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SoCal Is Beginning To Welcome Afghan Refugees, But Challenges Lie Ahead For Resettlements

U.S. Military Base Temporarily Houses Afghan Refugees
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Recently-arrived refugees from Afghanistan waiting for medic support at a temporary camp at the U.S. Army's Rhine Ordnance Barracks (ROB), where they are being temporarily housed, on August 30, 2021 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

DOC AMA: United States Removed From European Union Safe Travel List, Local Hospitals See Younger And Healthier People Hospitalized And More

Covid Update (8/30/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, host Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. David Lo of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

Topics today include:

Board Recommends Parole For RFK Assassin - What Happens Next?

Sirhan Sirhan Parole (8/30/21)

For 15 years, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin was denied parole by a California parole board that maintained Sirhan Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime that rocked the nation and the world in 1968. But on Friday, the two-person panel said he appeared to be a different man, even from his last hearing in 2016, and granted the 77-year-old prisoner parole. Two of RFK’s sons, going against several of their siblings’ wishes, said they also supported releasing him and prosecutors declined to argue he should be kept behind bars. But Governor Newsom ultimately will decide if Sirhan Sirhan leaves prison.

We get the latest with James Queally, LA Times reporter who covers crime and policing in Southern California and Julie Watson, Associated Press reporter who was the pool reporter for Friday’s parole hearing.

With files from the Associated Press.

Remembering Ed Asner

Ed Asner Obit (8/30/21)

Award-winning actor Ed Asner died this weekend at the age of 91. The star of stage and screen is best known for his role as the curmudgeonly boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a role he continued on the spinoff Lou Grant. He won five of his seven career Emmys for the role. Asner was also outspoken about politics, and served as the Screen Actors Guild President for two terms, from 1981 to 1985. In later years he gained a generation of new fans, playing Santa Claus in the 2003 comedy Elf and the 2009 Pixar film Up. Today on AirTalk, we reprise part of our 2010 interview with Asner, when he was playing president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Pasadena Playhouse production of the one-man show FDR.

Recall 101: With Decision Day Approaching, We Answer Your Voting Questions

Recall 101 (8/30/21)

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the September 14 recall election. After today, you can still register to vote conditionally at select locations, though. Early voting starts Saturday, and some people are already voting with mail-in ballots. Today on AirTalk, KPCC senior politics reporter Libby Denkmann fills us in on everything you need to know about how and where to vote in the recall election. Do you have questions about how to vote in the recall? Give us a call at 866-893-5722 or email us at You can also find details on the election and answers to your question on our website, Just click on the “Recall Voter Guide” tab at the top of the homepage.

Afghanistan Latest + Where Things Stand With US Deadline To Withdrawal

Afghanistan Deadline (8/30/21)

The Pentagon says it remains prepared to airlift more Americans from the Kabul airport, even as the U.S. evacuation effort winds down. President Joe Biden has set Tuesday as a deadline for completing the evacuation. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Monday “there is still time” for remaining Americans to get out. He said a total of 5,400 Americans have been airlifted so far. Meanwhile, rocket fire apparently targeting the Kabul airport hit a nearby neighborhood on Monday, but the rockets did not stop the stream of U.S. military jets executing evacuations. Today, Larry talks with Peter Martin, defense policy and intelligence reporter for Bloomberg News, about the latest and what it means for the United States’ withdrawal deadline.

With files from the Associated Press

SoCal Is Beginning To Welcome Afghan Refugees, But Challenges Lie Ahead For Resettlements

Afghan Refugees (8/30/21)

Afghan refugees are beginning to arrive in California, where immigrants rights organizations are welcoming them by providing them with resources, housing and childcare help. But there are challenges ahead. As KPCC reporter Josie Huang recently documented, the high cost of housing in Southern California makes finding reasonable accommodations for refugees difficult.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what refugee resettlement efforts look like with Lilian Alba, vice president of immigrant and refugee services at International Institute of Los Angeles, José Serrano, director of Outreach and Immigration at World Relief Southern California, a Christian organization that help immigrants and refugees transition to life in the United States and Miry Whitehill, founder and executive director of Miry's List, a non-profit that helps refugee families through fundraisers, crowdsourcing and social media.

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