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Governor Newsom Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

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This aerial image shows empty boat slips sitting on a dry lake bed at Folsom Lake Marina as the lake experiences lower water levels during the California drought emergency on May 27, 2021 in El Dorado Hills, California.

Governor Newsom Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday asked Californians and businesses to voluntarily cut water usage by 15% as drought conditions in the state worsen. The cuts are NOT mandatory, but they do demonstrate the challenges the state will face in the dry summer and fall months ahead. California’s most important reservoirs will likely reach historic lows later this year. Officials say that given how low they already are, the request for people to take shorter showers, run dishwashers only when they're full and water lawns less frequently is about planning for next year. Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with KPCC science reporter Jacob Margolis and walks us through our local water picture, what the Governor’s ask means for Southern California, and what we can expect in the dry months to come.

DOC AMA: COVID-19 Cases Rise In LA County, Pfizer Seeks Approval For 3rd Dose & More

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

Topics today include:

  • COVID-19 spread worsens across LA County
  • Pfizer seeks approval for third dose booster shot
  • Fully vaccinated people don’t need boosters, FDA and CDC say
  • Vaccinated students and teachers don’t need masks, CDC says
  • How your DNA may make you susceptible to COVID-19
  • RSV cases rise across Southern states

What The New NCAA Policy On Name, Image And Likeness Means For Equity And Access In College Athletics

In the third part of our series this week focusing on the NCAA’s new policy allowing athletes to sign endorsements, promote products and otherwise profit from their name, image and likeness, today on AirTalk we'll take a closer look at the equity and access concerns raised by the NCAA's new NIL policy, talk about how some student athletes in certain sports might be better equipped than others to take advantage of this new policy and explore what could be done on the part of the NCAA, high schools and colleges to open up NIL opportunities to athletes across sports, race, gender, socioeconomic background and beyond. Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with University of Oklahoma associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies of educational leadership and policy studies Kirsten Hextrum and executive director of the National College Players Association Ramogi Huma.

FilmWeek: ‘Black Widow,’ Summertime,’ ‘Scales’ And More

Larry Mantle discusses with KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon about this weekends' new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

Director Andre Gaines Talks New Documentary Looking At The Life, Career And Cultural Influence Of Comedian Dick Gregory

For those alive in the 1960s, comedian Dick Gregory was a significant cultural figure. His appearances on TV, talk shows and in clubs displayed his great wit and conversational stand up style. But his career took a great turn when he devoted himself to civil rights activism. Today on FilmWeek, Larry talks with director Andre Gaines about his new Showtime documentary “The One and Only Dick Gregory,” which looks at Gregory’s life and the many hats he wore throughout his career.

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