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How The Aftermath Of 9/11 Prompted Advocacy Among Muslims And Arabs In the United States

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America
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Halal food boxes are distributed to those in need during Ramadan on April 28, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

DOC AMA: Biden Expected To Announce Vaccine Mandate For Federal Workers, Pandemic Set Back Fight Against Other Infectious Diseases And More

Covid Update 7.9.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, we speak with UCSF’s Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

Today’s topics include:

New Book Explores the History of California’s Famous Restaurants and Dining Chains

Made In California Book 9.9.21

In-N-Out Burger. McDonald’s. Taco Bell. IHOP. Those are just a few of the famous restaurant chains that got their start in Southern California and went on to make a major imprint on dining around America. How did those restaurants get their start? And what’s the secret sauce that helped these restaurants grow from SoCal treasures to national treats? Today on AirTalk, Larry interviews former pastry chef and best-selling cookbook author George Geary about his new book “Made in California: The California-Born Diners, Burger Joints, Restaurants & Fast Food that Changed America.” We want to hear from you as well: what’s your favorite Southern California-born restaurant or chain? Give us a call at 866-893-5722, email us at, or leave us a comment on the KPCC Facebook or Twitter pages.

LAUSD Expected To Vote To Require Students Eligible For The Vaccine To Get It

LAUSD Student Vaccines 9.9.21

The Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education is poised to require that students ages 12 and older be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they want to attend classes on campus. School board members are set to vote on the proposed mandate in a special meeting Thursday. If they approve it, LAUSD would be by far the largest school district in the nation to impose such a requirement. The move could potentially invite legal challenges — but it could also pave the way for other districts to follow suit.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with KPCC/LAist K-12 education reporter Kyle Stokes, who is following the story.

With files from LAist

New Investigation Shows How Some Cities Skirt Housing Laws, As Demand For Low-income Housing Exceeds Supply

Capitol and Main 9.9.21

Thousands of affordable apartments lay hidden like Easter eggs inside brand-new, often luxurious apartment buildings across Los Angeles. Developers can save money by building taller and denser buildings under the city’s two inclusionary housing programs — Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) and density bonus — if they agree to reserve some of their units for people who earn between $24,850 and $67,200 a year. But demand for such housing at below market rents far exceeds supply. And some cities may be dodging California’s Fair Housing Law altogether. Today on AirTalk we’re talking to Robin Urevich, a reporter covering California's housing crisis, about her latest piece for Capital & Main. This piece was also co-published at LAist, you can read it here.

With files from Capital & Main and LAist.

How The Aftermath Of 9/11 Prompted Advocacy Among Muslims And Arabs In the United States

9.11 Arab American Activists 9.9.21

Post-9/11, the United States saw an uptick in hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs, who were targeted by perpetrators that conflated their religious and racial identities with those of the terrorists that conducted the attacks.

In the years after, many Muslims and Arab-Americans turned toward activism and advocacy to help get Arab-Americans counted in the census, protect free speech, help incarcerated people rehabilitate and protect the rights of religious minorities. Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what Muslim and Arab advocacy has looked like in the twenty years since 9/11 with Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a national civil rights advocacy organization; Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a national nonprofit that focuses on American Muslims issues; and Rashad Al-Dabbagh, founder and executive director of the Arab American Civil Council in Orange County. Questions? Call us at 866-893-5722.

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