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HOST(S): Sonali Kolhatkar

PRODUCERS: Sonali Kolhatkar, Christopher Sprinkle


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DESCRIPTION: Lively interview program that covers all the bases in local, national and international issues. Guests come from all walks of life, all countries, all areas of interest. Equal emphasis on global and local issues, with solid coverage of culture and local happenings. All this with an impertinant style and attitude that makes our show different from anything else on the air.

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Sonali Kolhatkar
Up until very recently Sonali Kolhatkar worked as an Applications Developer at the California Institute of Technology. She has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas and a Masters degree in Astrophysics from the University of Hawaii. She now enjoys waking up before the sun has risen to bring you two hours of news and analysis on KPFK's Morning Show.

Sonali is also Vice President of the Afghan Women's Mission, a group that works in solidarity with Afghans to help improve health and educational facilities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Sonali has spoken out about women's rights and human rights in Afghanistan as well as the responsibility of the US to the people of Afghanistan. Her piece entitled, "By Any Standards, This is a War Against Afghans" was published online at and Her interview of a RAWA member was recently published in the January 2002 issue of Z Magazine.

Sonali is also one half of "Love and Subversion", a Pasadena-based music band, along with her husband, Jim Ingalls. She sings, paints, sews, cooks, and dabbles in web design.

Christopher Sprinkle
Christopher Sprinkle has worked in the film, television, and commercial industry for the last six years in jobs as diverse as producer, director, editor, camera assistant, and scenic artist. He studied creative writing and studio art at both The Naropa Institute in Boulder and The New School University in New York City. After working on bad project after bad project, he decided he needed a career with more social relevance. A life-long news junkie, and fan of KPFK since moving to Los Angeles two years ago, he decided to see if his particular skills could be put to use at the station. Alas, he is now co-producer of The Morning Show, writes and reads The Morning Show News & Views, and is trying to find a nice documentary film project, if you have any suggestions.
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    Upcoming Shows:

    TOPIC: ILWU UpDate
    GUEST:Steve Stallone, Communications Director, ILWU

    TOPIC: Art Show / Harbor View House Mental Facility
    Carole Es, Gallery Owner
    Marika Zoll, Art Instructor at Harbor View
    Vernon Getties, CEO Health View Inc.

    TOPIC: Si Se Puesa / Yes We Can / The Story of the LA Janitor Strike (For Kids!)
    Listener Calls


    Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day:

    We have lived upon this land from days beyond history's records, far past any living memory, deep into the time of legend. The story of my people and the story of this place are one single story. We are always joined together.
    - Pueblo Elder

    TOPIC: Last Day of Johannesburg Summit
    GUEST: Kevin Danaher, co-founder of the San Francisco based non-profit Global Exchange and current Director of Public Education at Global Exchange. Adalila Zelada-Garcia, KPFK correspondent, attorney and coordinator of Southern California Fair Trade Network.
    Secretary of State Colin Powell on the Earth Summit's final day on Wednesday, accusing Washington of blocking meaningful action in a summit blueprint to help the poor and save the planet. Many governments gave a muted welcome to the summit plan meant to attack global problems from AIDS to depleted fish stocks, which was agreed in overnight talks by almost 200 states at the 10-day World Summit on Sustainable Development. Many environmentalists branded it a waste of time and a sell-out to business interests favored by U.S. President George W. Bush, who did not attend. Hecklers chanting "Shame on Bush" twice interrupted Powell as he defended U.S. policies from criticisms that the world's richest country and biggest polluter does not really care. "Betrayed by governments," read a banner held up by the protesters, most of whom appeared to be Americans.

    TOPIC: Women’s Caucus in Johannesburg
    GUEST: Regina Birchem, Biologist and work with WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom).
    The issue of health emerged as the unexpected hurdle to an action plan at the World Summit late Tuesday as campaigners battled over words they say pitch practices like female circumcision against abortion rights.
    Activists and delegations backed by Canada want the summit to link health care and human rights as part of a plan to fight poverty and protect the environment. At present, governments are encouraged only to provide health services in line with national, cultural and religious values. Health care was the final hurdle to a deal at the 10-day summit, which ends today. I’m joined on the phone by Regina Birchem, a Biologist who works with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

    TOPIC:International Criminal Court
    GUEST: Don Kraus, Excutive Director, Campaign for UN Reform, Coordinator for
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent tribunal that will investigate and try individuals for the most serious international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. According to Human Rights Watch, the ICC will be the first standing court of its kind, a unique and important development in the history of human rights protection and international justice. In recent months the ICC has come close to becoming a reality. However, when the world’s super power has decided that the ICC can only work if it is exempt from the ICC jurisdiction, problems abound. In recent years, the Bush administration has increased U.S. hostility to the ICC, through its support of the American Service members’ Protection Act. It has taken to strong-arming individual countries to provide immunity to the US. So far Israel, Romania, East Timor and a few others. In recent days, representatives from all states that have joined the ICC, known as the Assembly of States Parties, will adopt rules to govern the first election of the judges and the prosecutor of the court.
    For more information please call 888-869-2867 or visit, or

    TOPIC: Prescription Drugs
    GUEST: Peter Szego, Legistlative Council for AARP
    When the US Senate left for their summer recess in late July, they failed to pass a Prescription drug plan for seniors in Medicare. The CEO of the AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, Bill Novelli said, “When the Senate returns from its August recess, it will be time to get this job done for America's seniors. They will not accept finger pointing, they will not accept deadlock, and they will not accept the failure of Senators to fulfill their promise.” The AARP has taken a strong stand on the issue of prescription drugs. However, another organization, the United Seniors Association, has contended that the AARP supports a “one- size fits all bureaucratic prescription plan which is not supported by most seniors”. We bring you today, Peter Szego, the Legislativ Council for the AARP to talk about this. Tomorrow, we will have the other side of this issue, with Charles Jarvis, the CEO of the United Seniors Association.


    Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day:
    "The current decline in biodiversity is largely the result of human activity and represents a serious threat" – a quote from Agenda 21, Earth Summit in 1992.
    Barry Coates, director of the World Development Movement anti-poverty campaign, said "Our leaders cynically turned their backs on pledges made in Rio".
    A statistical portrait of the 'Global Child', unveiled at this year’s Earth Summit, found that of every 100 children born in 2000, 53 were born in Asia. India accounted for 19 of the births and China 15. Nineteen were born in sub-Saharan Africa, but only seven in the rich industrialised world. 'If social conditions remain unchanged, 19 of the 100 will have no access to clean drinking water, and 40 will live without adequate sanitation. A child born in 2000 had a statistical life expectancy of 63 years. But the variation was huge, depending on where he or she was born. 'In the industrialised world, they will live 78 years. 'In Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, life expectancy is less than 43 years.

    TOPIC: Report from Johannesburg
    GUEST: Vandana Shiva, a well known voice in the current struggles against globalization, Genetic Engineering, Biopiracy and much more. She is a physicist and the 1993 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. Her most recent book is Water Wars, Dudu, a main organizer of the anti-privatization forum
    Last Saturday, August 31, thirty thousand people marched on the streets of Alexandra and Sandton in South Africa. They were from a variety of organizations such as the Anti-Privatisation Forum, the Landless People's Movement, the Concerned Citizens' Forum, the Anti-Eviction Campaign, and more. These tens of thousands marched against the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg from which we have been bringing you regular coverage each morning. The inherent contradiction between pursuing sustainable development and pursuing a corporate, profit-driven approach to economy is being exposed.

    TOPIC: Domestic Violence Legislation
    GUEST: Alyce Laviolette, author of "It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay" and president of the California Association of Batterers' Intervention Programs, Linda Berger, Executive Director of State Wide CA Coalition for Battered Women
    Every three minutes the police receive a report on a domestic violence incident in California. Every day, 191 victims of domestic violence seek care in a battered women's shelter in California, and every day in California, 143 men and women are arrested for spousal abuse, 83% are male, and 17% female. Assembly member Judy Chu has introduced a bill, AB 2652, by which would establish a Domestic Violence Court Task Force to study and recommend best practices and model guidelines for a statewide Domestic Violence Court system in California.
    Send letters of support for the Domestic Violence Court Task force to:
    The Honorable Gray Davis

    Governor of California
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Fax: (916) 445-4633

    TOPIC: Court Interpreters Bill
    GUESTS: Ariel Torrone, Member of CA Federation of Interpreters and the Bay Area Court Interpreter (CFI-BACI), and Diana Dall'Ochio, Certified Court Interpreter, and member of the California Court Interpreters Association.
    Last week, we spoke with Scott Svonkin, the Chief of Staff for Senate member Escutia, about the California state budget. During the interview, a listener called us, wanting us to ask Scott about the legislation introduced by Paul Koretz, which would transform the livlihoods of court interpreters. SB371 would convert a system of independent contractors into a system of employees with health benefits, collective bargaining rights and more. We were contacted by interpreters from both sides of the issue and, in the spirit of yesterday's labor day, we have brought them on the air to discuss it, so that you the listener can decide. Ariel Torrone, is a Member of the California Federation of Interpreters and the Bay Area Court Interpreters. He supports SB 371 for interpreters to be employees with the rights of employees. Diana Dall'Ochio, is Certified Court Interpreter who opposes SB 371, and says that those who want to retain their independence as contractors should have the right to do so.
    Contact Diana at 562-696-6843, and contact Ariel at 818-640-7137.

    TOPIC: Department of Water and Power
    GUEST: Laura Chick, City Controller
    Laura Chick is the Los Angeles City Controller City's chief auditor and accountant, which means her job is to "investigate and publicly report problems with city departments, increase governmental efficiency and save taxpayer money by improving operations, conduct financial and performance audits of all city departments, offices and programs, monitor and report on all matters relating to the City's fiscal health..." and more… Basically, she's there to make sure our tax dollars, the money we work hard to earn and then turn over to the state and city to provide services, is spent wisely and she seems to be doing just that. As the World Summit in Johannesburg discusses ways to adopt a sustainable approach to the world, did you know that each year $60 million goes to the LA Department of Water and Power's Public Benefits and Green Power Programs? Laura Chick has conducted the first independent audit of this program and joins us by phone today to talk about it.
    Incidentally Laura Chick is the first woman in the history of Los Angeles to be elected to citywide office.
    You can read the entire report at email Laura at