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As Drought Dries Up the West, Could Recycling Wastewater Be a Solution?

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A maintenance technician closes a valve on a aeration ramp of one the pools at a wastewater treatment plant in Carantec, western France on March 24, 2021.

DOC AMA: Rare ‘Breakthrough’ Cases, Alarming One-Day Spike In COVID-19 Cases & More (Listen at 0:15)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, we speak with infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

Today’s topics include:

As Drought Dries Up the West, Could Recycling Wastewater Be a Solution? (Listen at 28:37)

With the drought persisting throughout the American West, water resources continue to wane. The Shasta County reservoir is on track to fall to historically low levels, Lake Mead has shrunk to about 36 percent capacity and Utah's groundwater and streams are nearly dried up. Legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a new bill to allocate $750 million to fund large-scale water recycling projects. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Rep. Grace Napolitano who introduced the bill. We'll also learn the science behind water reclamation with University of Santa Cruz environmental science professor Brent Haddad and discuss local wastewater treatment efforts with Orange County Water District President Steve Sheldon.

It’s Been More Than Six Months Since The Insurrection At The Capitol--Here’s Where The Investigation Stands (Listen at 52:14)

It’s been six months since a pro-Trump mob of rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol and this week, the first sentence connected to the January 6th insurrection was handed down. A district judge in Washington, D.C. sentenced Paul Hodgkins on Monday to eight months in prison. He faced 15 to 21 months per sentencing guidelines. But the investigation into possible federal criminal charges for individuals linked to the January 6th riot has been ongoing over the last six months. Today on AirTalk, we’ll get an update on where things stand with formal charges, and what we know about Southern California’s connection. Larry discusses with Marshall Cohen, CNN reporter covering the federal investigation into the January 6th insurrection, and Scott Schwebke, investigative reporter for The Orange County Register who has also been following the fallout.

The Olympic Debut of Surfing and Skateboarding, Their Ties With California Culture (Listen at 1:11:40)

As part of our series on the 2020 Summer Olympics, we discuss the debut of skateboarding and surfing on the world stage. Larry gets the latest on surfing with Laylan Connelly, who covers beach and surf culture for the OC Register. We'll also learn about Olympic skateboarding with Neftalie Williams, who is a sports envoy for the U.S. State Department, University of Southern California postdoctoral scholar and Yale Schwarzman Center visiting fellow.

Summer Travel Segment Is Back— Where Is It Most Concentrated, And How Has Travel Been Affected By Restrictions? (Listen at 1:29:20)

California has long dominated Florida in the travel sector, with more than double the number of visitors each year— that is, until the pandemic. While Florida opted for indoor dining and optional masks, California imposed stronger restrictions to protect against the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Florida has surpassed California in major tourism indicators. But with California’s June 15 reopening, summer travel and tourism are gearing back up again. We’re getting the latest on how California’s tourism industry is faring this summer.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with chief executive officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys airports Justin Erbacci and vice president of communications at Visit California Ryan Becker. What kinds of travel and tourism are you seeing? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

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