Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2023

PROGRAM #10194 12:00 PM PT

Run Off Pollution Ravaging River Communities. Advocacy groups in California are suing a state agency charging it has failed to protect rivers and wetlands from ag toxic pollution. They claim the extensive nitrate pollution in the Central Coast region is endangering low income rural and fishing coastal communities. Community leaders convene to discuss the issues. What’s the proposed remedy? Can farm and fishing communities coexist?

Guests: Ileana Miranda, General Manager, San Jerardo Cooperative, Salinas, CA; Maricruz Ladino, Member, Comité de Salinas, Salinas, CA; Mayra Hernandez, Community Organizer, Community Water Center, Watsonville, CA; Glen Spain, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations – PCFFA, San Francisco, CA; Marisol Aguilar, Deputy Director, California Rural Legal Assistance-CRLA, Modesto, CA.


PROGRAM #10195 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Radio Bilingue Headlines Community Radio Congress. Leading members of Radio Bilingüe provided the keynote speech at the opening of the Fourth National Congress of Community Radio: Latin American and Caribbean Expressions 2023, a virtual gathering of more than 200 community radio stations hosted by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP). The keynote address focused on the rights of access to media for indigenous and underserved communities and Radio Bilingüe’s vision, journalistic model, and multilingual broadcast service. This program features the keynote address.

Guests: Hugo Morales, Founding Executive Director, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA; Filemón López, Coordinator, La Hora Mixteca, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno, CA; Samuel Orozco, News and Information Director, Oakland, CA.

Flu Shots for Older Adults. Each year, more than half of the U.S. adult population does not receive the flu vaccine. With so much attention focused on COVID-19, many people may have forgotten how dangerous the flu can be. Who is most at risk for complications from the flu? Why should older adults consider a higher dose of the flu vaccine? Why are some ethnic groups more at risk? What are the most common complications of influenza?

Guest: Marilena Grittani, Clinical Pharmacist, Founder, Controlling Your Own Health, Clearlake, CA.

PROGRAM #10196 12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. The Texas’ legislature has passed an anti-immigration bill championed by Gov. Abbot. The new state legislation, SB4, would make crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas a state crime, would allow county leaders to order migrants returned to the border, and face up to 20 years in prison. Advocates talk about the future of this new measure. Also, family members of two DACA recipients who are stuck in limbo in Mexico and were denied re-entry to the US are urging the Biden administration to use discretion and allow them to be reunited with their families in time for Thanksgiving. Finally, at a traditional Thanksgiving luncheon in Miami, dozens of minors asked President Biden to grant their parents work permits. Like millions of immigrants, these workers continued working and were essential during the pandemic. This program includes a conversation with one of these parents who grows and harvests sweet potatoes, a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners.

Guests: Karla Aguayo, Legal Immigration Services Department Director and Immigration Attorney, CHIRLA, Los Angeles, CA; Jessie F. Fuentes, Member, Eagle Pass Border Coalition, Eagle Pass, TX; Gerardo Guzmán, Anchor and Collaborator, Atlanta, GA; Jovita, Farm Worker, Homestead. FL.


PROGRAM #10197 12:00 PM PT

“American Shield.” Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, who immigrated as a kid from Dominican Republic and eventually joined the US Capitol police, wrote the book “American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy,” where he tells the story of Jan 6, the day when he faced a violent, insurrectionist mob and sustained serious blows with pipes and battering rams. Some feel that Gonell, who received the Presidential Citizenship Medal, was in the frontlines in the battle for US democracy on Jan 6. The Spanish edition of the book is about to be released.

Guest: Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, Former Capitol Police Officer, Author of the Book “American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy.”

The Inflation Reduction Act and Latino Families. Since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last year, health care and prescription drugs have become more affordable for Latinos through the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. A new report examines this development and reveals the positive impact of that legislation in states with the highest Latino populations, from California to Florida. This is a report about the findings.

Guests: Rep. Ruben Gallego, US Congressman (D-AZ-03), Washington, DC; Rafael Collazo, Executive Director, UnidosUS Action Fund, Washington, DC; Yamelisa Taveras, Founder, The Unidos Foundation, Allentown, PA.

New National Latino Civil Rights Leader. The League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, the oldest Latino civil rights organization, has a new leader. Juan Proaño is now the new executive director. What are his plans to tackle the discrimination and major civil rights issues that Latinos face in areas such as jobs, education, political representation, housing, and health care? This is an interview with Proaño.

Guest: Juan Proaño, CEO, United Latin American Citizens-LULAC, Miami, FL.


PROGRAM #10198 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: California’s Open Enrollment. (Program Repeat). While most uninsured Americans cite cost as the main barrier to health coverage, one program is attempting to reduce out-of-pocket expenses of people in California by offering an unprecedented amount of financial help. With the slogan “Closing the Gap,” California is reaching out to uninsured residents to sign up for health insurance as part of the new Open Enrollment period. It focuses on those who do not qualify for Medi-Cal or have lost their coverage at work. Will more uninsured Californians respond to the call? This archival program was originally aired on November 14, 2023.

Guest: Patricia Izquierdo, Spokesperson, Covered California, Los Angeles, CA.

World Diabetes Day. On World Diabetes Day today, medical experts and specialists reach out to the community to promote awareness of the risks of the disease, who is most vulnerable, how to prevent it and what to know about family and loved ones with diabetes. What information and services are available to children and adults with Type 1, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes?

Guest: Guadalupe Bravo, Registered Nurse and Quality Coordinator, Diabetes Education Center, Natividad Medical Center Salinas, CA.

PROGRAM #10199 12:00 PM PT

50 Years of Bilingual Community Radio. KBBF, the first bilingual station in the nation, is celebrating 50 years on the air. Veteran leaders of this volunteer-driven station join this program to share memories of the history, challenges and vision ahead for this pioneering station. This archival program, originally aired on October 19, is repeated as a Holiday edition.

Guests: Javier Guzmán, KBBF Co-founder Community Advocate and Health Program Advisor, Fresno, CA; Alicia Sánchez, President of the Board of Directors, KBBF 89.1 FM, Santa Rosa, CA; Dr. Magdaleno Manzanarez, Vice President for External Relations and Professor of Political Science, Western New Mexico University-WNMU, Silver City, NM.


PROGRAM #10200 12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. (Program Repeat). While the US is challenging Mexico’s ban on genetically modified corn, an environmental foundation in the US is recognizing Demanda Colectiva Maíz, the coalition of Mexican activist groups who have protected for decades native varieties of corn against the agribusiness push to introduce genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the country. This and other topics are discussed in this edition. This archival program was originally aired on October 20. Also, as the US celebrates Thanksgiving, historians remember how in addition to raising turkey, pilgrims learned traditional farming practices from Native Americans. The Wampanoag peoples grew squash, beans and corn together as “sisters” in a plot and they thrived for hundreds of years. Why has the indigenous “milpa” practice declined and what can we gain by bringing it back?

Guests: Pánfilo Hernández Ortíz, Member of the Corn Class Action Lawsuit, Mexico City, MX. Others TBA.

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