Check out this list of upcoming KPFA benefit events (and important co-sponsored events) – we’ll see you there!  Advance tickets are usually available via :: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times.


Diane AckermanSept 18, 7:30 pm
Diane Ackerman
“The Human Age”
A  beguiling engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives.
St. John’s Church  2727 College Ave, Berkeley
Host: Vijaya Nagarajan, PhD

“Our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.”

– Diane Ackerman

“Diane Ackerman’s vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and
unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure and as one of our greatest authors…If you haven’t read her previous books, you’re now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman.”

- Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

 Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In thislandmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75% of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us.

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. She is the author of The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, Dawn Light, and One Hundred Names for Love, among many other exceptional books.

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the Kolam, a women’s ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on a new book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India—The Kolam (Oxford University Press). Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States, and she has been co-director of the Study of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Recovery of the Commons Project.


Portraits of Naomi KleinKPFA Radio 94.1FM , Earth Island Journal and Movement Generation present:

NAOMI KLEIN: This Changes Everything

Hosted by Jason Mark

Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:30 pm

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

$12 advance tickets, $15 door

Here is the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate clearly explains why we must soon abandon the core free market ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change, or radical changes will be violently visited upon us. Status quo is no longer an option.

Naomi Klein argues that climate change is not merely another issue to shrug off and file away for the future. It is an alarming certainty that demands we fix an economic system already failing in many terrible ways. Klein meticulously presents the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce the growing inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of would-be geo-engineers, and the tragic defeatism of far too many mainstream green initiatives. She demonstrates precisely why the market has not and can not fix the climate crisis, and will in fact make things worse, with ever more extreme, ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein reveals how the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond humanely to this crisis should not be viewed as grim penance, but as a kind of gift – a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorites and heal long-festering historical wounds. She documents the inspiring movements already involved, communities not simply refusing to be sites of further fuel extraction, but already building the next regeneration-based economies.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.” Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter forRolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.


Jason Mark one of the hosts of KPFA’s “Terra Verde,” is editor of the quarterly environmental magazine, Earth Island Journal. He is also a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

KPFA Radio, Bay Native Circle, International Indian Treaty Council, and Intertribal Friendship House present a talk with book sale and book signing:

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz in BerkeleyOctober 2, Thursday, 7:30 pm

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
“Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S.”
At last! Does for Native Americans what Howard Zinn did for the working class.
Host: Lakota Harden

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

In this riveting book, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz decolonizes American history and 
strips us of our forged innocence, shocks us into new awarenesses, and draws a straight line from the sins of our fathers —settler-colonialism, the doctrine of discovery, the myth of manifest destiny, white supremacy, theft and systematic killing—to the contemporary condition of permanent war, invasion and occupation, 
mass incarceration, and the constant use and threat of state violence. Best of all, she points a way beyond amnesia, paralyzing guilt, or helplessness toward discovering our deepest humanity in a project of truth-telling and repair. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States will forever change the way we read history and understand our own responsibility to it.”

— Bill Ayers

“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is afiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual. The presentation of facts andarguments is clear and direct, unadorned by needless and pointless rhetoric, and there is an organic feel of intellectual solidity that provides weight and trust. It istruly an Indigenous peoples’ voice that gives Dunbar-Ortiz’s book direction, purpose, andtrustworthy intention. Without doubt, this crucially important book is required reading for everyone in the Americas!”

— Simon J. Ortiz, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historicalreference for all Americans…it serves as an indispensable text for students of allages… The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights.”

— Peterson Zah, former President of the Navajo Nation  

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. Active in the American Indian Movement for more than four decades,She is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After earning her PhD in history at U.C.L.A., she taught in the Native American Studies Program at California State University and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book, The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conferinece on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Genea. She is the author or editor of seven books, including Outlaw Woman, a Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, and Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War.

Lakota Harden - orator, community organizer, activist, radio host and poet, daughter of seven generations of Lakota leaders – is currently a host on the weekly radio program Bay Native Circle on Pacifica radio station KPFA. The program features interviews, current events and perspectives of the Native American community.


Reese Erlich in BerkeleyThursday, Oct 9, 7:30 pm

Reese Erlich
Inside Syria: the Backstory of their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

St. John’s Presbyterian, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert


October 9, Thursday, 7:30 pm

Reese Erlich, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What We Can Expect
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Hosted by: Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Tickets and more information:

October 20, Monday, 7:30 pm

Vandana Shiva, The Rights of Mother Earth
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Hosted by: Carleen Pickard
Tickets and more information:

October 23, Thursday, 7:30 pm

Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Hosted by: Erica Bridgeman
Tickets and more information:

November 1, Saturday, 7:30 pm

Herbie Hancock, Possibilities: A Conversational Voyage With Herbie Hancock
and Greg Bridges
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland
Hosted by: Greg Bridges
Tickets and more information:

November 5, Wednesday, 7:30 pm

John A Powell, The Path to a Fair and Inclusive Society: Seeing the Other
in Me

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets and more information:

November 10, Monday, 7:30 pm

Jeff Chang, Who We Be: The Colorization of America
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland
Hosted by: Davey D
Tickets and more information:

November 19, Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Bruce Cockburn, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Hosted by: Luis Medina
Tickets and more information:

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