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The Fall Of Saigon, The Fall of Kabul And The Scope Of The US’s Responsibility

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Afghan migrants rest while they wait for transport by smugglers after crossing the Iran-Turkish border on August 15, 2021 in Tatvan, on the western shores of Lake Van, eastern Turkey.

COVID-19 AMA: LA City Workers Vaccine Mandate, Experts On Boosters And More

COVID Update (8/19/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Tim Brewer from UCLA.

Today’s topics include:

  • All LA city workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 15
  • Vaccine effectiveness may wane, but experts say booster is not for everyone
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations for children and adults under 50 reach highest levels
  • Culver City Unified to require student vaccinations
  • California will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for mega indoor events
  • Biden to require COVID-19 vaccinations among nursing home staff

How Should Kids Get The ‘Sex Talk’? Far More Often And With Greater Nuance, Research Shows

Sex Talks (8/19/21)

Everyone is familiar with the “birds and the bees” or the “facts of life” talk— an excruciating one-time endeavor between parent and child that leaves both parties too humiliated to make eye contact at the dinner table.

But is there a better way to talk to kids about sex? Research increasingly shows that having an ongoing conversation about sex, relationships and contraception (rather than a single break-the-news event) can not only make kids grow up to be more responsible sexual beings, but causes them to wait longer to have sex than their peers who don’t get regular talks about intimacy. Today on AirTalk, we speak with Melinda Wenner Moyer, science journalist, author of the recent New York Times piece, “‘Sex Talks’ Should Start Earlier Than You Think” and author of the book, “How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes” about how parents should approach talking about sex with their kids.

How did your parents talk about sex? What do you wish had been different? And if you’re a parent, how are you approaching conversations about sex with your child? We want to hear from you! Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

The Fall Of Saigon, The Fall of Kabul And The Scope Of The US’s Responsibility

Kabul Saigon Parallels (8/19/21)

The Taliban have agreed to allow “safe passage” from Afghanistan for civilians struggling to join a U.S.-directed airlift from the capital, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser said Tuesday, although a timetable for completing the evacuation of Americans, Afghan allies and others has yet to be worked out with the country’s new rulers.

The situation has some people drawing parallels between the fall of Kabul and the fall of Saigon after the Vietnam war. We sit down with some of those thinkers today: Thuan Le Elston, editorial board member for USA Today, her historical fiction novel “Rendezvous at the Altar: From Vietnam to Virginia,” will be published by Rand-Smith Books on Sept. 14; Aimee Phan, associate professor of creative writing at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; her most recent novel is “The Reeducation of Cherry Truong”; and Long Bui, associate professor of global and international studies at the University of California Irvine.

With files from the Associated Press

FilmWeek on AirTalk: What Are Some Of You Favorite Musician Biopics And What Makes Them So Good?

FW Music Biopics (8/19/21)

The new musician biopic “Respect” took on a daunting task: portraying the life of singing legend Aretha Franklin. Many critics say the film tapped into every cliche in the genre’s book, emphasizing the challenges in doing it well. Today on AirTalk, we discuss those challenges with FilmWeek critics Claudia Puig and Tim Cogshell. Plus, we want to hear your favorite music biopics and why? Message the AirTalk Facebook page, tweet, email atcomment@kpcc.org or call 866-893-5722 to join the conversation.

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