Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF MARCH 20, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 20
PROGRAM # 8021  12:00 PM PST.

First Russia Hearing. On this day, a House committee holds the first public hearing to air testimonies on Russia’s interfering into the US presidential election. Democrats are calling for an independent panel and special prosecutor to probe the contacts between the Russian government and people close to Trump. Is this political theater or the start of a serious, bipartisan probe?

Guests: Sabrina de Santiago, Director of Government Affairs, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC; José López Zamorano, Correspondent, Washington, DC.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 21
PROGRAM # 8022   12:00 PM PST.

Protecting Against Deportation. In these times of heightened risk of deportation, what can an immigrant do to protect against immigration raids and create an emergency family plan? How immigrants can protect their assets, their wealth and their children? Experts comment on resources available.

Guests: María T. Cadenas, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Community Ventures, Santa Cruz, CA; Attorney Rosalba Piña, Immigration Law Expert, Chicago, IL.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
PROGRAM # 8023  12:00 PM PST.

Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings. On the third day of the Senate hearings to confirm Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, analysts discuss the answers of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the panel, his record on the bench, and the political battle over the controversial nomination. Republicans want to confirm Gorsuch by next month, on time to join the current court term. Democrats resist, claiming that the seat was stolen from Obama and former nominee Merrick Garland, but will they filibuster and block the nomination?

Guests: Pedro Torres-Díaz, National President, Hispanic National Bar Association, Miami, FL; Others TBA.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 23
PROGRAM # 8024  12:00 PM PT

Mexico’s Presidential Candidate Blasts Trump. As part of a tour to meet with Mexican nationals in major US cities, Mexican progressive presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador visits San Francisco this week. During his stop in New York, he delivered a letter to the United Nations, requesting urgent action against the rhetoric of hate and the executive actions against immigrants in the US. He says those actions have led to human rights violations against Mexicans.

Guest: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Leader of MORENA Political Party, Presidential Candidate, San Francisco, CA (TBC); Others TBA.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 24
PROGRAM # 8025  12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 25
PROGRAM # 8026-8027 12:00 PM PT – 2:00PM PT

“Worse than Flint”: Los Angeles’ Toxic Waste. In a case of massive lead contamination once described “worse than Flint,” thousands of people and their children in Latino communities in East Los Angeles are coping with the lethal legacy of the now-closed Exide battery plant. And while California has undertaken the largest cleanup effort of its kind, neighbors often feel trapped, complaining that state agencies are moving at a frustratingly slow pace, and scientists question the methods used to remove toxic soil and protect neighbors from further poisoning. Concerned neighbors, leading community advocates, and state and local officials convene in an on-air and online forum to find answers about the cleanup plans, and discuss the costs of the works to the public health and the safety of children in the affected communities. The two-hour forum, hosted from the studios of KPFK in Los Angeles and simulcast through Radio Bilingüe’s Latino public radio network, is a co-production of KPFK’s Enfoque Latino program and Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta.

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