Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2017

PROGRAM # 8218 12:00 PM PST.

Sixth Mass Extinction Under Way. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, scientists are warning that Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. This “biological annihilation” is more severe than previously thought and up to three quarters of all species could disappear. The lead author of the landmark study has been invited to this program to discuss the causes and possible actions to remedy or mitigate this catastrophic event. On other news, on the eve of a mejor announcement by the US Secretary of the Interior about the fate of 21 national monuments, community leaders in California’s Central Valley are urging for protection of Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to the largest trees on Earth, against the ambitions of the timber industry. This is a repeat program.

Guest: Dr. Gerardo Ceballos, Ecology Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.

New and Clean Farming. In response to the contamination, higher food prices and health issues associated with modern agribusiness, environmental leaders are advocating for new approaches to farming. They seek to empower family and traditional farmers to develop a system of sustainable agriculture that reduces the use of pesticides, helps achieve food sovereignty, and helps end hunger and poverty in rural areas. An internationally-renowned agroecology leader examines this social movement.

Guest: Dr. Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.


PROGRAM # 8219 12:00 PM PST.

Immigration Edition. A political analyst comments on the escalation of actions on Congress by Dreamers and their allies, the meaning of the letter signed by 34 Republican congressmembers to their leader Paul Ryan urging a DACA solution, the impact on 2018 of the defeat in recent elections of candidates who campaigned demonizing immigrants and the announced retirement from Congress of Luis Gutiérrez. Also, a farmworker advocate and a leader of growers comment on Congress’ inaction on a solution for migrant farmworkers, including the Blue Card, and the push instead for guest worker programs and the E-Verify system.

Guests: Larry Kleinman, Senior Adviser, National Partnership for New Americans, Woodburn, OR; Erica Lomelí, Director of Civic Participation, UFW Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Manuel Cunha Jr, President, Nissei Farmers League, Fresno, CA.


PROGRAM # 8220 12:00 PM PST.

Last Farewell to Pioneering Mixtec Organizer. In this interview, the late community leader Rufino Dominguez Santos remembers his father, a respected healer, and the impact on his life of the teachings of the gospel of the preferential option for the poor. After a career as organizer of farmworkers and indigenous communities from Mexico and the US, Dominguez was designated to lead the migrant agency in Oaxaca’s cabinet. He later resigned to his post in protest.

Guest: (Audio recording) Rufino Domínguez Santos, Co-Founder, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueñ, Frente Indígena Oaxaqueño Binacional, Fresno, CA.


PROGRAM # 8221 12:00 PM PT

Cassettes from Exile. This is a conversation with the producer of an award-winning and first-person audio story that was created with recorded letters that he found in audio cassettes that his fathers used to mail for years from exile to his family who stayed back in Chile. This is a story about the deep scars that the forced separation of families by political walls inflicts in the children. It is also a story about the emotional struggle to cope with reunion after so many changes in life.

Guest: Dennis Maxwell, Producer, San Francisco, CA.


PROGRAM # 8222 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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