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Breaking Down the Vote, Farewell to a Rock Legend, Changing Landscape of College Apps

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WATERLOO, IA - SEPTEMBER 27: Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on September 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa. Early voting starts today in Iowa where in the 2008 election 36 percent of voters cast an early ballot.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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WATERLOO, IA - SEPTEMBER 27: Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on September 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa. Early voting starts today in Iowa where in the 2008 election 36 percent of voters cast an early ballot. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CA ELECTIONS ARE OFFICIALLY HERE

The election is here - mail in ballots are in the mail and early voting has already begun. But there is a LOT that is new this season - and we are not just talking props and race. The whole process is different.

Guest:

  • Libby Denkmann, KPCC Political Reporter

SAYING FAREWELL TO A ROCK LEGEND

Rocker Eddie Van Halen has passed away at age 65 after a battle with cancer, his son announced on Twitter. With a host and a senior producer who grew up on Van Halen's music, Take Two offers a brief tribute.

CORONA AND THE COLLEGE APP

College application season is now in full swing for the high school class of 2021 and anyone else hoping to start college a year from now. But instead of SAT cram sessions, road trips to visit campuses and essay-writing workshops at the library, we have … Zoom. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted major changes in the way colleges review applicants. And these changes are forcing high school students and counselors to rethink the way they build their college applications. To get the story, KPCC Jill's Replogle spoke to nearly two dozen high school counselors, principals, college advisors, university admissions staff, academics and students to better understand how the pandemic is forcing change in the college admissions process.

ENTRANCE EXAMS UPDATES

Speaking of college admissions, Take Two Host A Martinez talks with two local seniors who are currently navigating college admissions with the relaxed SAT and ACT requirements.

Guests:

  • Stefan Mykytyn, Student at Benjamin Franklin Senior High School
  • Kalisa Vasquez-Minas, Student at Eagle Rock High School. 

ECONOMIC EQUITY AND PAVING A PATH FORWARD

Starting Tuesday, counties across the state will have to meet a new “equity metric” before advancing to the next phase in the state’s four-tiered “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The measure requires positivity rates in communities hit hardest by the coronavirus do not fall behind the county’s overall rate.

Guests:

  • Ninez Ponce, UCLA Professor and Director of the University’s Center for Health Policy Research
  • Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Professor of Internal Medicine at UC Davis and Director of the University’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHTS THE 'RISE OF LATINO VOTE'

A new PBS film on the Latino voting bloc examines the rise of potentially the largest electorate of color in the U.S. The film is told using a series of immersive dispatches from the battleground states of Nevada, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania. It follows left-leaning progressives and Latino evangelicals, some who support President Donald Trump, and others trying to register Latinos to vote.

Guests: 

  • Director Omar Foglio
  • Juan Devis our Executive Producer and Chief Creative Officer at KCET and PBS SoCal
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