COVID, Race & Democracy


New national Pacifica radio show is in the offing

As the COVID crisis has been knocked from the headlines, but not from the realities of people’s lives, by a countrywide uprising against racist police murders with impunity, Pacifica is in the process of launching its first new national radio program in many years. COVID, Race & Democracy features contributions from all five Pacifica stations — WBAI in NY, WPFW in DC, KPFT in Houston, TX, KPFK in Southern California, and KPFA/KPFB in Berkeley — plus the contributions of the Pacifica Affiliates Network, hundreds of radio stations from all around the US and beyond. The show will also feature independently produced segments as well as international elements. The format includes headlines, a Q & A with a significant analyst or newsmaker, and multiple segments on all aspects of the Coronavirus: its disparate racial impact, its threat to health and safety in the workplace, and its long term economic consequences, as well as coverage of the solutions and struggles that are shaping a better future, and the cultural and comic expressions that help us weather the storm.

We are seeking proposals and submissions of content for this show now, as well as producers at all the Pacifica stations and affiliates who want to sign on to the process of making this show a reality, and promoting it to new listeners via social media and other forms of publicity. You can use the submission link in footer #3 on any page of this website to send in suggestions for material, content for consideration, events and analyses meriting coverage, and other feedback.