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Caldor Fire Threatens South Lake Tahoe, California Temporarily Closes All National Forests And More

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Flames consume multiple homes as the Caldor fire pushes into South Lake Tahoe, California on August 30, 2021.

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Covid Update (8/31/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, we speak with Dr. Kimberly Shriner from Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

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Caldor Fire Threatens South Lake Tahoe, California Temporarily Closes All National Forests And More

Caldor Fire (8/31/21)

A popular vacation haven normally filled with tens of thousands of summer tourists was clogged with fleeing vehicles Monday after the entire resort city of South Lake Tahoe was ordered to leave as a ferocious wildfire raced toward Lake Tahoe.

Monday’s fresh evacuation orders, unheard of in South Lake Tahoe, came a day after communities several miles south of the lake were abruptly ordered to evacuate as the Caldor Fire raged nearby. The city’s main medical facility, Barton Memorial Hospital, proactively evacuated dozens of patients, and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office transferred inmates to a neighboring jail.

We’re hearing the latest on the evacuations with Scott Rodd, state government reporter for CapRadio who is reporting on the fire and evacuation efforts in South Lake Tahoe, John Miller, spokesperson for Angeles National Forest and Tim Dunfee, deputy fire chief for Angeles National Forest on what the California forest closures will mean for the SoCal area.

With files from the Associated Press

‘Contingency Management’: CA Proposal To Pay People To Become Sober

Contingency Management (8/31/21)

The federal government has been doing it for years with military veterans and research shows it is one of the most effective ways to get people to stop using drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, stimulants for which there are no pharmaceutical treatments available.

It’s called “contingency management” and Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked the federal government for permission to use tax dollars to pay for it through Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled that covers nearly 14 million people in California. Meanwhile, a similar proposal is moving through California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature. We discuss with April Dembosky, health correspondent for KQED and Siddarth Puri M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the LA County and Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Paralympics 101

Paralympics Explainer (8/31/21)

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are underway now through Sunday and this year they’re getting more attention than ever before. Athletes and advocates have pushed for international attention since the first Paralympics Games in Rome in 1960 and this year, NBC is broadcasting the Paralympic competition in primetime for the first time.

The increased attention on the Games and the International Paralympics Committee has brought a controversy into public view: the debate over classifications. Classifications are how athletes’ different abilities are tracked within a given sport. Impaired vision? That’s a classification. Limb deficiency? That’s another. But many athletes argue that the way these classifications are determined and enforced actually creates more inequity.

Today on AirTalk, we unpack the competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, how the classification system works, issues of equity and pay for athletes, and more. Joining Larry are 4-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Chief Athlete Officer for LA’s 2028 Olympic Games, Janet Evans; 2-time paralympic gold medalist and head coach of women’s wheelchair basketball at University of Illinois, Stephanie Wheeler; and Program Director of the United States Association of Blind Athletes and 3-time world champion in shot put and discus, Kevin Brousard.

Open Phones: What Belongings Have Your Parents Thrown Out?


A Michigan man recently sued his parents for throwing out his cache of pornography, estimated to be worth more than $30,000. In a letter to his son, Paul Werking wrote “Frankly, David, I did you a big favor by getting rid of all this stuff for you… However, if you really want to totally ruin what is left of your life, by all means go ahead and sue me.” And he did.

The story got us thinking about treasured items that our parents threw out. Did your parents give away your beloved Barbie collection? Get rid of your now-classic video games? Throw out that ratty t-shirt that held special memories? We want to hear from you! Call us at 866-893-5722, email us at, or leave us a comment on the AirTalk Facebook and Twitter pages.

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