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Decision Day in the California Recall Election

President Biden Campaigns For California Gov. Newsom In Recall Election
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U.S. California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the crowd before being joined by President Joe Biden to campaign to keep the governor in office at Long Beach City College on the eve of the last day of the special election to recall the governor on September 13, 2021 in Long Beach, California.

Decision Day in the California Recall Election

Recall Last Day 9.14.21

Today is the final day of voting in California’s first gubernatorial recall election in nearly two decades. People have been voting by mail for weeks and in person since early September, but because elections like this are rare, voters have had a lot of questions about how to vote, where to vote, and how to track their ballots. Now - after weeks of campaigning, TV ads, and polling - decision day is here. KPCC and LAist have a team of reporters covering this final day of voting. Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by KPCC producer Julia Paskin and reporter Jill Replogle about what they’re seeing at vote centers and polling places in Southern California.

DOC AMA: California Cities Lowering Virus Surge But Low Vaccine Areas Still Struggle, COVID-19 Deaths Trend Younger And More

Covid Update 9.14.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Topics today include:

Exploring The New Vaccine Verification Requirement For The City Of West Hollywood

WeHo Vaccine Order 9.14.21

Most businesses and indoor operations in West Hollywood will now be required to verify that people coming inside are vaccinated, and will also require city officials and contractors who work with the city to be vaccinated. An emergency order issued Friday by West Hollywood City Manager David Wilson will include places like bars and restaurants, gyms, hair and nail salons.

Today on AirTalk, mayor of the City of West Hollywood Lindsay Horvath joins Larry to talk about what’s in the emergency order, the different businesses it applies to, what kinds of verification will be accepted and more. Plus, if you’re a business owner in West Hollywood, we want to hear how this emergency order will affect you. Join our live conversation by calling us at 866-893-5722.

A Look At Some Of The Consequential (And Controversial) Bills Awaiting A Signature Or Veto From Governor Newsom

CA Controversial Bills 9.14.21

Recall or no, Governor Gavin Newsom has his work cut out for him this month. Lawmakers sent several controversial bills to his desk last week, including: harsher punishments for spousal rape, reforms on police conduct, zoning bills designed to encourage affordable housing, and an ethnic studies requirement for high school graduation. Today on AirTalk, we speak with CalMatters reporter Emily Hoeven and Claremont McKenna professor Zachary Courser about what these bills are and what they mean politically for Governor Newsom.

Wall Street Journal Investigation Reveals How Tik Tok’s Algorithm Has Been Driving Young Users Toward Content About Sex And Drugs

WSJ Tik Tok Investigation 9.14.21

Like most social media platforms, the popular video creation and sharing app Tik Tok relies on a complex algorithm to curate and feature content for users personalized to their interests and the past kinds of videos they’ve watched. But how does this algorithm work, and who sees what as a result of it? Those were among the questions that a team of journalists at The Wall Street Journal aimed to answer when they created over 100 bot accounts and set them loose on the platform to try and find out more about how the algorithm determines what content to show to certain users and how that changes over time.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with two of the journalists behind the WSJ investigation, Tech Reporter Georgia Wells and Investigative Reporter/Editor Rob Barry, about how they came up with the idea for the investigation, how they executed their experiment, what they learned along the way and the findings of their investigation.

Not Your Mom’s Black Bean Burger: How Plant-Based Meats Are Evolving For New Audiences

Plant Based Meats 9.14.21

In the United States, plant-based meats have historically languished at the bottoms of menus, where paltry options like “tofu tenders” and “garden burgers” went quietly un-ordered.

But that’s increasingly not the case. Impossible and Beyond burgers have popularized non-meat main course options for many Americans, especially omnivorous eaters trying to cut down on their meat intake. The increase in popularity outside of vegans and vegetarians has caused the plant-based meat industry to rapidly diversify, including substitutes for chicken, turkey, pork, Spam and even shrimp aimed at a general consumer.

Today on AirTalk, we’re discussing the emergence of new and creative forms of plant-based meat. Larry discusses with Julie Creswell, a reporter covering food at the New York Times, and Jenny Goldfarb, founder and CEO of Unreal Deli. Is there a plant-based meat you’ve found particularly delicious? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

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