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COVID-19 AMA: What Do You Think Of LA County Reinstating Its Indoor Mask Mandate?

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A woman wears a face mask as people view ancient art as the Getty Villa, one of the two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, reopens to the public with the exhibition, "Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins", in Pacific Palisades, California on April 21, 2021.

A Look At “Blind Removal” In Child Welfare Cases After LA County Supervisors Vote To Support Pilot Program (Listen at 0:00)

L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services will be testing out a strategy called “blind removal” in determining whether a child should be removed from a home and placed with a relative or in foster care in order to protect their safety or well-being. The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to support a pilot program that would test blind removal in one regional DCFS office, which has yet to be named. Blind removal, first piloted in Nassau County, New York, is a strategy that involves redacting certain information pertaining to race, income, and other related factors from the package of information that a caseworker gets when they are determining whether to remove a child from a home for safety reasons. The idea is that if the caseworker doesn’t know those certain factors, it decreases the chances that the decision is made based on bias, implicit or explicit, and helps ensure that the child’s safety is the main deciding factor.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll explore what “blind removal” is, the results of the Nassau County pilot program and how those lessons can be applied to L.A. County’s pilot program.


Taylor Dudley, administrative director of the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families at UCLA, which will be working with L.A. County to pilot the blind removal program

Jessica Pryce, director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare and assistant professor of social work at Florida State University; she published a case study on the Nassau County, New York blind removal program

COVID-19 AMA: What Do You Think Of LA County Reinstating Its Indoor Mask Mandate? (Listen at 19:07)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with UCLA Professor of Nursing and Public Health Kristen Choi.

Topics today include:

  • L.A. County says masks required indoors once again
    • LAT: County asking vaccinated to help unvaccinated with indoor mask mandate reinstatement
    • What does this mean for indoor venues like comedy clubs, theaters and concert venues? Will patrons stay away if they’re required to mask?
  • UC mandates COVID vaccinations, will bar students without them from campus
  • Are COVID surges and the Delta variant putting California’s reopening at risk?
  • Will vaccines work if I have a weak immune system?


Kristen R. Choi, professor of nursing and public health at UCLA; registered nurse practicing at Gateways Hospital, based in Echo Park

The History And Future Of The Southern California Swimming Pool (Listen at 34:43)

We dive into how the swimming pool became a SoCal staple, the racist past of community pools in Los Angeles and the future of these watering holes in an area besieged by drought.


Patt Morrison, columnist for The Los Angeles Times; her recent column is “The Pacific Ocean is right there. So why is Southern California so hot for swimming pools?”; she tweets @pattmlatimes

FilmWeek: ‘Roadrunner,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones And D-Man In The Waters’ (Listen at 52:27)

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Angie Han and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.


Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA); she tweets @ClaudiaPuig

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

Angie Han, film critic for KPCC and deputy entertainment editor at Mashable; she tweets @ajhan

Morgan Neville On Portraying Anthony Bourdain’s Mental Health In New Doc And The Impact Of Living A Life For The Unknown (Listen at 1:23:00)

Director Morgan Neville shares an intimate look at Anthony Bourdain’s life, including his struggles with mental health, in his new documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” KPCC’s John Horn talks with Neville and starts by asking him how the chef turned TV personality evolved from food focused entertainment to telling cultural stories from around the world. “Roadrunner” is in theaters now.


Morgan Neville, director of the new documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain”

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