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.




Thursday, January 29, 6-8 pm

The Throwaways –
an award-winning documentary film with directors Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley
Screenings at 6 pm and 8 pm
International House, U.C. Berkeley
2297 Piedmont Avenue,

Tickets and more information
Movie trailer

The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black men in America. Told through the eyes of homeless ex-felon Ira McKinley, the film documents his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to give voice to the people on the streets fighting for survival, McKinley confronts the stigma of being formerly incarcerated.  More than an illumination of marginalized people in trouble, this film is a call to action, a narrative of engaging in the fight for justice.


Saturday, January 31, 7:30 pm

Hosted by Davey D

First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
Tickets and more information


As racial tension again flares across the country, Dr. Cornel West provides a clear portrait of King as a radical visionary. While King is currently recognized as a major leader in  America’s civil rights movement, a  transcendent orator and an insistent proponent of nonviolence, few realize how truly radical he was. Dr. Cornel West brilliantly establishes King’s revolutionary Christian vision, seeing him as a passionate democratic socialist, underscoring his profound identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, to all war, and his crusade against global imperialism.

Dr. Cornel West, unarguably one of America’s most gifted and provocative  public intellectuals, has been profoundly influenced by Dr. King. Currently he is  a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary  in New York City. He is the author of many books as well as a frequent guest  on contemporary forums.

Davey D is the host of Hard Knock Radio (airing on KPFA 94.1FM weekdays at  4pm). He is also Adjunct  Professor in the Afrostudies Dept. at S.F.State University.

Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 PM

Eric Topal posterERIC TOPOL
“The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is In Your Hands”
Host: Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s BooksSF: Modern Times, $15 door

The future of medicine is here. Low-cost smartphone attachments can measure your blood glucose and blood pressure – and can do almost any other lab test with merely one drop of blood. A smartphone camera can scan skin lesions and promptly let you know if a biopsy is needed. Other attachments can diagnose infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and malaria, and even test your breath or saliva for flu virus, strep throat, heart failure, and some types of cancer.

Eric Topol, a practicing cardiologist, professor of genomics, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in LaJolla, CA, and a pioneer in the field of digitized, wireless medicine, is at the forefront of this medical revolution. In 2012 he was voted #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the U.S. His former book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, was a national bestseller.


Sunday, February 15, 7:30-9:30 pm

“Time To Change this Capitalist System: Oh Yes We Can”
Hosted by Sasha Lilley

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Radical economist Richard Wolff’s most recent book, Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a passionately concerned response to current events, chronicling Wolff’s brilliant public response to what he sees as an unworkable economic system. He closely monitors international economic shifts, much as Noam Chomsky does political happenings, and presents us with clear new perspectives.

Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. In recent years he has been delivering public lectures at colleges and universities, and community centers and trade union gatherings. His speaking style has become famous for its charismatic wit, frankness, and sardonic charm.

Richard Wolff is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, as well as Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian,, and the MRZine.

Sasha Lilley is a writer, radio broadcaster, and co-founder and co-host of KPFA’s critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain. She is the author of Capital and Its Discontents and the co-author of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth.


March 18, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Tom Hayden
Cuba and the U.S.
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Hosted by: Gloria LaRiva

Tickets and more information forthcoming


March 25, Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Mario MartinezThe Mind Body Code
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information forthcoming


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