn Files this report


    Free Speech Radio News Weekly News stories are featured on KFCF during newscasts

    Estates, Trusts and Wills Workshop

    Thanks to all who attended the workshop on Sat. July 26th. The Audio is at :

    KFCF Volunteer Opportunities

    KFCF is looking for the following: a webmaster to update and maintain the KFCF website; and someone to help with light janitorial services at our studios. We also can occasionally use volunteers for other things, too. If you can help, send an email to or call the station at 559-233-2221.

    LA Theatre Works

    Sundays at 7 PM


    FFCF Board of Directors Meeting

    The Board of Directors of the Fresno Free College Foundation holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Fresno Center For Non Violence/Peace Fresno at 1584 N Van Ness Avenue Avenue in Fresno.

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    Winter 2015 Pledge Drive
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