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Flash of Life: Ending Mother-to-child HIV in South Africa

Durban, South Africa boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and busiest ports in the country, but the country is also known for its staggering HIV rate among women and children. In March 2009, I traveled to South Africa to report on the innovative ways that researchers and public health experts are helping HIV-positive mothers breastfeed their babies without transmitting the virus. This video examines the pros and cons of a PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) method called "flash heating," as told by experts and a 34-year-old HIV-positive mother of one, Nosipho Hilda-Dludla.

Dancer Leaves Hollywood for Oakland Youth

Choreographer and Oakland native Carla Service has performed with the likes of Madonna and taught the art of dance to hundreds. But success didn’t come easy. During her youth, she danced away the pain of an abusive upbringing, leaving home at the age of 15. By 17, she was dominating dance floors in San Francisco nightclubs. She quickly found her way to Hollywood fame and a well-deserved reputation as a "master of movement." But the untrained dancer wanted more. In 1994, at age 30, she traded the Hollywood spotlight for a job teaching Oakland youth how to dance to the beat of life.

Activist Mama CoAtl on Femicide

Aired on KPFA Saturday Evening News, November 24, 2007. The United Nations implemented UNiTE to End Violence Against Women as a call to action against violence towards women and girls everywhere. The action was prompted by the 1960 murders of three anti-government activists in the Dominican Republic: the Mirabal sisters.

Protesting Big-Box Stores and Other Stories for KPFA News

An internship at 94.1 FM KPFA Radio News in 2007 resulted in stories about The National Day of Action Against Big Box Chain Stores, The United Nations' UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Day, a nationwide rally against global warming and a San Francisco protest against U.S. government support for what some Pakistani Americans are calling a military dictatorship in the South Asia country.

Protestors Oppose U.S. Support for Pakistan Regime

Aired on 94.1 FM KPFA, Saturday Evening News, November 10, 2007. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Friends of South Asia, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, and concerned citizens rallied today in front of San Francisco’s City Hall. The groups were protesting the imposition of Martial Law in Pakistan and what they say is the U.S. government’s support of military dictatorship there. They also gathered to show solidarity and support for Pakistan’s pro-democracy movement. The day of action featured speeches from community leaders and a rally.

Students, Citizens Confront Global Warming

Aired on 94.1 FM KPFA, Saturday Evening News, November 3, 2007. On November 3, organizers across the country showed the world that they will hold their politicians accountable for global warming. Participants sent more than 14,000 messages to members of Congress and presidential candidates, inviting them to attend a Step It Up rally. Students at U.C. Berkeley gathered on campus to show their support.