Jul 18 2014

Award Winning Journalist Sonia Nazario on Central American Children as Refugees

The phenomenon of child migration from Latin America is hardly new. Years ago, before it landed on the US news radar, thousands of children were already jumping on top of trains and making the perilous journey into the US. One American reporter retraced the journey herself to get to the heart of the important questions of what motivates the migration, what are the dangers and difficulties migrants face, and what happens to families when they are separated.

Her name is Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, based on a series of prize winning reports she wrote for the LA Times. Enrique’s Journey has been published in eight languages and has been adopted by 54 universities and scores of high schools nationwide. It garnered Nazario the Pulitzer prize, the George Polk Award, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and many more.

Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Sonia Nazario about her book and the current immigration situation.

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Jul 08 2014

Eric Avila Discusses his book, Folklore of the Freeway

Eric Avila is a professor of history, Chicano Studies, and urban planning at UCLA. He wrote the book Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles. His latest book is called The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City. He spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar on July 8, 2014 about his new book.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/T3Svs6WDpxk

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Jul 07 2014

Erin Runions on The Babylon Complex

Erin Runions is Associate Professor at Pomona College in Religious Studies and Gender Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. She is the author of The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. On July 7, 2014, she spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar about her book.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/OwwTR-2qYjw

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Jul 02 2014

Suyapa Portillo Discusses the Missing Context of Child Migration

Suyapa Portillo is an Assistant Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. She spoke recently with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar about the history and contemporary politics of repression in Central America that may be driving increased rates of migration of children.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/UZ4Y0qfpBBI

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Jun 26 2014

Film maker Brian Knappenberger on his Aaron Swartz Film

Brian Knappenberger has made a new documentary about Aaron Swartz and the ideas that motivated him called The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with him on June 26, 2014

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/8vIn6hvVDUo

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Jun 23 2014

Glenn Greenwald on Uprising

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald tells the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden in a new book called No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State. Greenwald is also the author of How Would a Patriot Act? and With Liberty and Justice for Some. He is a former constitutional law and civil rights litigator. And, since he began breaking the stories of the NSA’s mass surveillance he has taken on a new role as a founding editor of the new media outlet, The Intercept.

He recently won the 2013 Polk Award for national security reporting. And in April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Glenn Greenwald was recently in Los Angeles for a book tour event and spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/IcnHN6YVU-c

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Jun 17 2014

Suzanna Walters Discusses The Tolerance Trap

In her ground breaking book, The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality, Suzanna Walters demands liberation over acceptance and warns against declaring victory for gay rights too soon. Analyzing pop culture’s depictions of gay characters, the marriage equality movement, scientific research into homosexuality, and religious approaches, she makes the case that nothing less than full equality and a societal transformation is worth fighting for.

Walters is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Her earlier book is called All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America. In this interview with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar, she discusses her latest book, The Tolerance Trap.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/NwsMA1Ua0Rw

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Jun 13 2014

Peter Hecht Explores How California Became the Epicenter of Pot Legalization

Peter Hecht is an award winning journalist who writes for the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy newspapers. He has written a new book meticulously documenting California’s battle to legalize marijuana called Weedland: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit. On June 12, 2014, he spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar about his book.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/a_gmPbA8i1I

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Jun 09 2014

Sonali Kolhatkar’s TEDx Talk: My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host or How I Found Meaning In My Life

Will living a life of meaning make us happier? Probably not! And that is okay. Give me life, liberty, and the pursuit of meaning..

Watch a video of Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar speaking at Moorpark College’s Tedx Talk here: http://bit.ly/1i9s4I1

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Jun 05 2014

Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall on Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal was a prominent social critic, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. He ran for office, hobnobbed with movie stars and musicians, was blacklisted by the literary establishment, criticized all wars and presidents, and threw great parties. He died nearly 2 years ago on July 31, 2012. The new documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, is the definitive encapsulation of Gore Vidal’s life. Nicholas Wrathall is the film’s producer, writer, and director.

He spoke recently with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar. Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/idYDsmDO1MQ

The film opens at the Nuart in Los Angeles this Friday, and at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco and Shattuck in Berkeley on June 13, a week from tomorrow. Find out more about the film at gorevidaldocumentary.com.

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